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A girl trying to attract attention to her show at the Edinburgh fringe. Please suggest how I could make this photo better. Should I have caught more of her brolly?
Thanks in advance for your comments.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Aug 2012 - 3:01 PM
Focal Length:122mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.1
Aperture:f/4.2
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Standing out from the crowd
Username:sadmurph sadmurph
Uploaded:20 Aug 2012 - 8:40 AM
Tags:Crowd, Edinburgh, Festival, Fringe, Girl, Portraits / people, Show
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10903 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2899 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 3:35 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The brolly does look interesting. Its a difficult decision really, as if you have included more of the brolly, you would either zoom put, or lift the lens, or both. In that case, you might lose the sense of her standing out, or the connection with the crowds below which I think you need. The best option of course would be if she had lowered the brolly, - so waiting for this opportunity might have been a possibility.

As it is, I would level the shot, - the building behind show its off level. And then compromise with a crop, and sharpen a little. You have already done some work on this from what can see. Try to crop to move her more to the right.

Ive loaded a mod to show what I mean. I have to say her expression is quite priceless, - she seems totally disgusted by something!



regards



Willie

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sadmurph
sadmurph  4
20 Aug 2012 - 4:46 PM

Many thanks Willie, very helpful comments and mod. Actually I hadn't noticed it was off level. It was taken with a fairly long zoom lens handheld in a packed street where I was getting jostled all over the place. I noticed her and took the opertunity to take it before some one bumped into me. I think your mod works for me, so thanks again.

regards,
Colin

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paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 6:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yes, better had the brolly been lower. Not sure the colour is coorect? Looks a touch green, but I'm using a tablet so could be that. For street photography I would have gone for a higher ISO, at least 400. Sharpness is important and whilst this is pretty close, I would try for shutter speeds in excess of 1/500 sec.

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20 Aug 2012 - 8:31 PM

Thanks Paul, helpful comments. I played about with the colour in photoshop a little which may cause a greenish cast on some devices, but not too bad on my lap top. I agree with your comments about sharpness. I had it on one of the preset modes as it was bedlam on the Royal Mile and I tried to just take quick photos before the oppertunity was lost but I agree with your comments about shutter speed. Thanks too for your advice on ISO.

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 4:01 PM

tricky shot this one, all stretched out a bit too much, i want more brolley and space in front but limitations at taking prevent that.

a crop from the bottom would help and maybe you could have got her to lower the brolley a bit, - dosnt hurt to ask and often better images come from engagement.

i have mixed feelings about the heads at the bottom, and wonder if they would have been better if things were sharper right through instead of quite limited dof we have o.o.f in front and at the back.

im not a big lover of colour popping for its own sake but a version in mono and the girl popped in more muted colour would take away some of those odd colour tones in the background and make the heads easier to look at - maybe. you would have to look as i dont have ps to do a mod on this pc.

there is something there but im not sure you have the best outcome from the image file yet.

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Phil

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