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Camera:fujifinepix5600
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Street scene in Italy
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:22 Oct 2009 - 10:57 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Street photography
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mitchy81
mitchy81  5 England18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 12:01 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi,
My first impression of this was too boost contrast and convert to black and white, my second thoughts were as uploaded too make use of the rich colours of the walls. I boosted contrast slightly and increased saturation. Also cropped to remove sign on right hand side and burnt out sky.
I also feel when taking the photoraph a step backwards or zoom out would of helped as the people in foreground and sat at the table were cropped in half, I feel more of an inclusion of the street would of aided by giving more of a lead in to the picture.
Hope you like and is of help.
Phil

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:50 AM

I agree with the above, but it's a great shot for all that!!!!!!!

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 1:41 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

the people are not in a strong enough postion in the composition for me, and so I went for a more radical crop and boosted colours and tonality to get a more abstracted feel

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 2:11 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I am very much in favour of Phil's modification. I feel there is far too much of the left-hand wall in your image, and that sign had to go. This crop effectively removes the white sky, too, and the image doesn't suffer for the crop at the top. In fact, it focuses attention on the interesting elements. So, if you had moved your camera down a bit, avoiding the sky altogether, and including a little more of the street, the people, the tables and chairs, you could have got a good in-camera shot. The tones are lovely and the washing lines add a lot of interest.
Pamela.

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somnathchatterjee

hope you have got wonderful feedbacks here, i really do not have too much knowledge about street photography, sorry my friend.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2009 - 6:01 PM

You are so kind Somnath.Thank you for your support.Your knowledge of landscape and close up etc. is good enough for you to take wonderful photos.Looking forward to seeing your next beautiful image. xiaoli

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2009 - 1:12 AM

Xiaoli,
Another nice street scene, though not one of your best simply because there's no strong story line like like in your 'Wedding Party...', 'Anchor Close' or 'Kiss' pictures.

Compositionally there's too much blank wall on the left and the burned out sky is a distraction so I cropped those out and straightened the perspective to cure the buildings leaning in. Then reduced the saturations a little to make the scene realistic rather than the current trend for hyper-saturation.

For balance I darkened the balcony at the top of the image and lightened the whole area at the bottom. Also played with various small elements such as the large black item on the washing line (distracting), the mans camera strap (distracting), the wine bottle on the table bottom left (giving the seated man a purpose) and the window on the left (filling in the space).

malcolm

Last Modified By malc_c at 31 Oct 2009 - 1:20 AM

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2009 - 1:21 AM

Malc's version works well

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2009 - 1:01 AM

Thank you Malcolm for your MOD and critique. Sorry, a bit late. xiaoli

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2009 - 1:12 AM

Thank you Nick for your help and support. Sorry, I didn't thank you in time.
xiaoli

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LuzDeNoche
6 Nov 2009 - 8:40 PM

This is a great image for critiquing, because it seems to lend itself to so many different crops. The obvious modification concerns the flat sky which can either be replaced or cropped out.
I like all of the mods so far, but I think I'd be tempted to push the boat out a little further and crop so as to remove the chap in blue and somewhat exaggerating the verticality of this typically Italian scene.
Smile Lucy

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 11:37 PM

Thank you Lcuy.xiaoli

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