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There are a lot of stray dogs in Greece.It seems that they are happy with their 'free life' in the street,running about wherever they want,barking at anybody whom they feel like...Smile.Here is the one sleeping in the middle of the square,the gentle man(tourist) who was taking the photo was nearly tripped by the dog.The dog was not disturbed,the gentle man carried on taking his photo...Smile
The photo was taken in the middle day.ISO200/ F 4.5/S400. I sharpened the (image of) the dag.I don't know if I should remove the bin or not.All the comments and criticisms are welcome.Thank you.

Camera:fuji finepix8000
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Street scene in Nafplion
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:2 Jun 2010 - 12:15 PM
Tags:Dog, General, Photo journalism, Street, Street photography, Tourists
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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 12:32 PM

Great impression on the dog's face Smile love this
Astyag

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 12:33 PM

Lovely candid shot, but I had to upload a mod.

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 1:51 PM

Well spotted. I like this but, yes, I'd be tempted to remove the bin. I like the tonal contrast on the mod but think the dog is too oversharpened.

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BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 2:02 PM

A well-observed shot, Xiaoli.
I think Lynne's mod has made it a bit more special.

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SKETCHER68
2 Jun 2010 - 2:34 PM

Great shot,
thought it would also look good in Black & white. S

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 4:29 PM

Thank you Lynne for your beautifully presented super MOD,thank you Richard for your B&W treatment and interesting frame,thank you Vicky,I'll remove the binSmile,thank you Astyag and Barry for your kind support.
xiaoli

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accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 6:55 PM

I like the picture and although I like the mods too, I would stick to the original myself - the juxtaposition of the bin and the classical piece of sculpture just behind it gives the picture a strong series of satirical statements;
-the gorgeous sleeping dog who is is unconcerned about what is going on.
- the intensity of the mans concentration and the woman with her back to him.
- Finally the classical sculpture outwitted by a a garbage bin.
I don't know if you were seeing all these things at the time but I like the picture. A

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metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 11:40 PM

I love this image. To me it tell of an old gent is explaining and the old dog id tierd of listening. Well done
Carol

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Davesumner
3 Jun 2010 - 6:06 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Xwang,

Lovely candid type shot, the dog looks like it doesn't have a care in the world. I think that I might have preferred the dog to be a touch sharper as it seems that the main focus is on the people but for me the dog is the main subject.

The composition is good but the image has a very warm yellow cast overall.I also thought that the bin needed removing from the scene as well as a few minor clutter things in the background. Also the verticals were leaning a little.

I've uploaded a mod where I have straightened the verticals, adjusted the colour cast, cloned out the bin and some other minor distrctions, sharpened and adjusted curves.

I hope this helps

DaVeS

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2010 - 7:46 AM

Hello,

Nice shot - well seen and composed. For me there are a couple of background distractions, one easily corrected, one not. The bin could go, a bit of careful cloning. The man looked strange, until I realised there is soneone else behind him. Not easy to correct, that one.

Paul

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davey_griffo
3 Jun 2010 - 12:37 PM

The bin didn't distract me at all, & I wasn't bothered about it's removal, personally. Having said that, you did an excellent job of cloning it out. You can't see the join at all, unlike the mods!!

A lovely, tranquil scene. I remember when I went to Greece about 20 years ago, there were a lot of wild dogs roaming unchecked, & being fed by the townspeople. They seemed to act as communal pets, & didn't bother anybody. This shot & story brought back memories.

I would only have straightened it, & left it as is. Having said that, Sketcher's frame is rather clever & original.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2010 - 5:07 PM

Thank you Dave.They are still there, happy and healthy... Smile.
Thank you all for your kind comments,suggestions and MODs.It is really very nice to have people's different points of view.
Best wishes to you all.
xiaoli

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2010 - 4:00 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Xiaoli,
Briefly, the obvious things to correct are the verticals and the warm colour cast. The second person behind the photographer is a confusion/distraction and is best cloned out if possible (it's not so bad on a 600 pixel image but more difficult to be invisible on a print size image). However the bin absolutely should stay- it creates a triangle between the dog, the man and the bin which holds in the viewers attention and without it the eye tends to wander off out of the picture. Losing it also leaves a rather large empty area in the picture. I would try to lighten it a bit if I could extract some surface detail though, which again would be especially important if you were to want to use the image at higher resolutions.
malc

Last Modified By malc_c at 6 Jun 2010 - 4:04 AM

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2010 - 8:19 AM

Thank you Malc.Verticals and the warm colour cast was the first lesson that I learn from you nearly a year ago. I still remember vertical but forgot warm colour cast.Smile.Sorry about that.I perhaps tried to straighten it,but obviously I didn't get it right.
I didn't see the triangle,and I didn't see anything Arthur mentioned above either,("without intellectual analysis" Smile ),but it's nice to know that they accidently work well.
Thank you very much for your comments and MOD.
Best wishes to you.
xiaoli

Last Modified By xwang at 6 Jun 2010 - 8:21 AM

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Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2010 - 1:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like your mod, (image 5), it really illustrates the importance of the 'old' system of composing in the camera, which would have probably shown up the 2nd person, and a slight move in your position may have hidden the person or made it easier to clone her out.
Brian

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