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An attempt at a candid shot - I like the expression on the man's face but the blurred car in the foreground works against this picture. Any tips and feedback you want to give to this? Thanks!

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Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Talking to myself...
Username:alistairfarrugia alistairfarrugia
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 4:41 PM
Tags:Candid, Malta, Man, Portraits / people, Street, Valletta
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the figure, agree about the car.
Tips? There are a lot of different approaches to street photography, but something that I enjoy is to first find one's frame, a satisfying composition without problems such as the foreground car. Then wait patiently for something interesting to happen in your frame, for characters to pass through it. It does take patience, and it's unpredictable. But immensely satisfying when it works because every image will be unrepeatable, a one-off.
The long lens has produced rather nice foreshortening, by the way. But generally I reckon that a discreet lens relatively close up is much less likely to arouse suspicion than a long lens at a distance.
Wide angle is fun - because people simply aren't aware that they are in the frame... Wink
Moira

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1158 forum postsalistairfarrugia vcard Malta86 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:44 PM

Some great tips Moira - what's your take on using a compact then? I'm not after high quality prints when it comes to this kind of shots, and I think it could be a better camera for this kind of photography. I've got a Fuji F80 EXR, it's still got a 12 MP sensor with 10x optical zoom (27-270 equivalent). Lately I've taken a liking to it again after having abandoned it for a good while!

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NDODS e2 Member 32328 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 6:03 PM

A very interesting comment by Moira, and such a great candid. The image could have been captured in so many ways, that is what makes photography s great.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:42 PM

Good street candid. I would crop the top to remove the other figure and take a little from the right. You give us limited info, but for this type of image a tele lens is mandatory. A wider angle would give a totally different image. I use a wide angle or compact in crowds but longer lenses for this type of thing.

A candid can only be a candid if the subjects are not aware.

Paul

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 9:13 PM

I cannot advise on compacts - I have never used one! I am old-fashioned, plus I am very long-sighted and cannot compose on a viewing screen - I would need to fish out my reading glasses. I have to say that anything that takes your eye off the ball seems like a distraction. The view-finder up to the human eye seems the way to view for me.
Moira

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10 Feb 2013 - 8:48 AM

I should add that as a middle-aged/elderly woman I am by definition invisible... Wink But I find the important thing is - never stare at people. Most people, if they see a camera pointed their way in the street, will assume that they are getting in the way of the intended shot.
Yes, wide angle does something completely different. I simply said that it is fun!
I should also add that the square crop is good, it creates a private, enclosed world. Landscape gives a broad, open, expansive feel.
Enjoy experimenting!

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banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 3:28 PM

Theres a technique I read on new York street photography site, where there are lots of good, and not so good images.

Put a wide angle prime on your camera. You may get a good 24mm used, people tend to try a prime and give it up as they have to move around for a shot!. DONT use a zoom. Set to manual focus, and prefocus to about 20 feet. Then set the aperture to f/8, ISO to auto depending on conditions, or 400-800 otherwise, and hang the camera round your neck at waist level as if youre just walking around. Discretely press the shutter, camera where it is as you stand someplace, waiting for something interesting, then move someplace else. See what you get, then refine the technique. The trick is with a wide angle, and f/8, focuse between 10 and 20 feet, you have a huge dof, and you may also capture some movement.

Many DSLR shooters also use the 35mm prime, not really a wide angle, but a very sharp piece of glass. With this one, locate the subject, point the camera to one side so its clearly not the subject you are after, then very quickly move, point and shoot. The 35mm is VERY fast.

I tried it with my Fuji, - it worked quite well, but Ive only done it once.

If you look in google + theres a whole area there for street shooting.


Willie


I like the mono conversion here, its really good.

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