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A candid of some chap on the phone in manchester

Not sure what the conversation's about but looks like it's not the best one he's ever had!

It's a real bonus when you get a really expressive face in a street candid shot - you can take 1000 and not get one if you're unlucky, so I'm really pleased with this one

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:canon 17-40
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Hanging on the Telephone
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:2 Aug 2010 - 7:14 PM
Tags:Black & white, Candid, Manchester, Mobile, Phone, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Street photography
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 7:41 PM

Like the expression in this Ade, good candid capture.
Regards Richard

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johnnyboy114
3 Aug 2010 - 7:41 AM

A very good capture.....the hair threw me at first as the thumb made it look a little like a womans hairstyle, but actually seeing it now, works even better! Tremendous capture Ade, like it a lot

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73885 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 2:12 PM

I Like it a lot Ade, tho the background in the bottom Right Quarter appears a little light.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014836 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 2:30 PM

that bit will be unaffected by the vignette - it's about the same brightness around his shoulders too

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73885 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 4:35 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Ade just to expand on my comments:

I'm not too concerned about the bit above his shoulders - the other just looks a little bleached and lacking definition, re looking the bit that really stands out is the legs in the background which looks a bit radio active, probably a heavy curves layer, with the top of the curve tacking too much detail away ? I would guess to get the contrast in the guys face. I'm sure you have, but try using a layer mask to get the contrast in the guy, it will also help make him "pop" - you could also use a different curves layer for the BG which is less aggresive (use same layer mask, use ALT and drag the mask onto the other curves layer, then invert the mask CTRL +I). I would also dodge / burn the post to get more detail as that is part of the scene he is interacting with. On monos I often use multi curves layers, dodge / burn, gradient maps and low amout high radius USM's to get the image to the tonality throughout.

BTW the vignette is subtle and makes the image for me - I wouldn't normally go into so much detail but this was so close to getting my user award.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014836 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 4:41 PM

it was all done in Silver EFX nick - I don't really do much else with street candids

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73885 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 5:03 PM

Ive had a play with EFX, but not really come to terms with it - I cant get the look I like - I'm sure you could with time learning it properly with the control points - even so it appears to give the same RGB settings across all the image . Tho to be honest I now have a style I'm happy with which I've recorded as an action - so I will probably stick with that for now. Maybe we should take the discussion to the forum?

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014836 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2010 - 7:48 PM

go for it

I do very little with street candids though

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dathersmith
4 Aug 2010 - 10:47 AM

Great candid Ade, not sure if the guys look reflects his phone call or the fact that he spotted you getting a shot? I guess you were pretty much in his face with the 17-40, not sure I'd be brave enough.

Darren.

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014836 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2010 - 12:41 PM

if you walk fast enough, they've no idea Darren - once you've got the hang of it, it's pretty easy to conceal the fact you're taking photos Smile

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dathersmith
4 Aug 2010 - 1:48 PM

Do I assume you pre focus and shoot from the hip?

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