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You ask if this works in your description, and you point it's a fun shot taken at high ISO, so my commentary will primarily start off from that.
Hi there. You have an interesting image here with a lot of details that combine to provide a powerful insight into the person photographed and his profession. I also like the use of shallow depth of field here to emphasise the working area and the shoemaker himself. Moreover, the framing is also strong, with the row of shoes up top and the workbench with more shoes on it on the bottom. These elements combine to make an interesting image.
Brilliant capture, sharp but with just enough motion blur in the feet to convey motion. My only doubt is if it would be to possible to leave more space in front of the cyclists when composing? As presented, though, gives a more in your face approach, as if they're heading straight for the viewer, and it works well too!
Carl, i think Tanya is right. You're composing images properly but you need to better control the HDR effect as the halos you're creating around the main subject areas will not help make the image more interesting, rather they will likely disengage viewers by making them see it as "fake".
I won't repeat what was said above, but I'll suggest a different kind of edit with this given your "train station" feel, and building on Moira's interpretation. You could consider introducing a mild "zoom blur" effect start from the door further back - see if you like the effect it creates. It would give another feel to the image for sure, but it would possibly also be more in line with what was on your mind.
Carl, something interesting here, but I have some critique for you.
Hi there. It seems you're relatively new to the site so welcome to EPZ. You have uploaded an image to the Critique Gallery which implies that you wish other members of EPZ to provide constructive critique on your upload. I shall take the liberty to do so accordingly.
I liked the impact this had at thumbnail size, but as Paul said, once you open it large the "defects" are immediately apparent.
I second what was said by Moira and dudler before me. It's a fun picture that conveys the intended message, the sort of spontaneous humour that we all come across occasionally. On the other hand, there are some issues that deter things a bit, as was mentioned earlier... namely focusing being off, likely due to auto-focus errors, there needs to be a bit more space around the bull in particular, the obtrusive signature, as well as technical issues raised by Moira re: shutter speed.
A mod has been updated - minor adjustments carried out - added a bit more contrast to create a bit more "mood" in the image, and cropped to a 4.5x6 ratio (portrait not landscape orientation). I think the portrait approach is better here, given that there's too much space on the left and anyway the main subject (the man) is looking straight at the camera not towards the left. Given this fact, I think you don't need to leave much space either side to make this more about the person and his act of protecting the baby from the viewer. Leaving no space "adds tension" to the subject's glance at the viewer by giving the viewer less to see and locking them on the subject. Just my 2 cents though!
A good attempt. For a more abstract look, however, I would lose the bottom part where the trees start off - consider cropping to 16:9 from the top part and see what you end up with. If you lose the light brown area at the bottom, I think you'll get a more abstract end-product that looks more rhythmic and compositionally pleasing.
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