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Hi there. You ask how you can improve this, and I think I can offer a few pointers for you to consider.
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.
A good shot. Sharp and relatively well exposed. There are some burnt highlights on the duck's tail however, which are probably indicative of the wide dynamic range in the scene. It seems that the duck was mostly in an area that was not as lit as the area where the tail was. Given the fact that the tail's area represents a small area when compared to the total image, the settings used (or metered by the camera) where ideal to properly expose most of the image at the cost of this small area. Exposing that clipped area properly would have most probably ended up giving you a substantially underexposed image.
Good tip Pablo - haven't messed her shoes in a while now but I think I should revive the tradition, thanks for the reminder haha!
I think I know what you mean Moira - the absence of any far away landscape might make the viewer feel "distant" from the need to sit down and take in the scene, given that none is visible. I'll upload another image later that shows what one can see when sitting on these benches.
LynneJoyce - feel free to upload the Modification - I forgot to enable them and I usually do! I'd love to see it. In my view though, I purposely left the colours in to give the image more vibrancy, but this could probably work in many ways, including in b/w I guess.
Hi. I think this image (and the scenery here) holds potential. I had a play with it on my computer and came up with two different crops on this that I would love to share with you. Unfortunately, modifications are disabled - if you wish to see the modifications, please enable them or else I can e-mail them to you personally.
I do think that almiles' comment has some valid points, however I do not agree with the suggestions put forward. I think the foreground rocks act as stepping stones to the viewer and they too help to create a zig-zag across the image if one starts from the foreground and works his/her way up towards the clouds. As regards the dark foreground comment, I don't mind it at all, as I think it adds contrast to the rest of the image which is relatively composed of highlights.