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This is one that I keep going back to. A grab shot, in very harsh light. I sprinted to get it, a moment later she was gone.
Here is the third attempt this was the consensus favourite crop with previous uploads, but I have been back to scratch and reworked the b&w conversion.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Aug 2012 - 2:46 PM
Focal Length:58mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Stalkers 3
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:15 Jan 2013 - 7:36 AM
Tags:Black & white, People, Photo journalism, Street photography
Votes:80

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 7:42 AM

I like the way the formal look broken by the girl and her dog most. A well contrived super mono image, Moira!

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 7:44 AM

Your work paid off. First -- a fine, quirky little shot. Second -- a really fine conversion to mono. I love this title as well.
-=\Walter

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 7:56 AM

An excellent re-work, Moira, a great grab shot. Carol

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:06 AM

A fine composition and conversion but I wish the three miners were a little more dominant in the image. Perhaps a selective shadow/highlight adjustment to that area.

Albert

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:10 AM

I like the symmetry and detail of the building - I also like the contrast between the austere dark background and the sunny informal capture of the girl and the dog SmileSmile
Helen

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom886 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:12 AM


Quote: I wish the three miners were a little more dominant in the image. Perhaps a selective shadow/highlight adjustment to that area.

That area has had a lot of work! The figures appear on a very dark printed panel, I isolated that area and worked on it to get some detail visible, but didn't want to push it too far.

Quote: the contrast between the austere dark background and the sunny informal capture of the girl and the dog

That really is the effect that I was aiming for, thanks for noticing.
Cheers everyone,
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 Jan 2013 - 8:13 AM

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franken
franken e2 Member 112924 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:26 AM

The rework is excellent Moira - superb work here.

Ken.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103958 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:46 AM

We can always see different ways of portraying shots...this looks well balanced. Perhaps clone copies of the dog into different places? GrinGrin

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:52 AM

I would have fallen over in my rushWink well captured as always Moira

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
15 Jan 2013 - 9:15 AM

This is a most special capture Moira !!Grin

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desborokev
15 Jan 2013 - 9:22 AM

This is excellent,although my personal choice would be a tighter crop. Love the contrasts,great work

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rontear
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15 Jan 2013 - 9:33 AM

That seeing eye Moira, top image !!!
Ron.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:33 AM

You could come up with so many crop versions of this. I do like your original v1 where you see more detail of the miners, but this one works with the windows as a frame.

Dave

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:59 AM


Quote: ...but I wish the three miners were a little more dominant in the image.

I have to say that I like how the miners are subdued 'cos it makes them look like shady onlookers lurking in the doorway Smile

Well reworked, Moira.

Andrew

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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 3canonfan vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 - 9:59 AM

Excellent composition and capture
Jim

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platzy
platzy  1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 - 10:10 AM

Well thought out and composed, striking image.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom886 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:33 AM


Quote: This is excellent,although my personal choice would be a tighter crop.

My first upload of this, here, was a tighter crop with wider views as variants.
I have to say that I now prefer the more detached view as above.
Thanks everyone,
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 Jan 2013 - 10:34 AM

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:42 AM

I love the way she is standing. Excellent grab shot

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danbrann
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15 Jan 2013 - 11:11 AM

One girl and her dog...................breaking the symmetry. Good stuff.

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 736 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:29 AM

Brilliant, great composition, great title and love the mono.

Best Matt

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom886 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:33 AM

Thanks so much Matt! I was about to log off, I'm in school this afternoon - glad I stayed on a few minutes more.
Moira

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Joline
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15 Jan 2013 - 12:25 PM

I definitely prefer this version in mono. It adds an element of remoteness to this already surreal scene.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32366 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 12:51 PM

An incredible image, one which you clearly grabbed the moment in time, a moment never to be repeated. 'Simply top quality photography'

Regards NathanGrin

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 1:05 PM

oh..that's brilliant!!!

great use of the wall.....very well seen and captured ....as per usual Grin

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 1:25 PM

A superb gem to find this morning Moira - what a belter this is.

When it comes to which is better of the prior upload or this - for me it's a no-brainer. This one wins hands down.

The symmetry works perfectly here - the girl and her dog break the calm of that symmetry. The figures in the door are just right - any brighter and they would have been too prominent and taken attention away from the main characters.

I cannot imagine this cropped down.

Anne

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 1:28 PM

The figures in the doorway are very lifelike Moira, the girl looks strangely unnerved but the dog is relaxed and no worries.

An image to look at for some time and enjoy.

Dougie

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Daisymaye
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15 Jan 2013 - 1:45 PM

An interesting shot Moira. Good work on it by the way. Love the expression on the girl and the dog. They both seem fixed on something. And the stalkers are waiting for the right moment to leap out. One to make your mind work for sure.......Sandy

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JohnChambersPhotography

Nice comp seeing both windows, your sprint was well worth it, nice capture on the tilting girl,

John

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 3:09 PM

An excellent bit of re-working Moira - wonderful light and a great quality mono Smile
Trev Smile

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Consulo
Consulo  9762 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 3:27 PM

That's just lovely, Moira.

Michael.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom886 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 3:54 PM

Just home from school, thank you Anne for a very pleasant surprise to come home to, and thanks everyone else for your votes and comments.
Oh and yes, I love broken symmetry.
Moira

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 5SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

Well worth it. Sue

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lifesnapper
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15 Jan 2013 - 5:35 PM

Worth all the effort Moira, great result.

John Smile

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 277 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 6:43 PM

A superb image, Moira, compositionally spot on, good processing with fine detail.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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Fefe
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15 Jan 2013 - 8:26 PM

Great work!
Diane

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:28 PM

they are getting better and better. like the tones here.

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aniamoore
aniamoore  1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 - 12:14 AM

3 handsome stalkers here, Moira!SmileTongue Wouldn't mind............TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
AniaWink

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dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 12:55 AM

nicely timed shot Moira and worked well.
regards
Yung

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frz67
frz67 e2 Member 4frz67 vcard Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 10:12 AM

perfect juxtaposition between the rigid symmetry of the bg and the slightly leaning position of the girl.
this crop works better for me, since it gives the idea of an infinite panel in bg and isolate better the human figure.
well deserved GEA

francesco

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Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
16 Jan 2013 - 1:04 PM

Nicely worked this one good crop, and I like it in mono, the background figures look static the girl does not, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 10:40 PM

Thought she was running from prison in the thumbnail Moira Smile Girl & dog give life to the stark background . A fine image xx

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 5:05 AM

Love it, quirky and playful, and looks great in b&w

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 596 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:05 PM

An excellent juxtaposition, really well spotted and taken. Love it.

Andy

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Glostopcat
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18 Jan 2013 - 10:35 PM

Very Frankenesque is this wonderful opportunistic candid/street shot, works well in mono

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