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I was sitting on the quayside on a Greek Island early evening camera in lap, my wife said "look at that" and quicker than I thought I could have, snap! Do the bins spoil it too much? No time to change ISO to get higher shutter speed.
What I'm trying to achieve with these recent posts is an improvement in my street/candid photography. I tend to sit staring a flower before clicking, hardly snap shots. I going to Havana and Cuba in the New Year and am excited about the possibilities and want to learn more before I go.
Thanks for looking and any advice, Ian

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Sep 2012 - 5:07 PM
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Wheres the Dog's Helmet?
Username:iancrowson iancrowson
Uploaded:11 Oct 2012 - 12:07 PM
Tags:Humour / fun, Pets / captive animals, Transport
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debu
debu  4 India
11 Oct 2012 - 12:17 PM

Wonderful image, lovely touch of humour.
debu

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 12:21 PM

I don't think the bins play much part. It would be nice if they were more out of focus, but as you were as wide open as you could be, there's nothing you could do about that.
It would be nicer if the whole bike and all the limbs were included, but get the shot first then worry about aesthetics later when street shooting. The expressions are great.

Nick

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 12:32 PM

Nick
Thanks for your comments. I could probably blur the back ground if I get in gear. I posted a mod showing the whole frame as shot, more bike but not more limbs. Maybe thats better? The rider had stopped to allow the lady and dog to join him. I got them just riding off. All very quick for me.
Ian

digital_boi
11 Oct 2012 - 12:41 PM

for me the main subject is strong enough that the bins were of no consequence a great fun and happt capture fine grab

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:20 PM

try it in mono and the background wont have a chance with those wonderful expressions

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:37 PM

put up a mod ... but would have liked to get rid of that wheel on the bin .. but sorry no time have to go out!
dont know why there is a grey line at the bottom ...?????

Last Modified By barbarahirst at 11 Oct 2012 - 1:38 PM
banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 2:30 PM

Its a street shot Ian, - and they are what that camera shoots, warts and all. Its a really good moment youve captured too. Similar to the fisherman shot, zooming out a little would have included all of the bike/feet for a better shot, but its very good.

Ive been to Havana three times. From my experience, always keep your gear close to you; bring a tripod; never change lenses outdoors, - your sensor will get very dirty very quickly, the air is full of heavy particles from exhausts; The main tourist areas in Old Havana, - where most of the good photo ops are may have the odd undesirable, but in general, people are very friendly; expect to pay some money for shooting the cigar smoking ladies, and men that pose especially for photographers; try HDR photography inside the Capitolio, - its gorgeous; theres a church at the harbour where cruise ships come in, St Francis I think, - its now a music school, - nice pictures to be had there, - low light so high ISO or a tripod; loads of great cars, beautiful light; do venture off the beaten track where you feel its safe; there are some great shots along long alleyways leading to the Capitolio; there a street barber, and a man with heavy face piercings along the street called I think Bispo, - I would pay the pierced guy. KIds coming out of school in the squares all dressed in their uniforms, can be quite a sight.



Willie

pablophotographer

Great candid.
I prefer the full frame version.

The bins provide a suitable background colour to the main attraction the man on the white shirt. Thankfully, they are closed, so they are not distracting as they would, if they were filled up with rubbish and with the lids left open. You didn't think it can get worse? I have seen a motorbike rider in Greece driving with one and a half arm, the rest was missing. No, I didn't have a camera with me.

Have fun in Havana. A camera with a fixed focal length lens can be a good solution too for street photography. Hasta luego!

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 5:00 PM

Barbara
Thanks for the mod, it looks good in BW
Ian

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 5:05 PM

Pablo
Thanks for the feed back. Yes a fixed lens might be answer. I've a couple of compacts, one with a view finder but without info shown. A big advantage of DSLR to me as someone who needs reading glasses is that the info in the view find is readable without specs. I think some of the new rangefinder look alines might be suitable.
Ian

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 5:09 PM

Willie
The lesson I getting is that I'm zooming in too much, framing too tightly. Thanks for info on Havana, we are aiming at 7 nights there before heading into the country for a couple of weeks.
regards
Ian

paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2012 - 7:33 PM

I like this. A street candid of great effect. Bins just don't matter, they are there. I am agreat believer in get in close, fill the frame and go for impact. You have done that here.

If in doubt, fill the frame.

Paul

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 9:17 AM

Paul
Thanks for your input, always useful,
Ian

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