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... of the Royal Canadian Navy standing by the CENOTAPH in Gore Park in Hamilton, Ontario with the post processing work was in Camera-in-the-RAW applied auto the two tabs, and then opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where I resized it to be 600 x 401 pixles, and then applied the UNSHARP MASK till I liked the Fixed using the results.

I appreciate your comments on my previous upload taken on the 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH.

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax *ist DL2 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Nov 2013 - 11:04 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Portrait
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Unknown (0x48)
White Balance:Auto
Title:FEMALE HONOUR GUARD ...
Username:TimothyDMorton TimothyDMorton
Uploaded:20 Nov 2013 - 12:42 AM
Tags:11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH, Cenotaph, Female, GORE PRRK, Hamilton, Ontario, Photo journalism, Portrait, ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
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pablophotographer

Hi,

would I be a woman and a feminist I would have argued with the '...' on the title. A honour guard id a honour guard, the '...' seem to add an improper comment about the fact she is a woman.

I like her facial expression , her stance, the contrast of the black navy suit with the colourful wreaths. The inclusion of the crowd and the rest of the background would fit on a photojournalistic picture. For me though, now, the background acta as distraction. I might had taken this picture from straight in front of her and have a wider focal width to include the Cenotaph. Then the picture would look more solemn and would focus on paying respects to the people who gave their lives for our freedom. A black and white version would have looked appropriate also.

Glad to see an old digital camera serving you rightly.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8527 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2013 - 8:33 AM

Poignant, youth remembering...

I like pablophotographer's suggestion of photographing from directly in front of the guard, it would be a different picture though. I don't think the wreaths would be nearly as prominent.

As the wreaths are in the foreground I would like them complete, not cut off at the bottom, and with just a bit of ground beneath them.

I would also like to see a little more space on the left - for the guard to face into, for the world looking in on the scene.

So - step back a bit, or go a bit wider, or both.

These occasions are a flurry of activity, you only get one chance for each moment of the ceremony of course. Practise composing quickly, look very carefully at what is in your frame. If in doubt go wider, you can always crop later!
Moira

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NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2013 - 10:48 AM

An incredibly moving and poignant image Timothy...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2013 - 2:40 PM

A good record but everything is too sharp and she blends with the background crowds. There needs to be separation, either by depth of field or initial viewpoint. Lower again, looking up. This is where longer kenses come in with the shallow depth of field.

Paul

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