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A Sly Fag!

By paulbroad  
Grab street shot. Considering working on the background with burning in tool to try and make his head stand out more. Might then look rather false?

Paul

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PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
18 Jul 2015 8:14AM
that's a fine capture..

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Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
18 Jul 2015 10:23AM
A few options to crop here Paul.
I think I'd be inclined to leave the background alone though.
It could do with being rotated slightly, otherwise, a fine shot.
Bren.
dudler Plus
16 986 1537 England
18 Jul 2015 11:26AM
Let the sharpness do the talking?

I think you've nailed a lovely pose: ideally, maybe, you'd have moved a foot or two left, so he was against what looks as if it may have been a darker part of the background?

Probably a lot of work to not get a great improvement in quality, overall, as you suggest.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
18 Jul 2015 2:08PM
Nice detail.

I tried a desaturation, blurring and lightening of the background in the mod
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2015 4:42PM
Different, Willie. Not sure thiugh. Seems very un-natural but then, it would. It is a different way of looking at it.

Paul
Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2015 10:45PM
I find a similar thing with many of these kind of shots....the depth of field. Separating your subject from the background is the difficult thing, whilst it gives context, it also adds clutter to what is effectively a candid portrait.

Whilst I know you're using f/8 to allow for small errors, a wider aperture will really help throw your subject into relief at these kind of ranges. Yes, you will have a lot of misses using your method, but the ones you nail will be more 3-dimensional. You can also use Fuji's face recognition feature to help pick the face out of the crowd, as long as it isn't moving too quickly. It isn't infallible, but it can help.

Nick
pablophotographer 8 1.3k 355
18 Jul 2015 10:50PM
Hi Paul;

this is a fleeting moment and out on the street situations aren't as perfect as in a studio. I do not know the reason behind taking that picture, you must know it I suppose.
I find that the shooting angle is skewed so there is some imbalance on the horizontal lines appearing left of the man's glasses, so I would recommend straightening this for starters. Secondly I would trim the top above his head, as much as it makes the orange sign on the top right disappear; unfortunate as it is standing below that black gap/structure it makes it more appealing without it. Cropping the first lady on the left and the head of the second man on the right tightens things up, it gives a coherence, as if you try to describe your day yesterday where you met two friends accidentally when you went shopping; Lucy on the hooded jacket and Lou who is smoking and returns to look back as you shout to him and photograph him at the same moment. Finally I would crop the bottom part to trim his hand out, or trim it all below the visible skin part of his hand and then cover it with some of ''Lucy's'' blue jacket. Full colour version does it for me, it looks modern and realistic.

Kindly,
pablophotographer
Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2015 11:53PM
Edit: my bad, the XE-1 doesn't have face detection for focussing, just for editing.

Nick
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2015 5:56PM
Reason for shooting? Fun, expressions, entertainment while the better hakf shops! Actually a shot like this will serve a library that does not demand sined releases. The story is the cigarette and related dangers.

I will try some shots setting aperture priority at widest settings. I like to go down a stop for lens quality, though, not necessarily depth of field.

I have the XM1 set for face recognition when street shooting. It works, sometimes. Does seem if the face is very large in the frame it fails to see it as a face? Meant more for family groups, selfies and so on I think.

Paul
Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2015 8:35PM

Quote:I have the XM1 set for face recognition when street shooting. It works, sometimes. Does seem if the face is very large in the frame it fails to see it as a face? Meant more for family groups, selfies and so on I think.


Do you have an XM-1 or a XE-1? The first has face recognition for focussing and editing, the second only for editing.....so if you have the second, it will be very hit or miss!

Nick
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2015 8:05AM
I have BOTH cameras. They are quite different in operation and features. The XM1 being more beginner oriented but the face recognition does work, sometimes, and the semi articulated screen is useful for street candid.

Paul

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