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By Lakkou  
I was waiting in my car next to the canal, he got off his bike, he had a backpack, he pulled out his telescopic windmill, I saw him looking for something on the floor, my curiosity led me to take my camera and get closer to him, he picked up a snail on the ground and turned it into a hook. At this moment that he realized my presence, he smiled and said to me: "we are the same, we always carry our equipment and we rely on our instincts to find something Interesting "

Tags: Angler Portraits and people



Lakkou 5 Tunisia
5 Oct 2017 3:25PM
Thank you Tish1
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2017 3:42PM
Angling... I always think of Oscar Wilde's description of second marriages, 'The triumph of optimism over experience...' I like the improvised hook, I hope he caught something.

It's a tricky subject, because of the length of the rod. To cut it off or not to cut it off? Here you were at your widest angle, I wonder if there was space to step back a bit?
You've cut off the bicycle as well as the rod, and I think one or the other needs to be complete. Judging by the line, which is just visible in Tish's modification, you lost very little of the rod, but it's the fact that rod and line aren't visually connected that lets this down.

It does benefit from lightening. Most of the frame is taken up with sky and the light reflected from the water, and that tricks the camera into underexposing. You used a minus exposure compensation, I wonder if that was left over from a previous shoot? A small plus compensation, say + 0.7 or + 1 stop, would have been useful here.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4354 Canada
5 Oct 2017 4:23PM
Its a nice shot, and I love the description.

Shooting against the sky with a darker subject in front, - many of us when we start photography have a natural tendency to try to compensate for the brightness by adding -1 exposure compensation, exactly as youve done here. After a wjile we get to understand something important: the camera has already recognised the bright sky, and is planning to underexpose the image; so adding more underexposure is going in the wrong direction. In circumstances like this, dark subject bright sky behind, you do the opposite. You need to anticipate that the camera will underexpose, and add a POSITIVE exposure compensation.

In this case, some this like a +2/3 or a +1. IF however you want the man as a silhouette, use MORE negative compensation, like -2.

The mod is approximately a +1.66, so that cancels your -1, and adds +.66.

Just now noticed that Moira has said the same thing as Ive said!

I hope this helps


Lakkou 5 Tunisia
5 Oct 2017 4:43PM
Thank you Moira for your comment,
I'm very happy as the choice of black and white tones was after looking your portfolio.

Actually the fact to cut or not the rod and where to cut it was really tricky and I didn't back down to not mess my shoes with mud, now when I read your comment I regret not having done so :-( I believe that a photo deserve such sacrifice.

I tried many exposure conpensation but all of them were minus compensation as there was no sun shining, I'll take in consideration plus compensation in my next shots and see the results.

I took other photos in this area I didn't publish them yet as I would practice a little bit on "Making phase" you told me in my previous photo, I'll publish them soon and I hope they'll be criticized.

Thank again for pushing me to improve
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2017 4:49PM
Thanks for your feedback. The Critique Gallery is really about making us all think harder, including the Critique Team. We are all pushing ourselves to improve.
Lakkou 5 Tunisia
5 Oct 2017 4:50PM
Thank you willie for your comment,

I'm very happy today as I learned new trick about exposure compensation, I'll do plus compensation on my next shots and let you see the results, your modification is great you added more light and kept the details of the clouds in the right top corner, I was unable to do it (maybe I was impatient).

Thank you again for pushing me to improve

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
5 Oct 2017 11:22PM
For me, it's all about the exposure, and maybe turning the camera on end rather than shooting a landscape frame...

As it stands, it's incomplete, as Moira says. Cropping really tight can be an option.
Lakkou 5 Tunisia
6 Oct 2017 12:15PM
Thank you John for your comment,
Actually I found out that I have a lack on applying exposure compensation, I made search on Internet yesterday to understand better exposure compensation and I found some exercises (based on low key and high key shots with and without exposure conpensation ) to do indoor that let me understand better.

I have other shots I made yesterday but all of them have the same exposure compensation (now I know where to focus Grin) .

I will do the exercises and then try to make shots in the same conditions of this picture.

Thank you again for your advise
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
6 Oct 2017 5:42PM
My pleasure, Akram.

And exercises are a really good idea: nobody would dream of competing in a race without training, and it makes sense to train for taking pictures, as well!
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4354 Canada
6 Oct 2017 6:19PM
Ive added a top to the rod in the last mod.

I hadnt noticed you can see the line, faintly, and the weight/hook.

Lakkou 5 Tunisia
6 Oct 2017 7:01PM
Thank you Willie, there is no doubt I made a mistake by cutting the rod, I like very much your modification, I will try to do the same by my ownBlush to see if I can get the same mod
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2017 4:23PM
In m opinion, you did not make a mistake cutting the rod. A fishing rod can be very long and destroy the balance of a composition. I would come in even tighter to the man - it is pretty obvious what he is doing so the whole rod is not needed.

I shoot some angling images and often crop rods unless they are angled low in front of the angler or bent into a fish. There is not a lot of professional angling photography as stills, but look at some - rods are often cropped off.

The main problem here is under exposure resulting in a rather flat grey image. It needs a brighter shot with more contrast and impact.


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