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Art exhibition.

By Pinarellopete
Taken in an Edinburgh Street.

Tags: General Colourful


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.7k 2093 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2019 2:05PM
Hi Peter, you've been on the site for a while, I cannot remember you uploading for critique before - I hope you'll find it useful.

I love street exhibitions, they are so open-to-all. There are wonderful colours in this. Photographing them - well that's a challenge though. For me it's about presenting the artwork honestly but making your own image out of it.

There are various approaches. Photographing face-on, camera parallel with the pictures, works best if they are arranged several pictures deep, not in linear fashion as here. You opted for the oblique, angled view which is a good idea. Diagonals are more involving and more dynamic than parallel lines.

For either, the cut-offs matter. We start to 'read' an image on the left so what appears at the edge of the frame matters. It's the capital letter of the sentence... So I would avoid a part-picture there. I'd also like to go closer for a more dramatic angle. I've uploaded a couple of mods, just trying to replicate that approach.

What would really bring this to life though would be human response. People looking at the pictures - or alternatively walking past and ignoring them.

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chase Plus
14 1.3k 272 England
15 Oct 2019 2:12PM
Hi Pete and welcome to the critique gallery.
This is an image well the chairs.
Moiras' mods are inspirational, especially the second one which 'tidies up' the image. Whilst I quite like the graffiti on the floor it does pull my eye away from the main image a little.
The mod gives me a starting point and an ending point without trying to 'make up' the rest of the partial images.
I would probably have gone a little further with the crop tool and removed that bit of sky sneaking in to the right corner then my attention is drawn straight to the subject.
I will have a go at a mod using Moira' as a base.

chase Plus
14 1.3k 272 England
15 Oct 2019 2:17PM
Very quickly done as suggested above.
I also converted the colour profile to sRGB which is the one to use whilst displaying on site and on the web in general.
You can lose colour and contrast if you don't use the above profile. I guess you loaded this from a laptop which gives P3 colour profile.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
15 Oct 2019 7:35PM
Welcome from me too.

All covered by Moira and Janet I think.
I do agree with showing complete images. Cut off images draw my attention and I want to see more. Avoiding that means I concentrate what's in the scene overall.

I see you used a phone for this, it's the sort of thing phones are good at.
But as with any captured image a little work in post processing helps a lot, even if it's just a small crop.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2019 8:08PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Pete.

Well done for capturing these pictures with a good angle and perspective.
Sometimes it's a good idea to include context in your photos, especially when there is something unusual there for us to see. For instance, this exhibition is in the outdoors, and including that bit of sky, trees and ground help the viewer to understand this. However, the ground part is not particularly attractive and, in fact, that bit of graffiti not only detracts from the artwork, but pulls the eye downwards.

So I am favouring Moira's modifications, with sky and no ground, but I also find Janet's cleaner and tidier. So the choice is yours.

I agree that a bit of human interest would make a lot of difference to this picture. When you include someone viewing something, the viewer of your photo will be involved and will be looking at the pictures too.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2019 8:27AM
A perfectly good pictorial record of something you wanted to keep as a memory. You can play all sorts of games with composition, but this does the job perfectly well and there is really not much more you can do.

dudler Plus
16 971 1534 England
16 Oct 2019 9:33AM
A belated welcome from me, too. I'll deal with a couple of technical issues, even though you used a mobile to shoot this. Techie stuff still matters: in some ways, it matters more, because you're pushing the technology to the limit some of the time.

Auto white balance has left this looking a bit yellow, to my eyes - is it true to the scene you saw? Also, the EXIF data shows that you used spot metering, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing, and even more so on a 'phone. There's a real risk that it will give you a wrong exposure, as it will meter from a small area, and not necessarily place it where you want it on the tonal scale.
dudler Plus
16 971 1534 England
16 Oct 2019 9:57AM
I felt it was important to exclude the sky (bright, odd colour, distracting) and the ground (boring compared with the main subject).

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