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Charity begins at Home- A protest against Government Waste

By bluelemon
I Protest shot against government waste which runs into many millions...and the taxpayer as usual has to to be the money tree for all there follies...

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NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 6:15PM
A wonderfully observed and captured character, who I am sure has much to comment on.

Regards Nathan

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paulbroad 9 123 1152 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 6:17PM
An interesting striking viewpoint although the protest could be about anything. You don't mention processing, but you have done something as the colours are not right. There are also signs of a degree of over sharpening as there are haloes round the head and background objects.

I suspect you shot from the hip and the camera has failed to focus on the subjects face.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1662 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 6:20PM
A powerful image, you've caught him in mid flow and there's raw passion in his face. I can hear the voice from here...
Timing is everything, and you nailed that. But I do find the processing a bit of a distraction, this looks a wee bit oversharpened to me - I'm looking particularly at his forehead, stubble and throat.
Plus - this is crying out for b&w conversion!
Moira
1 Apr 2013 6:58PM

Quote:An interesting striking viewpoint although the protest could be about anything. You don't mention processing, but you have done something as the colours are not right. There are also signs of a degree of over sharpening as there are haloes round the head and background objects.

I suspect you shot from the hip and the camera has failed to focus on the subjects face.

Paul


Quote:An interesting striking viewpoint although the protest could be about anything. You don't mention processing, but you have done something as the colours are not right. There are also signs of a degree of over sharpening as there are haloes round the head and background objects.

I suspect you shot from the hip and the camera has failed to focus on the subjects face.

Paul

Hello Paul l was in the middle of a protest at the time and not easy to shoot , yes shot from the hip l processed this in Serif photoplus x5 and a bit of HDR in Topaz adjust 4.. it was shear luck l got Big Ben in thanks to the 10-24mm l was using at the time.. l agree about the colours ect.. l had processed and done this shot before cataract operations so hopefully should get things better in future...Thanks for your comments much appreciated ...Alan
1 Apr 2013 7:00PM

Quote:A wonderfully observed and captured character, who I am sure has much to comment on.

Regards Nathan


Quote:A wonderfully observed and captured character, who I am sure has much to comment on.

Regards Nathan

Hello Nathan thanks for your interest much appreciated...Alan
1 Apr 2013 7:03PM

Quote:A powerful image, you've caught him in mid flow and there's raw passion in his face. I can hear the voice from here...
Timing is everything, and you nailed that. But I do find the processing a bit of a distraction, this looks a wee bit oversharpened to me - I'm looking particularly at his forehead, stubble and throat.
Plus - this is crying out for b&w conversion!
Moira


Quote:A powerful image, you've caught him in mid flow and there's raw passion in his face. I can hear the voice from here...
Timing is everything, and you nailed that. But I do find the processing a bit of a distraction, this looks a wee bit oversharpened to me - I'm looking particularly at his forehead, stubble and throat.
Plus - this is crying out for b&w conversion!
Moira

Hello Moira thank you for you comments, yes l agree with what your saying overdone the sharpening, when l took this l was caught up in protest and a lot of pushing and shoving going on at the time,,,Thanks for your comments ...Best Wishes Alan.
banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3656 Canada
1 Apr 2013 7:07PM
A strong image that certainly tells the story, especially when you realize hes wearing what appear to be pyjamas under the jacket.

Its works, better with less of a magenta cast, and once some colour balance is done, the sharpness issue is less of an issue.


Loaded a mod cropped from the bottom.


regards



Willie
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1662 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 7:10PM
I've uploaded a Mod - I cropped, because I'm not sure that his muddy fleece adds value in proportion with the amount of space it occupies in the frame. It's not quite a square crop, which I would have preferred in principle but that would have been a bit tight. But for me it takes us more directly to the face; plus I think it makes better use of the diagonals on the right, Big Ben and also the row of tourists' faces.
Converted to b&w - and the only other thing I've done is to brighten the catchlights in the eyes.
I love shooting from the hip, it's difficult to predict the results but when it works you have something unique and very personal, direct. It's particularly tricky to achieve in portrait (or was this cropped down from a larger frame?) And it's worth putting your focus area above the centre of the frame, to aim for the face.
Moira
1 Apr 2013 9:01PM

Quote:A strong image that certainly tells the story, especially when you realize hes wearing what appear to be pyjamas under the jacket.

Its works, better with less of a magenta cast, and once some colour balance is done, the sharpness issue is less of an issue.


Loaded a mod cropped from the bottom.


regards



Willie

Hello Willie thank you for you comments much appreciated Best Wishes Alan
1 Apr 2013 9:12PM

Quote:I've uploaded a Mod - I cropped, because I'm not sure that his muddy fleece adds value in proportion with the amount of space it occupies in the frame. It's not quite a square crop, which I would have preferred in principle but that would have been a bit tight. But for me it takes us more directly to the face; plus I think it makes better use of the diagonals on the right, Big Ben and also the row of tourists' faces.
Converted to b&w - and the only other thing I've done is to brighten the catchlights in the eyes.
I love shooting from the hip, it's difficult to predict the results but when it works you have something unique and very personal, direct. It's particularly tricky to achieve in portrait (or was this cropped down from a larger frame?) And it's worth putting your focus area above the centre of the frame, to aim for the face.
Moira


Moira many thanks yes it was cropped down from a larger frame.. l think the eyes said it all for me you are so correct l love shooting from the hip also, l do a lot of Demo shots in London when l can, Thank you for all you advice Alan...
paulbroad 9 123 1152 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 10:23AM
It's probably the HDR that has caused the strange effect then. I trust the protest was about all our recent governments, not just this one.

Paul
3 Apr 2013 7:37PM

Quote:It's probably the HDR that has caused the strange effect then. I trust the protest was about all our recent governments, not just this one.

Paul

Absolutely they all have plenty to answer for the state we are in... Best wishes Alan.

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