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By Sandipan
Try to create a dramatic street scene.
It is a mobile Photography.

Tags: Street photography Street Dramatic Contrast Environment

GB Sports Photographer & The Panasonic LUMIX S1

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2019 5:57PM
I liked your previous night street images, Sandipan, "Shadow Story" and "Rainy Urban Night", but this one is quite different. Here, your subject is walking quite fast and your shutter speed has made him quite blurry. This obviously suggests his movement, but I wonder if it is what you wanted.

You have a lot of sky and tall dark buildings in the top part of the scene, which are "dead" space. The interest lies beneath that, in the golden light and the pedestrian.
If you had shot this a few seconds earlier, your man would be more to the left, therefore walking INTO the frame, rather than walking OUT of it, which would be preferable.

I have done a modification where I brightened the image, cropped severely, used Perspective Correction to get the verticals straight, then Noise Removal because there's quite a bit of grain present. I then removed the bright sign on the right, which is a distraction, adjusted contrast and sharpened.
All just suggestions. Your title suggests that you like the contrast of light and dark, so I kept that, and have also tried a black and white modification.

Pamela.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
23 Sep 2019 7:43PM
I wonder if this shot would be better placed in the General Gallery, and theres not a whole lot to say to improve this type of slow speed mobile shot. Its effective for what it is, ans may well get some votes.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
23 Sep 2019 7:54PM
I think this is more moody than dramatic, there's mystery too - a shadowy figure, who is it, where is he/she going/coming from, who may be in the shadows, are just some of the questions raised.
Pamela makes a good point about having the figure with room to moe into, and that would put it more in line with the bright area of street so it stands out more. As it is, it gives the impression of hurring back into the shadows, of keeping a low profile perhaps. So I'm not that concerned about the positioning. That would fit nicely with a title like Hurrying Back for example.

Movement in the figure itself is fine (a further layer of mystery) but due to the slow shutter speed, the whole image is not sharp. Viewed on the phone screen it may look ok, but not when viewed any larger, so just like any camera you need to make sure you support your phone well in low light, bracing your hands against whatever you can. The very way phones are held to take pictures is inherently unstable so extra care is needed.

I'd crop something similar to Pamela as while the blue sky is attractive, and a nice contrast to the street lighting, to make reference to your title, this is all about the street so that needs to take prominence.
Just because you've captured a wide area in the scene doesn't mean you need to keep it all, though if you're like me it always seems a pioty to get rid of parts of the image. But if the result is stronger or more pleasing, it needs to be done.
24 Sep 2019 1:17AM
Thank you Smile
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2019 8:03PM
I would prefer the figure sharp, but that is no easy, even wit a camera with full control. Otherwise quite a decent shot. Given full control, it could be very good and I would leave the composition as it is,

Paul
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
25 Sep 2019 10:46AM
I'd say, generally, that a camera beats a mobiel every time.

Cameraphones are a challenge, and also handy, as you always have one with you. But there is often a quality compromise...
pablophotographer 8 1.2k 352
25 Sep 2019 12:53PM
Hi, check if your camera offers you the option of HDR or labdscape with back light illumination. They could be the best modes to use here.

I know of the pain of mobile photography but I know as well that the person who knows to use his tools well produces beyter pictures from someone who doesn't...

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