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Did i Pick the wrong color today ?

By devlin
Street shot from Long Street Cape Town...the expression on the lady's face and matching red dress with the red wall sorta caught my eye...

Feedback welcome as usual Smile

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 3:30PM
The woman is an excellent candid subject but there is just so much detail in there, I find it difficult to know where to look. Possibly a little over saturated. I think I would have zoomed in a bit to try and isolate her more.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 4:52PM
Very funny, but too much space at the top for my eye - I'd crop down to the top edge of the Net Café sign.
And then you have an RGB image... Smile
Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 4:58PM
Just uploaded a very quick Mod. It works for me. I haven't touched saturation, it's a foul grey, cold day here and I am enjoying that blast of colour!
Looking at this in greater detail I do like the way you have used the contours of the red building blocks against the white frame - very subtle, very clever.
pablophotographer 8 1.3k 355
24 Feb 2013 5:38PM
Hi, I have been thinking too that the picture might be a bit busy. But it's a street photograph, so why not being busy.
My biggest criticism comes from its timing. You have fired early, to my opinion.
The woman looks directing herself round the corner of the red wall. She is one step before bathing under the sunlight.
I think you should have followed her the moment she enters the space, with the purple shirt still visible.
If I can see right she holds a red bag, and if she was not in the shadow, I could tell she is wearing red matching shoes.
-got to be matching, well dressed women say- so if she was coming around the corner with red details, yeah she might have worn the wrong colour shirt today. Even a horizontal framing could have done the job, but I can't insist, as I wasn't there and there may had been obstacles.

Picture is sharp though Smile
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
24 Feb 2013 6:06PM
Nice street shot prabh. Colour is very much overdone. Ive offered a mod also, - desaturated to -20 to prevent red bleed. Cropped the van and some height. Did you increase colour sat in post processing, or is the camera set to some sort of vivid mode?



regards


Willie
devlin 9 653 39 India
24 Feb 2013 6:18PM

Quote:Nice street shot prabh. Colour is very much overdone. Ive offered a mod also, - desaturated to -20 to prevent red bleed. Cropped the van and some height. Did you increase colour sat in post processing, or is the camera set to some sort of vivid mode?



regards


Willie



No Willie it's set to the standard mode, this was actually much more saturated out of he camera I reduced the levels till I thought they looked right....apparently not enough though Smile.
devlin 9 653 39 India
24 Feb 2013 6:21PM
Pablo - thx for the feedback, re the timing I didn't really have much time plus this is one of the busiest streets in town and its rare to find a scene which isn't very busy...just one of those things Smile
devlin 9 653 39 India
24 Feb 2013 6:22PM
Thx Moira the mod works well with the crop I quite like both the mods actually (Willies and yours)
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
24 Feb 2013 6:50PM
Theres a way you can tell if the colours are overdone Prabh. Take the red wall as an example. Assuming you have photoshop. Select the wqall only with any selection too; open curves; drop down the rgb box and look at each individual channel. You will see red bunched high againt the right, meaning, just as in luminance, thats it overblown; then reduce saturation and repeat, and you will find that the red will no longer overshoot the end of the histogram.


You can also open the image, select the saturation adjustment, and slide it up and down and you will quickly find a point where the ref starts to obviously glow, and the edges of the bricks lose definition. Likely down to the very bright and harsh light causing a very high red channel.


regards


Willie
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
24 Feb 2013 9:36PM
Hiya Prabh,
I like this, including all that wall.
The lady's face alone makes the shot. As has been said, it's very busy but I rather like that in some images.
Cropping the top seems like a good idea and Willie's covered the colour.
Keep up the good work!

B.
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 10:18PM
hi, love the idea and the execution is pretty good too,
maybe just a bit too much clutter around the left hand side of frame so i did a mod to make it more concentrated on the principle elements, more graphic and dynamic i feel.

the lady looks excellent and contrasts well with the brightly coloured wall and i like the modern day references to the web cafe and her phone etc. almost a social documentary, im not so good at these, i think you have to have an eye for it, you seem to have one, i have to think my shots through and rarely manage good images from shooting from the hip so credit to you for getting it all so sharp and interesting.

and remember, getting it right is having some you can crop off later, like you have here, its when you crop off too much in camera we have the problem Wink

regards
Phil
devlin 9 653 39 India
25 Feb 2013 6:48PM
Thx Willie - that helps a lot, Bren glad you liked it

Phil- thx for the feedback, yes I remember the advice on the crop Wink, like the mod as well.

Cheers

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