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Dog in Bolton in the middle of Coronavirus lockdown

By philtaylorphoto  
A dog leans from a car window in Churchgate, Bolton outside the Venue Bar, closed as a staff member has Covid 19.

A light diversion from the serious news stuff this week as the town passes over 100 infections per100,000.

If recent shots were going a bit Martin Parr, is this 'Doggie' Wallace?

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
6 Sep 2020 5:15PM
Good question, Phil.

But I'd be barking mad to answer it...
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
6 Sep 2020 9:46PM
I know its a fun and humorous shot, - however I did a mod with the dog looking sharper,\.


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philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
6 Sep 2020 9:54PM
Oh no, don't tell me the dog was unsharp. The AF on the 5D2 is awful. Of it can't focus a 16mm there's no hope, will teach me to take a 5D3 next time.

Love the extra detail in the eyes, it looks wilder than the regulations.

I'm in two minds about cropping the one on the left out, but he's part of the story.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2020 8:17AM
I suspect that you are reluctant to crop, but I wanted a bit less space right and bottom. Crop duly uploaded. But keep the guy on the left, he's perfect balance!

I see a Martin Parr connection, dogs are mute but very expressive observers of human folly. Bizarrely, this reminds me of some of the Luxury series.

Moira
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 8:34AM
Have you seen the long out of print 'Pictures on a Page' by Harold Evans, the classic guide to photos and graphics in print? For a sub editor working with paper, a shot that works with different crops is a dream. At my local paper pictures are all too often ruined by cropping to fit a template.

I'm not averse to cropping, and I would have gone to town on this. This one is straight from the camera, as submitted via phone to the agency. I know some people are very purist, and insist that the whole frame should always be used. Nowadays, stuff gets thrown on the web untouched.

The good news for today is that my recent Martin Parr/Dougie Wallace stuff has popped up in the Mirror and Star today.

chase Plus
15 1.8k 454 England
7 Sep 2020 12:55PM
This made me smile but the first thing that hit me between the eyes was the OOF dog Sad
I think Willies' mod has addressed that as far as it would go and I do like Moira suggestions of a crop done in her mod.
The guy walking on the phone is so very important here, he brings the whole frame to life.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 1:02PM
Nice to get critique. Mercifully the rest of the job was sharp, and made a few nationals today. Nicest surprise was French national telly web site.

I normally use the 5D2 with the ultra wide zoom, as the miserable AF is not so bad; but I need to remember it's not panfocal like a pinhole.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2020 2:06PM

Quote:Have you seen the long out of print 'Pictures on a Page' by Harold Evans, the classic guide to photos and graphics in print? For a sub editor working with paper, a shot that works with different crops is a dream. At my local paper pictures are all too often ruined by cropping to fit a template.

No, I don't know it, thanks for the recommendation. I have tracked down some second-hand copies on a well-known South American river, but at present I cannot get the link to work.

In normal times I supply our local rag with a fair number of events photos, they have a nasty habit of cropping feet. Annoys me no end. On the other hand, the paper's own full-time photographer is obsessed with artfully angled shots, which quite often cut off more important things than feet!

The single figure emphasises the lack of people, much more effectively than total emptiness would do.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 2:17PM
If the local paper is run by Newsquest, they got rid of sub editors, and went with a template system. Blank pages have holes in them.like those huge frames for family photos with pre made cutouts.

Tilting the camera, a favourite way to enliven a dull job. If it doesn't fit the hole on the page, it goes pear shaped.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2020 2:19PM

Quote:If the local paper is run by Newsquest...

Got it in one.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 2:22PM
Drifting off thread, but the Covid 19 epidemic has thrown up some issues for me. Many ofvthe jobs were done early in the morning to get on the wire first. That meant streets emptier than normal, then what do you send? You can make the town look as if everyone lives In a terraced house/is fat/rats pies/wears a tracksuit and play to a narrative. Playing for the Mail is very easy.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 2:26PM
We list the last photographer 8nna redundancy recently. I have decided to stop letting them have stuff, and the title now looks ridiculous. Circulation in freefall. They believed I would keep supplying stuff.

Do they now do layouts of photos that look like seaside postcards too?
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 699 England
7 Sep 2020 3:46PM
I lloked at this just befor logging off last night and noticed that the dog was out of focus but didn't comment at that time.
Printed small, or used small on the web, I guess it would suffice, though even without viewing large on here it's clear (!) that it's soft.

That said, timing and pose do have an appeal and I guess most viewers used to phone images wouldn't notice.

I'm not being negative Phil, we've all taken shot that we think were ok only to get back and think whaaat?
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
7 Sep 2020 3:59PM
I didn't view it properly, my fault! It went from phone to wire at a cursory glance. Serves me right. Wondering if I have some sharp ones still on the card.

Timing and pose help, I agree, but for the target market, I agree.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
8 Sep 2020 9:07AM
Good enough is good enough. Different arenas require different standards...
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
8 Sep 2020 9:13AM
If you remember our interview, an image of something is now the acceptable standard locally.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
8 Sep 2020 2:15PM
Absolutely - for those who haven't seen it, the interview is HERE.

A sad reflection on 'citizen journalism' - it's often lowering standards.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
9 Sep 2020 12:20PM
Anyone ever looked at a large print of Dorothea Lange's Migrant Worker Woman, it's backfocussed!
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 386
12 Sep 2020 5:07PM
Bolton or Dogsville?

I would say enough with the grim from the Covid, let's have some fun.

Crop from the left, the masked man who was out shopping and either crop the first three or all the bollards and make a square frame cropping from the bottom the side mirror accordingly.

Life after people... Is it a barking mad scenario? No. BoJo has a plan for it too.
pablophotographer

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