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Fun, or Bored?

By paulbroad
Not toosure here. I've broken a lot of rules and that may be too many. Spotted in a seaside funfair at Bridlington but had to do a dramatic crop due to third party moving into frame. They were at a reasonable speed. The more I look, the less certain I am. Inclined to dump it?

EOS 7D with 18/250 Sigma at about 200mm actual. Aperture priority, f9 and ISO200, so about 1/800 in bright sun.


Tags: Ride Fair Girls Fairground Portraits and people

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 4:56PM
I think that the subject as it relates to the title has been lost in the garish background colour, and with just a little work this could be made the focus of the image, hence my mod.

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 7:41PM
An interesting eye catching image which says something about girls of today. I'm not sure what rules you think you have broken. Its obvious they are on a ride, it says fun station too, yet what faces!
To actually see that they were spinning would be good but I don't know how you might have given that impression.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 3:46AM
A great candid Paul, one which as you rightly pointed out can be interpreted in two ways. The red hair being my immediate focal point.

Regards Nathan
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:17AM
Well Paul for my money the scenario, despite the sopmewhat bored looks, had the makings of an excellent, colourful and interesting candid. You mention a dramatic crop, is that what removed the feet of the red head? I ask that because I would have much (like I feel you would too) like to have seen the couple in full. It would be nice to know what the background contained as I would have lioked to ahve seen the eye-catching red hair further away from where it is now, fairly close to central. Bottom right hand junction appears to be optimum IMHO.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 9:20AM
the feet being cropped off spoil the effect for me. for comfortable viewing they need to be all in or all out.

i think there is a good picture here. maybe a move to left, zoom in a little more and have the face on the painted hoarding and the words play station looking over the shoulder of the two girls and eliminate the legs totally. been even better if she was staring blankly like a zombey into a mobile phone. (as is becoming the norm). i regularly see a young women running by with a dog leash in one hand and staring into a phone in the other. are they addictive or what

best regards
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 4:40PM
Point taken. Nothing much to be done as the required detail is not on the original. Back to the drawing board. Take the point on phones - nearly knocked over today in Tesco by a young lady trotting along and texting. In a pub, last Wednesday, stood next to a young gent at the urinals and he was texting with one hand and directing the flow with the other! I'm at a loss but brains are getting smaller.

parob 7 3 74 France
29 Oct 2012 12:16PM
I, for one, like this shot. Don't dump it, Paul. Why do I like it. First of all, the garish colours make it plain this is a fair. The wording and the faces above are part of this scene. I love the figure with the sun glasses because it directs the eye towards the subjects. They are obviously in the act of expressing fun or boredom. The inclination of the shot, even if the legs as cropped, happens to give a sense of motion, further contributed by the light blurring of the gondola and subjects. Improvements? Perhaps by adding more blur to the central figure so as to avoid closed eyes, express more movement, and above all introduce some sort of balanced view between the very sharp background and soft foreground. Looks like you enjoy working with your 7D!

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