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Grassmarket Busker

By EuanGilmour  
I took this photo during the Edinburgh Fringe.

I'm looking for general critique. If there is any particular problems with it. What would I do to improve it. How to make it better if I could have taken it again.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism General Festival Busker

Voters: cats_123, pronabk, morpheus1955 and 4 more

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
29 Aug 2012 9:59AM
the top sector is quite blown out s is the building on the right...I've done some judicious cropping in a mod with a few other tweaks Smile

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franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 10:26AM
Works for me as is and welcome to the site.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2081 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 10:31AM
Neat observation, I like the three background verticals, they balance the angle of the busker's head rather nicely. Jeff's right about the background; a shot like this is always tricky, and you can't use flash for the face if you want a second bite at the cherry. But the exposure compensation is too much here! Generally speaking an under-exposed picture will usually be easier to correct than over-exposed.
(What software are you using? If available, experiment with Levels, moving the outer sliders inwards until they meet the main body of the curve; and also with the Dodge and Burn tools, but at very low % settings as they are powerful.
The slight motion blur in the tapping foot is effective but if you want to freeze a musician in action, 1/160 second or faster is a bit safer.
Jeff has done a good Mod, my Better Half is working on one as I type, I'll leave it to them.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2081 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 10:42AM
Oh and welcome to the site! There's a small but loyal band of street photographers here. I would suggest that you add two further tags to the upload (go to the Options button below the image and select Edit...) - Photo journalism and Street photography. Quite a lot of people filter the Gallery by tags to just see their speciality interests.
woolybill1 Plus
13 29 75 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 10:47AM
Firstly, welcome to ephotozine, Euan!

The focus on the melodeon-player's face is fine; the body-language (melodeonist's lean and stamping foot) is indicative of the man getting into the swing of his music. Composition is generally good - more particularly, the pairing of the musician with the other photographer.
Camera exif shows that you were shooting with nearly two stops of overexposure, which visually is what stares at me from my monitor. Shutter speed priority has meant a wide aperture, too, though the selective exif hasn't shown me what it was; combined with the huge over-exposure, this has led to severe colour-fringing in out-of-focus areas especially the trees.
So - check the exposure compensation before you shoot - it's so easy to forget to zero it after a session, I do it regularly Tongue but I rarely use more than 2/3 stop compensation.
Jpegs are much harder to recover than raw images, so shoot in raw if you can.

I have attempted a modification for you: this sort of scene works well in monochrome, much favoured by street photographers even now; mono also conceals some of the colour fringing, or at least reduces its prominence. I have also cropped to 10 x 8 which was for many years 'standard' in the darkroom. I hope you think it works!

Best wishes
29 Aug 2012 1:46PM
Thank you all for the helpful comments and the warm welcome. I think I'll enjoy this site. Will try to put your advice into practise.

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