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Happy Days

By paulbroad  
Another from the market . She really looks like she may have had one too many fags.

Wide angle this time as I often use in crowds. A tele lens in the street. Everything on auto including face detect set. Get a lot of failures but some can be quite interesting.


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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2015 4:56PM
Sorry, expected EXIF but must be stripped. F8 and about /400. ISO200 set. Focal length set at about 35mm. Shot by guess so some cropping. Depth of field too great?


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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
14 Nov 2015 5:12PM
Super street shot 😊
iancrowson Plus
9 213 146 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2015 5:35PM
A Good one
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2015 6:32PM
Scary. She has a Wicked Stepmother look.

Two things going through my mind - get rid of the Burger lettering because it drags away from her direction of gaze. And the sharpening on the background is way overdone for my taste - you can see it in the foliage, and the diagonals of the stall top left. That may be happening in-camera?

I've uploaded a mod - cropped, b&w (Because She's Worth It), and some softening of the background.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
14 Nov 2015 6:45PM
Ive a feeling weve seen this one before, though I dont see it on you PF Paul. A deja-vu feeling...

The comments on that wiry appearance in the background that Moira refers to is what I would think too.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2015 8:23AM
Don't think it's been in before, but never know. My recent computer failure lost some of my records and my Photozine file that I reloaded was old. Will do a check. The sharpening is me I think. I have not changed in camera sharpening. I think I may have overdone sharpening the small image.

salopian Plus
8 3 28 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2015 12:27PM
The more you look at this the more interesting it becomes. She does look as though she has lived through some hard times and maybe reflecting on these but, at the same time, she has still turned herself out well with beautifully done fingernails, some jewellery and waves in her hair. You have caught the moment well so congrats to you and the lady !
I like the way the wavy line on the boarding behind could be the smoke off her cigarette.
Finally, I think More's square crop in mono has really nailed it - excellent.
dudler Plus
16 977 1536 England
15 Nov 2015 2:24PM
We all know someone who looks a bit like this: too much sunseeking, too much tobacco. Also, perhaps, one or two disappointments more than she can suck up... There, but for fortune, go you, go I...

It's a fine picture, though maybe no a kind one.

Technically, the oversharpening really shows, and more with the not-quite-sharp background than with the subject, which is a lesson for us all, especially those who try to rescue shaky and ill-focussed shots at the computer! - unusual in your portfolio, Paul.

I offer a technique I found in a recent edition of Black and White Photography (one of the more interesting British paper magazines: high ISO, small aperture, wideangle, and, crucially, fixed focus and silent shutter. You can only do it with recent EVF cameras, but I am having fun trying it out. You have sufficient depth of field for focus not to matter, as, indeed, it doesn't here.

I won't, Paul, suggest shooting in B&W, though I know many will want to do it that way. In this case, I wouldn't miss the colour for anything: the contrast between her tanned skin and the greens and blues...

Moira's mod makes her someone slightly different, I think. Which is closer to the real person we will probably never know.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2015 2:59PM
No problem we all make mistakes, but those mistakes and comments in this section should serve to help others too. I do hope other participants look at the comments on other peoples images and not just there own.

with mono, just saw too much of it in my younger days. I can see how this benefits from the starker treatment.


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