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By tom_earwaker
Pretty terrible weather today, so I had another go at some street photography in Birmingham. Not many keepers, but its a good challenge - definitely got a lot to learn!
Critique always welcome, thanks for looking.

Tags: Street Child Ballons People Birmingham

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
11 Feb 2017 10:23PM
I may not end up doing a mod, as I can't work out what to do. Possibly the original and unprocessed file might help inspire me.

The main thing is the lack of feet: it's not a frantically tight crop, but there are bits missing all round, and the feet count for a lot.

More room at the top, including al lthe balloons? Tempting, momentarily, but then you'd lose the boy's face as far too small. And it is what this is all about, in the end.

Maybe, really tight?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 8:56AM
I photograph our Town Fair every summer, and the balloon seller is a must-do shot. So I know this can be tricky, the balloons actually move around a lot if there's any breeze.

You timed it well, the problem is the cut-off. Legs need feet, otherwise people look as though they will fall over... But you also need more of the balloons.

The fact that the child is so small is both an advantage in story-telling terms, and a disadvantage for composition. With a taller child you can use landscape, duck down a bit lower, and concentrate on faces and balloons. Here you couldn't do that. With a fixed focal length you need to be nimble and zoom with your feet. Move back, allow more space. (And I know that then risks someone walking in front of the camera!)

John's crop addresses the problem on the basis that a slight cut-off looks accidental, a radical crop looks deliberate. I wouldn't go quite so far. Mod to follow...

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
12 Feb 2017 11:29AM
I have to say, I prefer Moira's mod to my own...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 11:37AM
I'm a sucker for flattery, John. Wink
12 Feb 2017 11:57AM
I hadn't thought about the feet, but you're right it would have been better to either get them in or go tighter. Just out of interest I've uploaded another shot I took a bit later - at first I couldn't decide which I preferred but now I think maybe it works better.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 1:08PM
Yes I definitely prefer your second image, the seller is looking at the balloons rather than at the child but there's a clearer sense of engagement and the cut-offs are way better.

It's good that you are reviewing your own images objectively, that's important.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
12 Feb 2017 2:52PM
Apart from feet, why are you deliberately underexposing?

The vignette also makes them appear even more dull.

Since the camera is already handling the brightness of the lighter balloons, you dont have to adjust with negative compensation.

In general, positive exposure comp, is way more likely to be needed than negative, so jeep thst in mind.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 5:47PM
This image has engendered some interesting comments and modifications, and I would imagine it would be of great interest to anyone wanting to learn a bit about composition.

I have concluded that the last modification is my favourite. How much more to the point can that one be? The child's expression, and its reaching up to the balloons. Perfect.

The balloon seller's white carrier bag has been annoying me and, rather than clone it out, I think I would have either toned down the white or given it a colour hue, just so that it wasn't so very dominant.

Also, I prefer the seller looking at the child. I didn't like just seeing the back of his head. So well done for getting more than one shot at the time.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
12 Feb 2017 9:20PM
Coming a bit late to this one, but I definitely prefer the second of your shots. The two faces are visible, and that shows more engagement between the subject which in turn gives more for the viewer to take in. And street photography (well, indeed any genre of photography when you think about it) needs to draw the viewer in. A good example of a slight change in timing making a big difference.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2017 8:21AM
Your own mod is better although I don't mind the lack of feet. Including them would just make the subject area smaller, and it is all in the top half - thus your own crop works well.

The image is a bit dark and flat as Willie comments. A bit more exposure with a brighter image would be better, even on a dull day.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
13 Feb 2017 3:58PM
Your second version is definitely better - lovely faces!

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