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Lifting Lockdown Loneliness

By Balance_78
Warm spring evening, there was still plenty of space in the beer garden. The gentleman decides to come inside and sit at the furthest table away from the smattering of people in bar.

I didn't want to crop the image, I wanted to use the empty tables around the gentle to intensify his solitude.

F5.8 1/140 ISO 800

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
26 Apr 2021 3:50PM
There are some technical things worth drawing out here, but the main thing is the image and the framing. I've done a mod with a square crop - this removes the out-of-focus barrier effect of the nearest table and the block that the arch on the right provides, but leaves the man isolated and remote.

You framed this as a vertical image, but I'm wondering about the possibilities of a horizontal framing - though I don't know what is off to the left of the image. It might work with the image - or it might be completely unsuitable.

The technical side: if you had focussed on the chair immediately in front of the man, my guess is that the nearer table would be sharp enough not to feel as much of a barrier, while keeping the man and the wall sharp enough. Using the depth of field that stopping down gives you like this (rather than letting sharpness extend where it will, after you've focussed on your main subject) can extend your creative range a good deal.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
26 Apr 2021 4:19PM
I like what you've got here.
I tries a slghtly tighter crop.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
26 Apr 2021 5:12PM
I like this, solitary person in a cafe or bar is often a good opportunity.

I uploaded a mod that has verticals made vertical (they are leaning outwards at top a tiny amount) and also a crop that maintains the original aspect ratio which I think places him in a better position in the frame while not losing a whole lot.

Regards


Willie
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2021 5:17PM
You say you didn't want to crop the image, Gregg, but I hope you can see from the modifications that it can work really well. Removing some of the out-of-focus table and chair from the foreground makes for a much cleaner image, and there are enough empty chairs all around your subject to suggest being alone. His sad expression is more easily seen by going closer, and it speaks volumes. You have good light on his face.

Pamela.
Cheers guys,

I shall tightening up the image

Gregg

Quote:You framed this as a vertical image, but I'm wondering about the possibilities of a horizontal framing - though I don't know what is off to the left of the image. It might work with the image - or it might be completely unsuitable


To the left was a dirty carvery station being cleaned down and to the right a double glazing van in the window
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
26 Apr 2021 7:28PM

Quote:To the left was a dirty carvery station being cleaned down and to the right a double glazing van in the window

Well avoided Smile
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
27 Apr 2021 2:24AM
Hi.

Mono gives a suitable tone, good choice.

I was thinking of offering an example with coffees, like grande caramel latte vs double espresso. Too much milk and froth and the aroma of the coffee is lost.

You can frame it pondering if 10 frames on the wall above the man can be luckier than 13. Or if a single ceiling light is better than two (it is). Or if the wall on the right edge of the frame can be left out. It can. So does the lampshade. And almost all of the frames on the wall. They are like the milk and the creme above your coffee.

Try a crop without all these. just the man and the tables and the chairs. The essence of the picture to me is the sole man surrounded by those empty chairs and tables. That says "loneliness" to me. Or social distancing. Yes, they have the same bitter taste. And the kick. Ouch.

See you around amigo*
*Once they allow it.
pablophotographer



mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2021 10:17AM
I like this one a lot. It tells the story. You don't want to crop, it seems that we all do want to...

You have very carefully included that bank of pictures on the wall, I wonder if you unconsciously framed the composition for them rather than for the figure? I take your point about avoiding what was visible to the right, but the result again places your subject centrally, and the width of that area of pictures on the wall actually draws the viewer's eye away from the man and his direction of gaze.

I've added my own crop, keeping your aspect ratio, similar to Willie's I see, but a bit tighter. I halved the number of pictures - the result still looks 'intended', nobody is to know that there were more to the left. But the crop places the emphasis on the space to the right.

The crop allows one of the foreground table-tops to occupy the bottom right corner of the frame; it also gets rid of a couple of blobs of lights at the top of the frame, simplifying the area above the man.

It works better for me, see what you think. This is my sort of photography, I have missed it desperately for the last year...
Moira
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
28 Apr 2021 3:01AM
Hi.

I saw your other picture with the coffee lady and after making a comment there, I wanted to bring to your attention or stress even more the matter of tone. I mentioned tone quite early on my comment above. Did you notice that roughly the upper 2/5ths of the original frame are brighter that the bottom 3/5ths?

My suggested cropping alters this balance dranatically, emphasises the darker tone that goes hand in hand with the heavy tone of the man's loneliness. Despair drowns in pints. Ditto?

Now, please think of the other picture, almost everything is dark around her, like a dark oval, yet...she is under bright light. The tone is brighter, the mood is totally different.

pablophotographer

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