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By JaHa    
Street candid from my stint in London a couple of weeks ago, a little softer than I would have liked but I am finally happy with the crop. A colour version is in v2; I'm leaning towards mono but I quite like the red headphones standing out in colour (not too big a fan of colour popping).

Thanks for looking pals, comments and criticisms appreciated - if there's any way to get it sharper then modifications would be most welcome.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Candids Portraits and people Humour and fun

Voters: Jonny5874, paskinmj, JohnHawthorne and 12 more

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 10:57PM
Great spot. I prefer version 2.

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V2 for me to. brings it to life, well spotted..
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 11:11PM
Yeah, black and white for me also..
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
17 Apr 2012 12:05AM
Its a good shot, and your foreground sharpness is not at all bad. The lens is wide open, so you can expect softness in distant objects.

I like the mono, but it will benefit with added sharpness and contast.

One suggestion rather than mono is duo tone, you might like it.

Ive loaded 3 mods. 1 is your original shot, sharper; 2 is a duo tone conversion; 3 is the duo tone with the headphones popped.

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JaHa 6 48 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 12:34AM
Thanks guys, very helpful and the modifications are much appreciated as demonstrations on how I can improve
V1 FOR me like candid street,a slice of life
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 5:46AM
I'm so glad that you enabled mods with this and I'm glad that Willy worked on your thought of the red earphones.
Many thanks for saving my upload as a favourite - I feel very chuffed that someone liked it enough to save it SmileSmile
mhfore 11 6 176 England
17 Apr 2012 12:53PM
Hi Jarod,

Both images work well but my preference would be for V2.

You say it's a little bit soft so I've made a few adjustments in PS. If you have "Elements or PS etc" go to "Filters" and then towards the bottom select "Other" then "High Pass". When you select High Pass your copy will turn silver, don't worry that's normal, there's a slider to adjust the amount, I selected 0.9 then in Blend Modes select "Soft light" (it's another way of sharpening). Next, again in "Filters" select "Sharpen" and "Unsharpen Mask" remember when sharpening you need to increase you image to a minimum of 50% but ideally 100%. Now forget everything else and concentrate on the buildings in the background, when you have them as you like use a layer mask and brush set to the colour black and erase the effect from the rest of the image. If you erase areas you didn't want to, change the colour of your brush to white, paint over those areas and this will return them to as they were. To finish off I added 25% vibrance, not saturation, vibrance as a more subtle effect.

Take care
JaHa 6 48 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 9:37PM
Thanks everyone
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 1:07AM
I am a bit of a colour fan,
but I do prefer the mono here.
Just love the tones I guess !!
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
18 Apr 2012 9:29PM
V2 for me ,looked at the mods ,yours stand up ok as are.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2012 7:57AM
Like the mono version and it's a street candid shot well shot. It tells a good story. Well spotted. Paul

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