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People of the Allotments IV

By clevercloggs
In terms of return on investment, he is king. His harvests are easily twice as much as those of any other member.
His hobby has become his daily pastime and he can be found at the allotment almost every morning.
He is also the go to point for any advise on what and when to grow and where to get seeds etc.

Best viewed large.

Somehow I feel i did not get the best shot.. the sky was overcast, but it seems to me that the surroundings are not inviting to wander around inside the frame. your views, comments are more than welcome.

I feel the crop could have been tighter, as in 'viewed large'?

Thank you all for yesterday's comments and votes.


Tags: Black and white Allotments People portraits Portraits and people

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2 Mar 2021 2:01PM
I've had similar issues in the past and it's surprising what happens if you remove the "dead area" on the left. It makes him less central literally, but it makes him more dominant I think. It creates him as the subject of the left hand third with the remainder as his context.
cooky Plus
17 6 3 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2021 2:02PM
No, I like it and it is the tidiest allotment I've ever seen! Definitely King of the place, you wouldn't cross him with that shovel!

Love the series and a click from me.

2 Mar 2021 2:11PM
Love the stove, too, magnificent! Is it for rubbish burning, or toasting his lunchtime butties? 🙂 is that a cherry tree to the right of the stove? Immaculately pruned it is!

clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
2 Mar 2021 2:19PM
thank you all for your comments. He is the king! all is in the best of shapes, clean..
in terms of cropping i am not sure whether to reduce much of the left. When I saw the stitched canvasses I thought, that is great but would not mind cropping top and bottom a bit more.. it needs to be said I do like a panoramic frame..

For as long as i have been going there, that stove has been in that spot... untouched..
I'll ask him about the tree. no clue what that is...

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
2 Mar 2021 2:26PM
very well recorded
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2021 2:33PM
Master of all he surveys. Don't crop, and sod the sky! He needs context, space, and the sky is just background, not taking up an overlarge proportion of the frame. It does what a background should, it sits back and doesn't compete in any way.
And the framing explains him but gives him all the attention. It's his personal fiefdom, centrally placed he dominates it.
ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2021 2:40PM
As Bill has so eloquently put it. Don't touch. It is great as it is !
clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
2 Mar 2021 3:07PM
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
2 Mar 2021 4:37PM
Leave the left hand side alone. He is the King, and he is standing at the entrance to his kingdom. To get in, you have no choice but to approach him, and he will decide whether you have to deferntially back away, or are permitted to enter.
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Mar 2021 6:07PM
Iím liking this series already. This is fine just as it is IMO as it shows the guy in his environment, cluttered yes but plenty to look at and hold the eye. The plain sky works well as itís totally neutral .... big fluffy clouds would be an unnecessary distraction.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
2 Mar 2021 6:27PM
No, don't crop, it would take away the view through the shadows which takes me straight in to the image.
Plenty to see and I wouldn't mess with him holding that shovel in his hands.
Cropping would stop him' breathing'.
clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
3 Mar 2021 12:28PM
The interesting thing of an overcast sky is that there are no or hardly any shadows.
And you get a soft light.

I'll leave the image as it is for now. There are still 10 or more months to go with this project. So there bound to be other potentially more interesting images to come.
Thank you all for your input and Moira for her User Award. Thanks to your encouragements I feel I am on the right track with this.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
4 Mar 2021 9:38PM
Soft light is good and certainly in mono I wouldn't worry about a white sky as it's a simple backdrop allowing the viewer to concentrate on the subject.
Central placement isn't always good but in a series of centrally placed characters at one with their surroundings I think it orks.
Of course, you could try taking shots placing the subject either side of the centre and choose your final images as you see fit later.
It does look as though he's on his way to get you Smile
clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
5 Mar 2021 7:44AM
Keith ( dark-lord) I agree with your comments. Currently the images come out rather static as the people photographed are not used to being a subject in front of a camera. And I am a bit nervous too, I know these people and yes, you are looking your subject in the eyes.... So the images are taken rather too fast. Not much thought has gone into location or composition either.

He held the shovel as I proposed..not the best of suggestions. I can see what you mean with him about to hit me with it..
All this and more I am hoping to improve in the months to come when habit and routine take a front row seat in this project. Apparently the best photos are taken towards the end when I am hardly noticed anymore.
Let's see how it goes,.
Thank you for your comments.

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