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Sign of the Times

By annmackiemiller
I caught this woman looking out over St Andrews Bay, describing it on the phone to someone else.
I love candid photos and wonder what you think of this? Is the fact you can't see her face a disadvantage?

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6 Apr 2010 10:05AM
Nice image well composed. Just added a mono just for an option.
Cheers Allen.
clicknimagine Plus
13 1.1k 105 India
6 Apr 2010 10:47AM
lovely shot, i do not think that it is a disadvantage as we can not see her face, but compositionally the image could have improved if you had taken a different angle so that you could have kept the highlighted building at the background outside the frame( because it has a distraction ), i guess the bench at the foreground was vacant, so if i were you i would have included the bench completely placing the girl on the third, and took the picture from a distance or by employing 18 mm focal length, changing my position, just an opinion,

wish you best of luck for your future works...
ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
6 Apr 2010 12:59PM
The key to any candid is to have something "interesting" to look at - so you've got to be honest with yourself and ask "is this an interesting shot"

Do you think it is?

Interesting can be anything that holds your interest.

I'd say it's pretty well put together, but is there enough for my interest... well I like the little bear on her bag, and the fact she's looking into the distance, but the lower part doesn't really add a great deal for me, so I've done a crop to completely change the feel of the shot.

It concentrates on the view we guess she's looking at
6 Apr 2010 1:05PM
thanks to you all -
yes I like the black and white version

and ade - your modification makes a lot of sense. thanks
all things I will bear in mind.
cheers Ann
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 3:08PM
Ade has said it all. She might actually have ear ache. The image content lacks interest, and you must have that. I honestly can't suggest an improvement with what you have here - if her head had been slightly towards the camera showing much of the face, it could be a different story.

Candid photography is great fun, but many fail.

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2277 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 4:33PM
Nothing much to add, Ann, but I didn't realise she was on the phone because there is no sign of it, just her hand. I honestly thought she looked very pensive, with her head in her hand, and began to wonder if she had problems and had come to look at the view to ease her mind.
7 Apr 2010 1:49PM
thanks for all the comment. they are really useful.
cheers Ann

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