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The Dreamer

By Sandipan
Among the mass of the chaos that is the streets of bangalore, sometimes you find yourself entranced by the mundane. These moments are fleeting and elusive like bubbles. And when you do manage to catch yourself and stop, the wonders of childhood smiles right back at you.

Need critique.

Tags: Street photography Street Fun Bubbles Childhood Childhood memories Dreamer

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paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 9:42AM
interesting in many ways but very difficult conditions and it shows. Nothing I close to sharp and it would be nice if the lads face were - something at least.

I think the only way to shoot this without flash would be - at least - 6400ISO and careful focusing on the lad. The clutter is not a problem here, it fits the theme, but the bight lights are a bit insistent. Possibly a slightly different viewpoint?


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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1599 England
7 Aug 2019 10:33AM
Paul's right. The AF system has picked up one of the bubbles, and the boy's face is soft by comparison. That can work well, especially if the camera is really close to the bubble, and the framing is perfect. Here, maybe you needed to take 30 or 40 shots, going in close, and choosing where you focus every time. AF becomes a bit unreliable in low light - and with a confusing subject like this, may give a lot of errors. So shoot plenty, hope for some luck, and maybe try some manual focus images...

Bubbles are terribly difficult to capture - they are mostly invisible, and the shape and colours are faint - so a plain and dark background is best - and that can be hard to achieve.

My mod crops, and I used the Nik Efex detail extractor to emphasise the bubbles a bit more.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 5:31PM
You had the makings of a very interesting shot here, Sandipan, the colourful bubbles, the joy of the children, and the colourful people and surroundings. Well done for seeing the potential here.

If you had checked out this image on your screen immediately after shooting it, you will have noticed the very bright lights in the background. Having noticed them, you needed to stand somewhere else and make sure those lights were not in your frame.

The boy's bubble wand is being moved directly in front of those lights. That is the main area of interest, as well as his face, and so it needed a better background to make the most of the action and the bubbles.

Also, your depth of field is very shallow. The boy and his bubbles need to be sharp.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
7 Aug 2019 7:22PM
Perhaps you only wanted the bubbles and the bokeh balls.

Make the most of them, crop tighter, and sharpen the bubbles.

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 631 England
7 Aug 2019 8:51PM
The busy nature of the scene is good, that's the essence of a street scene like this.

I agree about the bright lights being distracting. OK, sometimes you have to shoot at that moment, but taking note of such things as you're out and about and before framing your shot is something to get used to so that you put yourself in the best position you can. It may mean missing some moments but then street photography doesn't have a 100% success rate at the best of times (we've all got stories of the 'one that got away').
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2166 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2019 8:42AM
This is absolutely delightful, and not an easy subject (I know from experience... ), the bubbles move unpredictably. 1/200 second is OK, I would go for slightly faster.

Various points in no particular order.

The angle doesn't bother me, this isn't like landscape or architecture, it's about the wild freedom of childhood.

The little girl on the right is important, she is looking in on the magic. The adult on the left is surplus to requirements though, because she is divided from the main action by the pole.

Focus and depth of field are fine for me, this is about the sparkling bubbles and we can see the concentration on the boy's face as a bonus. He doesn't need to be sharp as well.

The background lights are unfortunate but they were there and you could do nothing about them without losing the full story.

The thing that really annoys my eye is the hard, crisp and totally irrelevant detail creeping in bottom right.

I've uploaded a mod - square crop to just contain the children; lightened a bit to reveal more detail; yellows taken down a bit. Then I used the spot healing brush several times over the sharp detail bottom right, that produced quite a good result for most of the area, except for under the little girl's hand. So I cloned in a bubble there, and added suitable background behind it at reduced opacity. I don't think anyone would spot the work if they didn't know...
annettep38 8 219 42 Germany
9 Aug 2019 12:40AM
I like tit a lot and and immense lot has been said by others. I love to do these things... so a few hints.
context is fine if the main protagonists (s) stand ot. That is the case here.
If it were mine, I would have cropped like Moira and discreetely filled the white holes with something a bit darker, harvested from the rest.
I totally agree with your choice of 1.8.. tip.. get an 85 or something like that it helps to crop in your camera. But then, it is up to you.
the maze of colours is great!

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