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Turkish Anatolian Girl dancing (playing), May 2012.

By michaelfarrisinkonya
I may crop it later, but there were about 50 dancers, and I wanted the viewer to get a sense of the motion everywhere.

Tags: Photo journalism Dance Anatolia

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puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
20 May 2012 9:31PM
Hi Michael, I'm afraid your image has quite a few faults. The dances faces are in shadow, you have one dancer with his head missing and another one cut in half lengthways. There's also someones hand in the shot waving a piece of cloth. You should have concentrated on 2 maybe 3 people in the shot. Anything else, you should have cropped it. Anyway, I put your image into Photoshop camera raw and adjusted highlights, shadows, contrast and vibrance. I then went into Photoshop, copied the background layer, did a levels and curves adjusment. Layers panel > blending mode > screen > opacity 36%. I then cropped the figure on the right and removed the hand on the left with the patch tool. Hope you like the mod.

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
20 May 2012 10:29PM
The mod image is much better composed and more pleasant to view. I see the thumb still there, but I know this is just to show what can be done with not a lot of effort just practice.........Sandy
Puertouk and Daisymaye, whenever people take the time to help another, it is of such great value. I appreciate the ideas -- and I will put them to good use. Using photography is not just point and click -- there are so many considerations to get the most out of the shot. I will use what you have told me, and I will keep it in mind for future shots. I was looking for the mod, --should I look on your page? I don't see it here. Let me look again.
I see it. And I agree -- the modified photo is more engaging. I read an essay by -- the first name escapes me -- Harris, called "Lying", and he talks about taking opportunities to tell the truth in such a way that the other person is helped in some way, and that true opinions can open doors to understanding and improvement, but also shows in a firm and compassionate way that you want that person to be able to improve. Case in point. Many thanks. You show me the potential of the medium, even from simple shots, and I really appreciate your taking the time. It gives me a lot of respect for the site in general, if the community responds to a "newbie" in such a way. Good work, all.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
21 May 2012 4:13PM
Welcome to EPZ Michael, and your first upload for critique.

Looking at your camera, the setting, and you position in relation to the dancers the shot has turned out quite well. Its slightly lacking in contrast, but not a bad exposure overall, with the camera doing a decent job of dealing with a wide range of light.

As you suggested yourself, it likely better cropped tighter ( I loaded a mod with one dancer only, but used quite a bit of photoshop trickery for this, the point is to show what could have been)

If you had the opportunity to take the shot from the same level as the dancers youre chances of a really good shot would have been improved. From your vantage point, an even wider shot showing more dancers may have been closer to what you intended. As it is, its realy halfway between being close and wide, with either closer or wider being a better option.

I do like the dancers, - I havent seen a shot of Turkish dancers on here before.

Enjoy the site,



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