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Watching the world go by

By tom_earwaker
Played around around with some long exposure shots at the Bullring in Birmingham last weekend. This guy stayed still for quite a long time luckily, so I managed to catch a few different groups of people going past - this is my favorite of those.
There are some quite noticeable 'step' artefacts on some of the edges. There is no anti-aliasing filter in the camera so I wondered if it was that, but the edges look fine in the original so I think it might be a combination of a small rotation and quite a tight crop, don't know if it can be avoided? I often don't think too hard about getting the angle right when I'm taking the shot as its so easy to correct later, but this might make me a bit more careful in future...

Tags: Shopping Street Candid People Birmingham Bullring

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 787 England
17 Feb 2017 7:55PM
This is good use of the technique, Tom.
That guy is positioned very nicely to make a good composition. You won't be that fortunate with all candid shots. You could take a friend along, and get them to stand exactly where you want them and get them to stay perfectly still.

I like the pattern of feet here too, just a few at the bottom and more at the top looks very nicely arranged, I think better than a random pattern but that's something to experiment with.
I'd crop that piece of clutter out top left, just for a simple strong image without (minor) distractions. Scrolling the image down to read the comments does that, and makes it noticeable. You've taken the trouble to crop this well with the tile patterns in each bottom corner, a touch more would make the most of the image.

Talking of cropping, you seen to have identified the cause of image quality loss, though I wouldn't have thought it would have been that noticeable. Small rotations shouldn't hurt, but heavy cropping will. If you can post the original complete frame we can see how much or how little you cropped.

It is relatively simple to correct later, but so much easier, and pleasing, to get as much right in camera to begin with.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
17 Feb 2017 9:13PM
Brilliant and noteworthy.

The steps... Let's see the full frame. This sort of thing can result from extreme crops, and magnification, or maybe from sharpening aggressively in processing. I won't say those are the reasons, but they're worth checking.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2017 8:14AM
Very interesting and the content makes you look. Central composition but it works here. Might just like a touch more contrast as the tones are all quite pastel with no true black.

Paul
18 Feb 2017 2:08PM
The crop and the B&W are nice, thanks. I have uploaded the original as a mod.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
18 Feb 2017 6:10PM
Pretty inspired cropping there!

My work here is complete... I can do no more.

Or - I'll follow tour work with interest, whether or not it's in this Gallery.

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