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Zimbabwean Flag Harare CBD #263

By dresnaps  
Snapped this at the Harare march in 2017. Tongue Grin

Tags: Photo journalism Zimbabwe Freestyle Street photography

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2018 5:42PM
Hello Andre, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You joined the site last summer, this is your second upload and this time you ticked the critique box - I hope it was intentional. It has the effect of disabling votes and awards but it invites more in-depth comment.

I like this a lot, it has the urgency and vitality of the street. I want to know what's going on. It helps that we can see that the man is looking slightly to our right, he's looking in the direction where we are heading. Plus the colours of the flag are echoed in the distant figures, that's good.

Settings look sensible, you used a program mode which relinquishes control of settings to the camera, but it has worked for you. Fast shutter speed to freeze the action and avoid camera shake, large aperture (low F number) for shallow depth of field to isolate your subject.

You used portrait format for the length of the flag, I don't think we need to see it all though. We know how he is wearing it... I would prefer to use landscape, for the whole of the lady's head on the left (and more of that tree top left to frame the shot), and a bit more of the background crowd on the right.

By ticking for critique you also enable people to download the image and make modifications. I have uploaded mine - to view it click on the blue Modifications button below your upload, then on the number.

As a compromise I have cropped to square. That allows us to see plenty of the flag but keeps our attention at eye level. I also lightened shadows by 10% and reduced saturation on reds by 5%, both reveal a little more detail in the foreground.

It helps if you let us know about the image, how you see it, whether you are looking for any particular feedback. I hope we'll see more from you.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
23 Jan 2018 5:50PM
This is nice Doctor Dre!

Moira has hit all the areas needed.

I would suggest it needs to have an increase in exposure, a decrease in contrast, and lower saturation. Increase exposure using the Exposure Compensation and use +2/3 or so because the sky and street are brighter than the two people.

My crop is similar also to Moiras.


23 Jan 2018 7:16PM
Thank you guys Very much for the advice GrinGrinGrin, I'm relatively new to photography so I will need all the critique i can get lol.

I use photoshop, photoscape, fotor, and lightroom ( with nik) to edit my pictures, which ones would you recommend?.

Thank you Moira
Thank you Willie

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2018 9:07AM

Quote:I use photoshop, photoscape, fotor, and lightroom ( with nik) to edit my pictures, which ones would you recommend?.

It depends on what you want to do and what you feel comfortable using. If you have Photoshop, I wonder why you have photoscape and fotor too? Are you more comfortable working with them?

Adobe Elements (which is very user-friendly and unintimidating) and Nik Silver Efex satisfy my simple needs...

Thank for the feedback, it helps when we hear from people. I hope we'll see more from you.
dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
24 Jan 2018 11:25AM
And welcome from me, too!

It's particularly good to have a member from Zimbabwe on the site and posting: a country that has been very vaguely in the news in Britain the last few years. And this picture speaks of a country that has a proud identity. I want to see and know more!

Personally, I use Photoshop (an unnecessary 'upgrade' from Elements, if the truth be told). It's more about fine-tuning what I've taken than making big changes, most of the time, though i use Nik Efex quite often.

I can certainly understand you choosing an action mode, though I tend to stick to Aperture priority myself. Others on the Critique Team use Shutter proority, but with either, you need to keep an eye on the other setting - so that the shutter speed doesn't drop so low that you get camera shake or subject movement, or the aperture needed giving exposure problems, depending which mode you choose. Be aware of both settings all the time!

I'm looking ofrward to seeing your next post soon!
25 Jan 2018 11:31AM
Good Day Moira!

Photoscape and Fotor were my entry-level programs before I even learned
of photoshop lol. . . They are not as good Adobe products but they produce decent results I barely use them now but the next picture I'm posting is a bit dated but I used fotor and photoscape only. Grin
25 Jan 2018 11:38AM
Hey Dudler

I will try to post as many, the problem is here the use of cameras in Harare is looked down upon, that's why most pictures most journalists post are shot through long distance lenses, basically sometimes no one wants their picture taken but more are on the way!

Il try That too, the problem which I have and the reason why I suffer from shakes is that my lense is bust and I'm stuck with manual focus, but I make the best of it, only have an 18-55mm. Tongue.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2018 12:11PM
Thanks for the feedback, and the explanation. The more information you give us - about what you are trying to achieve and how you do it - the better. It helps us to tailor our advice.
dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
26 Jan 2018 10:07AM
Take care!

Thank you for the extra information: I appreciate, just a little, how difficult things are for you. And it all makes us, in other countries, more grateful for the insights you give us into life in Zimbabwe. I hope and pray that life will get easier.

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