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Hanging on the Telephone

By ade_mcfade      
A candid of some chap on the phone in manchester

Not sure what the conversation's about but looks like it's not the best one he's ever had!

It's a real bonus when you get a really expressive face in a street candid shot - you can take 1000 and not get one if you're unlucky, so I'm really pleased with this one

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Manchester Mobile Phone Candid Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Richsr, Scutter, Take-a-View and 16 more

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
2 Aug 2010 7:41PM
Like the expression in this Ade, good candid capture.
Regards Richard

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johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2010 7:41AM
A very good capture.....the hair threw me at first as the thumb made it look a little like a womans hairstyle, but actually seeing it now, works even better! Tremendous capture Ade, like it a lot
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
3 Aug 2010 2:12PM
I Like it a lot Ade, tho the background in the bottom Right Quarter appears a little light.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
3 Aug 2010 2:30PM
that bit will be unaffected by the vignette - it's about the same brightness around his shoulders too
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
3 Aug 2010 4:35PM
Ade just to expand on my comments:

I'm not too concerned about the bit above his shoulders - the other just looks a little bleached and lacking definition, re looking the bit that really stands out is the legs in the background which looks a bit radio active, probably a heavy curves layer, with the top of the curve tacking too much detail away ? I would guess to get the contrast in the guys face. I'm sure you have, but try using a layer mask to get the contrast in the guy, it will also help make him "pop" - you could also use a different curves layer for the BG which is less aggresive (use same layer mask, use ALT and drag the mask onto the other curves layer, then invert the mask CTRL +I). I would also dodge / burn the post to get more detail as that is part of the scene he is interacting with. On monos I often use multi curves layers, dodge / burn, gradient maps and low amout high radius USM's to get the image to the tonality throughout.

BTW the vignette is subtle and makes the image for me - I wouldn't normally go into so much detail but this was so close to getting my user award.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
3 Aug 2010 4:41PM
it was all done in Silver EFX nick - I don't really do much else with street candids
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
3 Aug 2010 5:03PM
Ive had a play with EFX, but not really come to terms with it - I cant get the look I like - I'm sure you could with time learning it properly with the control points - even so it appears to give the same RGB settings across all the image . Tho to be honest I now have a style I'm happy with which I've recorded as an action - so I will probably stick with that for now. Maybe we should take the discussion to the forum?
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
3 Aug 2010 7:48PM
go for it

I do very little with street candids though
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2010 10:47AM
Great candid Ade, not sure if the guys look reflects his phone call or the fact that he spotted you getting a shot? I guess you were pretty much in his face with the 17-40, not sure I'd be brave enough.

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
4 Aug 2010 12:41PM
if you walk fast enough, they've no idea Darren - once you've got the hang of it, it's pretty easy to conceal the fact you're taking photos Smile
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2010 1:48PM
Do I assume you pre focus and shoot from the hip?

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