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The Queen

By bigbob2
Taken in middlemoor police hedquarters just after the Queen landed (by helicopter). I just happened to be delivering there at the time, so the shots i managed to get were just grab shots

Tags: Black and white

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Trev_B 13 151 68 England
4 May 2012 10:19PM
Hi Bob, a nice grab shot, not always easy to pull off.

I feel as the Queen is the main thrust of the image then she should be more prominent in the frame. I have recomposed the image in my mod to loose some of the peripheral subjects.


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DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 12:32PM
I disagree on the "distractions" -- to me, they're a big part of the scene. I can't say I care much for a shot of the queen looking small in a huge car; what makes it interesting is the way people are reacting to her presence.

Given that the car is moving to the left, the 'standard' composition would be to put it towards the right of the frame, which would mean leaving out the police. However, the photographer on the left, two of the police on the right and the faces in the background are all looking towards the car so the positioning you have works for me. You could lose some of the dead space at the top; say, half the space above the tip of the helicopter's tail rotor.

In terms of processing, black and white is probably a good choice as it focuses attention on the structure of what's going on, without distracting colours (especially any high-vis on the police). The photo's a bit dark and could use a curves lift. It's also over-sharpened, which has caused prominent haloes around the tail rotor, for example. For sharpening, use unsharp mask with a low radius and high strength: radius 0.7 and strength 100 is a good place to start. For local contrast increases, use high radius and low strength (say, both in about the range 10-20). If you get haloes, turn the strength down until they go away.

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 7:45PM
I would crop top and left for better composition retaining the police as part of the image. I would stay with colour in this instance, but your conversion is rather heavy and monotone with halos in areas where I assume you have been trying to alter densities.


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