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Man in Shabghai crossing the street

By Bren1986  
I was on a layover for work in Shanghai and I had just bought a 50mm 1.4 Sigma Lens in a shop there (a real one Tongue).

Loving the quality of images I was getting, I was snapping everything in sight,and who could blame me, it was the first quality lens I'd ever used. Plus Shanghai is a mesmerizing and there's a lot to shoot.

Anyway as I was walking on the sidewalks and crossing the streets shooting with the aperture wide open. when I got this guy crossing the road beside me.

There's something I like about how the man comes out of the right hand side of the image, his arm and leg make nice angles coming from the top and bottom corners.

Another thing is the logo on his jumper, which pops out and looks sort of like a stamp for the whole image.

There is red black and yellow all there which go nicely together

Comments and feedback welcome and appreciated

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dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
3 Apr 2014 6:52PM
First, welcome to EPZ: you've been here a couple of days, and I hope exactly the same things that Moira does. Enjoy the site, the pictures, and the company.

I am very, very amused that a new, supersharp optic has produced a blurry shot that you like so much! Rich irony!

And I like it too. For exactly the reasons you've given: the cutoff, the angles, and the colours.

It's almost as if you were daring everyone to criticise, which I also like!

My one regret is that there are some distractingly-overexposed areas in the background - if you shoot RAW files, as well as JPGs, you may well be able to recover tones there, just to take the edge off the brightness.

I hope that you and your 50mm continue to have fun - fixed focal length lenses are quite addictive once you get a taste for them!

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
3 Apr 2014 6:57PM

This lens, with wider apertures doesnt perform very well, especially at the edges, which is where the action is here.

Experiment with it, and you will get some fine shots.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 7:22PM
As a composition this is a Marmite shot - love it or loathe it. I love Marmite...

It works for me because of the swinging arm, which pulls the eye back and balances the leg striding out of the frame. It breaks the rule that I most love to see broken creatively. People walking out of the frame raise questions - Where to? And why the hurry?

But... I wish it was sharper on the man, at 1/500 second it's actually softer than your previous upload taken at a much slower shutter speed! Willie's comment above suggests an explanation.

Keep experimenting.
3 Apr 2014 7:23PM
yeah I have one as well (a real one Tongue) an they are great fun enjoy I liked this

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 5:26PM
Neatly put Willie. You are far better at comments on these shots than I am.

dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
4 Apr 2014 8:52PM
For my money, the lack of sharpness is due to the tiny depth of field at f/2.2: but any way you look at it, this is at the margins of what you can do...
14 Apr 2014 12:28PM
Thanks for the welcome and feedback on my photo.

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