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Wheres the Dog's Helmet?

By iancrowson  
I was sitting on the quayside on a Greek Island early evening camera in lap, my wife said "look at that" and quicker than I thought I could have, snap! Do the bins spoil it too much? No time to change ISO to get higher shutter speed.
What I'm trying to achieve with these recent posts is an improvement in my street/candid photography. I tend to sit staring a flower before clicking, hardly snap shots. I going to Havana and Cuba in the New Year and am excited about the possibilities and want to learn more before I go.
Thanks for looking and any advice, Ian

Tags: Transport Pets and captive animals Humour and fun

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debu 8 India
11 Oct 2012 12:17PM
Wonderful image, lovely touch of humour.

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 12:21PM
I don't think the bins play much part. It would be nice if they were more out of focus, but as you were as wide open as you could be, there's nothing you could do about that.
It would be nicer if the whole bike and all the limbs were included, but get the shot first then worry about aesthetics later when street shooting. The expressions are great.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 12:32PM
Thanks for your comments. I could probably blur the back ground if I get in gear. I posted a mod showing the whole frame as shot, more bike but not more limbs. Maybe thats better? The rider had stopped to allow the lady and dog to join him. I got them just riding off. All very quick for me.
11 Oct 2012 12:41PM
for me the main subject is strong enough that the bins were of no consequence a great fun and happt capture fine grab

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 1:20PM
try it in mono and the background wont have a chance with those wonderful expressions
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 1:37PM
put up a mod ... but would have liked to get rid of that wheel on the bin .. but sorry no time have to go out!
dont know why there is a grey line at the bottom ...?????
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
11 Oct 2012 2:30PM
Its a street shot Ian, - and they are what that camera shoots, warts and all. Its a really good moment youve captured too. Similar to the fisherman shot, zooming out a little would have included all of the bike/feet for a better shot, but its very good.

Ive been to Havana three times. From my experience, always keep your gear close to you; bring a tripod; never change lenses outdoors, - your sensor will get very dirty very quickly, the air is full of heavy particles from exhausts; The main tourist areas in Old Havana, - where most of the good photo ops are may have the odd undesirable, but in general, people are very friendly; expect to pay some money for shooting the cigar smoking ladies, and men that pose especially for photographers; try HDR photography inside the Capitolio, - its gorgeous; theres a church at the harbour where cruise ships come in, St Francis I think, - its now a music school, - nice pictures to be had there, - low light so high ISO or a tripod; loads of great cars, beautiful light; do venture off the beaten track where you feel its safe; there are some great shots along long alleyways leading to the Capitolio; there a street barber, and a man with heavy face piercings along the street called I think Bispo, - I would pay the pierced guy. KIds coming out of school in the squares all dressed in their uniforms, can be quite a sight.

pablophotographer 6 936 334
11 Oct 2012 3:51PM
Great candid.
I prefer the full frame version.

The bins provide a suitable background colour to the main attraction the man on the white shirt. Thankfully, they are closed, so they are not distracting as they would, if they were filled up with rubbish and with the lids left open. You didn't think it can get worse? I have seen a motorbike rider in Greece driving with one and a half arm, the rest was missing. No, I didn't have a camera with me.

Have fun in Havana. A camera with a fixed focal length lens can be a good solution too for street photography. Hasta luego!
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 5:00PM
Thanks for the mod, it looks good in BW
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 5:05PM
Thanks for the feed back. Yes a fixed lens might be answer. I've a couple of compacts, one with a view finder but without info shown. A big advantage of DSLR to me as someone who needs reading glasses is that the info in the view find is readable without specs. I think some of the new rangefinder look alines might be suitable.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 5:09PM
The lesson I getting is that I'm zooming in too much, framing too tightly. Thanks for info on Havana, we are aiming at 7 nights there before heading into the country for a couple of weeks.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 7:33PM
I like this. A street candid of great effect. Bins just don't matter, they are there. I am agreat believer in get in close, fill the frame and go for impact. You have done that here.

If in doubt, fill the frame.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2012 9:17AM
Thanks for your input, always useful,

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