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Pride parade

By mmz_khan    
This picture was taken at a Pride parade in Winnipeg. Every year Winnipeg LGBT community host one of the biggest Pride parade.

On August 2, 1987 The provincial government voted in favor of adding sexual orientation to the Manitoba Human Rights Code, which sparked the first 'Pride Parade' in Winnipeg as the 250 people marched in the streets of downtown Winnipeg in celebration. Over the years the festival has grown in size.

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
13 Mar 2019 10:09AM
What aspects of this do you want comment on?

It all looks pretty good, apart from a bit of burn-out in the highlights in the blonde lady's hair. Composition is sound, though always tricky at a live event.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
13 Mar 2019 11:55AM
Its a nice candid street shot
13 Mar 2019 2:30PM
any suggestion, advice on taking picture in a public event like parade. i am more comfortable taking picture in a control event but i am always lost when everything is dynamic.
13 Mar 2019 3:30PM
Moira ( mrswoolybill ) will be the best member of the Team to help you here, and will probably be along later.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 5:02PM
This was taken during a parade and it would therefore be acceptable to have crowds of people around your chosen subjects. It's part of the story.

You have some nice interaction between these two, an engaging smile from the girl and some strong colour.

I think where you have been successful here is by not including anyone else's face. It's faces that will draw the attention more than anything else because we are naturally drawn to them. The only faces here are of the two you have chosen to feature.

Another thing that will draw the eye away from your subjects is strong colour or highlights in the background. You will notice that bit of bright pink in the bottom left will draw the eye. In this case, I would either desaturate it selectively, or change the tone altogether.
Fortunately, the girl has the brightest colours, brighter than anything in the background.

So, you won't be able to disperse the crowd in order to take a picture with a clean background, so you just need to be aware of anything very distracting in the background. Sometimes even this is difficult because you are fully concentrating on the action of your main character/s. Timing is essence in street photography. But try to not only be aware of what your subjects are doing, but also what is appearing behind them.

Another idea is to use a shallow depth of field in order to blur the background as much as possible. This is done by using a larger aperture/a lower f-number. You have used f4 which has worked quite well. You will notice that things further away, like the car, have blurred nicely, but the person on the left holding the child isn't so blurred because she is closer to your subjects.
Something worth remembering in future. Can you get a shot with context in the background, but with most of it quite a distance from your subject/s? The farther the in-focus subject is from the background, the more out of focus the background will be.

Some people use post production to turn their backgrounds black and white, so there is no doubt about who the main subjects are because they are the ones in colour. Others might select the background and make it more blurred. Also, cloning out unwanted elements can work well. However, there's something about a pure capture that's extremely gratifying.

Your subjects look a bit cramped in the frame. Perhaps you cropped to eliminate some of the background?

I hope Moira will come in a bit later.


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
13 Mar 2019 6:07PM
Two or three main considerations working in a public place:

1 What is the law where you are shooting? You need to know, and be sure that you aren't breaking it.
2 What is kind - even if it's legal, sometimes it's possible to take pictures in a way that makes people look silly or ugly. My rule is to take pictures that I'd be happy to have taken of me.
3 Set yourself up to be agile. Don't carry too much kit, and it can be good to stick to one lens - maybe a 135mm as you used, or an 85mm as I often do. A lot of candid photographers and street photographers use a wideangle and shoot from the hip, without looking through the viewfinder.

There will be some shots that you don't get, and loadds of failures. But owrk at it, use settings that you know will give relaible results. I'd opt for moderate aperture to allow for focus error and subject movement, and Aperture priority. with slightly raised ISO - say 200 or 400 in good light.

Those shooting with a widenagle often use zone focus.

And if anyone objects to being photographed, apologise and back off gently.

At something like a Pride parade, though, people are there to be seen and to be part of the movement, and most are likely to be kind to you if you are kind to them.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2019 8:21AM
A decent image marred a little by the burn out and slight over exposure. I would have given at least half a stop less exposure and brightened the dark areas later. Using SPOT metering on an automatic setting is not a good idea unless you actively lock exposure after taking a reading from the right toned area. I suspect that is what happened here.

You need to know the law of the land you are in. In the UK you can take as many pictures as you like in a public place with whoever you like I them. You must be careful with shots including children and you must be careful not to cause an affray. Should someone object, public space or not, they might thump you!

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2019 8:22AM
I'm a bit late here, and yes Alan, this is my comfort zone.

It's a delightful image, it's positive, beautiful and stylish. The balance in the angles on two faces is graceful.

Now a question from me - was this posed? I get the impression that the set-up is just a bit contrived, with the girl in costume bending her legs a bit to fit into the foreground without hiding the other face.

So far as general advice is concerned, John's question about the law where this was taken is relevant. But assuming no legal impediment, this is a very particular type of occasion.

Normally for street photography I try to remain totally inconspicuous (elderly women are by definition practically invisible, which is a great advantage... Wink ) But here you have a public expression of mood and opinion, people communicating their message are unlikely to object to being photographed. So when photographing a demo or similar, I will walk around much more openly. Whereas I would normally avoid eye contact at all costs, and try to persuade people that I am actually photographing something else, in a situation like this I will smile and make eye contact to win people's trust.

My technique is to always use shutter speed priority, with as fast a speed as the light will allow. My feeling is that there is potentially much greater difference here between say 1/60 and 1/125 second than between F3.5 and F5.6. The fastest shutter will automatically give a large aperture which will isolate the subject. I keep a careful eye on that aperture, and adjust ISO if necessary - but the main risk that concerns me with aperture priority is that the light can drop without me noticing it because I am concentrating on the action, and I could end up using a slower shutter than is desirable. With shutter priority the risk is an underexposed image, which can be sorted much more easily than a blurred image.

I know my approach is frowned on but it works for me - and to a very great extent, this is about using a set-up that you are entirely comfortable about. For the actual photography you need to be able to concentrate 90% on observation and timing.

One other general point - this was taken near midday in summer, with sun immediately overhead. That is always going to risk blown highlights on tops of heads and shoulders. A small minus exposure compensation will help, but you will always need to look specifically at those areas in post-processing, and probably use the dodge tool on faces. It's a situation where Raw files really come into their own, because you can generally retrieve a lot more from sunlit hair when you have all the available data.

Oh and one other thing - don't rush the shot. People are going to hang around for quite a while, you are not going to lose the opportunity...

OK, I've typed a lot. For this scene, whether posed or not, I would want to move round a step to the left in order to get 3/4 on the foreground face but also to bring the flower nearer to the faces. That would reduce the risk of background distractions between the flower and the faces. That's the important area here.

I would also want to use landscape. This is about context as much as it is about individuals. F4 is going to isolate the main figures against a softer background but that background is all part of the story. Portrait format doesn't often work for this sort of event because in the street we are exploring the scene horizontally, our eyes sweep across the faces; not upwards. So I shall try to reduce the height with a crop. Cut-off legs are awkward and we know that the girl is in costume, we don't need to see all of it.

Phew! I think I need some breakfast now! Modification to follow soon...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2019 8:50AM
Two mods uploaded. I used the Camera Raw filter and reduced contrast, darkened highlights. That retrieved quite a bit of detail in the lady's hair. Then a bit of burn tool (shadows) applied there, and a lot of dodge tool applied elsewhere to brighten highlights. Then a Levels adjustment to counter the flattening effect of reducing contrast. Just a quick effort, but it shows that there is greater potential in the file.

The square crop conveniently gets rid of that overexposed hair at the top, and the cut-off legs. I think it concentrates attention on the faces better, and allows the eye to explore horizontally more easily.
19 Mar 2019 3:20AM
Thank you all for your nice suggestions and guidance.

Extremely sorry for taking long time to reply.

Thanks for the mod.

This picture is 100% candid... I was taking picture and notice them in the crowd. Like the moment and took the image. I took another one after this one with permission. Unfortunately i didn't take permission for the first one.

I will try to follow the above advice in next photo opportunity.

Thanks everyone for your time.

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