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*(best in town I was told, they really have fresh in-house bakery)

Turning the lens to innocent people. Luckily, it's not 'Canon' !!

I tried ''stealth'' photography picking on this lonely lady reading her newspaper.

The camera does not have a ''stealth'' shutter, it does make a noise, plus it's not that small or ''barely visible''. Years later Panasonic turned the outer ring of the lens (about 1.5cm wide) black from silver (which is in my model); admitting somehow it was not that clever idea to have it silver in the first place- black helps making it not as prominent. I had seriously thought of covering it with black tape.

I played with dyads here: Two tables, two chairs, two cups, contrast with the One lady. -ooops! do you mean Men die faster, Sad -

Now I am about to upload it, I wonder if I should have trimmed the table from the left, but that was part of the ''2 of each'' theme.

You tell me.

p.s.: shot in black and white straight from the camera settings

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Apr 2014 - 1:17 PM
Focal Length:12.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:Lady at Café*
Username:pablophotographer pablophotographer
Uploaded:10 May 2014 - 9:50 AM
Tags:Black & white, Cafe, General, Loneliness., Portraits / people
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Coast Critique Team 71607 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2014 - 10:15 AM

A nice idea that hasn't quite worked due to the softness in the image.

My view is this is more to do with camera shake from the slow shutter speed of 1/6s than a mis-focus on the lady.

I like the softer foreground cup and shooting over the top to the subject behind. I feel that the framing is imbalanced due to the body angle and direction your subject is facing. It needs more on the right side if anything and perhaps come in on the left just a little tighter.

I would always recommend where possible, and time for processing allows, that original shots are done in colour. The mono function on most digital cameras is fine if needed quickly but does not give you the creative control to get the best out of the tonal range. Using a colour file, RAW or JPEG, will allow you to convert using the colour channels to control the equivalent tones in black and white. Here your black and white lacks depth in tonality which can be improved in processing but with more latitude from a colour file.

Jovanavic shoots a lot of his work in the mono mode on his Sony and is worth looking at his PF. This is an example where you can get good mono's direct from the camera but I suspect that this is with some finishing in software.

Overall a good and creative idea that just needs a little work on the technicalities to make it a winner.

I hope that helps


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handlerstudio Plus Member 3handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2014 - 4:44 AM

I agree with Paul about mantling to see more on the right side. And, I would like to see the foreground cup in focus. I do agree about making the monochrome on your computer later.


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