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By paulbroad
A bit of a dramatic crop. Does it work or is it too much? Shot from the hip in the street in Bridlington. Canon SX40Hs on auto. Zoom pre-set at about 80mm. ISO100 and aperture priority f8. That's as small as the aperture will go. Shutter speed about 1/800.

Not much processing. A bit of dodging in shadow areas and a weak smart sharpen. I find a major problem still with compacts and this bridge camera is a tendency for the camera to over process making later work more difficult. I often despeckle before sharpening o get a smoother effect.


Tags: Beer Street Man Candid Portraits and people

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
12 Sep 2012 7:59AM
It's all subjective. isn't it Paul?
As you know, I have no regard for the so-called rules of composition and so I can't see anything wrong with it and that it works.
Those that insist that we all use thirds, space in front etc. will no doubt tell you otherwise.


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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 11:16AM
I'm with Bren here, looks fine to me. Watching the Antiques Road Show discussing a portrait painting worth 75000 by well known artist I noticed much less space forward of face than behind it . I was drawn by the artist's skill in conveying the expression and looks of the subject not the positioning of head in frame. (yes we do need to learn the basic rules before breaking them... But)
I find this an interesting street pic, poss be good in mono.? Ian
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 12:55PM
I agree. We should learn the rules, then learn how best to break them. I do think this image makes you look - liki ng it may be another matter. I used to find, in club exhibitions, Joe public tended to stop and look at the unusual shots on the wall, not always the pot winners.

pablophotographer 6 952 335
14 Sep 2012 11:12PM

Alcohol is depressive.

There is nothing technically wrong with the picture, there is something wrong with society...
xwang 9 56 8
20 Sep 2012 5:14PM
Hello again Paul,
I read above all the rules..I don't quite know the rules, I did what I felt like... a crop straight from his emphasis the Supplies...
BTW, I like the angle very much.Smile

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