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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2347 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 1:57PM
Hello Vasco, welcome to the Critique Gallery, it's the first time you have ticked the critique box. This has the effect of disabling votes and awards, but invites more in-depth comments. I hope that's what you intended, and that you will find it useful.

I like what you have tried here, contrasting an anonymous, solitary, still subject with motion blur. It's something that I turn to sometimes, it conveys something important about our human world. Rain adds to the sense of isolation, alienation.

Technically I think it's not perfect. Ideally the figure needs to be really sharp, to give the contrast with the motion blur. I'm fairly sure this was hand-held - 1/6 second is too slow for 100% reliably steady , there's some camera-shake visible. Equally I'm not sure that the overhead angle gives the best effect for passing cars, unless they are moving fast enough to create light trails.

The car was evidently going fairly slowly, possibly because of the pedestrian crossing. If you can find a location where pedestrians contrast with faster moving traffic, that would allow for a safer shutter speed (say 1/40 second, with careful holding), and still contrast stillness with motion blur.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1778 England
5 Nov 2019 2:01PM
And welcome form me, too, Vasco.

As Moira says, there's soem camera shake apparent: though I really like hte viewpoint. High up gives a different relationship between traffic and pedestrians, and I'd love to see shots like this with an even slower shutter speed (and the aid of a tripod).

I'm going to try a modification - click on the blue 'Modifications' button below your picture on the left, and then on the numbers to see mods.

The Nik detail extractor makes the most of the grittiness, and even makes the umbrella look reasonably sharp...
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4202 Canada
5 Nov 2019 3:00PM
The 40mm shown here with this camera is equivalent to 227mm in 35mm camera terms. Thats much too long a zoom to work reliably at 1/6 seconds. If you have zoomed out to about 60mm, or 12mm on the lens, this may have worked better. then you could crop. Noise would be more noticeable, but theres a better chance of the pedestrian being sharper.

Or, support the camera on a solid surface with the same settings?


pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2190 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 3:09PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Vasco.

I wonder what kind of effect you were looking for with that slow shutter speed. It helps critiquers if you give some indication of your intentions and whether you feel that you achieved your goal.

You obviously knew that the traffic would be blurred, and that's fine. But did you focus on the man with the umbrella? Because his head is mainly behind his umbrella, you probably focused on the umbrella itself. The trouble is that even the umbrella is out of focus. So you have ended up with everything out of focus.

Camera shake has been suggested, and that is probably the case. Also, it's possible that the man moved the umbrella slightly during your exposure.

This is an interesting type of challenge, and I admire this effort. I particularly like your viewpoint (although I'm not sure where you were standing), the strong diagonals of the lines on the road, the placement of the man in your frame, and the obviously wet weather conditions. I find myself hoping that a car doesn't pass too close to the pavement and splash that puddle up onto the man.

Your image has hardly any colour, and converting it to black and white might work well, removing that blue tinge. I'll have a go at a modification.


PS: In my modification I cloned out the part railing at the bottom of the frame, which is an unfortunate intrusion, then turned it to black and white.

chase Plus
15 2.0k 517 England
5 Nov 2019 6:21PM
Hi Vasco and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I do like your POV here it's different and works for me.

Sadly you haven't really told us what you were hoping to achieve here so we can only offer critique on what we see.

Blurred cars are ok but as has been mentioned by my fellow Team Members there is a fair amount of camera shake resulting in nothing being a point of focus, which is needed in an image to settle the viewers' eye onto, the umbrella would have been ideal but with such a slow shutter, if the focus point moves even slightly then it becomes blurred.

A sturdy tripod would have helped, then you have to make the choice of a focal point, one that is likely to be static and not move at all, perhaps the traffic light post would do the trick.

Johns' (Dudler) use of Nik detail extractor has helped and I do like the grittiness it has produced.
Pamelas' mod is good, mono can be so forgiving and I prefer the image without the rail at the bottom.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 739 England
5 Nov 2019 8:24PM
Welcome from me too.

The high angle has produced a strong image with no distractions, so a simple but effective image.

It's not as crisply sharp as many would like but given the focal lenght and shutter speed it's not bad. Presumably you had a location where you could have steadied the camera. A tripod is best but if you were in a window or on a balcony you could brace the camera against the building, or uven use a rucksack or bag as a support, pressing the camera down firmly.

Mono is a choioce here, though I'd go for a grittier versuion, like John's colouir mod.
that said, I o like the mix of pale blue and yellow, very winter afternoon.

I'm going to be a bit [icky here as I'd prefer to see the car separate from the pedestrian rather than merging with hin/her, though I realise that means split second timing with subjects that are not under your control.

riobom 1 1 Portugal
5 Nov 2019 9:00PM
Thanks a lot to all the critics, I agree with them all, anyway.
Of course, I am far from the man so have a frame that I like, I had to close the zoom, and reduce the shutter to blur the cars, and also to arrive near a good exposure.
Oh well, I will try again.
thanks a lot for your critics
Vasco Riobom
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2347 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 9:15PM
Thanks for your feedback, it works better when we have a dialogue.

I hope that we have given some ideas, that you will persevere, and that we shall see the results.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 739 England
6 Nov 2019 8:56PM
Thanks for your reply Vasco, i'm glad you found our suggestions useful.
Sometimes it takes a while to get the image we want. We're all in search of our 'perfect picture', we just keep snapping away Smile

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