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By Sean_Dillon
This was taken at Beamish open air museum in the Durham area of the North East.
It was a military weekend so there was plenty of people dressed in ww2 gear.
1st time out with my canon m50

Tags: General WW2 Re-enactors

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chase Plus
15 2.2k 565 England
24 Sep 2019 10:51AM
Hi Sean,
Looks like your first upload to this particular Gallery, so welcome from me.
One or two points that you need to be aware of as mentioned below.

You have uploaded this picture into the Critique Gallery, where you will receive constructive comments aimed at helping you improve your photography skills.
We are here to help, and to give you the best feedback that we possibly can, but it would be very much appreciated if you could help us to more easily help YOU.
It is difficult for us to offer constructive critique without some input from you, and so you can greatly assist us in our endeavours by providing us with a bit more information. Then the critique that we subsequently provide is far more likely to be what you are looking for, and consequently far more helpful to you.
It is highly recommended that you provide us with answers to some of these questions:
What is your reason for requesting critique?
What inspired you to take this photo?
What were you hoping to achieve?
Do you feel that you succeeded or failed?
Are there any specific elements of your photo that you require help with?
Do you want advice on camera settings, processing, composition, or something else?
Do you have any questions you would like answered?
Sean_Dillon 12 2 2 England
24 Sep 2019 11:11AM
Hi chase, thank you for your quick reply, I'm not new to the site, bit it has been a while since I've uploaded anything as I fell out of love with my photography......
I've now bought the m50 and am just trying to learn how to use this camera.
I may of posted in the wrong area as I was really just seeing if I could still upload, im sure there are plenty of improvements could be applied when taking this image, but this was more an upload excercise. Thank you again for your reply and information.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 565 England
24 Sep 2019 11:23AM
Well the upload from the new camera worked and it does belong in the main gallery tbh, one I would have given my vote to.
Sean_Dillon 12 2 2 England
24 Sep 2019 11:25AM
Thank you Chase.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4246 Canada
24 Sep 2019 1:07PM
Its a good shot Sean.

It can benefit from a little more shadow detail, and toning down highlights, - the light at the time seemed to be a little harsh. Lowering contrast a little can also help.

I would also suggest not using spot metering, - the default centre weighted average generally works well.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2019 7:54PM
Not a bad technical effort, but compositionally a lot going on and no construction of composition. I usually find, in this type of event, that getting in close and shooting small groups, close up and detail gives images with rather more impact.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
24 Sep 2019 9:24PM
Welcome back.

A decent capture, though Willie's mod with improved shadow detail does look better. Unless you wanted high contrast and deep shadows of course!

Avoid spot metering unless you fully understand it's strengths and limitations.

This would do well, in terms of votes, I think, in the main Gallery with the modification done. If there's anyaspect of your photography you feel needs some help since your return then the Critique Ga\llery is here.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1858 England
25 Sep 2019 11:12AM
It's a big change to mirrorless. However, it's addictive when you learn how to use it, and overcome the (very few) shortcomings.

Having a clear indication of exposure and so on in the viewfinder is a great bonus, I find (I use a Sony Alpha 7).

As you have quite a bit of experience, I'm sure you know the benefits of moving away from Program, and taking control of depth of field and shutter speed.

In terms of the genre, you'll find that most people at this sort of event are there to be photographed, so you don't have to be a sniper, picking off images when you can - you can go in, engage, set up, and get precisely the image that you want. (This isn't to say that there aren't good grab shots to be had, too!)
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
25 Sep 2019 12:40PM
Photographers can tell stories or can "create stories"...
Taken from paulbroad see the impact this crop has. The MP, the bike rider and part of the motorcycle including the famous star. No other soldiers visible, just a bit of other vehiy in the background.
MP looks like he is saying: "look where that nitter parked his bike"where
Biker stands in a way that suggest "I better get moving before he gives me a ticket".
Utter fiction. Same pic, different story.
Try a mono version too.

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