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Street performer - Edinburgh Fringe 2013

By Taff
Street performer called Tomas Vaclavek taken on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh at this year's Fringe Festival.

If you're passion is Street photography, the Royal Mile is Nirvana at this time of year.

I'll try and upload a couple of variants if I can figure out how to do it!

All comments/critique are welcome as always Smile


Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Street photography

Voters: mrswoolybill, woolybill1, briantjjones and 12 more

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woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 11:24AM
An extremely good street photograph. The shallow dof is very well handled with the focus in the ideal plane, the composition dynamic with the gentle diagonal of the arm and hands, the b&w conversion first class. The extreme highlights on the upper hands might niggle with some observers, but this is a summer street photo not the product of a controlled studio set-up.
I might just be tempted by a slight crop below the faint highlight line at the top, to tighten the composition rather than to lose the highlight, but that is a minor matter.

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Taff 15 59 Scotland
26 Aug 2013 11:50AM
Hi Bill,

Thanks for the critique and the comments Smile

Extreme highlights - Couldn't agree more. I did try various tools in PS to try and darken them a bit, but I haven't got to grips with the Dodge/Burn/Sponge tools and made a bit of a hash of it Sad

Crop - Yup, valid point. Bit of a schoolboy error on that one!

Thanks for taking the time to reply Smile

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
26 Aug 2013 4:40PM
Its a nice shot.

You will waste time trying to address the blown highlights in the mono version, as they are truly blown, - which is they are devoid of any recoverable detail. So its just not possible, and has nothing to do with your PS skills.

The issue is actually with the mono conversion itself, and how youve done it. . The colour shot has lots of detail in the bright areas of the fingers, so use this as your starting point, and use the burn tool set to mid tones and 40% and work slowly. When this is to your satisfaction, reduce the saturation, which is extremely high. Then convert to mono. Use the channel mixer slider to get the best possible mono image, with the best detail. You final image will look much better. Ive downloaded your colour image and tried this and it works.

Hope this is helpful,


woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 9:30PM
However - whatever - this is my picture of the week.

Taff 15 59 Scotland
27 Aug 2013 8:28AM
Well thank you very much Bill

8 Years on the site and nobody has ever said that to me. Blush

Thanks so much.

Taff 15 59 Scotland
27 Aug 2013 8:33AM
Just spotted the UA Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

Coming from someone who's been awarded 61 Constructive critique points that is an honour Sir!

patri 16 3 Italy
27 Aug 2013 6:55PM
Great pic, very, very interesting and unusual.


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