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27/11/2009 - 12:49 PM

Protest Faslane

Protest FaslaneI think the composition is very effective - especially in that it's taken at the eye level of the girl reading which Immediately creates a connection to the viewer. I'd agree with Dave that it would have been nice to keep the heads of the policemen in as well, however.

To me, the main thing being conveyed by this photo is the absolute detachment of the girl from her surroundings, making a point of sitting reading her paper while staunchly ignoring the police line behind her. One way you could emphasise this sense of detachment would be to use a shallower depth of field - obviously this is better done in camera but I've uploaded a mod to give an idea. The uniforms of the police officers is so distinctive that they don't benefit from being in focus anyway (if their faces were in shot then I might think differently, if their expressions added another dimension to the shot).

I've also actually cropped a tiny bit more off the top - I think it's probably better either having heads or just bodies; cut-off necks are best avoided if at all possible!

Best wishes,
11/09/2009 - 11:12 AM


Fergus(Critique comment..)
A great capture with a lot of character and a certain sence of ambiguity about it. In particular I like the partial crop of the face and warmth of the tones both of which I think lend a lot to the overall character to the shot.

I feel the only thing letting this down slightly is that the point of focus seems to fall a little way in front of his eye. Personally I'd maybe have gone for more of a square crop with a little more room to the left and less on top, just so the empty space follows the angle of his gaze, although I think the original composition works very well.

Tommy Grin