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Street Art

By WeeGeordieLass    
This shot was taken at the entrance to Kos Town harbour.

I've got some typical Greek Island type shots to upload later, for which I'll be grateful for your opinions and advice - but I tried to take some different type of shots on holiday so thought I'd upload those first.

I took loads of shots of this street artist before I could get one that I was happy with. I wanted to time the shot so that his arm was in the right position to show what he was drawing.

This was taken at night and I didn't want to risk ruining the shot with camera shake to I used a very high ISO. I didn't want to use flash as I thought the light would be too harsh.

I'd be grateful for any comments, thank you.

Tags: Portraits and people

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pablophotographer 6 951 335
26 Sep 2012 10:24PM
Well done!!!!!

I have been myself in a situation like this once, but never made to take the picture of the man making a picture.

Your picture has an impressive array of colours and I must congratulate you for your considerate timing. Half a step back would probably had given you the whole of the picture with the Lord of the Rings guy, but there are lots of pictures to show off this man's skill.
Alternatively, you could have shot the man posing for him and include him in the picture. The artist seems to be looking over somewhere, his neck is leaning to the right out of the frame. By including the poser, you would have lost some form the finished portraits on the left and we would have witnessed how good the artist is with a live model.

6:29PM is still early evening, I think I see an orange light to the right.... nearing sunset in Kos? I thought that would be at least one hour later at this time of the year... The top of his shirt looks like he was working in shadow....

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Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
27 Sep 2012 4:45AM
Hi Elaine,

What a great photograph with lovely colours and a great shot of the artist, you should try selling your photo back to

When I saw your image in the Critique Gallery as a thumbnail, the first thing that I noticed was that the pictures weren't level. now this may be by design but even when i open the image i find that it is annoying for me which is probably some ACD kicking in Smile

I would definately attempt to straighten this as even though it isn't a landscape it still has a horizon of sorts and i would like to see it straighter. Apart from the pole which you can't do anything about and perhaps a little more light in the artists face, i think the rest of the image is spot on, well done.

I have uploaded a mod with the suggested changes as follows: I straightened the image by adding more canvas in PS then adjusting it using the straightening tool. i then used content aware fill, crop tool and the clone tool to fill in the gaps. I dodged the artists face and shirt and then sharpened.

I hope this helps

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
27 Sep 2012 5:52AM
Excellent shot, negligible noise visible. Dave has uploaded a good mod straightened, and I have done similar, and added another possibility, a portrait crop that I think works also.


dandeakin 10 209 3 England
27 Sep 2012 8:45PM
I like this a lot. My only suggestion might be to consider cropping the right side slightly so you can't see the street behind. Either way it's a very interesting image
27 Sep 2012 9:08PM
Hi Pablo,

Thanks for looking at my shot.

On that particular evening the artist was creating his portrait from a photo. But that's a great scenario to look out for the next'd get the full story if you got the sitter in the shot - great idea.

Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK so it was about 8.30 pm. The area in the shot was by Kos Castle and the orange glow that you can see on the RHS was from the lighting on the castle walls.

Take care, thanks again.

27 Sep 2012 9:18PM
Hi Dave,

Thanks for taking the time to look at and comment on my shot.

It's really lovely when others appreciate my images. I read yours and Willie's comments this morning before heading off to work and my spirits were lifted........great start to the day - thank you.

I know what you mean about the images being skew-wiff. I considered straightening the image, but wasn't sure if others would feel the same way so thought I'd wait and see if anyone advised on that point. I'll definitely straighten it now as seeing your mod I agree it does look better.

Thanks for the great mod and detailed explanations on how you achieved the improvements...........oh, and I think the extra light on the artists face is great - I hadn't thought of that but it's also an improvement I intend to make to the final image.

You've been a big help and it's much appreciated.


27 Sep 2012 9:23PM
Hi Willie,

I'm really pleased you like the shot.

Thanks for the mods, they're both great. I think the portrait style mod looks great, and it's something I would never have thought of. Love the border.

As I said to Dave, I read your comments before going to work today - thanks for cheering me up.

Thanks for all your efforts.


27 Sep 2012 9:26PM
Hi Dan,

I think your advice on cropping the RHS is good and I'm going to take that on board and do the crop.

Thanks for taking the time to let me know you like my shot - it's very encouraging for me.


paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 7:43AM
Nice image making use of the quality of high ISO in modern gear. If I have a critique, it would be for the artist to be nearer the left of the frame, but obviously not possible at the time.

kel55 6 8 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2014 5:04PM
great capture

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