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By yorki50
this was shot on Blackpool beach there was a fog over the sea

Tags: Pets and captive animals


iancrowson Plus
9 213 146 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2015 1:26PM
What a lovely photo. Lots of appeal.
Maybe would be better if you had made the capture a little earlier so all three heads could be viewed fully. I don't mean head on but just at a bit more of an angle so as to see all their eyes.
Colour is good. The image is not very sharp but that may be due to you reducing pixel size for the internet.
There is a little movement showing in the legs due to a fairly slow shutter speed but that's ok with this subject.
I'll try a mod with a little sharpening and an increase in mid tone contrast (levels in photoshop)


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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
23 Feb 2015 1:41PM
Yes, a nice shot. Colourful, and three donkeys, though that third one is hard to spot.

A little brighter helps, as the exposure is a bit low due to brightness of the sky and mist, so done in the mod.

Some comments on your choice of settings; aperture priority is generally good, but you dont need such a small aperture for a shot of a subject like this, f/5.6 or f/8 would have been fine. F/16 is more for landscapes where you need a lot of depth.

With a wider aperture, you could be using ISO 800, or even ISO 400, or a faster shutter. Theres no visible issues however with what youve done, - just a tip for selecting a suitable aperture.


yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
23 Feb 2015 2:38PM
Thanks for the critiques guys they were both very helpful
PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
23 Feb 2015 3:01PM
actually the image stands at the mention of the third donkey.. it cannot be very well spotted..
the mechanism is : I find the image interesting, I see donkeys in a good setting.. and just because I like the image, I take a look little longer.. and then I spot the third.. and then I almost forget the earlier two.. and thus the image deteriorates in my eyes..

But as it is, it is a fine capture.. well caught.. comp good.. what was your fault if the third donkey looks so subdued against the background of the man's sleeves..

So, it is a fine capture..
davetac Plus
10 55 2 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2015 3:18PM
A good idea which unfortunately hasn't quite come off. From the number of legs it's clear there are three donkeys but two of them are obstructed by the first and the man leading the donkeys is also partially obscured.
Obviously there's nothing you can do now but at the time it would have been better to take the photograph from a better angle.
They are lovely and sharp by the way.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2015 8:01PM
It took me a while to realise there were three donkeys, Garrie.

There is a lot to like about the image and it is well taken, but from the above comments you will realise that a better angle would have a lot more impact, especially with the donkeys and man coming towards you.

If you are anything like me, you prefer candids and don't always like people to know you are photographing them. Obviously, moving more to the right would have made your presence obvious to the man.
But I don't think it would have taken much of a shift in order to get the donkeys' faces more visible.
Their heads are so neatly lined up, but the darker one's head is set against the man's dark jacket, and that's probably why I didn't immediately notice it. The head looks like the man's sleeve.

Sometimes you just have to capture the moment, and the man being on his mobile phone is another interesting element. So getting what you can at the time is fine, but perhaps you've been given some ideas to consider for the future.

yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
23 Feb 2015 8:25PM
Thank you everyone for your critiques . I have taken all your advice on board. I am learning so much from you all
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2015 8:42PM

IT IS A BIT SOFT? (SORRY ABOUT CAPS, FINGER TROUBLE) high ?ISO will give a softer image due to noise.

dudler Plus
15 876 1494 England
24 Feb 2015 11:31PM
Appealing shot.

Now, am I right? I think you spotted this, and shot it hastily. You were concerned about being seen, and only took the one shot.

To make sure of the best image, you should then have run ahead of the donkeys, and taken more pictures - getting the angle that's suggested above.

There are a couple of options with street work. One is shooting from the waist, guessing the framing, and basically relying on stealth. If you check Paul's portfolio here, he's brought this to a pretty fine art.

A second approach is to grab a shot, feeling guilty all the time. This is where almost all of us start...

And a third is to be blatant - make no pretence of hiding, and be willing to walk away if people object, or offer to email them an image if they're OK with being photographed. See Martin Parr's work for the ultimate exponent of this approach in action.

Which you choose depends on the situation: I suspect that the donkey man is used to having pictures taken!

One word of warning: before you shoot a situation, ask yourself if you'd be happy if you were the subject. A grown man meditatively picking his nose, a vicar walking into a strip club, or a policeman relieving a full bladder against a gravestone might seem like great pictures. They aren't kind, though, and if you take a shot that can easily be misinterpreted, you may run into problems, either if you are spotted taking it, or if you post it here (or anywhere else).

As with words - don't defame or misrepresent. And if in doubt, either don't shoot, or think hard before doing anything with the images.

On the positive side - very often, people are entirely happy to be shown in pictures, especially if they get a copy to put on Facebook...
yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
25 Feb 2015 9:25PM
Thank you for the critiques

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