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By youmightlikethis
still looking to improve my street shots which of the two images is strongest and why

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2014 7:32PM
For me V1 is the better and more interesting image. Why? It has mystery and a sense of darkness about it. The shadowy figure in the foreground watching and waiting. A voyeuristic feel to this. Further added to with the lady covering herself like convicts being whisked into court with a blanket over their head. I would however crop down the left edge to remove the reflection of the woman covering her head as I find this pulls the eye away and out of frame.

V2 is an interesting and clever processing technique. I like the idea of fading from full colour to mono but I don't think this image works for this technique. It has lots of interest in this but I find it busy and for me I just don't like to see people cut off on the edge of the frame.


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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2014 7:57PM
Much as I appreciate and agree with Coast's comment above, I am drawn to the interesting and different use of colour popping in V2. Both images look like they could use some adjustment to get the verticals and horizontals right though.
thanks for crits and mod
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2014 8:36PM
I'm trying a street scene tomorrow. But I've not got a lady with a carrier bag on her head.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
13 Mar 2014 11:27PM
I prefer V1 for the mystery. There is a bright white part near his neck on the right side that keeps drawing my eye. In V2, I might have just colour popped the f/g fellow and had all the rest b/w.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 4:32PM
Not sure. Both are very busy and general. V1 has the dominent figure in the foreground as a lead in, and the lady with the carrier becomes the focal point. V2 is interesting, but only for the treatment. It is otherwise very cluttered with no distinct subject.

For ne, youneed a single figure or tight grouo that are your main subject. All the rest should be subservient. In this respect, I prefer V1.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 9:55AM
V1 for me. There is something out of the ordinary going on and the mans head and shoulders watching adds to it. May crop a little from left.

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