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shirley
31st August 2008, 07:04 PM
This was taken at Covent Garden
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/The_acrobat_1.jpg

This was taken outside Westminter Cathedral. The squirrel is his pet and is incredibly tame. The man was very well spoken and polite. I wondered if the squirrel was his only friend.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/His_only_friend_edited-1.jpg

snaarman
31st August 2008, 08:57 PM
Well, I think that second shot is close to excellent. If we are looking for perfection, then maybe the background needs some attention: More out of focus, or maybe desaturated a bit??

Good stuff

Pete

shirley
31st August 2008, 09:23 PM
Yes thank you. I have had a go, the problem I have had is selecting the background while still making the hair look natural, does anybody know a good way of selecting hair more effectively?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/His_only_friend_edited-2.jpg

Graham_of_Rainham
31st August 2008, 09:23 PM
Very impressed with the sharpness of the second image. What lens was used for this?

I almost always comment about distractions and would agree with Pete, but feel that desaturation would be the way to go. It would also make separation of the subject and background easier to achieve

Sorry, but the first one is simply not for me, so I won't comment further.

*chr

shirley
31st August 2008, 09:25 PM
Very impressed with the sharpness of the second image. What lens was used for this?



Thanks Graham I used the 12-60mm, very nice lens.

Makonde
2nd September 2008, 09:58 AM
You have an enviable eye for a story in a picture, Shirley. The first one doesn't quite come off for me but I do like the idea of fixed, stoic unsmiling spectators in dull clothes watching a colourful dynamic tumbler in motion.

The Solzhenitsyn-like unkempt sage communing with his squirrel is lovely. Blurring out the background has helped IMO (also to make the skewed horizontals less apparent in the background). Another one for your agency portfolio?

This 'search for perfection' thread is interesting. Makes me think. One can have a photo that is technically perfect in all respects (alas not mine LOL) but is nevertheless boring in content. It's good to see some that are by no means photoclichés.