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RobEW 5th April 2019 10:04 AM

A "street" photo?
 
I've never attempted street photography as I'm not very cheeky, and a bit cautious about people's privacy, but I happened to see this viewpoint, set up to take it, folk were walking past so I couldn't, and by the time it was clear someone had appeared in the scene exactly where I'd want. I can think of various ways it could have been better but I'd be interested in others' comments. Already someone has suggested cropping the bottom part off to eliminate the sloping railing. Any other thoughts?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2170/C4031138.jpg

AMc 5th April 2019 10:29 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
I quite like the sloping railing and if you cropped it out you'd be very close to the bottom of the second pillar in the frame.

Playing with scrolling the page, I'd try losing quite a lot off the top to try get even amounts of space above and below the Eastwest banners as that focuses more attention on the figure - if you've got more image to the right or left you could try a 1:1 square crop.


I can spend ages trying to get the perfect crop and never feel I get it right ;).
It's a good image as it stands :)

Ricoh 5th April 2019 10:30 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
You've made eye contact there, I bet she thought you'd 'clicked' with her. ;)

Zuiko 5th April 2019 10:57 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Maybe a bit drastic, but this is how I would crop

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/da...31138_edit.jpg

RobEW 5th April 2019 11:04 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
I see what you mean. :-)


The closer you get to her, the less in focus she seems to look, though I have a feeling it may be to do with the light rather than the focus. also the closer you crop, the more prominent the distractions in the background appear to be.

In this version I eliminated the rail and her face is almost exactly in a "rule of thirds" spot:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2170/C4031138-3.jpg

RobEW 5th April 2019 11:09 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ricoh (Post 477529)
You've made eye contact there, I bet she thought you'd 'clicked' with her. ;)

I think she noticed the camera for sure, even though I wasn't close. Maybe clocked rather than clicked.

I didn't go out intending to be discreet or candid so I had E-M1 ii and 12-100. Not exactly the fashion for street photo genre. It was also taken at f/4 whereas I guess a narrower aperture would have helped DOF.

Ricoh 5th April 2019 11:09 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Who gives one if she's out of focus, not me. It's the form and pattern that matters. I agree about the background but use this as a training exercise to help with the next shot. Whenever I take pics I always study the background first.

RobEW 5th April 2019 11:57 AM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
I like form and pattern.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2...0061_forum.jpg

Ricoh 5th April 2019 12:14 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
The contrast of patterns work... wondering if you would care making it more abstract with a B&W conversion (in SEP2).
Now consider if you had a visual break, and a resting place for the eye, such as a person on the roof. Sometimes good to take your partner on the photo walks and invite him or her to climb up...

RobEW 5th April 2019 01:01 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Never heard of SEP2, but here's a mono rendering from DXO:

I used to be a rock climber and fairly fearless, but my dearest wasn't and would be most uncomfortable posing for me at altitude!


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2169/C3200061.jpg

Ricoh 5th April 2019 01:44 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Tell her to live life on the edge - literally! ;)
SEP2 = Siver Effex Pro (2). It's one of the best colour -> B&W conversion programmes going, or at least it was. Google acquired it and eventually they gave licences way free, at one point (I paid 120 for the copy prior to this). Google have sold it on to DXO, iirc.

Ricoh 5th April 2019 01:47 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RobEW (Post 477551)
Never heard of SEP2, but here's a mono rendering from DXO:

I used to be a rock climber and fairly fearless, but my dearest wasn't and would be most uncomfortable posing for me at altitude!


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2169/C3200061.jpg

If I may... try increasing contrast in the colour transform s/w, also make it more graphic by increasing the black and white points. F the mid tones!

Zuiko 5th April 2019 02:19 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RobEW (Post 477545)

This would have been a great entry for the recent Architectural/Cityscape competition. :)

RobEW 5th April 2019 03:08 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Zuiko (Post 477562)
This would have been a great entry for the recent Architectural/Cityscape competition. :)

Thanks. I considered it but instead put in "Nottingham pinnacles" - taken the same day but a very different sort of photo. I don't normally enter competitions but Architectural/cityscapes is one area I really enjoy.

RobEW 5th April 2019 03:16 PM

Re: A "street" photo?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ricoh (Post 477556)
If I may... try increasing contrast in the colour transform s/w, also make it more graphic by increasing the black and white points. F the mid tones!

I'm using DXO. This version I've made the blacks blacker and the whites whiter which is what I think you mean. I don't normally do much PP. This looks a bit OTT to me, but tastes vary.

There's also a nasty (but not hugely distracting) bit of fencing in the bottom left hand corner, and I couldn't get a high enough viewpoint to eliminate it. If I cropped then I'd lose the end of the "National Car Park" text which would seem retrograde ...

Really grateful for all input by the way.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/2169/C3200061-1.jpg


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