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    French kiss

    Another pic from my recent holiday. C&C welcome

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    Re: French kiss

    The composition is not the best but it doesn't matter a jot. The real test is where your eye goes and there is no doubt about that. The conversion is pretty good as well. Good street photography.

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    Re: French kiss

    Peter - You may want it as it is, but I wondered if rotating it to straighten the verticals would help focus more attention on the couple. I suppose what I'm wondering is if the fact that's it's not straight is a bit distracting?

    Also (and this is only my view), is there excess at the left hand side that we don't need to tell 'the story'. What if you were to crop it just to the right of that post with the white 'ball ' at the top, making it into something like a 5:4 ratio?

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    Re: French kiss

    Nice one. You will always find bits and pieces that can be edited out, but then you find some remaining element that is incomplete without it.

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    Re: French kiss

    I had actually rotated the original photo more than the original capture to accentuate the angle as I thought it would add a bit more energy.

    Below is a straightened version with the left side cropped just for interest and comparison.

    Thanks for the feedback



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    Re: French kiss

    I love the image, agree with the crop, and love the contrasty processing but think I prefer the Dutch tilt- it really lent a sense of spontaneity and dynamicity. Well done.

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    Re: French kiss

    Peter, in addition to Donald's advice (which you have already taken in your latest posting), I find that the image is just too busy.

    Clearly, the people are your subject, but the viewer's eyes have trouble connecting with the subject because they are constantly being drawn by the other "noise" in the background. The shop in the background and the garbage bins draw our eyes away from the subject.

    Going B&W has already simplified the image; I imagine the original colour image is very busy looking. Very shallow DoF, with the background blurred and just the figures in focus would likely give you a much stronger composition.

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    Re: French kiss

    Peter, cool image. So human. I agree with Manfred on the background being a bit of a distraction. But great capture.

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    Re: French kiss

    I have been looking at the image and I think what distracts me eye away from the main subjects (boy and girl) is the woman walking behind the young lady. She is dressed in light clothing and even though she is a bit OOF, her dynamic body position and light clothing attract my attention. The man directly in back of the boys head also distracts me (primarily because of his amount of white hair) but, not to the degree that the woman catches my eye. IMO, the two distracting figures would need to be a lot more OOF to reduce their distraction...

    Lots of photographers swear by normal to wide angle focal lengths for "street" photography and constantly point out that Henri Cartier Bresson used a 50mm lens on a 35mm format for the majority of his shooting. I, on the other hand, prefer a longer lens for "street" shooting because I can isolate my subject using selective focus more readily with a longer focal length. I can also isolate the subject or subjects by "cropping in the camera" while standing off a bit from the subjects...

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