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    Street photography, please critique

    Street photography, please critique

    Taken at Jaipur, India.

    Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/50
    Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6
    ISO Speed 100
    Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
    Focal Length 55.0mm

    Played around with curves in GIMP; actually from a cross processing tutorial.
    Would like your feedback on anything that you feel might need improvement.

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    Quote Originally Posted by abhivg View Post
    Street photography, please critique

    Taken at Jaipur, India.

    Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/50
    Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6
    ISO Speed 100
    Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
    Focal Length 55.0mm

    Played around with curves in GIMP; actually from a cross processing tutorial.
    Would like your feedback on anything that you feel might need improvement.
    Would like to see the original photograph, did you shoot in RAW?

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    On which/what subject were you intending the viewer to focus/concentrate?

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    Is your first name Abhishek? Could you put it (or whatever it is) in your profile under 'real name' please.

    The shutter speed is very slow (1/50s) which will give you blurring. Maybe you wanted that? The Honda is not a good feature (even though it's a Honda). The lady is on the right of the frame walking out to the right, which is disconcerting. I think there are just too many elements in the shot, and as Chris said above, what is the subject? Street is normally best in BW, I find, but with strong vibrant colours as you had here, colour can also work. I'm not sure the cross-processing has worked well though.

    That's a lot of criticism (sorry about that). What would I have done?

    • Found a similar spot with a good colourful backdrop (but not too cluttered)
    • Lost the Honda
    • Lost the other people in the shot
    • Zoomed in closer on the lady
    • Positioned the lady on the left of the frame.


    Phew!

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    The Honda is not a good feature
    Thats a Hyundai, not the good great Honda
    So yea, its not good

    & as for comments on the image... Ditto as experts say. & the focus point seems to have been set on the car, instead of the lady. Colours are too saturated.

    If you are from Jaipur, they have a photography club there, I met on my last (& only) visit. Nice people...
    But not as good as members we have here on this forum

    Welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy here!!!

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    I can see enormous potential for street images here but I am not a fan of cross-processing. It makes the colour the subject and it competes with the image content.

    Rob makes good points and I there appears there is so much colour and pattern around you will have a good time working your way along the street. Try also concentrating on products like those clothes hanging in the background. Filling the frame with them could make a wonderful shot in its own right.

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    Good colour and contrast, but i think if your using DSLR your shutter is too low.

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Would like to see the original photograph, did you shoot in RAW?
    Yes, in RAW. I'll try upload the original tonite...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fit View Post
    On which/what subject were you intending the viewer to focus/concentrate?
    Was travelling in a vehicle through the market area. Tried to fire a few shots mainly to capture a feel of the marketplace; this was the better one.

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    Is your first name Abhishek? Could you put it (or whatever it is) in your profile under 'real name' please.

    The shutter speed is very slow (1/50s) which will give you blurring. Maybe you wanted that? The Honda is not a good feature (even though it's a Honda). The lady is on the right of the frame walking out to the right, which is disconcerting. I think there are just too many elements in the shot, and as Chris said above, what is the subject? Street is normally best in BW, I find, but with strong vibrant colours as you had here, colour can also work. I'm not sure the cross-processing has worked well though.

    That's a lot of criticism (sorry about that). What would I have done?

    • Found a similar spot with a good colourful backdrop (but not too cluttered)
    • Lost the Honda
    • Lost the other people in the shot
    • Zoomed in closer on the lady
    • Positioned the lady on the left of the frame.


    Phew!
    Thanks Rob! I dont mind the criticism at all. Actually its not really street photography as I didnt get out of the vehicle I was in at all while taking the pic
    But you make some very good points. Guess I've got a lot to learn

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil View Post
    If you are from Jaipur, they have a photography club there, I met on my last (& only) visit. Nice people...
    But not as good as members we have here on this forum

    Welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy here!!!
    Thanks Sahil! Not from Jaipur though.
    And yes, definitely enjoying this forum

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    @Peter Ryan
    Thanks for your inputs. I've recently gotten into the habit of post processing and it was just adjusting contrast/balance till now. Found the cross processing tutorial and decided to try it out on one of my shots. Tried it on this one to see if it would improve the shot.

    I guess I need to consciously put more thought into the composition before firing away...

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    You have good image content but the cross processing and color saturation is very excessive for my taste.
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 4th January 2011 at 07:43 AM.

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    Re: Street photography, please critique

    It looks like a random shot, there is simply no composition in this photo at all?

    What is it that you are actually photographing?

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