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Updated on November 13, 2017 in Critique
8 on September 14, 2017

Hi, I’m new here and thought I chip in a street photo of mine that reflects the miserable weather I see outside my window. Would love to get some feedback on it!

Marcus

 
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0 on September 14, 2017

This shot has me a bit confused. I like the colour. I like the capture in mid stride. I really like e simple background. I feel like I should have a stronger emotional response to the shot, but I’m not sure why I don’t. Im sorry I can’t pinpoint that better for you. Could be just me. 

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1 on September 14, 2017

Just a thought…. maybe if the woman was a little more to the left? 

on November 13, 2017

I agree, as she is central it does not fully emphasise her movement. If she was on the left of the frame walking through it could highlight that she has somewhere to go.
A but of a shame we Can’t see her face it could possibly have set the mood of the shot eg grumpy because its raining or smiling because the suns out and shes got somewhere good to go

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2 on September 14, 2017

The problem for me with this shot is that there’s really nothing going on in it.  It’s a woman walking down the street – and we don’t even see much of her surroundings for any context.  I know that street photos are often criticized because they are shot from too far away, but in this case I think shooting it too close removed any potential interest that the surroundings may have added – because there isn’t much of interest in the frame as it stands.  Oh, and whatever is going on with the toes on her right foot is freaking me out!  

Apologies if this sounds harsh, but you did ask for a critique 🙂 

on September 15, 2017

Thanks, guys, for the constructive feedback, much appreciated! I get the compositional critique, like leaving more space to the right for her to walk in, or that the shot is even too close.

If I’d been shooting that same image with a zoom lens from 50 feet away I would have had more options. But being confined to a 12mm prime (I use m4/3, so 24mm full frame equivalent) there are not so much options when you shoot a dynamic candid from very close distance. I know, they say the feet are the zoom, but jumping around like a bunny would probably have made me miss the shot altogether. I was focused on capturing her in full stride, and that eliminated other composition options in that moment. 

Marcus

 

on November 13, 2017

Depending on her speed it may have been possible to decrease shutter speed to create motion ‘blur in her leg(s) presuming her upper body was still or even trying a panning shot to blurry the wall. Remember just suggestions as I wasn’t there.

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0 on September 22, 2017

The technical aspects of a photo are not enough to make a good photo if the CONTENT is empty, actually, you can forget all the rules of photography if the CONTENT is interesting.
INTERESTING CONTENT is what i am looking for in a scene to photograph and if i am lucky and have time i put into practice a bit of the rules, but i am FOCUSED on the content only.
Just like in the movies, if there is no action or love or drama then it’s boring.
Learn from the movies, and apply that to your photos, they have to have some interesting element, like drama, action, expression, character, sadness, happiness, danger, mystery, etc etc.

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0 on November 9, 2017

Sorry but just don’t care for “walkies”. Those are pictures of people walking with umbrella. Been done to death. What I would suggest is do an exercise where you identify street photography cliches and DON’T make those pictures. This will help to guide you towards more interesting shots.

 

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