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Post by Mario » Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:14 am

Life is full of contrasts....

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Post by TomCofer » Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:19 am

Nice shot Mario. :)
Looks like someone needs to step inside for a warm up.
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Post by Duck » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:51 am

This is a great shot on many levels. Lighting-wise it's well done considering you were shooting through glass and that interiors are usually darker, which often pose problems in itself. Then there is the story the image tells. It's quite humorous and humor can sometimes be hard to sell if it's not obvious (or if the photographer has a hard time seeing it).

Personally I dislike critiquing certain technical elements as street photography poses certain challenges that can often not be corrected easily, if at all. When I point things out is just for you to keep in mind as future reference. Two things stand out for me, the cropping and the focal depth. There is a lot of emptiness in the upper section of the frame while leaving the shoes cut off. A slightly lower aim and it would have been spot on. You can also argue backing off and giving more room but that's an alternative option. As for the focus, I like that both the subject's face and the mannequins are in focus but the bag(?) in front is too soft and somewhat (just a tad) distracting. Had everything been in focus it would have presented a more even subject with a bit better balance, front to back. But as I said, sometimes you just have to work with what you were able to capture.
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Post by Bobby Deal » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:10 pm

I agree with Duck on several aspects. I really like the tonality of the image and the stark contrast between what appears to be homelessness and luxury really stands out for me. I think an adjustment to the framing would have taken the image to a higher level. I also wonder about the cup, I first thought it was just city trash then wondered if perhaps it was the persons for panhandling but have returned to the idea and likelihood of trash as if it contained money it would have been the first thing picked up by the person as he/ she moved.

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