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Challenge: Free Study 2015-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for Nikon
Location: Chinatown, Singapore
Date: Jul 5, 2015
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2015

Shot of a cook in Chinatown. My favorite place in the world.

Place: 43 out of 146
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08/08/2015 06:53:16 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

An interesting candid.

Your title suggests that he is having a 'condor' moment midway through his meal and is deep in thought, to me I feel he is engaged in a conversation with the person whose hand appears in the bottom right hand corner. Because of that I feel a sense of frustration that the frame wasn't lower and further to the right to include much more of this person. Whether or not that is the case I do think it would have greatly improved your image. As one of your commenters has said we have a lot of empty space, cluttered background and a yellow notice drawing our attention away from where I really want to be. There is a strong argument for a crop excluding the girl with the man on the left of the frame but perhaps there were other things in the missing space that prevented you from framing it in this way?

Your exposure is good and the DOF is sufficient for background detail without it distracting (I'm talking about a crop just above his head), and as mentioned by your commenter nice muted colours. With the present crop the other problem I have is the bright rim of the dish which is again distracting but with the suggested crop would have been another element in the story.

Thanks for another interesting contribution Romil, Sid
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08/07/2015 02:12:31 PM
I adore this one, but somethings just not right. I don't know if I want it cropped lower so that half of the sign doesn't show in the upper left. I don't want it cropped too tight, because I love the feel of the story. But I think getting rid of the guys head and the yellow sign would leave less for the eye to get distracted with.
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08/01/2015 05:47:13 PM
Fabulous! Top 5 for me! Great choice of subject and the light and muted colours are perfect
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