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Covent Garden Buskers
Covent Garden Buskers
floyd


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Canon PowerShot S50
Galleries: Performance, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2003

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09/16/2003 12:56:01 PM
Great mood in general with the light and tones, and very nice complicity between the two performers!
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09/16/2003 09:38:22 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I had no idea that this photo would garner so much appreciation. In fact I took 3 or 4 photos of these guys and this was definitely my favourite because it showed the way they played *together*. It's that interaction between the two that I wanted. The crop is almost exactly how it came out of the camera and I was far more interested in the subjects than the surrounding scene. As for the sepia - there was a need to remove some of the distracting clothing colours from the audience but I also felt that the duotone (which I just warmed up a touch with some yellow-orange) made the shot seem crisper as well as allowing me to push the contrast up a touch (which is my usual preference).

Thanks again for the comments.
09/07/2003 02:09:54 AM
Excellent, excellent Photo. I want to hear them play! I love the way the guitar player is sitting. You really captured a mood here.
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09/06/2003 11:48:22 PM
I love this shot. I wish I could be as talented as you.
Your composition id dead on. I'm not one to nit pic but I wish the fiddler's arm had a little bit of contrast. Maybe adjusting the levels.
I still would buy this picture if I actually bought picture. You did a great job.....
Keep up the work.
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09/06/2003 11:25:39 PM
just wanted to add my props. faidoi's comment about the spectators in the background is so true...never would have seen that myself...but very true. nice work.
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09/06/2003 04:14:13 PM
What really does it for me in this picture is the look on the fiddler's face and the look he's exchanging with the guitarist. For two such young people to be so obviously devoted to playing music together is extremely moving. Beautifully captured.
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09/06/2003 03:42:01 PM
I love the way the musicians are looking at eachother. The expression is priceless.
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09/06/2003 11:53:43 AM
Wonderful image, Floyd.
I love the way the two boys looking at each other. This shot really tells a story.
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09/06/2003 09:00:17 AM
Spectuacular image. And such a typical Covent Garden scene as well. You already got some very good comments, so there's not much I can add to them, other than I think in color this would've been too busy because I'm sure there's lots of different color in the clothing. On one hand, I wish the guitar-player would be turned more toward the camera so we can see his face, but I also love the way they are looking at each other to coordinate their playing, and since I can't have both, I think you have the made the right choice here, it's just not the typical choice. Fantastic image, very worthy pick for POTD, congrats :)
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09/06/2003 01:05:33 AM
Yes! Excellent composition and use of dof. I would like to see other angles, too, including both faces.

In my London music school days (Guildhall), I used to do this. We were paid 40 pounds per hour by Covent Garden management plus whatever was thrown into the hat. Lots of photographs were taken but I've never seen one ever. Did you get a print to these chappies?
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09/06/2003 12:48:45 AM
This is a very cool shot. DOF is very good for this set up. In fact it reminds me how I need to get a camera where I have more control over that aspect. The bacground is just enough out of focus to keep your eye on the subjects.

I also love that there is enough detail to keep your eye without being 'noisy' in a compositional sense. The lines are very good at helping to direct the eye also. I find that I move around this picture but keep coming back to the same place. The fiddle players instrument points at the instrument of the seated individual. The seated player's left leg points at the fiddle players bow. This brings you back to the fiddle players face which is pointing at the seated players face. Then my eye goes down the seated players arm around to his hand and back to the fiddle which brings me again to the fiddle players face! I LOVE the implied interaction between the two subjects because of the eye contact that you can't really see but know is there!!!

Compositionaly I first thought of croping farther to the left to bring in the case where presumably people are throwing in money. Then I realized that with the background and setting you really didn't need to see that element.

Normally I will harp about taking away color. I LOVE color. However with this shot you get much more feeling (warm fuzzy...) with the use of the sepia toning (which in this instance does not 'age' the picture so much as it sometimes can!)

I personally might have sharpened up the subjects a touch, but I am not sure this would have improved the shot or not.

If voting (without a theme to change the vote) I would give this at LEAST an 8 probably a 9!

Keep up the good work, hope I didn't ramble on too long...
TC
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08/30/2003 09:14:02 PM
Beautifully composed shot. Blurring the background, but not enough to lose the looks on the spectators faces. Great expression on the musicians face. Wonderful picture.

Picture of the Day thread .

Message edited by author 2003-09-15 18:46:02.
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