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Winter Performance
Winter Performance

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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Union Station exit in Chicago, IL
Date: Feb 14, 2007
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Urban
Date Uploaded: Feb 16, 2007

The saxophone player braved a pretty fierce winter storm to play for people outside of the Union Station. There wasn't a lot of foot traffic, and nobody was paying him any direct attention.

In Aperture, I bumped up the exposure value until things looked right, then sent the image to Photoshop. In PS, I adjusted curves, sharpened, resized, and grew the canvas to add the border.

Place: 45 out of 288
Avg (all users): 6.2217
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 6.1636
Avg (non-participants): 6.2750
Views since voting: 949
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 230
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/28/2007 11:56:33 PM
Congrats on a terrific shot, Rob! The placement of the player in the frame is terrific, and the background really gives it the context you wanted. Well done!
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03/04/2007 04:56:18 AM
Wonderful, emotive shot!
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03/03/2007 01:34:35 PM
From the Critique Club:

First of all let me congratulate you on a nice shot for the challenge and a decent score/placement. That said let's look deeper into this shot...

I like the feeling that you have here. The coldness and loneliness of the one person playing his sax in the snow. There is a story there that the viewer has to determine for themselves. The pose of the subject is excellent. He is playing his heart out for himself if for no one else. It looks like he doesn't care that no one is watching him. He plays for an audience of one.

What could make this even better? There are a couple of distractions in the shot that draw away from the emotion a little. This is basically a natural b/w shot. The blue sign on the right of the frame, the green sign towards the left of the frame, the yellow hat on the bike rider and the red tail lights of the cars all are little points of interest that draw the eye but do not add to the feeling of the shot. I think that this shot begs for the selective desat technique. What I mean by this is taking away all the color that is there except for the sax player. Removing, or even subdueing the unneeded color spots that draw the eye would help to keep the eye on the subject of the shot. This, I believe would help to emphasize the emotion of and the story behind the shot.

I think this would be an excellent shot to keep playing with in processing. Try different techniques of removing/subuing the unnecesary colors and see what you come up with. I hope you take this advice and post any results that you get for us to see.

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02/27/2007 03:04:50 PM
that is a nice picture i liked the snow coming down
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02/26/2007 10:15:34 PM
This is a great capture.
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02/26/2007 09:47:04 PM
Nice candid shot. The fact that he is doing that in the middle of a snow storms makes it very interesting.
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02/26/2007 09:34:12 PM
This was one of the few photos in this challenge I gave a 10 to! I LOVE it! LOVE it! As you can guess since I made it a favorite :)

I'm glad you entered it in the challenge -- but I'm disappointed that it isn't on the front page with a ribbon underneath it!

Thanks for sharing it again with us here too!

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02/26/2007 04:11:31 PM
And a good choice for an entry it was, too. He does look like he's enjoying it, despite the snow. I gotta imagine that the snow kinda makes for a bit different sound, too. Nice capture.
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02/26/2007 12:37:18 PM
I didn't vote on this challenge, but I like this a lot. I can't imagine playing in the cold!
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02/26/2007 09:23:06 AM
I gave this a 7. Nice composition, and the snow seems to be the notes that he's playing.
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02/26/2007 08:48:49 AM
This was one of my favorites of the challenge. I love how he looks like he's playing his heart out despite the snow, which is captured beautifully. Really wonderful job!
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02/26/2007 07:14:35 AM
Nice shot and great score. The heavy snow really gives it that winter feel to it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2007 10:06:53 AM
really good shot...sets the mood!
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02/20/2007 03:58:57 PM
I would of converted this to black and white
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02/20/2007 11:23:46 AM
OK, brrrrr! I guess a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do but damn, that looks cold!

This shot would be so much more effective if you would have braved a closer shot and an interesting angle. With the snowfalling all around (a bonus, IMHO) a tighter view of the street musician would be oh so much more intriquing.
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02/20/2007 10:28:00 AM
looks deserted, would have been better with some passers by in the shot.
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02/19/2007 01:23:49 PM
THAT is AWESOME! What dedication to his craft, huh? This makes such an outstanding street photo! One of my top picks for this challenge.

My first 10. It's just perfect! And it's going straight into my favorites folder too :)
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02/19/2007 01:08:17 PM
Wow! Extreme busking! Wonder if the sympathy donations made up for the lack of walkers due to that weather! Interesting shot!
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02/19/2007 12:58:10 PM
Now that is dedication. Great composition. Sharpness and clarity on your subject is right on. Well done.
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02/19/2007 12:05:49 PM
Nicely composed, great title. Good luck 10
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02/19/2007 08:12:17 AM
Great moment.
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02/19/2007 05:17:48 AM
Playing a sax with gloves?! I suppose he has to!
Surely theres an arcade somewhere he can blow.
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