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Bele Chere
Bele Chere

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Quantaray AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 for Canon
Location: Asheville, NC
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Taken at the annual music festival "Bele Chere" in Asheville, NC. The dogs name is tiny.

Shot in color and converted to black and white. Multiple layer masks along with dodge/burn and finally a vignette.

This is my first submission as a new member. Please provide comments, your critique will be valued.

Place: 32 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.1765
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.2022
Avg (non-participants): 6.1481
Views since voting: 839
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 170
Comments: 10
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08/08/2007 12:47:23 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

What a fun shot! The subjects of the man and dog provide an interesting topic. I like the angle--shooting from below the eye level of the seated man. The B&W conversion is nice...though I think it could have a bit more tonal range.

I think what I like about this image most is the similarities and contrasts one can draw between the man and his dog. I like that they are alike in their glasses, their shaggy beard and fur, and the repetition of design in the dog's vest, the man's shirt and his tattoo.

The background, however, is a distraction. As much as I want to keep looking at the man the two oncoming walkers demand a lot of attention. A few moments later they would have cleared the field of view. Even if it remained a crowded site, having people walking away from the camera would be better, in my opinion. Perhaps, too, a shallower depth of field would have blurred the surroundings enough to keep the attention more fully on the subjects.

Clearly "street" and sufficiently in the moment to feel candid despite the direct gaze of the man. Overall, I like this image a lot and enjoy the momentary glimpse at this interesting character.

Congratulation on a well-placed image as a new member!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 10:25:25 PM
LOL, good one.
08/05/2007 08:13:48 PM
I'm assuming the focus is the guy and his dog but for some reason, the person that really catches my attention is the guy in the white hat. What is he doing with his hand? lol
08/05/2007 05:01:02 PM
Good composition and exposure. Not sure what the guy in the background was pointing at...
08/05/2007 12:08:05 AM
His head rest looks like a jowl on his face. I find this very distracting for some reason. Perhaps you could do something in PP to negate this effect.
08/04/2007 11:40:41 AM
The pic is a bit busy and nothing attracts my attention specially.
08/01/2007 12:30:02 AM
odd crop - the people need to be OOF IMO - great processing, tack sharp on your subject, I don't mind parts of him missing, it's the people in the BK that distract. Hope you took time to talk to him - that's the best part of this kind of photography
07/31/2007 09:30:13 AM
Really like the out-of-the-ordinary composition on this photo and you can't help but love the dog. The guy in the striped shirt is a bit of a dork, does he think he's a homey or something? Very nice photo!
07/31/2007 02:34:37 AM
Nice capture - Nice happy shot - Lots of interest - I find the burning in at the top right a little distracting though
07/30/2007 03:34:10 AM
nice street portraiture.

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