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The Talker
The Talker

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: St Petersburg Pier
Date: Jul 29, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Color mixer to desat, cropped a bit off the left to rid the composition of a stray set of fingers, levels, dodge and burn to vignette the scene, USM.

Place: 87 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.6824
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.7931
Avg (non-participants): 5.5663
Views since voting: 610
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 170
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2007 11:12:45 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I like the contrast and tones in this image...they are the first things that make me pause to look. "The Talker" is clearly the subject and the title is aptly chosen. Clearly a candid moment as this man chats with the women...their various expressions re-enforce the theme of the photo.

However, as some of your commentators have mentioned, the image seems to lack the ability to sustain interest...there's little beyond the first impression to compel further engagement with the subject. It's difficult for me to see the "story" in the image. Is he someone who wanders the pier and chats up women or just a blustery uncle with whom the women are losing patience? There are reactions from the women just nothing strong enough to fill out the story, in my opinion.

I feel the background in this image is the largest detriment. There are many background distractions and the blank wall seems to highlight the busy-ness of it all instead of keeping attention in the forefront. The distractions? Woman wandering by; constrasty parked cars one with an elbow jutting from the window; poles, especially the one "growing" from the one woman's head... It would be a stronger image, to me, if the background provided context for the setting...something that indicated the water that surrounds the place or something that hints at the touristy nature of the pier.

Generally I believe your post processing improved the image as best it could. I like the vignetting and the way you've handled the cloudy sky. But, overall, this just seems to be not quite the optimal moment with not the best setting for the event.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2007 12:23:29 PM
I know that guy Ralph isn't it. lol good job psart
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08/03/2007 02:06:04 AM
Great title - I can see it in this man's gestures an face.....I bet he has a thousand tales he tells over and over to all who will lend him an ear. The lady furthest down the line has a look that says she has heard them all. lol
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08/01/2007 01:14:21 PM
Hey... that's my dad!!! j/k... :) Good shot.
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08/01/2007 02:15:50 AM
Great bw conversion here. Nice tonal range in the image, it feels like it has good 'depth'. Subject wise though, I don't feel very drawn in strongly, doesn't hold my attention.
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07/31/2007 02:03:44 AM
Nice capture - Like the tones and clouds - The lower half of the frame is a little uninteresting though
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07/31/2007 01:36:50 AM
Nice capture. I like the range of tones.
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07/30/2007 09:41:46 PM
Lol - I hope his story became more interesting. Those ladies look bored. Good capture although it does kind of look like that street lamp is "growing" out of the head of the woman in white.
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07/30/2007 07:56:21 PM
This really makes you wonder what they are looking at.
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07/30/2007 06:52:26 PM
Every family has at least one :-) Nice, although, would have liked to see more of the upper half.
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07/30/2007 02:00:19 PM
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07/30/2007 08:16:33 AM
The woman second from the right looks exasperated; the one on the right downright forelorn. One wonders if their car is broken, leaving them stranded (and captive) here.
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07/30/2007 03:22:14 AM
nice expressions. i want a cool hat like that lady has. :)
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07/30/2007 12:23:16 AM
It's a good photo but to me, rather ordinary in subject matter.
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