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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Downtown Salt Lake
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Hard challenge for me. I found it very intimidating & scary shooting strangers. I sure wish I had a telephoto lens and some mace. I'm going to get nailed for the focus and for not getting closer to the scene. I hope I can at least break a 5.

Place: 126 out of 215
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Avg (commenters): 6.3333
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Views during voting: 269
Votes: 173
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08/08/2007 02:39:59 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First, congratulations on getting out of your comfort zone to shoot for the challenge...way to go!

I like this image. I like having to find the subject of the person resting on the sidewalk seemingly lost in the environment. The patterns of the store grates and walk and all things man-made contrast nicely with the human form. Even the texture of the tree trunk in its planter seems fabricated and unnatural.

I agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jblaylockrayner that the cyclist provides a distraction. If he were absent the loneliness of the street person would be enhanced. If he were just riding through there would be contrast between the resting figure and the vitality of the cyclist. If there were many more people in the image it probably wouldn't matter as much.

I do think this is one example of when placing the primary subject away from the thirds or the center makes a stronger statement...discarded, side-lined, ignored, incidental. Had you cropped up from the bottom so that the person was cramped into the corner of the image it would only heighten that feeling.

Maybe it's just me but I don't see a problem with focus in this image. I think the technicals are very well done!

Overall, a compelling scene with a reason to be...nicely titled and sensitively portrayed.
08/06/2007 09:36:30 AM
Alicia, nice shot. I think you hit street photography right on.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 05:11:13 PM
Good capture with a lot to look at. Good exposure.
08/03/2007 12:40:50 PM
Anytown usa. SAd but true Good capture. psart
07/31/2007 03:59:53 AM
Nice capture - Nice tones and PP but I feel this would have been so much stronger had you waited for the guy with the bike to leave - He is just an unnecessary distraction. Also cropping just above the circle on the pavement would have added more impact to the shot - Nice spot though

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