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03/16/2007 07:10:12 PM · #1
I'm looking for any thoughts or opinions on this photo ... likes/dislikes ... the rest of them from Feb can be found here if you care to look ...

I play in a Texas Hold Em league ... we play once a month and I've been designated at the 'official' league photographer ... does anyone have any suggestions for next month?!?!

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03/17/2007 09:16:23 AM · #2
bump
03/17/2007 09:20:44 AM · #3
I like that one allot. I am not sure what you did different in this vs the other "final table" but the other one had allot more noise.
03/17/2007 09:21:48 AM · #4
my flash didn't fire on the other final table shot ... so in post it was really noisy ... I just went with that and tried to enhance the noise in the other one ...
03/17/2007 12:08:12 PM · #5
Originally posted by pamelasue:

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You might consider a tighter crop. The folded arms in the upper right acts as a viewer distraction. Cropping that out and a little inward from both sides will result in a non-standard image aspect but better framed for the main subjects.
03/17/2007 12:25:39 PM · #6
Left ya a comment.

=)
03/17/2007 12:27:54 PM · #7
Originally posted by stdavidson:

Originally posted by pamelasue:

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You might consider a tighter crop. The folded arms in the upper right acts as a viewer distraction. Cropping that out and a little inward from both sides will result in a non-standard image aspect but better framed for the main subjects.


Personally I think the crop is fine. Sure there's obviously a main focus, but I think the surrounding people at the table are equally important. He's got an audience. I think it's important to show that.

(As I say in my comment though.. the background seating area has got to go!)

Message edited by author 2007-03-17 12:28:32.
03/18/2007 04:24:15 AM · #8
my eyes are drawn to the guys face on the right and the white shirt too much.. but i dont know if theres anything you can really do about that.. nice photo

Message edited by author 2007-03-18 04:24:31.
03/18/2007 06:49:16 AM · #9
My eyes went right to focal point and I wasn't as distracted by the others as some of the other commenters. I agree with Aliqui that showing the audience is important.

For future, I'd get a kick out of a seeing a good hand of cards with a big pile of money for the background. :)
03/18/2007 08:46:27 AM · #10
Yup, I agree - try to get rid of the background crowd. You've got some wide lenses, so make use of the more open aperture to select the subject better. The guy standing is harder. I wouldn't be running around asking people to move out of the shots on a poker night. :) Burning could be fine for a specific shot like this one, but when you are composing the shot, be aware of people in the action zone, and move around to get the best angle. As for the foreground crowd, I like the composition as it is, showing the dealers hands, and one of his opponents. You'd lose the table feeling if it's cropped in more.

However, another interesting shot would be a closeup of that guys face, with just the reflection of the cards. Maybe that's a bit intrusive though.

My other technical comment is to watch the highlights when you are editing the shot. The whites are blown out on their shirts and the face of the guy on the right.

I think I've spent my 2 cents. Good luck, and have fun with this photo opportunity!
03/18/2007 02:03:23 PM · #11
thanks for all of the comments and suggestions ... much appreciated! Our March tourney is next weekend, so I'll be able to try a few more things then ... I get so wrapped up in playing that I forget to take photos til the end (if I'm knocked out already) ... I'll have to keep the camera in my lap and take more shots after I've folded crappy cards ... again, thanks for taking the time to look at those shots, I appreciate it ...
03/18/2007 02:10:05 PM · #12
Non-photographic suggestion:
Based on your first image, find a dealer who doesnt flash cards.
Good luck!!

03/18/2007 03:12:55 PM · #13
Originally posted by Jammur:

Non-photographic suggestion:
Based on your first image, find a dealer who doesnt flash cards.
Good luck!!


LOL ... he wasn't dealing ... just shuffling cards from another table ... we're pretty hard core with our rules, and not afraid to call someone out if they don't follow them ...
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