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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Laugadalur, Reykjavik
Date: Feb 18, 2007
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 1/100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Urban, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2007

Went on a small walk with my girlfriend... decided to bring my camera with me and see what I could come up with for this challenge.

"Street Photography involves getting close to people often very close. To do this type of shooting successfully you have to be in the scene, part of it, not a distant observer. This means shooting with wide lenses; certainly nothing longer than 50mm. With a wide-angle lens you are a participant. With a telephoto you are at best just an observer, at worst a voyeur.

Shooting this way means moving closer into most people's personal space than they are normally used to. For this reason places like crowded streets in big cities, midways, carnivals, parades and the like are preferred venues. "

I used this creating the photo.

It is shot with a 50mm lens and I tracked this old man for a while. He was aware of me and I got some very close shots but I managed to keep him on a distance where I did not intrude on him, it was some sort of cooperation.

I doubt the picture will score above 5 but the excercise was very good indeed.

Place: 133 out of 288
Avg (all users): 5.6052
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 5.4336
Avg (non-participants): 5.7667
Views since voting: 672
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 233
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/04/2007 12:50:35 AM
by karmat

Compositionally, you have some things here that work really well. I like how the road starts in the bottom left and "meanders" up and through the frame. That sets the stage or mood for the man walking, as he also seems to just be meandering by. It feels a little tight, vertically, though, and I'm wondering what it would look like to open it up a bit and include more of the road/path on the left, OR shift the entire composition a touch to the left a bit more. The bird in the foreground gives the picture an almost comical feeling to me, for some reason. It just looks "right" to be there.

Technically, I like the dof you have chosen to use -- the blurry foreground helps to direct the eyes to the man. The bw works well here, but it seems a little flat to me, perhaps a bit to "gray." Maybe a bit more contrast or something to help boost it a bit.

Overall, I think it is an interesting shot, and gave a perspective of "street" that many may not think of.

If you have any questions, or if I need to clarify or explain myself, please feel free to contact me.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2007 06:06:36 AM
One of my favourites of the challenge.
I think while it may not be a city street, which some people may unfairly penalise you for, i think it fits very well with the challenge.
the highlighting of the man is very nicely done, and the out of focus bird on his path, i really like it all.
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02/24/2007 11:15:33 AM
Nice lead in image, good job. :)
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02/21/2007 10:38:20 PM
i like this. the dichotomy of the 2 forms is very appealing to me.
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02/20/2007 12:13:38 PM
somehow I get distracted by the bird at the bottom. good selection of the winded path and the rounded bushes
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02/20/2007 10:40:58 AM
EXCELLENT!! Looks vintage!
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02/19/2007 04:27:36 PM
Beh oui!
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02/19/2007 09:34:28 AM
great image.
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02/19/2007 06:57:17 AM
very very nice, when I saw the title I almost expected to see a cemetary down the path but glad I didn't. I like your depth of field and tones. great subject.
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