I also see a man next to the lady with a semi darken face. Assuming that the subject is the smaller boy in the centre then I feel that the two darken adults are totally distracting and the composition of the photo can be improved.
It was an artistic choice rather then a technical one.
Vignetting will be a good method to apply if the background is less busy and the the two dark adults more out of focus.
However in this case the 2 dark adults look like mountains( made worst by the patch of shadow that is the ladies face, distracting the views attention from the boy.
A tighter shot with the boy appear bigger in proportion to the frame will make the shot more precise and understandable.
I am no expert just sharing how I view the shot.
I think its pretty alright, light coming down from on his son as the main point of the picture & high darken contrast on the rest of the picture.
I think this is more of an artist pov than technical pov for me.
For me I like street pictures with multiple subjects in picture or as HCB would say, the decisive moment.
Unfortunately a lot of photographers these days just think that street is shooting people walking in the crowd, crossing traffic lights with the super tight crop? With a tele lens sniping in the corner.....
I feel that when shooting street, one has to be up close & study your subject, blend in, see a moment & go for it. Such pictures usually have a good mood etc.
Just my 2 cents.....
Can check out magnum photos:
Slightly more to photojournalism but its a good place to check out.
http://bqw.deviantart.com/gallery is where the majority of my street photos are housed.
I shoot mainly on film, no money go digital
& I do mostly B&W film because I got everything from bulk loading to processing all at home. & I dont really enjoy waiting for the lab to process my color C41 films, so yea, sort of permanent B&W shooter.
Yep, I do agree on shooting in the scene itself as the photographer "interacts" with the subjects. My choice is usually 35mm or 50mm, nothing more or less.
I also still have a pinhole camera (shots) and 4x5, too
I find the first picture to be evenly exposed on the surroundings, but under exposed on the faces of the people, which is the main focus in the shot.
Zooms distort at both ends...so you can use one so long as you stay in the middle
Yes, I have a zoom, too. And since I've started shooting more digital I've used it about half the time.
The other thing I like about primes is their size. I like being able to throw a good camera & lens into my normal day messenger bag. This is especially important for something like street photography. Want a zoom that's as fast as a prime? Forget putting it in a briefcase or messenger bag. You'll need a dedicated backpack.