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    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    Composition and lighting.

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    I want viewers to feel how stress out the woman in the picture is.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Was trying out street photography and as i walk pass this empty cafe, only the lady was there. Didn't really think anything of her until i saw her banging her laptop in frustration and after that she just buried her head in her hands as though she was about to cry.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    Personally i feel that i didn't really captured the emotions well but was kind of afraid that she notice me there thus i didn't stay for long. After all who likes to have their picture taken without any permission especially when you are having a bad day?


    Just started photography not long ago. Newbie here.
    Would appreciate all tips given.

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    i feel a tigher crop would make the picture look more standout..,just my humble opinion though!,take it with a pinch of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by footscape87 View Post
    i feel a tigher crop would make the picture look more standout..,just my humble opinion though!,take it with a pinch of salt.
    second that... a tighter crop wuld be better as it will isolate the subject more.
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    it seems more like a photo you took and the woman happened to be inside...

    sometimes you can break the rule of thirds... if the idea is the woman.. then let her fill the frame~!
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    Quote Originally Posted by footscape87 View Post
    i feel a tigher crop would make the picture look more standout..,just my humble opinion though!,take it with a pinch of salt.
    second that. mayb b/w photo will bring out the mood too.

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    Hmm thought that by taking a picture of her with the empty chairs around I might bring out her frustrations better but seems like I'm wrong.

    Thanks for the tips guys!

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    Maybe try spot metering at night with light shine on her would be better?

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    Ahh I don't even know her. Plus I'm just a beginner. All I have is a d5000 with kit lens. No other accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Hmm thought that by taking a picture of her with the empty chairs around I might bring out her frustrations better but seems like I'm wrong.

    Thanks for the tips guys!
    The problem is not the other chairs. The problem is that the scene is too busy with too many elements that do not matter, and they all fight for attention with the lady (your point of interest). The awning, the tree with the green leaves, MBS in the background, the lamppost from the right, the pillar on the left, that little part of wooden flooring you captured on the lower left. All these things fight for attention of the viewer.

    Isolation is key. So when a viewer look at a picture, the eyes of the viewer is immediately lead/drawn to your point of interest. That will make for a good picture.

    Anyways, I did a 5 min job on your pic to show you what is possible. I removed the trees via cloning. And there is no way I can remove the lamppost quickly... And I did a high contrast B&W to create some tension, and push the background a little overexposed so it is less distracting. Let me know when you are done looking at this picture so I can delete it. Hope this helps. Remember, I am just doing this so you can see what I mean. The best thing is still to re-shoot this. Hopefully, when you come across another situation, you can handle the shot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The problem is not the other chairs. The problem is that the scene is too busy with too many elements that do not matter, and they all fight for attention with the lady (your point of interest). The awning, the tree with the green leaves, MBS in the background, the lamppost from the right, the pillar on the left, that little part of wooden flooring you captured on the lower left. All these things fight for attention of the viewer.

    Isolation is key. So when a viewer look at a picture, the eyes of the viewer is immediately lead/drawn to your point of interest. That will make for a good picture.

    Anyways, I did a 5 min job on your pic to show you what is possible. I removed the trees via cloning. And there is no way I can remove the lamppost quickly... And I did a high contrast B&W to create some tension, and push the background a little overexposed so it is less distracting. Let me know when you are done looking at this picture so I can delete it. Hope this helps. Remember, I am just doing this so you can see what I mean. The best thing is still to re-shoot this. Hopefully, when you come across another situation, you can handle the shot better.

    Saw it already. =)

    And thanks! Will keep those tips in mind!

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    You're welcome. Picture deleted.

    You have a good eye to spot good subjects. Just keep on learning and shooting. All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    You're welcome. Picture deleted.

    You have a good eye to spot good subjects. Just keep on learning and shooting. All the best!
    Hey, thanks for the compliment. You have no idea that means how much to me coming from someone like you.

    Thanks a lot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Hey, thanks for the compliment. You have no idea that means how much to me coming from someone like you.

    Thanks a lot!!
    Whee wheet~!

    great job sia Daredevil~!

    haha, actually haven got to meet you yet, that day at lower pierce outing you left early..
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    Its my old work place...in not a cafe in a fine dining restaurant...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Ahh I don't even know her. Plus I'm just a beginner. All I have is a d5000 with kit lens. No other accessories.
    dont be limit by the equipment you have..nothing matters more than your eye for detail..,and you really have that working up..,you'll reach there in no time with more pratices..,just shoot and enjoy,believe in your camera and kit lens..,they can do wonders you'll never think of!

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    Not sure if it is just me. But I think the focus point is not on the woman, but on the chair. So do check your focus point during your shooting.

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    may i know why u have included the chain (extreme left) and the tree?

    it is possible to use frame within frame, ie the white lighting pillar (left) & lamp post (right).

    when u were shooting, was it possible to zoom in / shift POV to omit the restaurent's tray stand in the forground? or maybe crop away the stand?
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by footscape87 View Post
    dont be limit by the equipment you have..nothing matters more than your eye for detail..,and you really have that working up..,you'll reach there in no time with more pratices..,just shoot and enjoy,believe in your camera and kit lens..,they can do wonders you'll never think of!
    Alright! Will practice more!
    Thanks for commenting!

    Quote Originally Posted by kaxdd View Post
    Not sure if it is just me. But I think the focus point is not on the woman, but on the chair. So do check your focus point during your shooting.
    Hmm i'm pretty sure i did set my focus point on the woman's head. Checked on my ViewNX on where is my focus point and it's still on the woman's head.
    Is my camera faulty or did i made a mistake somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    may i know why u have included the chain (extreme left) and the tree?

    it is possible to use frame within frame, ie the white lighting pillar (left) & lamp post (right).

    when u were shooting, was it possible to zoom in / shift POV to omit the restaurent's tray stand in the forground? or maybe crop away the stand?
    Ahh didn't think about that. =/
    Yes it is possible but i didn't do it.
    Btw can you tell me more about this frame within frame thing? Never heard it before. Thanks!

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    I think what denniskee meant is to use the white pillar and the gray pillar to frame the woman with her in the centre of the 2 pillars, within a frame (your photograph)

    click here for more detailed explanation
    http://photo.box.sk/tip.php3?id=14
    Last edited by antares2063; 8th September 2010 at 04:50 PM.
    Nikon D300 and some manual focus primes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by antares2063 View Post
    I think what denniskee meant is to use the white pillar and the gray pillar to frame the woman with her in the centre of the 2 pillars, within a frame (your photograph)

    click here for more detailed explanation
    http://photo.box.sk/tip.php3?id=14
    Thanks for the link! Will try to put it to use the next time i go out again!

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