004523-Y12 by daniel.y?, on Flickr. EXIF: f/2, 1/240s, 35mm (50mm @ 35mm equiv), processed via Silver Efex Pro
1. in what area is critique to be sought?
Effectiveness and appropriateness of B&W treatment, square crop, composition, and timing
2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
To portray complex layers of subjects, with individual subjects telling their own story
3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
Late afternoon near Little India MRT station. Someone just dumped a handful of bird food on the ground and it attracted a big flock of pigeons.
4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
It was tough to shoot anything that moves on my Fujifilm x-pro1. I had my 18mm mounted when I approached the feeding pigeons but I find my lens too wide and it does not give me the isolation required. Swapped in my 35mm and by doing so I scared all the birds away. I got to my desired shooting position, held my camera at low level and waited for the pigeons. I took a few shots but this shot stood out in my library... This was the only shot I had that manage to capture human element amongst the feeding frenzy.
With all these subjects in place it seems like the photo is telling its own story: The passerby who was going somewhere; majority of the pigeons busy digging into their dinner, the pigeon at the far left has this curious look, and the swooping pigeons showing that the frenzy was far from over.
Looking at various shades of grays on the pigeons I decided to apply B&W processing on this photo. Played with the color sliders to give the human subject a little more contrast. Personally I think I made a right decision to go for a low angle + B&W processing.