yes, it was my intend to focus on the pavement beside the man. in a way, the subject is not the obvious, but its whats missing. i would have preffer to focus nearer to him, but my 50 @ f1.8 doesnt have enough shallow DOV. i didnt want to move in closer (create shallow DOV) as it might alert him.
as per previous photo "searching", this is another one that reflect my mood.
while searching for a reason for what went wrong, this reflect me waiting for her to come back (no hope by now).
i notice the man sitting at a distant to my left while sitting on the stairs opposite cleark quay. we sat there for 1/2 hr, doing nothing (i assume we we both in deep thought, at least for myself).
his bicycle was behind him. but i decided not the include the bicycle as i think it doesnt serve the purpose of reflecting the mood. includeing his upper body will just create a photo that most would have taken, ie common technic.
the slippers is interesting to me has the meaning of minimium, as with his simple dressing. water bottle means he came prepared, to stay for quite sometime.
the blurring of colourfull background has 2 meaning is to me,
1) reflect the happier days goneby, at a distant.
2) happiness is beyond my reach.
I have tried converting to b&w, but lossing the colourfull background weakens the impact.
Ok. If it's the empty spot beside him that's supposed to be filled, then i can see what you're trying to do. Problem is, the spot that you chose is a little far. There's still some space in between so i don't get the relationship between the spot and the person sitting there.
By blurring both the subject and the background, we've now come to relate the both together instead of creating two separate issues. It seems as though both are left in what used to be.
I dun really agree with this, as i believe denniskee intention is just to use the man as a lead in to the open space (which signify the person the man is waiting). In this case, how big, who is the man etc is all irrelevant.... Hence only showing the legs with the slippers...
for this, just place it on the floor and fire away.
you may ask how than do i know the composition since the view finder is low down. i dont look through the view finder. thats the beauty of using 1 prime lens to shoot. after awhile, you dont really have to see through view finder.
i have seen a vcd about leica camera, the earliest model "zero" dont even have view finder to start off with. after going through a few rolls, the photo gets the feel of it and almost 90% of his shoots falls into place.
if you like street candid, but uses a big slr, i recommend you to try do the same. this way, the chances your intended subject being alert by you is much less.
using old manual focus lens does help (slow or still subject). if you have use canon ef 50mm f1.8, you know there is not distant scale marking on the lens body. it took me quite some time to figure manual focusing with this lens without looking through the view finder.