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Feb 02, 2017 21:38 |  #1

This photo was just a lucky candid. The lighting is LED from the truck and natural. Please let me know what you think of this photograph.

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Feb 03, 2017 06:25 |  #2

to me this is a snapshot.


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Feb 03, 2017 06:56 |  #3

rwmson wrote in post #18263406 (external link)
to me this is a snapshot.

You use that word like it carries some sort of negative connotation. The poster admits as much in the first sentence of his post. Its a snapshot I'd be proud of.

I like it. The photo is well-lit, well-framed, and certainly tells me a story. I see an experienced professional, proud of himself, his job, and his equipment. Or perhaps I'm just visualizing the firefighters I've seen calmly doing their jobs while the world around them goes up in flames, literally and figuratively.


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Feb 03, 2017 08:02 |  #4

Well, if it's a snapshot it's a dang good one! A very storytelling one, too. A minimum of four more firefighters are represented in the background...maybe they'r eating supper...sleeping...in training classes....etc.,. The senior guy is making sure the firetruck exhibits the professionalism and pride that he and his crew (and many other crews around the nation...and world) have in their work...he's polishing it not because he has to (he could put a lower-ranking new guy to doing that), but rather because he *wants* to. The mostly empty bins show that work is still to be done and that soon they will be filled with life and property saving equipment...things that the crew are trained and skilled in using.

The lighting on the firefighter's face is harsh (to me). But, firetrucks aren't noted for giving off softbox grade lighting. :)

Snapshots tell many stories...taken "in a snap" with little or no pre-planning they capture a moment that will soon be gone...

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Feb 03, 2017 08:38 |  #5

Nice capture!

I think with some post processing work it might be even better. The neon yellow could be toned down a bit, and I would like to see the towel less bright and his hand more bright. A slightly tighter crop and making the right side of the frame a bit darker would round it out nicely.

But capturing the moment is what makes it a nice shot.


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Feb 04, 2017 17:46 |  #6

rwmson wrote in post #18263406 (external link)
to me this is a snapshot.

He's right. You could have setup a 48in octobox above at 45deg camera left, and added a 60in strip behind and to the left of the subject for a nice rim light. Also, a speedlight aimed at the uniforms in the background would have really made this image great.

:rolleyes:

Now, back to reality. It's an awesome image considering that lighting is natural. Candids and snapshots are fun. When I end up with one of these, I usually make a quick print and send the picture to the person/place/organizat​ion that was involved. A sticky-note saying "Thank you for your service" would go well with this. People really appreciate that kind of thing.


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Feb 04, 2017 17:49 |  #7

mannetti21 wrote in post #18264763 (external link)
He's right. You could have setup a 48in octobox above at 45deg camera left, and added a 60in strip behind and to the left of the subject for a nice rim light. Also, a speedlight aimed at the uniforms in the background would have really made this image great.

:rolleyes:

Now, back to reality. It's an awesome image considering that lighting is natural. Candids and snapshots are fun. When I end up with one of these, I usually make a quick print and send the picture to the person/place/organizat​ion that was involved. A sticky-note saying "Thank you for your service" would go well with this. People really appreciate that kind of thing.

HAHA, you had me there for a second. Eyes started rolling around "octobox"...

Spot on! :-D


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Feb 04, 2017 20:39 |  #8

I think tweaking this could bring it out of "snapshot" territory and into environmental portrait territory. It's really borderline right now but I think that speaks to the strength of the image.

There is beautiful light on his face and his expression shows pride in what he does. There is the environment, which he is engaged in. Try bringing up the shadows so we can see what is behind him, if it's not too noisy. Crop in more to put the focus more on him. There is enough to make it obvious to the viewer he is at a firestation. Bring up exposure, warm the temperature and desat the colors, bring down the reds a bit from his face. Overall it's underexposed to me but see if you can balance out exposure on his face vs the station.


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Feb 04, 2017 21:03 |  #9

I think its great the way it is.
Great shot!




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Feb 04, 2017 21:13 |  #10

I wish all my snapshots were like that.


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Feb 05, 2017 18:39 |  #11

rwmson wrote in post #18263406 (external link)
to me this is a snapshot.

This, to me, is a comment without meaning except for some vaguely derogatory connotation.

Does the shot capture a moment? Oh yes.

Would the shot benefit from a crop. I think so. Maybe it would.

Would I play around with it? If it were mine or my station or my friend oh yes. Why? Because it is a shot of high value!


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Feb 08, 2017 14:04 |  #12

I like it a ton, the only thing I would have done is to bring up the dark shadows on the left.. or crop it so that is minimal and focus toward the right of the picture.

Most 'snapshots' aren't this good. A staged shot may not have ended up this good. Definitely a keeper, and tastes vary on what to do with it.


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Mar 03, 2017 21:58 |  #13

Here is my try at post processing with your help. What do you think now?

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Mar 03, 2017 22:51 |  #14

Nooo, he's a fireman not a model, don't over-process his skin like that. If anything it should be grittier and contrastier, not bright and glamorous.


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Mar 04, 2017 06:51 as a reply to Sigmeister's post |  #15

I can't even put into words how much better the original is. Don't mess with it.

Ryan said it perfectly above.


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