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Jun 05, 2011 13:19 |  #1

I would like some feedback and thoughts on the following 2 images. I only want to show 1 on my site but can't make up my mind which one.

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Jun 05, 2011 13:34 |  #2

Prefer #2 - don't like the cropped arm, the red stop sign at the top right and "too cool" look of #1.




  
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Jun 05, 2011 13:37 |  #3

Thanks. The cool look is what I liked about the first one. The urban cowboy look:lol:

And the eyes but I can;t find a way to really bring them out. They're both highly cropped.

Maybe in B&W. Haven't tried that. I usually spend about 1 minute on the first edit.


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Jun 05, 2011 13:38 |  #4
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Hmmmm, they both have their charm.

I think the bottom one could use some judicious cropping in from the left till you say, 'ah ha', finding the right balance...if there is one.

On the top photo, I'm a little put off by the tiny spots of sunlight coming thru the hat and onto his face for some reason....looks more like some disease or something. :)

Also, I think if you did a little something to make his face pop more from the shadow from the hat. I don't mean just lighten the face per se, but maybe just the eye or something....


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Jun 05, 2011 14:02 |  #5

I prefer #2 and I even like the crop as it is. I chose #2 over #1 because I don't like the harsh shadows in #1.


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Jun 05, 2011 14:13 |  #6

I like them both...number two really stands out for me though.


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Jun 05, 2011 14:42 |  #7
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Yeah, I messed around with #2. There's really no good crop point. As is the best.

As they are, I'd pick 2 then. If some work is done on the face on 1, then I might pick that. There's just something...some little thing that's lacking from being 100%.

He's certainly an interesting subject. Were those shot on the sly? Perhaps that's why I feel a bit of emotional detachment in those pics. Perhaps if you went up to him and asked for some proper environmental portraiture's. I dunno, maybe you did.

But I'm really nit-picking. They're well composed images on the whole


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Jun 05, 2011 14:42 |  #8

I like no2 aswell although I think it will look even better more vibrant or in mono!


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Jun 05, 2011 15:28 |  #9
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I like #2 better. The shadow across his chest in #1 is strange-looking. The second one shows the racing flags and Del Rio.


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Jun 05, 2011 16:29 |  #10

Thanks for the opinions. I am taking them all to heart. #1... if I could lighten the upper part of his face (the eyes would make this shot), without it looking unnatural, then that would work. I may try it when I have nothing to do. I think #2 will be the way I go. I'm going to try some different processing and see what comes out.

They were on the sly. This guy was not exactly "normal" plus I was sitting in a terrace restaurant by the curb (elevated), taking a break with my wife. He started doing some strange dance movements on the street and I went for my camera. At the same time the waitress asked for us to clear the table next to us.. we had been using it for our bags, my camera etc. by the time I was ready to shoot he had quieted down and was standing on the curb. I cought just these 2 shots, in between passersby.


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Jun 06, 2011 05:09 |  #11

first impression was #1 for me... strong picture with a story


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