Qbx wrote in post #18421019
I see nothing wrong with the exposure. I don't see how you'd improve the d-range unless you popped a flash. In post you could brighten the interior some. The subject is the food so, I'd crop off most of the bottom (up to and including the white area) that shows the side of the (your?) car. Finally, I don't see this as representative of urban per se. It could equally be a rural fragment. Why would someone buy so much bread at once? There's no context.
Thanks. The subject is the food in the car, not just the food itself. Most likely, the baked goods were not bought, but salvaged from a supermarket that had discarded or donated them as too old to sell but still usable. This car was parked in front of a house in a working-class neighborhood, a few blocks from a huge homeless people's tent camp. The window was down, suggesting that the owner didn't mind if items were taken. So my best guess is that the owner is connected with a church or a nonprofit, performing social services, or perhaps is a solitary volunteer. Either that, or the person is a hoarder and not very rational. No one was around to ask.
rrblint wrote in post #18421024
A car chocked full to the ceiling with bakery items is hilarious. Great photo of it too, Oh. The exposure is fine though a bit of flash-fill toward the top would have been nice.
Sorry, I don't think of it as hilarious (see above). This is not a joyful scene. It's associated with a growing problem here: too many people with nowhere to live and not enough to eat.
I think the diminishing light toward the back of the interior suits the subject. It enhances the depth, and we don't need to see detail all the way back. However, the white band near the bottom is a chrome strip, mostly blown out.
airfrogusmc wrote in post #18421078
Is this part of a project? It could be an interesting piece of a larger pie (sorry ha ha).
As far as metering i wold have spot metered the shadows and the highlights figured out my range and gone for an exposure to keep everything I thought was important. I would probably do a quick mask in the darker areas and bring them up a little. Like I said could be part of an interesting larger whole.
There's no project as such, but the theme is urban poverty and relief.
The simple PP programs I use don't allow masks. I may have lightened all the shadows a little.
Now my opinion: This image isn't very good technically. What appeal it has probably exists because the subject is surprising and leaves room for the viewer to build a story around it.