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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
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Although no suggestions were made to change this image I decided on reflection that it wasn't "reportage" enough. I've made some changes which are obvious - vignette, added grain for a slightly grittier feel, a general increase of contrast and selective darkening and lightening to leave a lighter halo over the subject and his begging can and I've also darkened some of the writing and highlighted that to which I hope to draw the eye. Hopefully the image also appears more of a low light, evening capture.
The main change may not be so obvious but is IMO more important. - Before making the above changes, I made a duplicate image from which I cropped from the soles of the shoes to the top of the head and then from the original file I cropped from the left to the RH edge of the bags. I then moved the dupe layer crop onto the original file crop thus removing some background and closing the distance between the subject and the trolley with the words "If found" as in the first post, the subject and the words were rather divorced by distance. Some tidying up with the clone tool was necessary due to the slanting pavement at the join of the layer crops. Your thoughts as to whether or not this version is an improvement would be appreciated.
· Date: Sun October 31, 2010 · Views: 604 ·
Keywords: Reportage, street, post processing
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: 28-300 @ 300mm, f6.3 @ 1/250, ISO 720
Event e.g. Grand Prix,Birthday,Sunrise: Shopping trip
State / County / Area Image Taken: Croydon, Greater London
Country Image Taken
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yashica boy

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 319
Sun October 31, 2010 12:28pm

I find this image more unsettling for some reson then the first one but the changes do improve the image a lot
Best regards

Richard G

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun October 31, 2010 12:34pm

Great photo journalism Vic, nice work on this one. For me I liked having a little more floor in front of his begging can.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Sun October 31, 2010 1:57pm

I would agree that your darker version has a darker more ominous feel to it... not ominous for the viewer or the person walking by in the street but more ominous for the fellow lying on the pavement... there is the sense of the darkness closing in on him and that the life he is leading may take a far greater toll than just a momentary chill or empty stomach.

Your cropping results in the feel of a lower perspective which brings the viewer down closer to the level of the fellow lying on the sidewalk... rather than simply passing by and seeing him we are on the sidewalk also as if we might have been sharing a word with him or dropped a coin in the tin.


Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1,415
Sun October 31, 2010 2:26pm

Hi Vic,
the changes were worth the effort, the whole shot looks a lot tighter and give a feeling that he was crammed in between the trolley and a wall. The added grain does give it a more gritty feel.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 184
Sun October 31, 2010 6:53pm

Vic, I do like this version much better and once again to learn from your expertise.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,831
Sun October 31, 2010 11:26pm

Yes Vic, much better. The thing I was going to point out with the original was the gap between the gents shoulders and the edge of the frame, where you could see that small triangle of tiles. In this version that is almost gone. The light and shade has added a new dimension to what was already a fine image.

Wed November 3, 2010 12:04am

This one is definitely more 'journalistic.'
Tony Montana

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1
Sun November 28, 2010 8:16pm

This is something with emotions----the most important part of photo

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