A loose cannon

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    This lady walked past a booth which was promoting some "Christian Friends of Israel" organisation....... She lost it, I mean completely lost her marbles. Apparently she wasn't a fan of Israelli politics.


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    I thought I'd let everyone know the reasons behind the emotion in these photos but would like people to refrain from turning this thread into a political discussion, all I want is some feedback on the photos.

    Cheers,
    Dave
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    The third one is great.

    Dani
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    touchy... very expressive photos! man your brave taking those! unless journalism is an interest of yours
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    I feel bad for any guy who dates her... crazy shots. I would never think about doing that haha
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    Wow, she looks pissed!
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    Thanks Dani
    PJ is not my main interest but I love street photography. If a journalism job came my way though I certainly wouldn't hesitate, it is one of my dream jobs. Thanks 1080!
    Thanks Big! I doubt she has a boyfirend and if she does he must be a very submissive person:)
    Indeed!
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    I really like #4, but would crop out the lady on the right. Just my 2 cents worth...
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    Great captures on all of these. I'd say you were quite brave to shoot someone so obviously angry...if she had decided to turn on you, you could "really" have been wearing your camera around your neck. :lol:;) Good job! :thumbup:
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    I love #4. Was she yelling at you for shooting her (looks that way)? I absolutely love it! You're a great street photographer.
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    Thanks raslacker, I had thought about cropping the lady on the right out but I decided tht she gave nice contrast and context to the scene. Kind of a beauty and the beast thing :)
    Thanks Dagwood! I've found that having the balls to shoot strangers in the street is half the battle to achieving good photos, the closer you get the better. It's one of the most exciting things I do.
    People are people so why should we be afraid of them, Photographers are people too aren't they?;) I'm not saying we shouldn't have any precautions but if you actually try to build some raport with them (even a simple smile) they don't seem to care and sometimes are even flattered, being friendly with them usually goes a long way. That said, I suggest choosing your subjects wisely, the above works on most people but I don't recommend photographing thugs or homeless people. I never shoot the types of people that have nothing to loose or something to prove without their permission.
    She was not, I was standing right next to the guy she was yelling at. Keep in mind that I'm using a 50mm 1.4 prime and therefore have no zoom capabilities so I was only a few feet (2-3)from her the for first 3 shots, I literally could smell her breath! I was clicking away furiously at the shutter and she didn't have the faintest idea I was there, not once did she even look at me. She was so caught up in what she was saying that she wouldn't have notice an elephant walking down the street next to her.
    Thanks so much for the compliment Fleix I really appreciate such kind words!
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    awesome shots man. You really captured some emotion there. I even said "oh S#!t" when I saw her face.
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    Thanks Dominantly!
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    Good on the spot news photo.
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    I like the last one best. All are good. And you're brave, given how pissed she looks...
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    Cheers Rifleman
    Thanks rocdoc
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    The first one really works for me when you see the whole series. You can see her mouth forming the beginning of "****".. At least that's what I assume she is getting ready to say. Without the others, It doesn't seem as strong.

    #3 stands on its own though. Fantastic.
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    Cheers namaste lv! She was actually speaking french ;)
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    Cropping the woman on the right (or at least most of her) would insure that the focus stays on the main subject of the photo. But then again, the feeling that everyone around her is ignoring her "tantrum" is only highlighted by the close passerby who is certainly not looking at the subject. I also think cropping it would rob the broader feel that this isn't staged like some kind of street actor with only a few people in the backdrop.
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    I've gotta say that the captures are great! Composition, moment, focus are all spot on. I'm not a real fan of the post-processing, however. I can see a halo surrounding her that speaks to oversharpening, or layer masking to blur the background further, or...

    Vignetting actually works in emphasizing her in these pics so I guess I DO like some of the post. I'd love to see these in pure grayscale, though. To my eye they're creeping towards sepia and I think that they might be interesting with pure whites and pure blacks.

    But, GREAT capture of a vitriolic and emotionally violent moment! At first I thought she had piercings, but NO! That's spittle! She's foaming at the mouth! My god did you do a great job snatching that moment in time!
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    Agreed, thanks RancerDS!
    Thanks Pugs, the haloing is due to rushed layer masking used to darken/under-expose the background. When I find the time I'll go back and re-edit these as well as post the grayscale. Thanks again for the in-depth feedback.

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