Which image is stronger

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  1. elsapo

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    I've recieved split opinions on this one, and I'm curious what you guys think...

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    I think No 2 is stronger because the focus is on the guys face rather than his body and his expression is more visible.

    I don't have a clue what it is I'm looking at though apart from maybe a tired guy sitting down in a yard with a crutch! Maybe thats just my untrained eye!
     
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    I would say the first is stronger, the contrast on the man is great, the fence going down give more of a feel of depth, and there are various items around the edge of the picture such as electrical boxes, plants, stairs, someone else etc... that accent the man.
    In the second one I find the electric equipment and wire distracting and the man isn't centered. I also get the impression of looking in through the fence rather than in the first where you see him behind a fence.
     
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    I like #2. Keep in mind that I love facial expression and it shows more in 2. The crutch is also more visable and gives a sense of despair to the photo. Since I don't have the experience to give a good technical critique, my comments come more from feeling than anything else. Good work.
     
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    I like #1, actually. Makes the man a bit more annonymous, rather than seeing his extremely detailed and hairy face... <_<
     
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    I say #1 because its emotional, and the guy is in deep thought...plus he looks like a prisoner.

    where #2 looks yet again in deep thought, but he also has peece with the world..
     
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    in my opinion #1 is definitely the stronger picture, mostly because it shows the viewer more about what's going on in the scene than #2 does. Since you can see more of the area where the guy's sitting, as well as more of him, you can tell better what exactly he's doing there. Also, the position of the camera in #1 gives more of a sense of not interacting with the subject, while in #2 it's more obvious that he knows you're there. I hope this makes sense.
     
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    True. He seems to be too happy for such a sadenning picture.
     
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    i favor the first because i think it captures the environment more, though i find the pole on the right a bit distracting


    in the second the crutch is cut off at the top and i would like to see his hands for more of an expression

    good shots!!!:thumbup: :D
     
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    I like the first one better...
    It kinda makes it look like your looking down on him,
    In a snobby social way.
     
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    the first one for me :)
     
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    I like the first one better also!
     

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