Street Photos


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Aug 6, 2013
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This is my first official post. I found photography about a year ago, and just started street photo about a month ago. This is what I have so far, critique would be appreciated! :)


Good start and welcome. To me the first ones background is too washed out. I would like to see some detail particularly in the signs. Although the detail in the subject woman is good to me she looks more on the picture than in it. Darkening the background I think would help

I like the second one. The window makes the image in the doorway slightly disfigured. It reminds me of something I would have seen in the original Outer Limits shows back in the day. It grabbed me, very nice
The first one is pretty OK. There's a nice little scene there, one gets the impression of something unfolding, something in progress. The composition is lacking, sticking the subject in the middle of the frame is usually weak, from a design point of view, and it otherwise looks flat and visually uninteresting. So, good content, not so great visuals. This is the challenge of street -- getting the great content AND the great composition simultaneously. It's very very very hard.

The second one is less good, to my eye. It's not street at all, it's some sort of abstract, without much going on in it. Again, you have what might be a "subject" dead center, and it's generally a somewhat weak composition. There are some strong graphical elements in it, strong lines running through it and so on. Reflections are often nice, but it's good to have something reflected, here we see one murky figure, maybe? You had an idea here, but I don't think it worked out particularly well.

Keep at it, though! You're definitely seeing stuff, and having ideas.

I'm going to suggest that when you're out in the world you experiment with moving yourself around. Pick two objects, and move yourself around them, toward them, away from them. Crouch down, stand up tall, climb up on something. Observe how the visual relationships between your two objects change -- sometimes they're lined up one behind the other, side by side, or diagonally "in the frame". They're bigger when you're closer, smaller when you're farther away. How does their relative apparent size change as you move?

To make great street photographs, all this stuff has to be instinctive, to get those good compositions in the instant that the good content appears.

(this is all just me paraphrasing Henri Cartier-Bresson, I'm no good at it myself, it turns out)
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I like the first one even with the technical flaws. Gives more of a journalistic feel. The woman in the street, her hand raised, the men's eyes all on her, and the girl pointing at the case. There needs to be a story with the image, something is going down.

The second one, not so much, more of an abstract, but still interesting. Thanks for sharing and keep shooting.

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