First dabble at Street...

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by José De Bardi, May 14, 2014.

  1. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    So I just got back from a quick day trip to Warsaw, Poland - I got a couple of hours spare in the afternoon so went for a stroll. The architecture didn't really interest me, but the Polish people seem to have interesting faces, so thought I'd give street a go.

    Posting really just to get some feedback. I only really found one subject I managed to get any decent shots of, and I only had the kit 16-50 for lightness when travelling, I really feel I would need a ~100mm lens to feel comfortable shooting street and not be getting up in peoples faces!

    So these 2 a pretty heavily cropped (down to where a 100mm lens probably would have been!), I couldn't decide which one I liked best so let me know what you think.
    Also, first post linking from Flikr, giving it a go as I use Photobucket normal - seems OK so far!
    13998997579_1ba684e404_o.jpg Lonely Man by josedebardi, on Flickr

    13999006450_272672ea44_o.jpg Lonely Man 2 by josedebardi, on Flickr

    There are a few more shots in the album from the plane as the sky was pretty cool! https:[email protected]/sets/72157644659338041/
    The runway one is on my iPhone5 as I forgot to get my camera down from the overhead locker, but I really like it none the less!

    Thanks all in advance!
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    From the two above I prefer No.1 (personal preference) but to be honest they look (or better, they present something) very similar.
    Speaking only composition wise, I prefer No.1 cause the way the old man has his head turned like that gives the feeling of lonelyness - which I imagine is what you wanted to present...
    Also I notice that No.1 is slightly darker - more contrast or clarity or just different exposure etc.

    I also like the plane shots ;)
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  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    keep it up
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  4. Ares1

    Ares1 TalkEmount Regular

    Apr 28, 2014
    Did you enjoy it? I love taking candids, shame mine are all [email protected] though.

    Both good shots, prefer the 1st one.
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  5. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    Thanks guys, the first I did pump the contrast slightly, tried it on the second but it just didn't look right. Having stepped away and come back to your comments I tend to agree #1 is better, as stated, shows his loneliness, and I think the slight darkerness (is that a word!) of it adds something to the sombre mood.

    I did enjoy it, was just frustrated by the lack of range on the 16-50. If I do this again I'll take the 55-210. But longer term I will be investing in a prime in the 85-100 range which I think would suit better.

    Thanks again!
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  6. Fundadores

    Fundadores TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 14, 2013
    Street is hard game to master. It's all about being close. A 20-35 mm is a good range (uncropped). The kit lens is Ok for street but a bit slow. It's a nice first try. Prefer the second, love to see it in color.
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  7. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    Now you see to get this at 20-35mm I'd have to be stood 4 feet from the guy! He surely would have noticed me!!

    Here's the original, still a powerful image...
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  8. BJW

    BJW TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    I have to agree with # 1 being my choice. I like the profile and the mood it captures. Were these RAW captures and if so what program?
  9. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK

    No just JPEG. I just quickly B&W/Crop/Contrast boosted them in iPhoto.
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  10. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    great shots ! its the second shot for me, love the tired looking emotion.
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  11. tomme

    tomme TalkEmount Regular

    Apr 9, 2014
    Tom Erik Sivertsen
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  12. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    Nice article! Thanks!

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