Panasonic GF3 and 100-300 lens in St. Petersburg

Started Apr 2, 2014 | Photos thread
Michael J Davis
Michael J Davis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,379
Re: Panasonic GF3 and 100-300 lens in St. Petersburg

boxerman wrote:

Electriq wrote:

I enjoy shooting buildings and investigation of little architectural details at home. Any comments are appreciated

Since you took the trouble to post (thanks), let me try to be helpful. I think you need to look for more interesting angles and focus.

  • The constant wires were more obtrusive than interesting subject. If you had somehow told us wires were a focus, we might have worked harder to compare their positioning, etc.
  • The string of lamp posts in number 4, viewed from another angle, could have been compressed and interesting. Though, of course, I don't know if that perspective was accessible.
  • Framings do not seem to be very thoughtful. Things cut off, "the focus" is not heightened.
  • People are often a good subject, but seldom in a random crowd, milling around. I think perhaps you're too wed to this particular lens. Interesting characters and configurations are more likely (but not always) to be found close up. Though I'm not good at it, "street photography" is certainly an inspiration for me. Get right into the action.
  • Different angles on many of the buildings could have been interesting. Closer and more vertical shots? I don't know, but I would be wandering around to look.

You have a wonderful city to show. I'd be looking for more interesting "stories," foci, scale, angles, and framings.

You've put the points I was going to make, but much better!

I think there are some interesting stuff in the pictures, but they need a more selective cropping. Here's an example of one that appealed to me:-


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