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The blacks are really deep and overpowering here. Was that your intention?
Yes because i was trying to put them as silhouettes against the late afternoon sun, suppose i could have lifted the shadows a bit though.
while i like the proportions of sky/sea/land in the frame, it is a bit infelicitous for silhouette--the human figures get kind of lost amid the rocks to the right, and water with/without detail. otoh, i like the shadows against the fg. so, in this case, i would agree either that you could try lifting the shadows a bit more (the near side of the figures, not the shadows they cast on the ground), or else maybe tried getting a bit closer and lower to really silhouette their outlines against the sun, rather than against the horizon below the sun.
i do generally think that this scene has an interesting potential, partly because of the way the ground looks like the back of a whale...
that's the sort of character we all love to encounter, and you have him in an excellent phase of his stride. i really wish either you were standing two steps to your right, or had snapped a moment sooner, as he kind of looks like he's smacking into the traffic light pole behind him, which interrupts the energy he brings to the frame. but, you have a good clean bg for him to be outlined against, and the guy at the left kind of works, so perhaps i am being too picky.
one does get a sense of bygone times looking at what is also clearly a contemporary shot, which is always interesting.
lovely reflection, lively expressions.
i would not hesitate to crop a little off of the right and bottom. try a line running just to the right of the first side car window point, just to the right of the drum, and then up from the bottom to make the curb line run precisely into the corner.
a slight change, but to me it helps push the bald figure definitively off-center, which gives more weight to the boy.
There's a lot of potential in this photo, I just wish I could see the kid a little better. I understand wanting to bring out the drama in the dark sky. But the vignettage feels too heavy. Lifting the shadows to bring some detail and light into the kid and the tree in the foreground could make this one a winner.
A suitably tangled guide to the legality and liabilities of public photography in italy.
Here's hoping it is of no use to anyone. That is, that no photographer has occasion to avail themselves of the advice and procedures therein, since that would indicate they have already fallen into a possibly bottomless quasi-legal pit.
Marvelous expressions. The moment and arrangement work very well.
I am not sure you need the bottom of this--cropped below the elbow of the woman on the right, the expressions are emphasized even more.
I'm not a big fan of tattoo's. But in this case I think they add something to the ambiance of the photo... these are care-free fun loving girls out having a good time. So I don't agree that cropping off their legs is gonna improve this photo. I like it as it is.
Zubu Barunda wrote:
I see Chris's point. But the thigh-grab is also the point of the photo. And the vertical line of her arm and leg forms the base of T, of which the laughing faces form the top. One senses the power of the humor affecting the entire body. A very perceptive shot.
A very Wyeth moment, joyful and ominous.
Barefoot in the Rain
A touching figure, protected from the elements above, but joined to them below.
The picture is unbalanced by the negative shadow space to the right. I would crop it to make it harmonious with the shadow element on the left so the eye gets pulled through them to the figure in the middle.