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forgotten life by raquelvonkaminaru forgotten life by raquelvonkaminaru
From time to time I look at one of my pictures and I ask myself 'how did I manage to take this?'.
In this case I take pride on this shot because basically it reminds me of the work some of my friends do and I admire so much.
Too bad there is a huge difference between my screen here and my Mac at home. It took me quite a while to process this to B&W and here the photo looks so... fainted.
Anyway... as usual this was taken from inside a car. ;)

I would like to dedicate this photo to

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`StamatisGR

Thank you very much for your guidance and patience to go through the photos I processed. Your feedback was extremely valuable and you were able to make me improve the shot I was so proud of and making me like it even more. :heart:

My work does not belong to the public domain and cannot be used without my written permission.
Kaminaru - All rights reserved
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StamatisGR Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
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The expression and the body language you caught is really special. For me the contrast is fine, I wouldn't change it. If I had the chance though, I would compose differently this frame, giving more space to the right (where the man looks at) and less space to the left which is of minor significance. Your picture is on the thin line between "street" and "spontaneous portrait" leaning more on the second side. And this is something that you say it yourself: "When I saw his expression I wanted to capture only that." If there was more context and interaction between the man and his environment then we'd talk about "street'.
The think is that the category is of less importance, since the photo comes out good. And this photo came out good.
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raquelvonkaminaru Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Stamatis,
Thank you so much for your valuable input.
So now you mentioned something I really didn't know about: the difference between a Street photo and a Spontaneous portrait. I always assumed that a spontaneous portrait is the one you take when you know the person but you caught that person distracted, or something like that.
Street photography for me was always "taking shots of people I don't really know", even if that means not taking the surroundings in consideration.

I took another look at the original photo. In order to remove the left part that is not interesting I would have to place the photo in portrait orientation because the guy is more or less centered in the picture. There is nothing but walls on his right side and I think he wasn't looking at a particular place but just "looking", if you know what I mean.

I don't want to take much of your time, but it would be wonderful if you could take a peek here:

[link] - Portrait orientation
[link] - More of the right side, less of the left
[link] - Centered man

In your personal opinion, which one would you consider to be the best?

Thank you :hug:
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StamatisGR Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
It's always a pleasure to give feedback, especially if something good can come out of it. And this time it did! Your second crop (0961-2) which gives more space to the right is wonderful and exactly what I had in mind! :nod: The frame now is totally well composed and balanced!
And I would almost always stay away from centered compositions. Too much boring, except from rare occasions.
"Street" is not so much taking pictures of people, but taking pictures of situations in which usually people are involved.
Please if you can spare the time, take a look here: PE: Street Photography for experts I think you will enjoy it :)
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raquelvonkaminaru Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, thank you SO very much for your feedback. I am going to change the photo because I agree with you.
Fantastic feedback. Do you want a "student"? :)

I'm going to read your article carefully!!!
:hug:
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StamatisGR Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
Be my guest. But watch it, I'm a strict teacher :lol:
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raquelvonkaminaru Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really??? Are you serious? Can I bother you with questions?? :D
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StamatisGR Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
of course! it's not a bother :lol:
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raquelvonkaminaru Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You don't know what you signed for, mister!!!! :heart:
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Your :icontheyardplayground: comment:

From your commetn I take this is apicture you are very fond of. So before writing a critique, I'd be interested if there are any points you would like to have another opinion on? Any parts you are not sure of or you think you could have done better or differently? What exactly do you like or not like about this particular shot?
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raquelvonkaminaru Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your answer. I would like to know what you think about the composition and the contrast I chose for this one.
Do you think that by having taken this shot from inside the car makes it "less" of a street shot?
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