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04-25-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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Grenadier Guard
Lens: DA 50-200 Camera: K10d Photo Location: Windsor Castle ISO: 400 

These are a couple of shots of a Grenadier guard on duty at Windsor Castle, I wanted something different from the usual tourist photos of the guards, I think these work but
I'm having trouble deciding which shot to go with. I'm hoping for some insight from the collective wisdom of the photo critque forum.

Both shots are unprocessed jpegs straight from the camera, I'll process from RAW once I have decided which shot to keep.



Thanks in advance.

04-25-2011, 07:21 AM   #2
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They are awfully close ... it's splitting hairs to pick one over the other.

Having said that, I'll vote for the picture on the right, as that version comes closer to being split into 4 equal quarters (those quarters being: jacket, pants, arm, and gray).

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Thanks for the feedback Sam. Personally, I'm leaning to the right too but my chief critic (wife) prefers the left.
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Left. Better dynamic range, the thumb is positioned more naturally. Above all, the focal point of the image - the buttons/cuff - are given more prominence in the composition.

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Left is better. Mainly due to hand position.
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To be really honest, both look flat and a bit dull. You have a good idea, and probably if the wall was not right behind him, instead it was a some better OOF background, this could have worked.


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Thanks to all for the input, I think I'll go with the image on the right (damn, I hate it when my wife is right ).

QuoteOriginally posted by dexmus Quote
To be really honest, both look flat and a bit dull. You have a good idea, and probably if the wall was not right behind him, instead it was a some better OOF background, this could have worked.
flat and dull = jpegs straight from the camera, fortunately I shot RAW+ so I'll take the choosen shot for a walk down PP street and hopefully end up with something that "pops".

I don't understand your point regarding the background could you please try to explain what you mean? Are you suggesting going for a sharper edge of the uniform to create some separation? The guard was a long way in front of the wall at the back of the guard box (see below).

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Both of these images are boring and don't work. Your experiment didn't work out.

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