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12-11-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Little Girl's Sunday Out with Mommy
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Does this work? I didn't want the faces, to keep the focus on the activity.

How could I have shot this better? It's a candid.

I have learn't so much here, I am getting greedy!



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I think the faces are necessary to give a character or some personality to the photo. As it is, it leaves me wondering who these people are and whether they're enjoying their time on the wharf. As such, a high perspective in this type of shot doesn't work as well as a side on or front on shot with facial expressions to match the intent of the image.
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Hi,
fully share the opinion of Ash! Especially when photographing people, does not fit the recourse of "eagle", which sets the models in an inferior position!
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I think the faces are necessary to give a character or some personality to the photo. As it is, it leaves me wondering who these people are and whether they're enjoying their time on the wharf. As such, a high perspective in this type of shot doesn't work as well as a side on or front on shot with facial expressions to match the intent of the image.
@Ash, @Velja thank you for your critique. Both of you are probably right, but in this case I will stick with my exploratory line of photography, firm in the belief that in some situations face(s) are irrelevant, even distracting.

As I stated, the photos are candids, and getting the right illumination and angles to light up the face could have caused me to miss the moment... the joy that was clearly evident.

Here are some other photos from the series, which make my point, but possibly reiterate what you say. :-)









I am determined to explore the simplicity in such photography some more.

What I want to know is: how could I have expressed myself better in these photos, without resorting to displaying faces?

I am not being dismissive of the critique, just hoping to rise above the challenge that I face.

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A tighter shot of the feet to the knees (slightly above to include some color) would say as much without the distracting big head, and sunglasses :-)
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I think the first picture you have posted will look much better if you would take the picture from higher above.
If you do not show the faces, then at least "put your subjects inside a story". Show the environment, create some mood.
You can create that effect by using a monopod and rise it above your head, pointing down. Will take a few tries to get it right .

And for the last ones, same idea. Make them "walk into a story". A wider lens (maybe even fisheye lens) will do the trick just fine.
Not my picture, nor do I try to advertise anyone, but this the first picture that I found to illustrate what I am trying to say:
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I guess what I am trying to say is ... "If you don't show faces ... show places ".
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A tighter shot of the feet to the knees (slightly above to include some color) would say as much without the distracting big head, and sunglasses :-)
A tighter crop does help, as in the photo below. Thanks!


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I think the first picture you have posted will look much better if you would take the picture from higher above.
If you do not show the faces, then at least "put your subjects inside a story". Show the environment, create some mood.
You can create that effect by using a monopod and rise it above your head, pointing down. Will take a few tries to get it right .

And for the last ones, same idea. Make them "walk into a story". A wider lens (maybe even fisheye lens) will do the trick just fine.
Not my picture, nor do I try to advertise anyone, but this the first picture that I found to illustrate what I am trying to say:
Walking into the Light | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


I guess what I am trying to say is ... "If you don't show faces ... show places ".
Thanks for the excellent suggestions...there will be a next time :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Inexorable Quote
A tighter crop does help, as in the photo below. Thanks!
I agree, it is better. The feet and water is what it is about :-)
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