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Old 05-21-2016, 06:41 PM   #2461
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Where is that sculpture? Chicago?
Yes - it's "The Bean" AKA "Cloud Gate" in Millennium Park in Chicago.

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Old 05-25-2016, 05:57 AM   #2462
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I do agree on the discomfort involved with taking pictures of strangers in public. If it's a big gathering, I can often "melt" into the crowd and almost feel invisible.
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Yes. It is in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
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Ronstar - that's quite a picture! The shape of the sculpture and the, erm, rather rotund people echo each other, and make for an arresting image - especially contrasted against the straight lines of the buildings behind. It's such a strong composition that I don't think it needs such an extreme B&W conversion. I'm not sure if you have a touch of HDR there or if the look is due to the conversion, but the image would definitely stand on it's own if displayed with a more regular "look" IMHO.

I'm wary of critiquing in this thread, as I think it's more fun just to share and look at each other's pictures. In this case though, I thought it was justified, as the critique part very much plays second fiddle to the main comment, which was, "Wow - nice image!"
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Useful set of tips Ron.
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Thanks for the critique, Major Tom! The only sounding board I have are friends and family members. And I can never get a good critique from them. I appreciate comments like yours that help improve my photo skills.

No HDR in that shot - but it was edited using one of the Silver Efex Pro presets, and with the contrast and clarity bumped up a bit.

I'll tone it down a some - I have a lot of travel photos coming up and I want them to appear more natural.
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It's just my personal opinion Ronstar, so please only pay attention to it if it makes any sense to you, and you think you can draw something worthwhile from my comments. It was just that I saw your photo and saw enough thoughtful composition and framing, that I knew it would stand on it's own without the rather extreme-looking conversion. I have SilverEfx Pro 2 as well but don't use it much, as it slows my old computer down too much. So far, I've managed with Lightroom and it's built-in "looks" as well as some free film simulation presets I downloaded.

However, some folk really like the more graphic-looking effects, and that is all down to personal taste. The last thing I want to come across as is some kind of photographic purist snob. I still remember the arguments on the various photography forums not so long ago, as to how digital photography wasn't "real" photography. Those people drove me potty!
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This little Ricoh GR II that I purchased a few months ago has proven to be almost the perfect tool for street photography. I couldn't be much happier with it, and it didn't break the bank either.

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Now, that's a "Great!" shot. (And I wouldn't blame it all on the camera.)
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Now, that's a "Great!" shot. (And I wouldn't blame it all on the camera.)
I agree. Our junior college photography instructor said that one of the traits of a great photo is an interesting subject. Major Tom's shot certainly has that, along with great lighting, etc.
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Thank you Rons - perhaps I should call you The Two Ronnies? (As a Brit, I'm not sure if that reference will translate across the Atlantic.)

I enjoy looking at people. They really are quite fascinating. I have to be in the right frame of mind and in the right setting to do this type of photography, as it doesn't come naturally to me. Every time you point a camera at someone, you never quite know how they're going to react, and what will come of it. That moment of interaction between the subject(s) and the photographer is but a fleeting moment (if it even occurs), and almost magical. I've been getting lucky recently. Here are a few more, which may not have come out as well as the previous one, but I was fairly pleased with them -

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