Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Luger718, Sep 12, 2013.
Last week in Chinatown NYC. Taken with an E-PM2 and 25mm PL 1.4
Critique me please!
Nice capture of a moment you don't always see (behind the scenes).
You asked for critique:
I might have been inclined to eliminate the white objects in the foreground, just because the eye always goes to the lightest colour first (either in PPing or by getting a tad closer or reframing the out). Also the slats on the rolldown door and step don't appear to be perfectly horizontal (this could be an optical illusion).
Other than that I found the photo interesting. I wondered what he was looking at and even whether he was trying not to be observed.
That is a great pic you have out there..
I wouldn't worry about those white pieces of trash in the foreground, as the cook himself is a giant piece of white and I never even noticed them until mazg pointed them out. I would have rotated it slightly though in post just to get the slats level.
I like it a lot. I do agree that it should be straightened a little. I think in a perfect world it should have included more of the restaurant sign to highlight the cook eating outside the restaurant though.
I like how he's sitting next to a pile of garbage bags
I wonder why he chose (if that's the case) to eat out back?
For me that makes for a good composition - A simple story that makes you wonder what came before or what will happen next.
I like the concept - a good scene to capture. I'd like to ser a color version as well as the b&w - night shots in colour often have a nice feel to them.
Compositionally, I think you should have taken this from a lower angle - closer to the chef's height. As is you are sort of looking down on him, which breaks the intimacy a little and means there is more less interesting foreground vs. interesting background. This is compounded by putting the chef on the horizontal center line of the image... I agree with the earlier post that more of the sign in the top left corner would improve the balance of the image. So in sum - lower angle, and less foreground, more background, moving the chef off the horizontal center line of the image.
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Thanks for all the opinions and suggestions! I will def post more here from now on.
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