Istanbul Street Candids - C&C welcome

greg57

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Dear all,

I have been shooting street candids in Istanbul for the last 3 years, mostly with a GF1, but obviously more and more with my new E-M5 and to a lesser extent with a Pentax K-5 as well. I have recently gathered the best shots in my new blog istanbulcandids.com and I'll be happy to get your feedback on it :)

All the best
 

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Greg,
I spent a good amount of time viewing your photos. The first thing that pops in my mind is the control your forcing upon the viewer by using a title on each photo. It's your work and you can do as you please but you also have a responsibility to the image and the viewer to let them each share the act of discovery.

To simplify, the titles force upon the viewer a preconception that does not allow the viewer to get immersed in the image. It makes the viewer search out the meaning of the title and not the meaning the image would allow the viewer to discover without the title.

bluezdon19111@yahoo.com if you'd like to get deeper into the work in private.

don
 

Jon MS3

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^ I am inclined to agree. I have never been a fan of titles for photos, especially street shots.
 

greg57

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Hmmm... not the first time I hear it. You're right. Actually my only goal when putting titles was to be able to reference to them easily but it looks like it spoils part of the viewing experience. I think I'll get rid of them...

Greg,
I spent a good amount of time viewing your photos. The first thing that pops in my mind is the control your forcing upon the viewer by using a title on each photo. It's your work and you can do as you please but you also have a responsibility to the image and the viewer to let them each share the act of discovery.

To simplify, the titles force upon the viewer a preconception that does not allow the viewer to get immersed in the image. It makes the viewer search out the meaning of the title and not the meaning the image would allow the viewer to discover without the title.

bluezdon19111@yahoo.com if you'd like to get deeper into the work in private.

don
 

greg57

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I've erased the titles.

Thanks for the userful feedback guys :)
 

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Greg, i really like the b/w treatment you give the pics. Can you share your approach to that. Oh and by the way, I know Vlad Dziedzic from belgrade - are you Serb as well?
 

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I'm not a big fan of street photography. But the apparent closeness you use to capture your subjects really humanizes the photos. I find your photos very enjoyable and the titles don't distract for me.
 

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Hi Bob. Thank you :)
What I do is that I start with the B&W Lightroom present aspect #3 and then I boost contrast and correct the exposure (avoiding clippings). Always working with the histogram of course.
Then i try to spread the tonal range by boosting the whites and the dark tones and turning down the blacks and the light tones - or whatever is indeed necessary depending on your picture but i fond this to work quite often. Anyway you should always keep an eye on the histogram while you pull it and stretch it in order to get a well toned, highly contrasted picture while limiting, but definitly not eliminating, burnt or black areas. Then I also boost clarity, use Lightroom wonderful denoiser above, say, 1000 iso or so (between 15 and 25 for luminance, 45 and 60 for chroma). The added grain film is part of the Lightroom preset and i generally don't touch it. And then sometimes I don't hesitate to give it a bit of vignetting if I feel it has this nostalgic atmosphere...
I know I should be using Nik software's Silver Effects - I've actually bought the full suite - but somehow I can't be arsed doing it just yet :p
Hope that helped :)

Greg, i really like the b/w treatment you give the pics. Can you share your approach to that. Oh and by the way, I know Vlad Dziedzic from belgrade - are you Serb as well?
 

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