Black & White Photography Photo Critique
by Hank Fanelli
Category: Black & White Photography
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: Following in the footsteps of Robert Doisneau through the streets of Paris
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Love it, really interesting, from the comical face on the bus, the timing of the man stepping off and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower. All these elements draw the eye around the picture.
A really nice capture, great timing. If I was being really picky, the light-coloured car on the left is a bit distracting and there's something intruding into the top right corner, possibly a street lamp? May be you could have swung the camera a little to the right to exclude the car, but may be there's was something even more distracting on the right that you were trying to avoid, or may be there just wasn't time?
Fine, the back of the bus is sharp as it should be.
You've captured the moment well and the exposure looks good with some detail left in the clouds and the shadows in foreground not too dark.
I can see why you choose black and white, it works well. Again to be really picky, may be it would have been better with the sun a little more round to your right shoulder, but I guess you didn't have much choice with a grab shot like this.
Fine, the bus is sharp as mentioned, and you've got some reasonable detail in the tower.
Really good capture of a fleeting moment and black and white gives it a timeless quality.
How to improve your photo
I would be tempted to crop a little on the left to remove the light-coloured car which I do find distracting.
The street lamp(?) on the top right could be cloned out - I think cropping on this side would be a bad idea as you need some space for the man to 'step into'.
I don't know how you converted this to black and white, but in my experience the best results come from shooting colour in camera (Raw is best), and then using a specialist application to convert to black and white (I use Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin in for Photoshop). I think with this you could add a bit more 'punch' to the final image.
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