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Old Feb 11, 2005, 4:17 PM   #11
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If you did this on purpose to soften it then thats why, but black and white pics are known for their sharpness.
Because they are out of focus or too softened, the quality has degraded on the compositions quite drastically. I would like to see the originilas if you made any adjustments.
Respectfully disagree. Since when did photography become a "sharpness" (or for that matter, lack of noise) contest? Street candids are more "documentary" style; they're a fusion of documentary with their style imposed by the technical constraints of taking them. Photographers often try to take the sharpness out of a photo (portraits...)

For me, these photos work very well - in fact I think they're excellent, because of the subject matter. Being sharper or more contrast or less might add - even subtract, only somewhat.
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 4:53 PM   #12
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I find every picture to be excellent. Soft, out of focus, or whatever these pictures are excellent as they are. Candids are just that, themoment. Some I guess can stand or sitfor hours and take shots of the same thing until it is perfect.

I disagree that this needed any ripping apartthekman620. I have many black and white photos of my family many whom have passed awaythat are not sharp or in focus. Treasured keepsakes.
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 5:05 PM   #13
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I find every picture to be excellent. Soft, out of focus, or whatever these pictures are excellent as they are. Candids are just that, the moment. Some I guess can stand or sit for hours and take shots of the same thing until it is perfect.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I disagree that this needed any ripping apart thekman620. I have many black and white photos of my family many whom have passed away that are not sharp or in focus. Treasured keepsakes.
I can definitely see your point vIZnquest. I would have liked them to be sharper for sure, but like Nick says, you can't wait for moments, they just happen. Hopefully my technique will improve with practice. I've mainly done landscapes until now, and they wait forever. Trying to shoot candids,does take some skill. A new challenge. Thanks to everyone for the comments-negative and positive-they all help out. Cheers.......thekman.
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You know what's a little odd about the first? You shot this at 1/1300 sec. So there should be no motion blur or camera shake. The jacket is tack sharp but his face is a little soft. Wonder why? If the jacket's in focus, the face should also be.
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You know what's a little odd about the first? You shot this at 1/1300 sec. So there should be no motion blur or camera shake. The jacket is tack sharp but his face is a little soft. Wonder why? If the jacket's in focus, the face should also be.
I wondered about that myself, as I used spot focus. I was zoomed in at 72mm, so maybe I didn't hit the right spot when I focused. Hope the "spot" isn't out of whack. Maybe at that focal distance, I should use area focus instead. I'll keep experimenting. thekman.
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You know what's a little odd about the first? You shot this at 1/1300 sec. So there should be no motion blur or camera shake. The jacket is tack sharp but his face is a little soft. Wonder why? If the jacket's in focus, the face should also be.
I wondered about that myself, as I used spot focus. I was zoomed in at 72mm, so maybe I didn't hit the right spot when I focused. Hope the "spot" isn't out of whack. Maybe at that focal distance, I should use area focus instead. I'll keep experimenting. thekman.
Yeah, but the dof wouldn't be nearly that shallow.
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Personally, I really enjoy the eyes of the man in the first picture. I don't think the softness detracts from the impact of the image, I liked the balance of the focus of the subject and the blur in the background.

Bonus points for being brave enough to go out there and get some candid shots. I hate getting my picture taken, i'd be worried about someone griping at me for taking theirs.
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You know what's a little odd about the first? You shot this at 1/1300 sec. So there should be no motion blur or camera shake. The jacket is tack sharp but his face is a little soft. Wonder why? If the jacket's in focus, the face should also be.
I wondered about that myself, as I used spot focus. I was zoomed in at 72mm, so maybe I didn't hit the right spot when I focused. Hope the "spot" isn't out of whack. Maybe at that focal distance, I should use area focus instead. I'll keep experimenting. thekman.
Yeah, but the dof wouldn't be nearly that shallow.
You wouldn't think it'd be that shallow at f/5.2 at that focal length at all, would you. Wonder if the camera has a defect. Probably me, not the camera. thekman.
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Wonder if the camera has a defect. Probably me, not the camera. thekman.
... I doubt that. Just a one-off it would seem. Again, these are terrific candids! You really have an eye for this.
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Was walking around the city yesterday, and tried a few candid shots. Not easy, as I'm a little uncomfortable photoing people without them knowing. I'm obviously not the sleuthing type. Some noise in them, but I thought it looked like it belonged. Cheers......thekman.
This type of subject is one of the most difficult to capture,this link may inspire // help ,

The subject needs to be captured at the right moment, composition needs to be simple, sharp and for B&W with rich blacks...

google for Cartier Bresson

Also...

http://www.photo.net/photo/street-photography
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