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Old Jul 26, 2009, 6:33 PM   #1
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Nearly all my photos are nature-related - scenes, macros of various insects, etc - because that's what I use in my work. But I had a chance yesterday to take some people-realted shots at a special event I had organized. Since these are so far out of my usual experience, I would really appreciate any constructive criticism!!
The event was a Folklife Festival, celebrating the folk traditions of our region. So here are some of the shots. First a few of the musicians...
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Now some of the folks sharing traditional life skills demonstrations.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 6:35 PM   #3
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A few of my (many) favorite "characters" at the event:
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 6:36 PM   #4
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And finally, three (almost) identical views of one the finest fiddlers! Which view do you like best, and why...
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Thanks for any comments -especially for suggestions for improving my "people photo" skills!!
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 10:52 PM   #6
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Nice series, I like the B&W shot.
You got a lot of good portraits, my only suggestion would be for musicians I would get the whole instrument they are playing in the shot as well.

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I like the last one of the first set. The guy with the blue shirt where you can't see his face. Really makes you look at the instrument details.

And, of the three same images, I like the second one. Although, on my monitor, it could use a little lightening. But, you did great on all of them.

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Nice series, I like seeing the different instruments and the folksy people that are in costume.

Of the three I like # 1 best as I think seeing the whole of the hat on the old gent makes it more interesting. I also feel that the shadows could be brought up a little. It looks a little dark to me but it could be differences in our monitors.

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FWIW here is my 2 cents worth: I love to portraits - capture of the expression and composition etc. For me (could be my monitor), I would have liked a tad more brightness. IMHO it would make the images "pop". That is unless your intention was to convey a rather sad and sober mood, in which case - never mind!

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I agree with Feroz-

The photos are great but the a bit "tuned down." In the last three shots of the champion fiddler, I like the last one. Going in close is very effective.

This is a great series, Mole, and you should be proud of it.

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