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Old Sep 14, 2010, 1:57 PM   #1
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Coming back late yesterday from the World Expo, again - this time after playing tour guide and entertaining some Czech friends / clients of my wife's (and having some wonderful Czech food at the Czech Pavilion !) I spotted this couple coming down the opposite side of the escalator.

Poorly lit, no flash, 1,600 at 2.8 (43 Ltd) 1/200, and a very noisy shot. However I wasn't prepared to bin it as I liked the subject matter so much ! What do you think ? Does this work for anyone ?

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Old Sep 14, 2010, 3:21 PM   #2
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Works wonderfully as a B&W. It tells a story and the composition is fine.
What's not to like?

BTW, Kev. I took a look at your SmugMug, The shot of the frog laying on his back is superb shot! I've never seen one like it and think it should be published by somebody, somewhere, some how!

































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Old Sep 14, 2010, 4:12 PM   #3
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yeah effect works perfectly with the image - would never guessed it wasn't exactly as you had intended
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Works very well. Dramatic and poignant. You can't pose shots like that.
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I agree with the above, I like it

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As others have said, yes, it works very nicely.
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I can see why you love the shot and the vignette and processing works very well.

Did you use some noise reduction software? The reason I ask is that her hand and face look almost too smooth. I think with the black and white conversion you could get away with a bit more noise than you can with color - it will look more like grain, but don't know if you could get away with it here. The picture is lovely just as it is and I wouldn't change anything, just wondered about the smoothness is all.
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Thank you guys n gals. I'm so pleased that you like it too. Once they (she) spotted me taking the shot they burst out laughing but I loved the mood before that happened !

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Mtngal : Yes I used Nik Define and particularly selected her face for treatment as it was very noisy indeed. There is also an 'add grain' option (though I can't remember if it is in Silver Efex Pro or Define). I'll try it on a copy and see what comes out, thanks for the tip.
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Kevin sorry to be chiming in so late but I want to say I like this image a lot. It depicts a lovely tender moment and your treatment of it in B&W is great.

I don't know why but when I visited China I found the people have a more laid back attitude about being candidly photographed. They also seemed to like having their children's picture taken. In many instances if you were spotted they usually gave you a nice pleasant smile almost like a thank you.

I also found that many times on my trip my wife and I were asked to pose in a picture with people who were total strangers to us.

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Kevin sorry to be chiming in so late but I want to say I like this image a lot. It depicts a lovely tender moment and your treatment of it in B&W is great.

I don't know why but when I visited China I found the people have a more laid back attitude about being candidly photographed. They also seemed to like having their children's picture taken. In many instances if you were spotted they usually gave you a nice pleasant smile almost like a thank you.

I also found that many times on my trip my wife and I were asked to pose in a picture with people who were total strangers to us.

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Thanks Lou !

Ha ha - yes that is China to a T

I think it is that people LOVE having their photos taken, everyone has a mobile phone or a small digital camera and they take photos everywhere they go. My wife explained that they have to be IN the photo otherwise people may not believe they were actually there !

They are so proud of their children that they are delighted when a foreigner wants to take their photo. My 80 yr old father is a star whenever he comes over here and takes a stroll down the Bund This is usually because Chinese tourists in from the countryside have usually only seen foreigners in films (movies) so it is a real bonus to have your shot taken with one !
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