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Steve Z Nov 15, 2002 12:54 PM

Flute Player
I took this shot at a busy street corner in downtown Toronto. I thought I'd do the right thing by asking his permission to take the shot (not that he would have known otherwise) and tossed a few dollars in his opened flute carrying case. There was plenty of pedestrian traffic at that corner and I had to zoom in on him to avoid getting other people in the frame. I'd like to know your opinion on the cropping of this shot. Thanks.

Klaus DK Nov 15, 2002 6:20 PM

I'll give you my opinion:

1. the strap in his trousers seems disturbing.
2. would have been nice to see his carryingcase in the pic too. That would fullfill the story you told.
3. maybe you should have waited and got some listing person placed in the shot also.
4. Allmost allways more air in the front of the person - not behind unless you have a reason.

Enough ?

Steve Z Nov 16, 2002 8:13 AM

Klaus, I agree with you on two accounts. Yes...I should recrop this shot with giving more space in front of the subject. It's also a shame I didnt get the opened flute case cause it would have really "told the story" about this individual. As for the strap at the bottom of the frame, I think it adds to the shot not detracts from it.


Klaus DK Nov 16, 2002 9:05 AM

I agree the strap is not very important.

It's a little funny. If you look a your commens above the photo you posted - you tell the whole story here.
A very skilled photographer will tell the story in a single simple photo.
I grab myself in doing exactly the same, often when I show photos to family and friends - I tell a story to go with the photo...instead I should have captured that story. It not that easy though. Isn't it!
But it's a great thing to remember each time we shoot: "What do I want with this shot".

Steve Z Nov 16, 2002 2:20 PM

Yes...I agree Klaus, as they say "a picture is worth a thousand words".

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