Stills V3

November 19, 2011

The Performers

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 19:03

This didn't do very well in a recent competition so I thought I'd get your views........



  1. sort of Austrian mode – at least the man’s hat. ;) I like his dreamy posture, like a “Heimatfilm” …
    What sort are the clothes they are wearing?

    Comment by Astrid — November 19, 2011 @ 19:55

  2. You’re the ‘judge’ Rex! I see nothing wrong with the main two characters and, as a street practitioner, I am happy with the person on the left. If there is any niggle it would be the small detail to the right of the woman’s face.

    The man and woman work very well together in their costumes – as Astrid says there is an Austrian feel to those – with a nice gradation back from the sharpness of the girl. It’s a lovely shot, apart from the bottom right, which might upset a judge if another shot were perfect technically (if more boring!). From my experience, judges tend to treat street shots as though they were landscapes with a tripod!

    Comment by zavaell — November 22, 2011 @ 08:26

  3. “I see you’re putting the 54-200mm to good use” was my first thought / assumption. Followed by “the arrangement of the heads is very appealing, helped of course by the expression on the man’s face”.

    But as I continued to stare at it I started to wonder what it was about the hat and the man that caused it to feel strange. I can’t seem to put “my finger on it” but I have been wondering if you have been adjusting the levels (lightening) of the mans face.

    Comment by cgcooke — November 22, 2011 @ 22:32

  4. Another one where the title doesn’t work for me – I don’t really get a sense of performance. But the image is well composed and a nice portrait of the two. Maybe I’d like a little more DoF so he is a bit more in focus.

    Comment by doonster — November 23, 2011 @ 22:47

  5. I find it quite appealing an image in more ways than one — the color, textures, faces, hats, and overall feeling. And with possible exception of that one lower right detail John mentioned (though it doesn’t bother me much), the background area is working beautifully, too. Love the black hat and OoF face on left side. I have no wish to see the man’s face as sharp as the woman’s — like the progressive softening effect, and especially how her fine hairs stand out. Were his face as sharp and the mustache in focus, you might have lost the graceful beauty of that area.

    I’m curious to know what, if anything, the competition judges had to say.

    Comment by Christina — November 24, 2011 @ 03:47

  6. I will be honest and confess that I don’t get this competition/judging thing at all. Why would a photograph become better/worse if it did well/not well in a competition? Well, please don’t mind my ramblings. I like the picture, period. You have managed to convey a certain feeling about the performance and that is what really counts in my book.

    Comment by Cem — November 24, 2011 @ 09:24

  7. What is missing for me is the performance, the bigger picture, he may well be asleep. I get the feeling of a greater sea of faces behind them but that may not be so, feels like there should be more or less background as what is there is distracting.
    The colours in her face and hat are great, his as well but he is a tad out of focus here and that bothers me.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 13, 2011 @ 10:59

  8. Rex – you said it didn’t do well in a competition. Did you hear the judge’s comments? If so….

    Comment by zavaell — December 13, 2011 @ 14:02

    • Not that far from Robert’s comment.
      They are both singers in a band and at this point there is a pause between verses and they move together.
      So the judge didn’t see the connection between the two and didn’t relate the title to them. He commented about the OoF man but said he was happy.

      Comment by Rex — December 13, 2011 @ 19:00

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