Bleak Winter's Day

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  • #3464
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    Peter Robinson
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    What do you do if it’s dull, snowing and cold. I thought I’d try using a slow shutter speed to capture a scene of folk scurrying away from the horrible weather. I know there’s a lot wrong with the picture, but I like the idea and atmosphere it’s created. Has anyone else got shots like this?

    #3465
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    D. Williams
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    Now you already know that I love this picture Pete.  I only wish I had shots like this!  I could wish the head of the person with the umbrella was a bit clearer and you had been one step backwards to get the foot fully in on the bottom left.  But all in all atmospheric and brilliant.

    #3467
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    meg cumming
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    Love this shot Pete as you have movement of people and stillness of their surroundings. The two opposing umbrellas work well and the person in the middle balances the shot out. Like Dolores says getting that foot in would have taken it into frame rather than sitting on the frame itself. Would be happy to call this my shot.

    #3471
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    D. Williams
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    I have to say that I have never got my camera out EVER in bad weather ie when it is still actually snowing or raining etc.  I think I am missing out and should give it a  (careful) go.  Love how you have caught the snow Pete.  There is not that much wrong with it and nothing  unforgivable.  I never realised the weather could be so bad in Venice around carnival time.

    #3484
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thank you for your advice and kind comments ladies. I forgot to mention that the settings used were f13 @ 1/30 using 200ISO. It’s interesting to experiment with different slow shutter speeds. I found that speeds of around 1/5 sec can barely record a walking person. You can get an interesting shot if you shoot someone standing still and others walking past taken with a slow speed. It’s something I want to do more of. I’ll have to play around with this to see if I can improve. I might try a B&W version.

    You’re right to be cautious of getting your camera wet as it can do a lot of damaged to your cameras electronics. Luckily I was standing under cover when I took this.

    #3487
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    Peter Robinson
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    I decided to play around with this shot based on your advice and came up with this effort. I’ve made a mess of the sky, but apart from that I quite like the effect. It’s done in good old Topaz’s B&W ‘Detail Grunge’ effect. It needs tidying up but it’s getting there. Do you prefer this version to the colour one?

    #3488
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    D. Williams
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    I think it works in both but personally I love the colours in the first one.  In mono the person with the wine umbrella / turquoise coat has lost nearly all facial definition. You could define the edges of this a little to bring it back. Very well done on reconstructing the missing bits especially the LH corner.

    #3489
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    HI Peter  I do enjoy these atmospheric pictures-bet you didn”t go to Venice with this in mind. As you know me Peter I can always find too many positives to appreciate  rather than nit pick- especially  when a “Master” is at work. You have got it all so well-slight movement  etc.  Only one thing bother me -is what looks to be  the edge of a raised   paving   stone bang in the centre–worth moving that out. Like both colour and mono. Have you tried TOPAZ  LENS ?? It has a “pinhole ” effect which would work well  on these .  Never been to Venice didn”t know they had a beach.

    #3490
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    I have used very sparingly  Topaz Len s/  Pinhole  effect here   to concentrate the light in  the centre–just a little.  Or Lavender Pink with no pinhole.

    #3493
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for your comments. I’m not to bothered about not seeing the faces clearly as I intended it more as a scene rather than a people shot and I feel that no seeing them clearly adds to the atmosphere of people sheltering from the snow. That’s my excuse anyway. Trust Keen Eyed Ken to spot than raised paving stone. Now you’ve pointed it out I keep seeing it! I like the effect of the pin hole filter. Has it changed the colours or has that been done elsewhere?

    #3494
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    Anonymous

    No Peter I changed the colour of the lavender. Had to run, nearly got caught spraying it .LoL.

    #3508
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    Ian McNab
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    I very much like the colour version of your picture, Pete.  It’s really atmospheric, the motion blur and the mist complementing and reinforcing each other beautifully.  It’s also really well timed:  the lady with the red umbrella is in exactly the right place;  and the motion of the people left-to-right across the frame leads your eye towards her coming, dramatically, in the opposite direction.

    This isn’t a studio photo or a posed scene:  street photography has, to some extent, its own rules of excellence, more to do with composition and atmosphere – the artistry rather than mere technical precision.  And I think your photo scores very high on the artistry – the whole thing works really well to create a sense of dynamic movement and the particular feel of this kind of weather.  Brilliant.

    PS: Warmest congratulations on winning the print annual last night!

    #3514
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    Peter Robinson
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    Ken, so you’ve got turbo charged crutches, or or they pogo sticks? I think the colour change as worked, but I’m not sure which I prefer.

    Many thanks Ian for your comments. My B&W portrait is based on the style of your portrait that did so well last year. Meg has an almost identical picture so I’m feeling a bit guilty at getting mine in first.

    Regarding my Venice picture, I did wait until people were entering the frame and was lucky that people entered from both sides  at nearly the same time so it just worked out well. You can try and plan these things, but you need a bit of luck sometimes as well.

    #3515
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    meg cumming
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    Don’t worry Pete you deserved the win. Thats what happens when we go to places and take similar images. But its good to see it win. Next year no holds barred though,so I’ll be snapping at your heels.

    #3520
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    D. Williams
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    I think it might have been when you threatened to break his legs Meg!  We really should have left him locked in the car ! 😉  Actually I hate to admit it but without the wealth of advice and support I doubt either of of would have improved as much as we have since we started our little trips out with The Maestro that is Peter Robinson. How that poor man has suffered!!!!!

    Incredibly well deserved result from a stunningly good photographer.  We will of course do anything we can to nobble you for next year! 😉

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