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mumu

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Thx for the feedback. I often find myself struggling between too little and too much context. Well...maybe "too much context" isn't really a thing. Maybe it's too much clutter, or too much diminishment of the primary subject(s)?
 

Juggernaut

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Shanghai, China
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Switzerland
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Matt
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Should I crop in tighter to get rid of the top row of three windows?
Nope - contextual; though one could argue that the portico might provide enough of that as well. But crucially, to tidy up the image (balance it again), you'd probably have to remove quite a bit more because the format simply works, so only cutting off the top might actually take away from the feel. That said, I know what you mean, I think - in the attempt to include the background, quite a bit of additional detail has entered the image, that's true for the left edge as well. If you want all that information, you should probably keep it as-is.

Anyhow, I've taken the liberty to show one single possibility I could come up with that seems a bit tidier and moves the focus even more towards the subject and juxtaposition (and certainly away from the windows), also creating a secondary leading line - very simple, just adjusting the angle ever so slightly and cropping in from the top left, same format.

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M.
 
Location
Switzerland
Real Name
Matt
I somehow suspect the man is just on his smartphone :rolleyes:
All the better - casual communication instead of, well, maybe even Communion? Or just waiting to be let it? Or just waiting, killing time? There are quite a few possible interpretations of this shot, and there's no way of telling if it's trivial or deep; I actually like the shot regardless of what reality it represents - because it makes great use of context ...

M.
 

Bart J D

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All the better - casual communication instead of, well, maybe even Communion? Or just waiting to be let it? Or just waiting, killing time? There are quite a few possible interpretations of this shot, and there's no way of telling if it's trivial or deep; I actually like the shot regardless of what reality it represents - because it makes great use of context ...

M.
Indeed, no way of knowing.
Perhaps the man is carrying his breviary as pdf on his smartphone :)
 

mumu

Regular
Nope - contextual; though one could argue that the portico might provide enough of that as well. But crucially, to tidy up the image (balance it again), you'd probably have to remove quite a bit more because the format simply works, so only cutting off the top might actually take away from the feel. That said, I know what you mean, I think - in the attempt to include the background, quite a bit of additional detail has entered the image, that's true for the left edge as well. If you want all that information, you should probably keep it as-is.

Anyhow, I've taken the liberty to show one single possibility I could come up with that seems a bit tidier and moves the focus even more towards the subject and juxtaposition (and certainly away from the windows), also creating a secondary leading line - very simple, just adjusting the angle ever so slightly and cropping in from the top left, same format.

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M.
Thanks for taking the time to do that crop. With the image cropped that much, I'm tempted to take it further just to reduce the space that the flowers are taking up, so I tried this:
tight crop.jpg

I'm still not sure which I prefer most: more or less.


No, the crosses above the door reinforce the religious context. Just my 2 eurocents :).
Yeah, that was my thinking, too.



I somehow suspect the man is just on his smartphone :rolleyes:
Ha! I thought the same thing later on when I was reviewing my photos at home. I never actually looked to see what he was doing. I looked like something thoughtful and reflective at the time, especially considering the location, but for all I know he could have been enjoying a Tiktok.

Thanks for the responses. I appreciate them.
 

rayvonn

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Not the kind of shot I would have dared to take ... Nevertheless, simple, but strong.

M.
Thanks, no rules Matt, you shoot a load, hopefully one of the images comes back ok, you’ve just got to be in position. Reminds me of that saying in soccer when the striker misses an easy chance, “you’ve got to be there to miss them”. Luckily with a GR being in position can take half a second to be there. The result hopefully is something spontaneous.
 

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