Martin Newland, QPSA  

We are looking at you by Martin Newland, QPSA

May 2023 - We are looking at you

May 2023 - Martin Newland, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This is another image from our recent Club "street photography" photo outing.
The sun was low in the west, and shining directly along the polished pavers of the Mall resulting in an even multi directional light.
I set myself up on one of the seats and waited for people to walk past the Sunglass Hut, knowing that most of them would be wearing sunglasses as they walked through this bright part of town. Hence making my story!

Canon 5D mark iv 1/200 f/5.6 ISO 400
Canon EF 70 - 200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 100mmm

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love your "set-up" for this shot--both looking right at you! The composition is so good with the girl having room to walk into the picture and her foot position showing the motion. So many good things about this--diagonals, lines, squares, colors. I wonder how it would look with the contrast increased slightly--though I like it just the way it is.   Posted: 05/01/2023 10:53:22

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I looked at your original and instantly thought there was missing story, and that possibly your framing was right on in the first place. I think less cropping gives more feeling to the image and I like the Sunglass Hut sign and its mirror image on the upper right side; and the business of the mall in the background provides ambience. But extra exposure adjustment would be required.   Posted: 05/01/2023 13:22:22
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Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Martin, your crop is exactly what/how I would have done. The busyness (ie., clutter) of the signage is gone, so the viewer can focus more readily on the story you are trying to convey. Despite the two main people - the woman walking and the man in the poster ad looking at "you" - one can tell there is still a great deal of activity in this section of the shopping area because of the reflections of numerous people in the windows. Those reflections add quite a bit to this story.
Well done.   Posted: 05/02/2023 10:28:02

Susan Pellegrino   Susan Pellegrino
(Group 86)
I love street photography and I love that you thought out where to sit to capture the image that you were looking for.

I like your crop since it forces the viewer to see that both the image in the window and the walker are both "looking at you." And that is the point of this photo!   Posted: 05/02/2023 17:58:02