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Old Posted May 19, 2013, 3:03 PM
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CLEVELAND: Faces of the City through Glowrock's Lens

A collection of photos I took while on a day-trip to Cleveland yesterday. Includes West End Market, Hessler St. Fair and a couple of nearby locales. Hope you enjoy!

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Old Posted May 19, 2013, 3:30 PM
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Thanks, man! Never thought in a million years I'd ever hear that, especially since my main subject matter in my photography is normally architecture and landscapes!

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I can smell the patchouli from here!

Oh, just an fyi - it's the West *Side* Market

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Great! People shots, especially faces are about the second most captivating photos after the architecture. At least in my priorities.
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Gracias, senor... Yeah, I just had to get a nude shot in, even if it's an inanimate object! Hahahaha

BTW, a serious question for everyone. Which of those portrait shots do you think is the best? I'm kind of torn between the guitar-playing dude and the woman wearing the white hat. The brother-sister duo was great as well, but I'm just trying to get an idea of how to best take portraits. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

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Look at you go! These are really amazing! My favorite is the harmonica guy, seems like you caught him in a genuine moment. What lens / lenses did you use for the portraits?
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Look at you go! These are really amazing! My favorite is the harmonica guy, seems like you caught him in a genuine moment. What lens / lenses did you use for the portraits?
My Nikkor 105mm f2.8 macro lens, RyanD. Only lens I shot with for these photos. Thanks to photoLith, I got a great deal on this beast of a lens!

And thanks for the kind words!

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Gracias, senor... Yeah, I just had to get a nude shot in, even if it's an inanimate object! Hahahaha

BTW, a serious question for everyone. Which of those portrait shots do you think is the best? I'm kind of torn between the guitar-playing dude and the woman wearing the white hat. The brother-sister duo was great as well, but I'm just trying to get an idea of how to best take portraits. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

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Nice work Glowrock. I think this one:



or this one are your best.



The top one captures the authentic emotion of the man. I think the framing is too tight, especially on the left side. A few steps back would give the photo a little more room to breath. You got a nice blur of the background which helps keep the focus on the subject but I think the background is too bright. You could easily darken it in post.

The second one is a nice candid shot. I think the framing is a little tight and a slightly different angle could have improved the composition. For instance, I'm not sure cropping the left side of his hat improves the photo while including a small portion of the harmonica player to the right is distracting. Like the first shot, the background is too bright. There is a lot of white taking the focus away from the subject. It will be harder to drop the brightness of the background in this shot since there is so much white. I think the exposure would have had to have been less in camera and then you could have brightened the guitar player in post.

Portraits are not easy, there is a lot to get right. Generally I think it is important to pay attention to the background and the light.

Anyway, maybe that is more details than you wanted. It's always great to see the people of a city. Nice work.
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Good Stuff Aaron. I like the first guy, though he did remind me a bit of "The Iceman" (a hitman for the Mafia).

And what the heck was Mike doing in Cleveland?
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geez i really could not say. i like'm all. i just like real life scene portraits like these.

hmm, ok. i'll say the woman above the cannoli sign shot, because its tight, head-on and bright. then the two girls -- nice to mix in a tight shot of two people. also, the kid with the plaid shirt and coke. just because its also nice to mix in a 3/4 shot like that with a sharp background contrast.

i guess im just saying i like a mix because really all of these are pretty much equally good stuff here.
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Nice work Glowrock. I think this one:



or this one are your best.



The top one captures the authentic emotion of the man. I think the framing is too tight, especially on the left side. A few steps back would give the photo a little more room to breath. You got a nice blur of the background which helps keep the focus on the subject but I think the background is too bright. You could easily darken it in post.

The second one is a nice candid shot. I think the framing is a little tight and a slightly different angle could have improved the composition. For instance, I'm not sure cropping the left side of his hat improves the photo while including a small portion of the harmonica player to the right is distracting. Like the first shot, the background is too bright. There is a lot of white taking the focus away from the subject. It will be harder to drop the brightness of the background in this shot since there is so much white. I think the exposure would have had to have been less in camera and then you could have brightened the guitar player in post.

Portraits are not easy, there is a lot to get right. Generally I think it is important to pay attention to the background and the light.

Anyway, maybe that is more details than you wanted. It's always great to see the people of a city. Nice work.
Okayyou, thanks for your thoughts, opinions and suggestions. It's very much appreciated!

I definitely agree with many of your suggestions. To be honest, it turns out I had forgotten to check the ISO I had set the other evening before starting to shoot, and as a result, it was set entirely too high for these shots in general. As we all know here, that leads to an f-stop in the 5-8 range and not closer to 2.8, so of course I wasn't getting the nice relatively shallow depth of field and thus the nicer bokeh I would have gotten if I wouldn't have been a complete idiot and fixed the setting in my camera before shooting those photos!

Ah well, life goes on. As for the framing of a few of those shots, I actually did a little cropping of some of those images. I think a few of the ones you specifically mentioned were somewhat cropped, but I have to go back and check them. Perhaps I can make some adjustments.

Thanks again!

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Good Stuff Aaron. I like the first guy, though he did remind me a bit of "The Iceman" (a hitman for the Mafia).

And what the heck was Mike doing in Cleveland?
Mike works and lives in Cleveland now!

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Mike works and lives in Cleveland now!

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Yes... he needs to change his name to MikeCleveland.
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Yes... he needs to change his name to MikeCleveland.
I've told him this a number of times already. He doesn't seem too fond of the suggestion!

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