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| p.1 #4 · Some Photoshop help on this candid/street image |
John & Dennis have done a nice job on the blue line for you, to go along with your vision @ capture.
There are several things in play here that you might find helpful as you wrangle with it in your head.
First ... as to the "candid". In essence every image we ever take that doesn't have pre-production or staging to it is candid. A shot of a hawk with a telephone line in the sky is effectively a candid. Removing the telephone line from the scene to remove the distraction serves to improve the compositional draw of your viewers eye to your subject.
Obviously this is not an "accurate" representation of the image that was captured by the camera. However, when one considers the purpose & intent of the image being captured and subsequently created, then the integrity of the accuracy becomes a bit more of an issue.
When the purpose & intent of the image is to present accuracy as in the case of some PJ, event or forensic/evidential intent (et al), this becomes paramount to adhere to. However, in the case of an artistic presentation, the mandate for such is understood (or widely accepted) to be rescinded in favor of artistic liberty as needed to convey the message being constructed.
For those reasons (et al) ... I wouldn't be overly concerned by the "candid" aspect to keep you from maximizing the impact of your message to your viewers.
On to the image ... much goodness in many ways.
Okay, so we've got rhythm in the stairs and rhythm in the chairs. We've got repetition in shapes in the round table and round hat, We've got contrasting shapes in the rectangular stairs to the round hat/table. We've got lines showing direction with the rail, arm, leg / foot / toes. There are gradient tonal values to move us toward lighter values in the SAME direction as we want to show movement of our subject's prior & future direction (assuming she's headed to the chair/table). There is contrast in the shadows & lights, as well as the warm (yellow) & cool (blue). Her hat and the table have symmetrical scale and balance, while stairs and the floor have asymmetrical scale and balance in concert with each other and the rail wall. The chairs are radial to the table. Her arms & leg are radial to her hat.
I've probably stated them neither well, nor complete ... but, hopefully you get the gist involved. In that regard, I can "see" what your vision / recognition sought to capture something filled with compare & contrast, coupled with movement. Unlikely that you "thought it through" to this degree as a "candid" ... yet, you still "saw something" that captured your attention. Make it the best you can ... lose the blue line with no concerns at candid. After all, if you had a slightly different shooting position, or even caught her one step sooner, the line would be out of the scene or at least a clean crop.
As to my nits ... IQ and focus seem to be wanting for more dof to go along with the goodness of the elements/comp involved.