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Silver People by Crimsonpelt Silver People by Crimsonpelt
Another photograph from the Gulfport Geckofest street fair last weekend (September 1, 2012). This is actually a woman, dressed as a man, and a lifelike child sized doll, both in full silver paint. She did charge for photographs of her and the doll, similar to the way the "statue people" in New York do. She had one jar for photograph payments and one for tips (the one seen here).

~For Feedback Frenzy~

How could I have made this piece better? Was there enough light for this piece? The intersection this was taken at was half residential and half small business, so there was no way not to get the shading into the shot from the trees, but could there have been another way to take this photograph at the street fair without having people's legs and chairs and all that shade?
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Hello, I’m here for feedback frenzy! Firstly, I’d like to say that I really like the idea behind this piece! Now to answer your questions:

How could I have made this piece better? I personally like the picture the way it is. However, I do think you could improve on the contrast. It seems like shadows on the silver don’t look all that much darker than the lighter parts. Also, I don’t know how it would turn out, but this image might look good in black and white? However you choose to fix the lighting, it should be easily done with a photoshop type of editor.

Is there any way to have taken the picture without the background detail? I don’t know what the rest of your surroundings looked like, so I can’t say for sure. I don’t think it would be that simple, though. I would assume that unless you actually remove everything from the background you’ll probably always have something there. I personally don’t mind the background things. I think it makes it unique. I doubt there’s any other picture with the same set up. I suppose if you wanted it with a little less background, you could have tried taking the picture from a higher angle. I’m not sure if that would have worked to your advantage, but it’s always worth a try! As for the shade, I think it’s fine the way it is.

Overall, it’s a really interesting image. Nice job on it!

PS: I gave you a 3/5 for originality only because these people are incredibly common photography subjects. And a 3/5 for impact isn't a negative thing, I just kind of categorized it under the originality section. I think it would have left a higher impact had it been something more different.

Hopefully this helps!
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Hello, I'm here to writte a critique as part of :iconfeedbackfrenzy: contest.

The idea of the photo it's really nice. Interesting how you captured the main subjects. The lady seems really "statuesque", you couldn't tell a difference between her (human) and the little girl (doll).
I think you could darken a bit the photo, in my opinion there's a bit too much light in. The shadows would be nicer on the 'statues'.
As for the people appearing in the background maybe you could try some Photoshop or other photo manipulation programs and have them removed. But as the picture is taken at a fair, it's not easy having a 'picture perfect'.

Keep up the good work, and have a Merry Chritmas! :santa:
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I am here as part of the Feedback Frenzy as well! Very interesting photo! The woman appears to have been captured in mid-sentence and pointing. The doll really made me look twice, as I have never seen children pose as living statues before.

I have to agree, the feet and lawn chairs do distract from the photo. Perhaps a unique angle would help eliminate the distractions, like above the woman looking down at a 45 degree angle so you can see the child? Or the reverse? Or maybe a close-up to utilize depth of field so the background becomes blurred.

The lighting looks fine to me. There is enough that you can see the details on the woman and the doll without having too much glare/shine from the silver paint.

Hope my suggestions help you a little. Cheers! :)
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Crimsonpelt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your input. I'll try using new techniques with the new camera I'm getting soon when I go to the next street fair. This was the only one I'd seen anyone done up as statue people.
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, and you're welcome! :)
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PattiPix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :wave: I am here for :iconfeedbackfrenzy: This caught my eye - at first look I was wondering what to critique the statue or the photo ...but I read your description. I think taking photos in a street fair situation can be hard, if you trying to focus on one subject with out the extra people. Unless you can organize people to get out of the shot, it may be unavoidable. As for the shade from the trees, again unless you are prepared with flash, screens, reflectors and other items to "get the shot" it is a photograph of something occurring at a moment in time.
I would have like to see the camera information that can be listed when you post a deviation, perhaps that could have helped give a little more feedback on the technicality of the shot. I think that to enhance the fact that it was a street fair - to document what was occurring could lead to an interesting shot. Perhaps another way to look at the scene - taking photos of people looking at the statue; a Child looking at the Child statue, to show more of what is going on.

Hope that helps. :)
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Crimsonpelt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The camera used was a Kodak C140 Easy Share. It's a simple point and shoot, a good camera for learning to take pictures, and I'm getting a new one in a few weeks (my birthday is next month, and my mother has already bought my present, a Nikon L310). As I posted in the reply on the critique posted, I'll be trying some new things when I go to the next street fair with the new camera. Thanks for your input :D
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