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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
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The last drag

Taken a few years ago at the corner of Simcoe and Queen in downtown Toronto, home to an ever-changing group of homeless Aboriginal people, until the construction of a mixed-use highrise complex drove them off.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:28 PM
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Re: The last drag

Robert, powerful image exquisitely done. Sharpness, exposure, DOF all superb. Please share your thoughts on the framing. I absolutely agree on the upper, right, and bottom edges but wonder if cropping in about 25% on left would further emphasize his face/cigarette/hand.....but there is such a thing as claustrophically tight!!!
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Re: The last drag

Wow Robert! I agree about the left side of the image maybe taking about 2" off and see what it does to add more emphasis on his face, and that last bit of cigarette.

Everything else is exquisite! Surely you know your way around that camera. Very well seen and taken.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:45 PM
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Re: The last drag

thanks Russ.
A 25% crop seems a bit extreme because if his shoulder is cropped, his hair loses any definition of shape and becomes a black mass that goes off the frame. I think I prefer it as is just because his shoulder "anchors" the picture on the left side.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Re: The last drag

thanks Sharna.
I'd better know the F2 by now, since I've been shooting with mine since 1988.
As for the crop, taking a couple of inches off the left side, in addition to the aforementioned loss of hair definition, also puts the ciggerette dead-center in the frame as apposed to being essentially at a thirds position as it is now.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 06:56 PM
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Re: The last drag

I agree & disagree with the cropping suggestions.....cropping on the left would place him better in the frame,as he is facing the right it would be best to have more space there. That being said,the hair is an integral part of this composition........Best as is.........powerful,moving image Robert.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Re: The last drag

I agree, a powerful image. I wouldn't crop any further, I think the nonverbal body language (stooped shoulders) enhances the overall effect of the picture.

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Old May 4th, 2011, 04:03 AM
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Re: The last drag

RBSinTo,
I think you should be critiquing pictures rather than posting it for criticism! Using the camera for that long..you are absolutely right when you said "I'd better know"

The way you argued about the crop just blows me away. The Cigarette at the thirds . Naisse!!

Its not often that i see a natural photo being technically so right and yet preserving the natural essence of it.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 07:33 AM
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Re: The last drag

Great capture, very powerful image.
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