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Mind Over Matter by NicPi Mind Over Matter by NicPi
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Leroy "Satchel" Paige

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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
:icontheyardplayground: I agree with Myraincheck's comments.
I've lost a few pictures to nerves myself, and probably it will happen again. If I look at your camera settings though: at 1/5 second it's very difficult to get anything sharp, unless your putting your camera on the table, or use something else to let it rest on.
Another thing to look into would be simply to use a higher ISO, maybe something like 400 or 800. It depends on your camera if this will still look good, or cause a lot of noise. It's really worth the effort to study the camera manual to find out how you can achieve faster shutter speeds indoors or in dark little streets. :)
NicPi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, that's kind of embarassing...but I was so afraid that the moment would pass, that I put the camera into auto-mode, and these are the settings the camera considered best...
In fact I just shoudn't have been that nervous and do the settings myself.
myraincheck Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
:icontheyardplayground: comment: unfortunately the image is blurred, which is a pity because the intent expression of the woman, the quiet atmosphere, her hands...all these elements could make an interesting image. Probably there was not enough light for the settings you picked. Or maybe you chose this effect, along with warmed, softened colors and vignette, to create this atmosphere. Be careful with post processing in street photos. This is not the case, the image doesn't look 'fake' but warm. Still, typically street photos require a minimum amount of edit and the challenge of street photography is the one to make the best photo while taking it, rather than in post-production. It is about capturing the decisive moment, both as a content and as a form.
NicPi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I agree with you that the blur is a pitty in this case. I was so nervous taking this picture, that's why I couldn't manage to get it sharp *shame on me*. She wasn't far from me and I didn't want her to get angry or step out her candid pose. She looked so beautiful and wise reading the newspapers all alone in a café where the music wasn't quite soft. It was unusual and special to see.

I hope I can get rid of that nervousness in order to get better at this kind of photography!


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1/5 second
Focal Length
13 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 2, 2013, 4:58:07 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows