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Veronika Kostikova

What do you think about this picture? I tried to capture the moment, the feeling of a man kneeling on the hard ground, and in his view of... (show more)
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  1. David Hill

    Hey Ver! I love Street Photography! You have identified an interesting and compelling scene! Nice one. You see quite a lot of shots involving homeless/begging so you have to look at trying to get something different…you have altered your perspective achieving that i.e. got down low and showed me more of his point of view and not the ‘looking at them’ shot. Nice one! Ok, one tip (if you dont do this already) is to ensure you take a ‘series of shots of the same scene’ and also look for a more ‘decisive moment’ whatever that may look like. In this case, perhaps waiting for someone to offer him money into his hat? Appreciate scenes like this can change quickly. Some minor adjustments to the crowd could help for example….the lady in her very dark jacket just above the man…..catches the eye…all in all well done! Dave

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    • Veronika Kostikova

      Hi Dave, thank you very much for your comment! I’m glad you like it! You’re right. If someone had just thrown him money, it might be more interesting picture.

       I tried to capture the hardness of rocks and flowing crowd passing by. The crowd that goes and does not see the homeless? I tried catch the moment – his waiting and hope? But maybe it’s just to much thought in my head :)).

      Thanks again, Dave. I look at some inspiration. Ver

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  2. Kishore Sawh

    Telling, and moving. 

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  3. Frazer Langley

    This is outstanding, i carried out some street photography which is similar but nothing like this!!!

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  4. Scott Pfau

    Very nice shot. I think if someone would have been giving him money the shot would not be as strong, but it comes down to the story you are trying to tell. If the story is that people don’t see the homeless I think you could not have gotten a better shot. Getting low to the ground to make the shot really puts us in the scene allowing us to get the idea of what the subject may be feeling. Also the statue of the, I’m guessing, saint in the background also adds to the story. Was that intended or just something that happened. Again, great shot.

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    • Greig Reid

      I agree with Scott.  I think if someone had been giving him money then the shot would not be as strong.  Most folk seem not to notice him and this is what makes it such a strong and compelling image.  Very sad but a great photo.

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    • Veronika Kostikova

      Thank you Scott and Greig!!! Very much I appreciate your words. You have described exactly what I wanted to take in the picture! I am delighted that someone else understood and felt the pictures of it on what I tried. Also the saint in the background. It is a small, inconspicuous, but there was intended purpose. Once again, thank you very much, I appreciate it a lot!

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  5. Shivani Reddy

    Great storytelling, I would have tried to slow the shutter even more to get a bit more blur, but in the case that you didn’t have a tripod – well done! 

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    • Veronika Kostikova

      Shivani Thank you! you’re right. Originally, I wanted to have more people out of focus, I had a tripod. I waited for that picture too long (I wanted a lot of people around.) I began to be nervous of it.. Thank you :), Ver

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