I came across this scene all of a sudden and it mesmerized me.I was right in front of a college...and i saw these group of village boys..moving forward to play football...the way they are walking in this picture in a way testimonises their hidden passion and vigor ..the way they are marching forward shows their way to kudos and glory.
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Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-12 17:45
don't know what happened with the 2nd photo you posted here, that I commented, so for a 2nd time "Welcome on TE", and sincerely I hope you'll enjoy it, which I'm sure you'll do if you enjoy photography and sharing your knowledge with others on Web.
About your photo, you are loosing range as you can post photos of 800x600 pixels, and this one is not using the full extent you are allowed to post here.
Leaving that behind (but it's an important item, as you are making the photo viewing harder not to speak on losses thru the compression of details), the tones in your photo are nice with some kind of old times feeling on it, and the vignetting also helps on this feeling, but then comes the problems.
If you look on how you've composed the photo, there a huge gap in the left and then the bunch of kids "compressed" from middle to right and you have faces overlaping each other. The higher kid in the middle with the other behind and the 2 boys in front of them too. So there are 2 main problems (or 3 but i'll get there). 1st. the composition is unbalanced, as you have all that space empty on the left and the group of kids almost all on the right side, and with this comes another problem, there is no space for them to "breath" in your photo, meaning of this, when you have one or more persons facing a side, in terms of composition, it's better to leave space in front of the side they are facing, as it turns the photo more dynamic, and we can imagine them runing, or walking into that space, the opposite of what we have here. The 2nd problem, overlaping, when you are shooting persons, the worse thing in photography you can show is overlaping faces as it makes the photo confusing and uncomfortable to those watching it, a good example are 2 kids in the middle, if you look at them, you almost can see their 2 faces merging into one body, but fact is that one is facing down and the other looking in front.
Finally, the exposure, from middle to bottom it's not perfect but it's OK, but if you look at the top left corner, specially, you'll see a wide space completely black with no detail at all, this reveals that it's way underexposed and the detail is gone.
I know from experience that shooting people, in group specially, is not easy at all, as you may loose the moment if you take too much attention to all these details I'm speaking above, but it's also playing attention to them you'll surelly improve to better photos and composition.
A suggestion when you are at one place, that you find nice to shoot, try to anticipate and check what would be a nice exposure setting and what would be a good composition and then try to wait for someone to come and shoot it, even if the person is not the one, or the perfect for that composition you want, by doing this you will know already if the composition and exposure is good or not, and when the "perfect person" comes it will be easier to catch the "good moment".