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PHOTO: Will this passer-by ruin my submission?

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jluizmail
Member is a contributor and has less than 250 Photo downloads
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:53PM

I took a series of long exposure shots, and soon will be venturing to upload them for submission.  First, I hope the noise that naturally occurs in this kind of photography is not bad enough for the batch to be rejected.  But this man that I see standing right in the middle of that trail of light is bothering me.  Since my photo editing skills are not enough for me to remove the fellow without leaving evidences behind, I am afraid he ruins my submission.  Or should I try and upload this one as Editorial?
The bus station in the image doesn't demand that that file is uploaded as Editorial, does it?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jf9t883ykedqn14/BRT%20Av%20Americas%2005%20February.jpg



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antagonist74
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloads
Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:29AM
Hi!
I don't think that the guy would be a problem, because you cannot identify him.
But i think you should erase the text on the traffic-sign.
But who knows, istock is very niggling sometimes ...
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:24AM
Honestly, I don't see much commercial appeal for this. The composition is pretty poor, with nothing of interest in the entire bottom half. I'd certainly crop out the bottom.

As for the man, he spoils it for me although I don't think he's recognisable enough to really require a model release. I'd clone him out. You say you don't have the skills, well non of us were born with them. It's the literally thousands of hours I've spent cloning people out of similar images with limited commercial appeal, that mean I can now edit like a demon. You won't improve your skills by not trying.

Without the guy and cropped, I think it looks a lot better:

BRT%20Av%20Americas%2005%20February

As opposed to:

BRT%20Av%20Americas%2005%20February%20full
jluizmail
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:51AM

Thank you for your insights, friends.


These bus stations in Rio de Janeiro are brand new, and have affected public transportation quite a bit.  The commercial appeal that I see is mainly local with a slight chance of promoting real estate in the regions affected by this new system.


As for the editing, I must agree with you kelvinjay.  It does look far better than the original file.  Let's see if it succeeds.
Difydave
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:52AM

I agree with Kelvin, the shot without the guy (and incidentally the rubbish in the road which kept drawing my eye) is much better. Particularly after the crop. Another point about cloning out people is that this guy is sort-of-possibly recognisable if you alter the contrast etc. Not very, but might be recognisable to himself in context. Especially if he waits there (for a bus?) regularly.


Like a lot of people here I try to save myself possible problems in the future by removing anything or anyone at all that might be recognisable or give IP problems. It's not always all about getting images past the inspectors, so to speak. (Not that they miss much anyway)


Again as Kelvin says the only way to get any good at editing is to do it. It's a necessary skill for here unless you are going to just upload shots which have no problems as they come out of the camera.
2ndLookGraphics
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:58AM
Posted By kelvinjay:
Honestly, I don't see much commercial appeal for this. The composition is pretty poor, with nothing of interest in the entire bottom half. I'd certainly crop out the bottom.

As for the man, he spoils it for me although I don't think he's recognisable enough to really require a model release. I'd clone him out. You say you don't have the skills, well non of us were born with them. It's the literally thousands of hours I've spent cloning people out of similar images with limited commercial appeal, that mean I can now edit like a demon. You won't improve your skills by not trying.

Without the guy and cropped, I think it looks a lot better:

BRT%20Av%20Americas%2005%20February

As opposed to:

BRT%20Av%20Americas%2005%20February%20full

While I agree that the cropped image looks better, the designer side of me would rather see the foreground left in as a possible home for my heading or other graphic treatment. I could always crop it myself. I also like the figure in the image since it provides the eye with a subtle place to stop rather than just pass on through with the lights.  
jluizmail
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:32AM

Folks,


I am happy I shared this with you prior to submitting it.


The good thing is that no one has said anything against the overall picture.  Since I am not good at spotting artifacts, evaluating lighting consistently (at least not like you pros that make iStock unique), it is a relief to see that the file has potential after some tidying-up.


Thank you all for your time.
donald_gruener
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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:42AM
-I can make out facial features and clothing details. Combined with the context provided by the location itself, this would unquestionably require a release.

-There are (what appear to be) adidas stripes on his shoes. Even if he were unidentifiable or you had a release for him, this would have needed to be removed.

-The text on the street sign is fine, no need to remove that.

-I agree with the suggestion to remove the random litter. Anything that distracts from the main message/subject can be detrimental to a commercial stock photo.

-For immediate visual impact, I do like Kelvin's version better, but being a graphic designer myself, I agree with 2ndlook's comment about retaining the foreground. It's good usable copy space, providing the kind of layout flexibility I love to find when shopping for images to use in my clients' projects. This is truly either/or though...this detail shouldn't impact accept/reject either way.

-The curving-up-then-abruptly-ending bus lights on the right side of the image look awkward to me. The Inspectors have at their disposal a specific rejection notice about motion blurs which don't quite work, and this one, alas, could very possibly receive it.
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