A great focal point with lots of interest surrounding it. I particularly like that it is bright in feel even with muted lighting.
Street photography is a bit different than "normal" photography. Part of what makes street photography appealing is to find a focal point among the chaos of a street/public venue scene. Using centering is a great way to do this.
- Depth of Field
Depth of field helps to keep our attention on the woman with the umbrella by blurring the background. However, because it is street photography, having the shapes still recognizable in the background help to cement the idea of sense of place while not being too distracting.
I like that the lighting is muted in this image. Even though it is at a beach, where you would expect it to be bright, the umbrella suggests shade. The muted lighting helps to reinforce this idea of shade.
What Doesn't Work
As with so much of photography, sometimes what works is also what doesn't work in part. Because the background tilts a bit on the right but not as much on the left, the roughly centered umbrella handle seems to separate these lines and makes them more noticeable. By framing the scene slightly differently, by stepping just slightly to one side and with the umbrella larger in the frame and more to the top of the image, some of this visual effect could have been avoided.
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