I took this photo with my iPhone at a donut shop 40 minutes away from my home. It’s my husband’s favorite breakfast place. Whenever we drive to the city, we would stop there for donut and coffee.
I have seen this woman a couple of times at the store, always by herself; always sitting by the window, always looking out. Street Photographing is a little scary for me. But now that I have been inspired (encouraged) by Lynne (sixdegreesphotography) and Linda (rangewriter), without thinking, I grabbed my phone and took this photo.
I have been staring at the photo for 3 days. I like it a lot. I like her face expression; I like how she sits and the way her left hand is placed on her leg. I really can connect to this photo.
My questions are:
(1) The back of her hair is kind of yellow. Should I be concerned about this? (It does bother me a little bit. I tried to change the color with Photoshop Element, but somewhat failed. I can try harder, but how important is it?)
(2) Apparently, there is some kind of distortion, since the line for the wall is not straight. Again, is it important to straighten up the line? It doesn’t bother me at all, but I was told before that I should always straighten the lines.
(3) I have cropped the photo with “unrestricted” size so I could get it the way I wanted. Is that OK?
(4) Finally, what I really like to know is: how can I improve this photo to a “wow” photo? Composition wise, or lighting (not sure you can change lighting when you do street photographing, am I right?)… etc. I appreciate any suggestion/advice/comment you can offer.
(I hope the woman doesn’t mind that I post her photo here. I did tell her that I would bring her a copy next time I go there.)