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PTSD Awareness Campaign Photo

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I took this recently for the Code Green Campaign to use to help highlight EMS/FD/PD PTSD and depression rates, along with to help bring attention to the astounding numbers of first responders who commit suicide because of things that they might have seen on the job. I'm hoping for some critique on this shot, as I've never done one like it before.
 

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The image has me looking, and trying to critique, but the message is already there. I think this fits the brief very well.
 

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The washed out colours adds to the story you are trying to tell.
 

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The photo looks good and certainly supports the associated narrative. Consider removing the red color cast and correcting the perspective distortion, removing the electric line, and the small shed to the right of the door.
 

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Consider removing the red color cast and correcting the perspective distortion, removing the electric line, and the small shed to the right of the door.
That would be my take as well ... that having been said, the image certainly makes the point you intended :)
 

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Or if you're not happy with cloning, a crop off that side would work too.

I like the addition of the cigarette. Fitting the brief very well.
 

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My father is dealing with PTSD and know many in my area in public works who suffer as well. Reading into Photo Journalism and knowing the down side of "What has been Seen, Cannot be Unseen" tells me I want nothing to do with the profession :p As much as I adhere to the truth in visual media it's just not something I want to add to my already full mental bucket...

I like the image as is. Given that the left crop is right against the vehicle I'd say crop the right to the same tolerance, it balances it out for me and removes the small building that people seem to object to.
 
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Thank you guys. I'll try that crop once I get home. I'm glad it already sells the message I wanted
 
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Or if you're not happy with cloning, a crop off that side would work too.

I like the addition of the cigarette. Fitting the brief very well.
The cigarette apparently caused some issues on social media but I'm rather happy with what it lends to the shot
 

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The image works well for me, and tells a story without the need for words.
 

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A good powerful image. The barrel distortion needs attention though, I'm not so fussed by the vertical perspective issues but the ambulance looks like it's been inflated.
 

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I think it conveys the message well.
I agree on some perspective distortion, but I'm less worried about the elements that would normally detract like the wires and shed, as the shot is, or would be expected to be, in situ, 'on the ground' and those things would be there.
Though depending on where it's being used, maybe the wires.
 
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I played around with the distortion and cropping. They both look better than the original I think. Thank you all for the kind words about the shot. This project means a lot to me, as I've lost a couple good friends to suicide after what they've seen on the job.



 

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The cropped photo is better


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Much better. I like the second of these crops the best.
 
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