Shot from moving bus through tinted window
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Mariah, The only thing moving here are the pigeons!! This shot was taken in a plaza outside the Opera House in Manaus. But anyway, I tried another approach with the water seller. I thought, maybe, the larger view would make the woman more the subject and not a part of the clutter. Also added more noise to give the pix a (bad) film look. Much going on on the right but again, the struggle is how to capture a cluttered real-world place. Maybe the honest answer is sometimes you can't!! Thanks Stephen
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Sun 20-September-2020 04:24

"... the struggle is how to capture a cluttered real-world place. Maybe the honest answer is sometimes you can't": maybe, Stephen, you can: using gentle dodging and burning, not only touching the brightness levels, but also the color saturation (and clarity). Of course, it must not become noticeable. But with moderate modifications of all three aspects I think you can prevent the bike, that segregates the man from the woman, from popping, make the wooden crates unobtrusive and mute white spots on the ground a little.

The orange of the parasol should stay, because it nearly mirrors the man's jacket color and the color on the water containers and even the skin tone of the lady. Also, the turquoise of the plastic bags almost perfectly mirrors the light blue tones of the shutters. Possibly I would tweak the turquois a little towards the light blue. As a result, your image would basically use three colors only: brown, orange, and light blue with the light blue sitting on the opposite of the orange on the color wheel. That should make the image feel less cluttered. But of course, you would not overdo it and make the change noticeable.

To me the bright edges of the pavilion roof in the side street are distracting. I always have troubles with screaming things right on the edge of the frame. I would darken them a lot or clone them out.

I am not sure about the large space which the floor in front of everything takes. Would I crop it? That would enlarge the two figures in the frame and put them closer to the spectator. Or would I keep the large space with the tiles showing the perspective and distance of the viewer? I can't decide.

But if you would crop into, one would even more want to see a little bit of breathing space to the right of the man. Do you have few more pixels on the right?