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Photo of the WEEK - Black and White in NYC

Back in college we took a day trip to NYC to capture images and check out a photo exhibit. We were left to our own devices to go walk around and capture images of whatever we saw fit. At the time I was using my Nikon F5 and Nikon 80-200 2.8 ED shooting black and white film. Without going back to look at the negs and digging them out I would think I was shooting 400 speed Ilfrod or T-Max.

I really loved this image, the smile and joy on the kids face as well as the great contrast that I captured. But I have been forever upset about cutting off the kids feet. If i remember correctly it happened so fast that I must mot have checked my framing thus cutting off his feet. With just a little correction when shooting I would have been able to keep the scooter in there along with his feet. But you live and learn and try not to make the same mistakes again. I still fill the frame as much as possible and try not to cut off important features.

What mistakes have you made in your photos that have taught you good lessons?