Beondegi by Luko (13998)
Sommersault by Luko (13998)
markgong (2840) 2008-04-18 9:58
Exellent timing with the motor drive Luko ;). Good shot but it bothers me that there is so much sky in this photo. Added to that, the child buried in the fishing net on the lower left corner of the photo would of been enough reason to just tilt the camera down a bit more to see what's reveled.
I haven't seen your work in ages so it's refreshing to catch up. I am surprised that you are using a big zoom lens instead of primes though. Is it because it's easier to travel with?
'Window's to the sole' by tamatree (243)
markgong (2840) 2008-04-18 9:36
Haha, great shoot Tamarin and a good title to boot. This is a shot that must would walk pass and not have a second thought but you had the state of mind to document it. I think the toning is fine but I would of liked to see you get closer to the subject, shoot this around 24-50mm (looks like 70mm right now) to exaggerate the man in the hole even more, putting him in the center of a tunnel of shoes.
"La la laa!" by tamatree (243)
markgong (2840) 2008-04-18 9:19
Hi Tamarin, good photo here. I really like the toning you here. It almost looks like a tri-x scan from the grain and greyish blacks.
Interesting note but I think what makes the shot is not the girl in the heart but rather the one in the background looking through the window. I'm a big fan of well composed and layered shots where one photo tells many stories.
You did get yourself in a very interesting situation though. I don't know if I would of kept following her since it would of been very difficult to win her favor. Also, I very rarely take photos of people who don't want their photos taken. It's disrespectful to the subject unless it's a photo that needs to be told.
So often I see westerners take photos of the locals like they are spies stealing a photo when it's perfectly fine to let them know you are taking their photo. This approach not only makes the photographer look like there is an alterer motive, but it also scares the subject when they are spotted. I think a more open and direct approach works best. A kind of "I'm taking your photo, there's nothing wrong with it" attitude works better and puts your subjects more at ease. I know that Arab countries are especially difficult for street photography but getting caught taking a photo of person that didnt want their photo taken in the first place could lead to more problems.
Did you show them the photos? When I come on these difficult subjects I'll take photos until I feel that they are unease or want don't their photos taken...at which point I approach them smiling and show them the photos as nothing more an an innocent street photo where their face is only a small fraction of the frame. I think most people who don't want their picture taken assume that we all have telephoto lenses and we just want tight photos of their face. :)
Either way, great shot and sorry for the lecture.
The Approach by xavis (3180)
markgong (2840) 2008-04-18 8:34
Exellent photo Javier, a rare gem. You pointed out that the photo is intentionally overexposed, and I think it works out perfectly for this shot. It just depends on what you're exposing for. There is no rule that says oone can't expose for the midtones if it helps create an image that's in the photographer mind.
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