While riding on a tour bus in Cairo, I saw the man in the window appearing to survey the world go by. I was on a tour bus on an elevated road, with my compact Nikon Coolpix s9300 at the ready. In the fleeting moment that the bus stopped in the snarling traffic, I had just enough time to snap a single photo before the man retreated into the dark room. The building was still under construction, surrounded by an endless sea of other buildings... mostly unoccupied.
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snunney (100698) 2013-04-24 5:27
An opportunity well seized, both by the photographer and his subject. I like the brick surround, my favourite building material.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-04-24 5:37
Merhaba Dear Professor,
You really made a great snapshot from Cairo, and you show that traffic jams are rather useful than infuriating for those who are ready to make quick photos.
The frame-in-frame structure is original and the man somehow looks like male La Giaconda in Egyptian bricks :))
All the best,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-04-24 5:42
Hello Bulent - You obviously have a keen eye and quick reactions. Simple and effective and nice use of the repeating geometry. Warmest wishes Rosemary
holmertz (54243) 2013-04-24 9:32
A very nice portrait of a kind, showing us as much of the half finished building as of the man. The naked bricks provide a good and unusual frame to the portrait. They also happen to match the man's clothes and skin perfectly. The dark background is another perfect part of this fine photo.
mcmtanyel (23973) 2013-04-24 12:54
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
One fleeting moment is all you needed to make a great picture. I love the simplicity of it. It is clear enough to make out the expression on the man's face. Perfect composition! I am looking forward to seeing your photos from the UAE & Oman.
En iyi dileklerimle,
worldcitizen (8810) 2013-04-24 13:52
You snapped at the right moment. :-) I like the way this man leans out of the window, seemingly contemplating something, with his hands folded in front of him. I like that the entire frame is filled with bricks, although some of them are missing! I hope they remember to fill those in before the construction is finished. :-)
bukitgolfb301 (42656) 2013-04-24 14:14
Hi dear Bulent, how are you?
Simple but singificant image. I wonder what he was thinking about sereiously? Perfect composition and tasteful light color touch are so admirable. Great job!
Takero from Tokyo
Cricri (120491) 2013-04-24 22:18
Un moment bien saisi de la personne, le cadrage et la texture des pierres sont bien rendue, jolie scène et réalisation
Sonata11 (33871) 2013-04-24 22:25
interesting capture of this scene. Wonderfully an executed and presented. Thanks for interesting note.
All the best,
msadurski (234) 2013-04-25 14:32
Nice composition (and quite good quality considering the camera and the conditions).
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2013-04-26 13:09
1945 yılından sonra tekrardan gittiğiniz Mısır'ı nasıl buldunuz acaba?Umarım daha iyi daha gelişmiş bulmuşsunuzdur.
Sevgiler, saygılar hocam.
quovadis (1867) 2013-04-28 6:13
Hi Bulent !!!
Have chosen this frame due to a huge congestion on most of your other pictures. Neverthless, enjoy the way you describe the situation withdrown from your tour ride, where one second makes a huge difference in snapping a photograph. Moments like this one we encounter almost everywhere and at any time, still we are usually not vigilant enough or not ready to take the chance by heart. Thank you for sharing your experience !!!
carlo62 (50031) 2013-05-03 14:50
bel ritratto incorniciato, ottimo sullo sfondo nero.
La cornice è di ottima qualità fotografica, molto nitida. Colori piacevolmente naturali.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-04 7:46
Great timing and capture of this man watching the world go by. This is one of those times that opportunity presents itself and you were ready. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
jhm (154508) 2013-05-04 9:44
I know that you regular makes a lovely trip around the world, I find this fantastic, I makes also a trip with your pictures.
We get almost never a picture from Egypt but this one is it.
I see almost a western brickwork, alone the man is certainly no westerner.
This is very well done with the black background in window.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
John from Belgium.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-04 11:08
Hi Bulent - good for you to be ready with the P&S to grab this shot when you could! Especially considering the conditions you describe, it's an extremely well framed shot taken at a perfect moment - but that you told me otherwise, I would have guessed you had several similar shots, having clicked away until the right moment presented itself. Excellent use of a great opportunity, and a nice photo as the result!
m (0) 2013-05-05 12:32
I think it's a very good picture for a quick snapshot. You caught the man's expression and his pose perfectly. And those squares create quite a graphic composition.
Not an easy time to watch the world go by in Cairo now.
Oceania (5202) 2013-05-06 6:27
The square hole in brick wall likes a frame, pictured this Egyptian man. It's very nice.
Nicou (144228) 2013-05-07 3:33
quel cadrage parfait quelle vue sur cet homme et cette ouverture carrée une immense fenêtre et ce rendu ocre sur la pierre splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Urs (14082) 2013-05-07 5:17
You were travelling while I was too busy to visit TE for a much longer time. I'm now back and I hope to visit regularly. What this man is thinking, perhaps about the latest political development in his troubled nation? Life in Egypt is not easy nowadays. Good photo job
Royaldevon (39702) 2013-05-09 3:42
It's so good to have a compact which allows you to make use of opportunities like this! You were very swift with your composing and focussing!
A really fine shot, where the detailed brick wall makes the perfect textural frame for this man.
Have a great day,
How was Cairo?
Were the people still protesting?
ChrisJ (115497) 2013-05-11 0:47
Excellent sharpness and symmetry with superb graphism of the Egyptian man watching the world go by. Good textural details in the old bricks too and its interesting how the lower bricks are methodical and precise and the upper bricks are slapdash and have untrimmed mortar. Looks like they ran out of money, or the lower was a trained bricklayer and the upper was not. Tfs!
papagolf21 (103026) 2013-05-11 1:08
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Une bonne photo prise à la volée. Ah ! il faut savoir regarder autour de soi et saisir ce moment particulier.
Très bonne réaction, le résultat est apprécié.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-11 8:38
Hello Bulent. Title, photo and text complement each other. See all and know all. Look out the window is a different kind of television. The elbows are propped up on hard rock. Earlier (in the good old days) the people had placed under a pillow.
mesutilgim (95510) 2013-05-11 12:07
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Çoktandır senin "mahallende" dolaşmamıştım ! Güzel şeyler kaçırmışım.
Bu şimdilik en tuttuklarımdan ! Pencere denince bende akan sularu duruyor, heyler böyle bir de modeli olursa !
Tebrikler, iyi bir hafta sonu dileği ile selam ve sevgiler
PS.Şu anda Şiledeki yazlığımızda şömine başındayım ! Havaların bur kadar soğuk gittiğibir ilkbahar yaşamamıştık hiç !
ourania (47092) 2013-05-12 7:15
this is a very interesting photo in which you have captured both the sense of a fleeting moment as described in your note and a sense of stillness and timelessness. I like very much the symmetrical cropping and the successive frames that emphasize the presence and expression of the gentleman. The dark backdrop has a lot of impact as the place the gentleman comes from and stands in is totally obscure. (Maybe the impact would be even greater were the four little wholes missing from the frame.) His intense and concentrated look downwards is captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
serp2000 (44574) 2013-05-12 11:26
You just a brave man! Cairo is not the best place for tourism last months. Good example of minimalism in composition. Yes, the 'soap-box' did not gave to you optimal quality, but I see your idea.
have a great new week!
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2013-05-14 11:46
bir anda yakalanan ama uzun bir hikaye anlatan mükemmel bir kare. odanın karanlığı portreye muhteşem bir çekicilik katıyor. emeğinize sağlık, tebrikler..
nikkitta (17066) 2013-05-14 14:19
you were quick to capture this man, just riding in a bus, i know what is to watch a possible subject and when you pick the camera it disappears
like a lot the natural frame given by the bricks
when in Egypt, some years ago we noticed mostly all the houses were not finished, when asked for it we were told that unfinished houses paid few taxes
greetings and best wishes
a bit hurt at the right hand, that's why i write hat way
Glint (6171) 2013-05-17 1:22
I haven't been keeping up with friends on TE recently (my loss!) and so picking out one of your photos, for the moment, is not easy. But this one shouted at me. Such a strong and fun graphical image. Love the way your subject is framed in brick and mounted on black.I too like to ride shotgun with my camera so I this adds an extra dimension to my enjoyment of this.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-18 10:14
questa per me è una dellee foto più belle che ho visto per la perfezione della composizione e per la bellezza del soggetto.
Se non fosse che certamente tra te ed il soggetto c'è stato un incontro casuale, sembrerebbe studiata a tavolino per quanto ben fatta.
Ti faccio i miei complimenti e l'aggiungo alla mia lista delle preferite per potermela guardare di tanto in tanto. Bravissimo!
Ciao e buon fine settimana
claudeD (39623) 2013-05-18 12:30
Wonderful picture very well composed with perfect sharpness and clarity. I like your contribution to TE here very much.TFS.
You had the photographers eye iwhen realizing this picture.
With regards from Luxembourg
Didi (60588) 2013-05-20 17:33
Hi my Friend
You were in my native country
Very interesting scene a very good decisive moment.
Good frame quality
I hope you enjoyed your voyage
aguilarjlr (141) 2013-05-28 17:43
I feel great the approximate symmetry of this picture! Has an excellent balance that breaks the core of the composition. Very good! Jorge.
ravipandey (157) 2013-07-08 6:31
Very simple yet appealing photograph
very nice frame within the frame type composition
impressive bricks surrounding
and quick reaction from your side. :)
Thanks for sharing
mirosu (16273) 2013-09-10 5:52
I don't know how to describe this photo, even after watching it for longer time.
It is simple but even though interesting. The viewer can guess who is this man in not finished house window, worker, supervisor or owner having a smoking rest?
This all remain unanswered, it is up to viewer's imagination and phantasy. I like photos of this type. Anyhow I like the symmetrical arrangement which suit well to photos of this type, and I also like your low angle viewpoint. As I said, simple but very good. I wish you a very nice rest of the week.
Vasa (515) 2013-10-24 15:40
Hi Bulent, Friend!
It is artistic frame for your artistic idea. It is a big pleasure also to meet you from time to time.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39129)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-21
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Exposure: f/5.2, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-24 4:55
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