Another street scene from Kabul in Afghanistan. I took this shot initially to show the how the traffic in the capital is dominated by beat-up old yellow taxis, and waited until the old man pushed his cart into the foreground to add an additional perspective to the picture. But as I was cropping to straighten, I noticed how white the burka being worn by the woman on the right of the photograph was, and wondered how she could keep it so clean on Kabul’s dusty streets. It made me think of those pictures you see in advertisements for laundry detergent where all the clothes are ‘shining bright and brilliant white’.
The wires hanging from the poles in the streets are the remnants of Kabul’s trolley bus system. I couldn’t stop the man with the bicycle staring at me. As I mentioned in the notes to the street scene that I posted yesterday, a foreigner with a camera is still very much a curiosity in Kabul.
PP: Cropped to improve composition, minor adjustments to levels and contrast, saturation +8 then USM.
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gaby (19819) 2005-08-10 12:12
HI David great daily life scene - I like a lot this shot - the technical quality is very high -
Coyotyto (1305) 2005-08-10 12:25
Before reading your title, I didn't even notice the white woman. Even without her, the special atmosphere of the streets is very well rendered. I like the oppositions for transportation: the old man with the old cart, the bike, the taxis, and those cables. Well done !
bliard (1116) 2005-08-10 12:37
Wow! Nice picture! I think this one is great for trekearth. We can see something different than what we are used to see on Television. It seem to be a strange city with a lot of large place. I would like to see some residential area.
The composition and the color are just so nice. A lot of action everywhere. Thank you!
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-08-10 17:38
Great and dynamic street scene with many itneresting elements to look at. Very well done. Regards
pnphan (3957) 2005-08-10 22:26
another great capture of daily life scene. the scene so alive with many activities
ahmet54 (3177) 2005-08-11 13:20
very good record of daily life in Kabul.
You have got the eye for a good shot at the right time.
Thank you for posting
Roland alias ahmet54