A typical scene of a Mainland Chinese tourist having her picture taken in front of the Christmas decorations in Hong Kong's Times Square (Shopping mall) in Causeway Bay.
I confess that this isn't amongst my better pics but I was eager to post it for this was my first shot from my first time doing street photography with a medium format camera.
It is surprisingly easy to use on the street, that is, once I've become used to the manual focusing and exposure. Also, by looking down at the viewfinder (instead of through the viewfinder when using a SLR), people were much less aware of you shooting at them, thus more 'covert' - despite its huge size.
This was actually shot on a colour negative but the colours were rather washed out, so I changed it to BW in Photoshop and added some contrast.
Was scanned from print processed by a lab, but they didn't print it on square paper so it was cropped.
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MarianneS (15338) 2008-01-06 13:22
Hi Cheuk Hin,
Very nice portrait of this youg woman. I like her posture and the fact that she is so sharp comparing to the others. She seems to be very proud.
The B&W treatment functions very well.
johannes68 (3469) 2008-01-06 13:25
Hi Cheuk, don´t downplay this photo, it´s great! I like the focus on the girl, with the guy taking the foto disappearing in oblivion - really charming! Regards, Johannes
German74 (777) 2008-01-06 13:30
Hola Cheuk, tienes razón es que es una escena típica de turístas... en tu foto me agrada mucho la elección del Blanco y Negro, y la composición.
gokanlam (6605) 2008-01-06 13:49
I like your street composition.. The woman look great in the focus. Other details complete her beauty.. B&W fits well..
Anna-- (7791) 2008-01-06 13:49
very good focus chosen, great scene captured, a beautiful street image. Wonderful B&W convertion
Dpbours (222) 2008-01-06 14:29
Hello Cheuk Hin,
Yes, I had to read your note to appreciate the photograph to the full. First reaction is; "Hmmm, someone who barely leaves the home now taking candid photographs of women on the street". But reading your note I'm sure that was not the case! :-)
Good description of what you've done. I can just feel the little shame you first must have had to go for street photography with such a box in front of you. The result is very nice, considering a scan from print. But I guess there's not a negative scanner in the consumer range for this type of negative ;-).
Brian (3) 2008-01-06 17:33
I love the results of your new camera. The medium format cameras must be fun to use on the street. Definitely covert since your looking straight down. I think the bokeh here rocks. The lens has nice characteristics. The woman and bags are nice and sharp and then it just drops into blur. Pretty good considering its widest is f/2.8.
So the lab developed the 120 film as if it were 135? Interesting if they did.
How much does the Pentacon Six TL cost about? If they're cheaper than a Rollei, I might pick one up.
ktanska (26035) 2008-01-07 3:30
I like that moment of pose in the middle of all the action. Your low PoV works well. And background decorations look quite futuristic. Surprising how fast the photographer seems to be moving in 1/160s.
isabela_sor (47746) 2008-01-07 14:03
Nice scene amd yes,the Christmas decorations there are lovely
This image could be easy a perfect publicity spot
ben4321 (9875) 2008-01-12 13:43
This almost works Cheuk - I just wish you'd waited until the photographer had steadied himself to take the shot. Actually it's hard to tell whether it's motion blur or the shallow depth of field, probably a bit of both, but either way I just think that both photographer and subject needed to be sharp here.
It would also have been interesting to see a shot taken from behind the photographer, especially as she looks kind of hot!
That's interesting, using a TLR for this kind of photography. Have you seen the Chinese-made Seagull TLRs? I was thinking of trying one one of these days - they're a pretty cheap way to get into medium format.
- Copyright: Cheuk Hin Tsang (tcht) (7565)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-12-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentacon SIX TL, Carl Zeiss-Biometar 80 mm f/2.8, Kodak Ektacolor 160
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-06 13:06