I wasn't sure what to call this photo. Whatching the games, with a plural, could have been more appropriate, because there seems to be two or three games of cricket going on in the same field. Or probably they're not really games at all, rather impromptu batting exercises.
This is from Guwahati, the main city of Assam state in northeastern India. But this kind of view could be found anywhere in India, where cricket seems to be a lifestyle, or even a religion, more than just a game. Whenever a few boys gather in an empty space someone will have a ball, someone else a bat, and a game will start. The sports pages in the Indian newspapers seem to be 80 percent about cricket.
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papagolf21 (89716) 2013-11-08 7:48
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale qui se dégage de cette composition.
Le cadrage est finement pensé avec la présence du personnage au premier plan.
Une trčs bonne réalisation.
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-11-08 7:58
Hello Gert - Cricket is played and watched with passion in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and I think wherever there is a flat piece of ground one can see people either playing or watching the game. This shot captures the fascination for the sport so well. I love the composition with the man clearly involved in watching the proceedings. Does he spot a new Sachin Tendulkar I wonder? Have a lovely weekend Rosemary
tyro (21766) 2013-11-08 8:29
Isn't it amazing just how much the game of cricket has captured the imaginations of the Indian people?
This is a lovely photograph with excellent depth afforded by the spectator in the foreground, clearly relaxing but also observing all the activities before him.
There's lots going on in this picture which you have captured with good composition, excellent light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
rychem (27478) 2013-11-08 8:57
Cricket is not very popular in Poland, but the people eagerly watch sports games, very nice scene, nice composition with the watching man in the strong poit, welldone
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-08 10:14
hai girato mezzo mondo e lo hai sempre fatto con gli occhi rivolti non solo ai bei paesaggi, ai musei e alle belle architetture, ma cercando anche di entrare nell'ambiente che visitavi nelle sue particolaritā.
Questo č il pregio della tua fotografia che coglie sempre quello che un turista frettoloso spesso trascura di osservare e riprendere.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ourania (35852) 2013-11-08 10:22
it's easy for me to get carried away by the action and passion of improvised football and basketaball games. I'm not sure I would feel the same way about cricket, especially if there were several games taking place in the same field. I like very much the foreground reference that introduces depth and leads us to explore the scene in the background trying to understand the specator's fascination in it. There's wonderful clarity and depth and I love the combination of moody lighting and warm natural tones. I think that a scene like this could feature players and specators of any age:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Silvio1953 (129332) 2013-11-08 12:02
Ciao Gert, lovely daily life composition with nice children, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
pajaran (54548) 2013-11-08 12:04
Interesantan tekst o gradu i trenutku, sa datim podacima.
Lep pogled na igrace kriketa ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep trenutak i secanje.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the city and moment, with the given data.
Nice view of the cricketers ...
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
A nice moment and memory.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Vasa (16816) 2013-11-08 15:17
I red your note with interest. Introduction of the spectator in the composition is clever idea and assures the depht of the subject. Your richness one more time in my emotions. Many thanks, also for all your visits, friend.
zoomer (6) 2013-11-08 15:59
Hello,an excellent daily life scene with the relaxed onlooker in the foreground.Love the colors and atmosphere,friendly regards Wolf.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-11-08 22:45
The inclusion of the single spectator makes the story jump out of the image. Well-composed.
dkmurphys (52233) 2013-11-08 23:22
A very relaxing mood to watch kids playing. I really like this simple scene of life.
Enjoy a nice weekend.
macjake (60596) 2013-11-09 0:25
Am I crazy or did you have a photo of a pig earlier???
did you chose to delete it?
or am I thinking about some other photo?
Cricket is a sport I will never understand, textbook wise and emotional wise...I just don't see the appeal in it i guess.
but I understand and know its so popular world wide.
How can people love a sport where a game that started in 1972 is still not over!!!
its too bloody long!!!
as for the photo, yes I really enjoy it.
I like the casual position of the fellow watching the game or practice.
the bg structures and architecture are interesting too.
this is a fine casual every day life photo,
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2013-11-09 1:52
a nice daily life shot indeed. The boys, playing in the ground created a nice perspective with such a great foreground details. Light is managed masterfully. Another nice one. Tfs.
annjackman (20705) 2013-11-09 5:36
I love the passion that small boys and grown men have for cricket in India. We saw these sort of impromtu matches going on in Jaipur. Very well done for catching this scene and particularly well done for including the man in the corner who is watching. He seems to anchor the composition very well.
Kind Regards, Ann
saxo042 (37602) 2013-11-09 5:48
En intressant bild. Här kan man känna sig like mycket åskådare som mannen intill är men förmodligen begriper han mycket mer av spelet än vad jag skulle göra. Du kanske frågade honom vad det hela gick ut på?
Fis2 (89363) 2013-11-09 7:00
Next interesting reportage shot.
Good frame and nicely colors.
Have a nice sunday
marabu61 (9389) 2013-11-09 7:23
I haven't been very active here on TE lately.
Captivating scene of a man watching the action at the cricket game indeed. One wonders if he is contemplating to join the play. A scene that is so iconic for India.
eldancer1 (31409) 2013-11-09 7:44
I like sports but this is one game that I have yet to figure out. Nice capture of the action and the spectator. Good lighting and nice details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
emka (85217) 2013-11-09 8:41
hello Gert, This time an archive but not so old, already TE times :). Indeed funny that on the same area seem different gabes to be played, by youth in colourful T-shirts and more elegant players in white trousers and caps.
I have no idea what is going on in cricket. it doesn't seem very dynamic game :). Interesting scene, excellent quality of the picture. Good idea to include a,lso someone observing the game.
WArm regrads Malgo
imageme (1790) 2013-11-09 11:41
Hi Gert, This is a very casual daily life spectacle in India over the fields. The man sitting there watching the games being played adds a lot of mood to the picture. Thank for sharing
mesutilgim (88504) 2013-11-09 12:57
Hello dear Gert,
This one from India is also very nice with it's pov and timing.
Enriched with interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (33033) 2013-11-09 13:01
Game or games matters not for this is a favourite game and there are always lots of participants ... certainly more than spectators.
I remember travelling around Pakistan and on every small street or open space, a cricket match would be in play. The wickets could be anything from the real thing to a tin can; sometimes the bat might even be a tin can! The game was played with a good nature and lots of enjoyment.
Your shot perfectly displays my findings; far more participants than spectators, and using makeshift wickets. I like how you have set the focal spectator at an angle across the corner, allowing us to share his view, on an diagonal across the frame.
I am curious about the scaffolding. Was it there just to support the adverts or for some other purpose?
Have a great Sunday,
Nicou (128896) 2013-11-09 21:38
ce personnage bien ā l'abri sous l'arbre quelle vue et la barričre il peut tout regarder ce qui se passe sur la place sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
fabbs99 (16815) 2013-11-09 22:29
Superb scene of cricket from Guwahati.I love your point of view.Very good management of light and sharpness.What you said about the newspaper is true, Indians are a bit obsessed about cricket.TFS.
abmdsudi (46196) 2013-11-10 4:26
Grabbing moments is one of the best bits about photography and this is one prime example. The lone spectator caught unaware while clearly having a great time, pulling the eye to the bewildering game and this certainly is a fantastic strong fg subject that you have really captured a very telling moment. Spot on compo, exposure and clarity. Great candid, Congrats.
UlfE (14641) 2013-11-10 4:53
Den ensamme åskådaren i förgrunden gör detta till en kanonbild utan honom skulle en bild på spelet som pågår långt bort inte vara särskilt intressant. Åskådaren skapar in närvarokänsla. Nästan som man var med där själv och tittade. Helt klart skapar det också en nyfikenhet vad han tittar på och därför tar man sig en extra titt på vad som pågår där bort. Ha en bra söndagseftermiddag!
Highmountains (2267) 2013-11-10 6:08
As a photograph, it is as Usual - clear, sharp and with a very interesting POV. Excellent colours and expressive subjects....
But a sad story of Sports in India.
India is a developing country with very limited resources put into sports. It is a known fact that in India, over 95% of the money transacted in sports relates to cricket.
In this fast world of ours, we hardly look back into history.If we did, then we would find that 50 years back, India had dominated the Olympics in Hockey, had made it to the World Cup in Soccer, had athletes in the final rounds of the world championships and Olympics ..... If you notice, these disciplines are much cheaper, less expensive than Cricket. It would have cost the country much less to prioritize these sports .... but that was not to be. Cricket is a "money spinner" in India and brings the highest tax collection from any non-commercial body in the country.
jhm (143469) 2013-11-11 3:01
We get a nice picture with the young players, maybe a soft training moment or end of the game.
Nice depth and perspective picture, excellent colours and area.
You chose a very well angle.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
anel (563) 2013-11-11 4:44
To look at your pictures of daily life is a pleasure. I like these "instantanés" showing real life, no pose, just what is going on. Nice to have included the man at right, a "viewer", like the photographer.
Thanks too for your visit to my last picture.
It is very kind.
Miguel82 (26546) 2013-11-23 11:19
Assam and the far north east will be my next destinations if I visit India next time, Gert
excellent picture of a cricket match the most appreciate sport in the country, the pov of the spectators, excellent resolution and good colors, have a nice evening , warm regards
adores (40392) 2013-11-25 16:45
This game is a little different! I usually like this sort of games and the ones played on the streets much funnier and interesting:)!
I like this photo, with this man sitting and watching the game with so much concentration. It's a very good daily scene with very good colours and you framed it perfectly!
tatadalou (7081) 2013-12-13 21:39
I like the composition, with the man in the foreground. Excellent sharpness, including for the young boys playing. Great DOF management.