A scene in the early morning located in the old quarter of Malang City where I stumbled across during my photo hunting walk about when the grungy dark alley was filled by bird songs. Tucked away in this alley, Pasar Burung or Bird Market offers its visitors a wide variety of birds and related accessories. Budgies, finches, sparrows and canaries are only a few of the more than one hundred kinds of birds can be found here. Keeping and watching birds is one of the fastest growing hobbies enjoyed by all ages here and the demand is always high. Obviously I know nothing about birds.
A stuff from another world perhaps, I thought this spot offers the right ingredients for low key shots that really I love. Camera was set on shutter priority and prefocused on manual mode just to capture on the important highlights - two obligatory figures- to produce a shot of exactly that and never was much light there. That's precisely what I was planning for, aided by the cooperative ever-willing subjects. This is the result from 'talk and shoot' technique to get a natural decent shot by distracting them from the presence of my camera. They appeared so relaxed and comfortable while firing the shutter from low angle and listened their stories at the same time.
Street life has always been my fav, people going about their daily lives as they provide a colourful visual aspect to the surroundings and I believe by capturing them when they are not expecting to be framed gives the most realistic, spontaneous, honest, spur-of-the-moment liveliness and the depth of feeling.
Certainly, I love the few shared moments together enjoying the experience of interacting with the bird shop owner...
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Romano46 (11339) 2013-10-07 7:43
sempre eccellenti i tuoi ritratti e sempre piacevole osservarli per la loro perfezione tecnica e i momenti di varia umanità che essi colgono con estrema naturalezza.
Ciao e buona settimana
holmertz (31174) 2013-10-07 7:47
I fully share your love of street life and the magical encounters that you can stumble upon. Sadly I am not as good as a photographer as you and could probably not manage this special technique of shooting from the hip. Their natural relaxed attitude is great to see and technically this could hardly have been better. I would imagine this style of photography will also result in a lot of pictures with heads or feet cut off.
bayno (18334) 2013-10-07 8:18
I really like the atmosphere captured, you have also managed very well the light, very beautiful shades, especially that of the incarnate, fine details, one charming shot in low key as you know do very well...
pajaran (41565) 2013-10-07 8:25
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Ptice treba pustiti na slobodu u prirodu.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
An interesting article about the place and time, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown.
Birds should be released into nature.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-10-07 8:47
Hello Abmdsudi - Attractive and well managed this is full of atmosphere. The ambient light brings out the essential details while leaving some nice dark corners. I love the way the cigarette smoke lazily drifts upwards and is projected against the dark backdrop. As always your DL shots are distinctive and have your 'stamp' all over. Super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Bartleby (13238) 2013-10-07 9:21
I admire your way with people...getting them to feel relaxed enough to catch natural expressions...wish I could do the same...The low POV gives us the feeling we are actually looking at them talking to somebody else...funny. Also, the light quality strikes me here. It really makes the shot and gives it a special mood. It goes from really dark to highlights - which are well-placed on your subject and his smoke. A really good street shot IMHO that deserves a print!
mjw364 (6136) 2013-10-07 9:42
Another great street portrait with a great OV that adds drama. It looks like a seedy area and these guys look like a couple of "characters"!
Great light that illuminates the guy with no shirt.
gojo (1317) 2013-10-07 11:11
Another masterpiece from Your hands.
The two cages (for birds?) make a great addition to the quality.
rbassin (13209) 2013-10-07 11:21
superbe prise de vue, bel effet de la fumée et surtout une magnifique qualité des portraits
ourania (18490) 2013-10-07 11:58
marvellous work, not only in taking the photo but in choosing the theme and creating the best possible conditions for a successful capture and then risking, of course. What I admire in this photo is that it looks intimate, timeless, natural, spontaneous, moody, relaxing and at the same time artistic and technically impeccable. There's amazing sharpness on the textures and the people look 3D. The smoke alone is a captivating feature. The lighting is very effective, warmth and darkness blend in a superb, atmospheric mix. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Fis2 (76896) 2013-10-07 12:03
Another reportage photo.
Good frame and colors.
Photo has climate.
macjake (45540) 2013-10-07 15:33
I can certainly learn alot from reading your notes and even just viewing the photos themselves.
You do very well with these street scenes of people in their daily lives, whether they know they are being photographed or not.
in this one, the plume of smoke really stands out well.
and its perfect set with the black bg.
I like the casual stance of the smoking man the most.
jjcordier (67118) 2013-10-07 23:28
Très bonne photo de cette scène de rue (et de vie) intéressante. J'aime le naturel de l'image et la maîtrise technique de la photo.
papagolf21 (79506) 2013-10-07 23:52
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Une image forte et présentée avec talent.
La scène de la vie quotidienne est fort bien rendue.
La qualité est excellente.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-08 0:45
I loved your previous shot,which had so lovely,unique mood.But what we get here to see is a perfection and definition,how good street photo should look like and what it should contain.
First of all your POV(really well chosen as it helps you to capture the essence of the scene),second thing is the timing(facial expressions which tell us everything about their feelings,emotions)and finally small details like for example this smoke from the cigarette-really superb addition,which make the scene even more atmospheric.
Have a nice day
kato (9484) 2013-10-08 2:41
You're capturing well this daily life by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the salesclerk who relaxes in the bird shop while smoking tobacco. It's also effective for smoke of tobacco. The whole is expressed the atmosphere and the situation of this place well by showing old architecture, employees and birdcages.
Noel_Byrne (13182) 2013-10-08 5:13
Another scene that makes me feel like I am peering into a very private world, a world we not normally see were it not for your skills with candid photography. A very gritty and engaging shot for the stark realism of it.
Thanks as ever
eldancer1 (20674) 2013-10-08 6:45
Documenting the daily life of people is very rewarding although I should be doing more of them. Those people are relax in front of your camera, I like the casualness. Good pov and nice details especially the smoke. Well done, tfs.
dkmurphys (42389) 2013-10-08 7:03
Spectacular every day moment of life. SO natural and genuine, great catch.
rychem (13535) 2013-10-08 8:48
Very good photo with interesting atmosphere and beautiful deep tones, nice POV, great result
Cricri (92015) 2013-10-08 11:36
Toujours bien capturer vos portraits , très naturels, bonne lumière et présentation
Silvio1953 (105301) 2013-10-08 11:42
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with interesting couple, nice scene, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (8869) 2013-10-08 16:48
Your hunting morning shots of daily live prove how good you are in both , photos and contact with people to made them relax and obtain not a classical portrait but an scene, like this charming one because of the smoke going up and also the way it was taken , from a good chosen low angle
Greetings and congrats
I also enjoy talking to unknonw people, taken a photo and showing it in the camera, sometimes, if they have email, I send it at them
Waylim (23310) 2013-10-08 22:09
Looking at your photos or going through your gallery is a very cultural experience, not just beautiful landscape, but also a chance to see what other do in their daily life, whether if it's work or just simply a casual moment like this relaxing and shooting breeze and sharing a moment with friend and neighbor. Love the way the smoke hangs in the air. Excellent quality consider the lighting is not really ideal. Excellent daily image. Thanks.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-09 11:40
This is a great shot -- extremely sharp for the low light settings! You've gotten great skin tones, the low POV is interesting, and what I love most about it is... that SMOKE! Cool stuff, Abmdsudi!
tatadalou (3975) 2013-10-10 14:03
Another excellent shot of everyday life. Congratulations for this great achievement. I would not be able to do the same thing!
aleXundar (533) 2013-10-14 11:31
Oh, how did I miss this classic!
The colors, the detail, the mood, the composition, the relaxing posture of the main subject and... the smoke - as if it is a scene from a film. Incredible!
And you have explained how "easy" it is!
korbee (6551) 2013-10-14 12:59
Sitting on one spot and smoking and talking for hours and hours,thats what Indonesians can do better than anyone else ;=]]
Last weekend my wife and 2 friends were sitting(lying)on the chairs in the livingroom from 8am to 18 pm,just talking blablablabla ect ect ect........
This photo expresse it very well.
Angshu (52878) 2013-10-17 2:40
I LOVED this picture!
Though I think this is entirely candid given the fact that the guy on the left seemed to know where you were upto, the guy on the right with his casual expression and smoke from his cigerette creates a fantastic scene. ...not to mention the bird cages on either side which sets the stage for us to understand who these people are...Fine work my friend!
mcmtanyel (5121) 2013-10-17 21:30
I like the low POV, the slight tilt you have given. The smoke from the cigarette hanging in the air and the open mouth of the elderly fellow speak volumes about addiction. TFS.
adores (30773) 2013-10-19 14:49
Perfect! You managed light perfectly and the low pov makes it really special. I really like the light here and the smoke in the air. The pose of the old man is just great, with the cages on the right side. It must be an interesting place!
mirosu (7998) 2013-10-19 18:47
Excellent (candid camera) snapshot from Indonesian road. You have captured both men in very natural pose. Nice to see that both are not concerned about your camera, this makes the shot very natural, excellent. The light is perfect and the cigarette smoke adds nice hue to the scene. Excellent photo.
I was in Malang 25 years ago.
Vasa (16610) 2013-10-26 17:08
It is the photo for my soul. Question of idea and of realisation. I take seriously Nikon D70s, since I need to provide a new equipement. Many thanks Abmdsudi for inspiration. Kind regards,
adidas5nb (2821) 2013-11-22 18:38
really really nice shot.just love the mood and the ambiance.great low angle and pov.the smoke of the cig. makes the pic even more attractive.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (32471)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-07 7:16