This was taken in the neighbourhood where my aunt lives, as seen in this shot “By the Tracks.”
It was fiesta time for their barangay (the smallest municipal administrative unit). Along with copious amounts of food there were street games for the kids--like boxing ;)
This was taken yesterday around 2pm. The sun was high in the sky and it was intensely hot (the I'm-in-the-shade-with-my-shirt-off-but-sweat-is-still-dripping-off-my-fingers hot), photography-wise, not the best time. But who am I to resist organized street fighting?
At one point I saw them coming right my way, so I quickly moved my camera to a safe position--but forgot to move my face. Hahahaha! It was pretty funny.
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For the shot, I decided that since it was so sunny and contrasty to just go with it. I even boosted it on PS for effect. Hope it works.
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tongapup (0) 2005-05-15 22:39
Cool shot. I love the sweat... that is some hot, boy. Nice image though not among your finest, I feel... compo too static for the subject matter, maybe? I'm into high contrast but I find that it's easy on the eyes to go back with a history brush to dim the white highlights. The BG guy is a little too light for my liking too. OK, that's really all the criticism. I'm not sure I have time but I'd like to do a WS... maybe later.
When are you back? Bring some damn heat with you!
CliffW (2377) 2005-05-16 0:06
I'm sort of in favor of the documentary aspect of photography. I mean, if someone could have picked a better pov, then fine. But for a good shot of an event that happens to be in the middle of the day and there's no reason not to show that it's in the middle of the day, then that's what it oughta look like. Why try to PS it until it looks like it was sunset? The heat is obviously a big part of the story here, with the sweat and glare. I learned something more off of it, seeing it that way. Couldn't ask for a better pov here. It's good.
Nols (69) 2005-05-16 2:25
Hi Alex. Where are you staying here in Manila? Nice weather, huh? I would've preferred a wider shot of this scene including all the extras ( mga uzi, miron, audience, vendors, etc.) and the background.
gringofil (0) 2005-05-16 4:50
Hmmm...kind of a hard shot to read, Alex. The subject matter is interesting and the scene has a lot going for it, but on the other hand the way you framed the whole shot does not work for me as much as I would like it to. The way you cropped his left arm bothers me here quite a bit. I do like the contrasty feeling and the colors are great even under such harsh light conditions, but the overall composition could have been a bit better. Not your best work, mate.
eleparc (24063) 2005-05-16 5:03
i like this shot alex! you did well with your pp IMO! your compo and framing gives a very dynamic touch to the shot!
PS: not so warm at the moment in Europe..;-(
cool_krishna (465) 2005-05-17 0:35
I like the colorful tone of this photograph. The contrast works here..
Only thing I miss here is a grimace like frown or some similar expression there.. woul d have really made for an amazing picture..
I like the way the sweat is soo evident on the guy;s back.. Would have liked the other fellow also in focus...
verge (1242) 2005-05-17 9:43
this is a nice shot! the sweat really show the intense heat as well as the heat of the fight. the home made gloves is also interesting. well captured.....rgds
battousai (827) 2005-05-21 15:30
Great photo, especially colors and DOF. Thanks for sharing!
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3071)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-15
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon 20D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-15 22:23
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