Look up down and all around after scanning the horizon for possible prey in search of opportunity from a simple mundane everyday subject that caught my eye here. Everyday people go about their daily lives and most go largely unnoticed as they carry out their daily tasks and errands but the actions and life displayed in city streets can actually be far more fascinating.
This is just a fraction of street life taken at Shahi Zinda, Samarkand. Photography allows us to freeze one of those unrepeatable moments and study all of the small dramas that are taking place and there is no contrivance on earth which can make those continually vanishing moments come back again!!
I just love the challenge of trying to capture a few moments from the chaotic world that passes by us each and every day in a candid image.
Meantime enjoy their attentiveness and the almost synchronized steps........
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The exact shooting location, Shahi Zinda. Samarkand
Shooting data; D70, 70mm (70-300mm), 1/300sec, f11, ISO 200, 19 Dec2005 1040hrs
Shahi Zinda or 'Tomb of the Living King' is Samarkand's most important place of pilgrimage which refers to its original, innermost and holiest shrine - a complex of cool, quiet rooms around what is probably the grave of Qusam ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Mohammed who is said to have brought Islam to this area in the 7th century.
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rbassin (16500) 2013-08-04 12:36
une très belle composition, une scène simple et attrayante. Les costumes colorés sont superbes.
carlo62 (28525) 2013-08-04 12:56
una bella scena, ben inquadrata, i vestiti colorati sono molto vistosi e colpiscono l'attenzione.
Molto bello anche il movimento in sincronia delle due donne.
Silvio1953 (117063) 2013-08-04 13:20
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with nice couple, great graphic by stairs, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (82540) 2013-08-04 13:20
Next interesting photo.
I like colours and light.
holmertz (37793) 2013-08-04 13:23
Another fascinating composition. You really know how to look for good photos in the most ordinary places. The two women are bright and beautiful but the pattern of the steps are just as important for the composition. The light is perfect too. This is just marvellous. I only wonder where you were standing to capture them from this position. Was there another staircase just opposite?
bukitgolfb301 (34644) 2013-08-04 17:45
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Another tatseful iamge for fantastic ethnic clothes.
Very well considered composition of wide open space at left is very good idea as usual as your inspiration.
Thanks a lot and have a good new start of week! Takero
kato (11630) 2013-08-04 20:06
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see two women wearing traditional/colorful dress. It seems to full dress of an Islamic style. And, It7s good at the contrast with stone stairs.
drt100 (2053) 2013-08-04 20:17
Those look like big steps. Great color contrast and diversity in the clothing. Nice capture of daily life in a place many of us have yet to visit. I like the use of the right side ... makes the steps seem more of a challenge. Thus a good composition. TFS
shevchenko (19051) 2013-08-04 21:43
Good close up shot to show two visitors that stepping down, nice golden staircase as background, sunlight and shading add extra effect to the scenery too, lively daily life shot, especially the WS photo is showing a cleaner sweeping the staircase, interesing composition, thanks for sharing.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-08-04 22:00
"those unrepeatable moments... and the challenge of trying to capture a few moments from the chaotic world that passes by us each and every day in a candid image" -- yes, yes!! my favorite kind of photographs :)
hello Abmdsudi ~
another beauty from you ~ i love these ladies in their amazing finery carefully making their way down these steep steps, eyes downcast so as not to slip, one grasping the arm of the other to hold herself steady, such a girl thing to do, i love it :)
a sweet capture, another "unrepeatable moment"... lovely!
pajaran (49053) 2013-08-04 22:18
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na gospodje u narodnoj nosnji.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the ladies in traditional costumes.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work with a lovely photograph of the workshop.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-04 22:39
Interesting POV..Good composition and details. Good clarity..
jjcordier (73824) 2013-08-04 23:17
Ces deux femmes en costume traditionnel t'ont donné une bonne opportunité de composition. Très bien vu!
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-08-04 23:32
excellently considered and executed close-up shot!
These quite steep steps make a great backdrop for the portrait of these two women.As we see you could benefit from really exceptional light here,what brings spectacular effect to the shot.Also color scheme and saturation are delightful and make the scene more animate and expressive.
Magnificent daily-life snapshot!
adidas5nb (4502) 2013-08-05 0:14
amazing shot from a country,of which we dont see many pics.great frame with fantastic elements.like the traditional dress.beautiful contrast of the colorful dresses against the dull brown steps.regards
Bartleby (13528) 2013-08-05 2:13
a balanced composition with a flight of stairs that acts as a perfect background to birng out the colorful clothes.
I like that.
mjw364 (7004) 2013-08-05 3:34
Nice placement of the ladies off centre on a third and great idea to sue the lines to create pattern too. Timed perfectly just as they both look down and put a foot down. Well captured.
ourania (27344) 2013-08-05 6:31
a delightful daily life scene frozen and framed to make a work of art. The information we get about the clothes is interesting but the simple scene is full of fascination for other reasons like the timing with which you captured the symmetrical step, the golden homogeneous backdrop that sets off the ladies, the shadows that add dynamism, the intimacy of the downward glances. The composition is exquisite and the light and colour management most apt and appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (21568) 2013-08-05 8:20
You have hit the nail on the head with the note that accompanies this fine photo. An unrepeatable moment that can never happen again is the perfect capture for this shot. The color, the moment, the body language, all unique in the universe for milliseconds, and captured so well for us to explore deeper. I am loving your work Ambdsudi, someday I will stop for a moment and move away from castles and find a shot of my own in your style that I am actually happy with. Until then, I will continue to learn
All the best
rychem (20127) 2013-08-05 8:55
Good idea to ignore the environment and to focus on the steps and these two ladies in colorful clothes, great observational photo, good composition
Cricri (101941) 2013-08-05 10:41
Celle en WS qui est aussi magnifique aide a mieux se rendre compte de cette volée d'escaliers, j'aime leurs regards vers le bas, posant doucement leurs pieds, belles tenues très colorées
adramad (35711) 2013-08-05 10:47
A magnificent and original composition, I like this perspective with the inclination of the stairs, the two women are a fabulous picture with these colorful and original costumes.
Very nice range of colors.
Magnificent good sharpness, brightness is certainly adequate.
Well done. I like.
Have a nice day.
cornejo (28635) 2013-08-05 11:07
Hello Abmdsudi, excellent capture of this interesting and beautiful daily life scene, beautifully captured in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
saxo042 (36920) 2013-08-05 11:51
The straight and very regular parallel lines of the stairs are the perfect background for these very elegant and colourful ladies. A very attractive picture!
frunchy (1517) 2013-08-05 12:12
wonderful Scene. For someone who has never been there seeing the clothes of the women alone is very fascinating. The women are well placed on the right.
lousat (72937) 2013-08-05 15:45
Beautiful capture,they looks like actress or movie stars,a magnificent decentralized composition taken in a great exposure and whit bright colors and fine details despite the distance and the mouvement,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Urs (14082) 2013-08-05 19:57
Indeed it is a candid shot of the two women walking slowly down the stone steps. By focusing on the women and the stone steps the photograph forces the viewer to a closer look. Fine details in the dresses of the women. Well done
mirosu (12684) 2013-08-05 20:40
Excellent view up. The women are in superb light and the color contrast against brown stairs is perfect. You´ve placed the main point of interest, the women, to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. The colourful dress adds a nice hue to the scene. Well done. Greetings, Miro
dkmurphys (47052) 2013-08-06 0:55
Well spotted moment of that couple. Nice colors and contrasts, artistic result.
Have a nice day.
bayno (18342) 2013-08-08 2:22
you have found a really nice BG and a good graphic point and a geometric , the two women are well positioned in the framework and in the context...with the beautiful contrast between their colorful clothes and the rest, nice even light, good job...
Angshu (54921) 2013-08-08 2:32
The zoom of the lens actually flattened the perspective! The stairs appear to be quite steep from this flattened view..but the two women with their traditional clothing are beautiful! Seeing your WS, I honestly fell for it...to me it is surely better as it provides us a fine view of the 'environment', which is so lovely!
Schnappilic (9686) 2013-08-08 10:43
A nice framing with good decisive moment well taken in a good light. The result is very good. As workshop too.
nikkitta (13556) 2013-08-08 16:31
Quite agree with you concerning taken photos of people, by instance the steeps will remain the same for years but this instant is your and only yours
Besides what an adventure to search them (people)
Clever capture at the right moment with great contrast
Well done, congrats
mcmtanyel (10979) 2013-08-09 6:39
Excellent composition! Simple, but effective. The light is just perfect and the color combination is lovely. TFS.
eldancer1 (25690) 2013-08-09 7:53
I like the off center placement of the people, very dramatic. Their outfits are so colors and you did a wonderful job capturing the textures. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
claudeD (30885) 2013-08-10 11:31
You have realized a perfect fotoshop with an excellent composition, fine sharpness and clarity. Your title matches very good withnthis picture.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
worldcitizen (6523) 2013-08-11 11:10
I like the traditional clothes in this photo. The woman are elegant, and their matched steps make it an interesting capture. I also like the simple, yet effective, background of steps. Nice placement of the women in the frame, too.
macjake (53090) 2013-08-20 22:51
the WS photo is such a fine complimentary shot, really like that one too.
what i enjoy most about these photos from Uzbekistan is viewing the women's attire, so interesting.
good close up shot with the long lens.
SWEETFREEDOM (21776) 2013-09-20 23:26
very good composition, i like the characteristic dress of the two women and colors and light.
gus72 (3719) 2013-10-12 17:41
Hi abmdsudi !!!
the concept of the photo is simple....... but it has so much to look at.......
the dressing style, the colours, the height of the steps ( too high).... what I like best is the fact the they are holding hands..... I also like the fact that the figures are positioned on the one side..
Cheers from the land down under !!!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (40332)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-04 12:33