Photo documentary is a discipline that tells stories about a place by observing and photographing people in their environment. Very often I find that market place is the best spot to find images that portray the spirit of the place. At times there is no way to conceal the fact that you are in a place with a camera facing the subject one another. Sometimes people are very happy to be photographed and even ask you to do so. The local Uzbeks are quite savvy I noticed when it comes to strangers with cameras, some refuse to be photographed, others will happily pose. And here there was no way to pretend that I was not there with a camera.
I was thrilled by the vibrancy of colors on display at this market - Siob Dekh Khan Market in bustling Samarkand- and the highly motivated women vendors of course. Delicacies such as these appetizers are commonly used in Uzbek dishes, such as the wide variety of pickled carrots, radishes, cabbages and green radish, beet roots, etc and other preserved vegetables.
In this situation I used the predictive shooting technique and waited for the right moment to trigger the shutter. Usually I starts with checking out the location and this allows me to familiarise myself with patterns of behaviour and light conditions. It means that I can more or less predict what is likely going to happen and when. Because I know what is likely to occur, I can anticipate the moment and put the camera to my view finder at the very last moment. The reason to use this method is that if the camera is held to my eye as I wait for the right moment, that moment might never have come because people become self aware and alter their behavior. They may wish to pose or even ask not to photographed at all.
In this picture setting was set to widest possible apperture to keep the background soft uncluttered. This was the result I aimed for, a quick bursts of shots. This was all about predicting a definitive moment that I wanted to capture and shooting the frame just as that moment appeared.
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Highmountains (2674) 2012-07-24 11:38
Amazing ! The colours and the expressions gives the photograph a vibrant rusticity ! In fact we tend to believe that 'street photography' captures "A Moment". This extradordinary photograph shows that the essence of the moment is inconsequential here. It could have been - any moment, and any expression - and yet the photograph would have remained as vibrant and charming. Yes it is a documentation of common Uzbek life. Thank you for an interesting and beautiful photograph.
JFS (32459) 2012-07-24 11:52
Beautiful daylife image captured with love...i can feel the smell of the colorful and fresh food. Great shot!
holmertz (52820) 2012-07-24 11:59
I have reason to believe you are a much more clever photographer than I, but still I read your note with strong recognition and a smile as you describe how to patiently wait for the right moment.
This was certainly such a right moment and the result is beautiful. The colours are strong, the light is good and the food looks quite appetizing. The look of the woman to the right makes me want to buy food from her.
Fis2 (97739) 2012-07-24 12:05
I like this daily life shot.
Good frame and colors.
Lovely reportorial photo.
marcan44 (6307) 2012-07-24 12:28
Ciao amico Abmdsudi,
prima di tutto grazie per la spiegazione di questa interessante tecnica fotografica da te adottata in questo mercato uzbeko.
L'immagine da te scattata è veramente degna di lode per la brillantezza dei colori, la naturalezza delle espressioni delle due donne e poi.... questo mix di ortaggi deve essere proprio buono.
Un lavoro eccellente, realizzazione magnifica!
Un caro saluto
mesutilgim (95262) 2012-07-24 12:33
Very nice daily life scene perfect captured.
Good TE entry with many good and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
PaulVDV (29019) 2012-07-24 12:55
It looks like these woman really like the food they're selling :)
The colours of the food are a feast for the eyes. Colourful nutrition makes also that some people get more appetite.
Very pretty market scene.
Best regards, Paul
boa (7375) 2012-07-24 13:38
thanks for your good tips and hints, i`m gonna try to practise that more than i do today.
I like your excellent photo also. An interesting situation from Samarkand, sharpness and colors are superb. Well done!
Have a nice evening.
marabu61 (10949) 2012-07-24 14:37
Perfect market picture. I personally love markets wherever I go and this is an excellent example why. I love the expressions of these two women at work and the colorful food in front of them.
It really is a pleasure for me to travel to Uzbekistan trough your photos, thank you.
daddo (26790) 2012-07-24 16:11
Salam Abmdsudi. The first aspect that attracted me to your photo were the vibrant colours "basking" in the sunlight.Then on closer observation,the contrasting expressions. Then the naturalness of the shot. The scene is alive, i feel as if I am there myself. Great work. Salam. Klaudio.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-07-24 17:19
Good for you for asking permission before taking a photograph. So many of us camera types can be overly intrusive. I love the two different facial expressions and the vivid colours. Nice work.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-07-24 21:23
Hello abmdsudi. A beautiful and lively photo. Beautiful colors. The facial expression of the right woman makes me smile. Overall, a successful shot from the market. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Graal (102896) 2012-07-25 1:01
nice natural portraits of women. Good captured moment. Well colours and composition. Amazing group of vegetables. Fine reportage about the daily life in Uzbekistan.
Have a nice day.
bayno (18344) 2012-07-25 1:17
really funny the expression of these two women, especially the left one, it seems that their cooking is not just a job but rather a passion and it seems to be some good forks (as we say in Italy), beautiful light and color and the quality is always excellent, wonderful moment captured...
my best regards,
dkmurphys (58827) 2012-07-25 1:33
Amazing colors in this daily life scene. I'm glad to see this simple yet attractive moment, things that we usually miss in this rush. You have my 10 for the superb light. Well done!
lousat (91442) 2012-07-25 2:05
Very very nice pic of the uzbek daily life on the street markets,there is a magic light very well managed inside,beautiful colors and details and..i like a lot the funny face of the woman on the right..ehhee...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ourania (45554) 2012-07-25 2:22
an exquisite documentary of daily life in this distant market place. It's rendered amazingly vivid and captivating, by the stunning clarity, magnificent lighting and colours and, of course by the very charming and interesting expressions of the two ladies. The expressions, framing and lighting bring the photo to the verge of a delightful theatricality. It's wonderful how some spots stand out more brightly than others attracting attention to various parts of the composition, the effect of their interaction is amazing. One of the elements I find most beautiful is the left hand of the concerned lady. Congratulations for your extraordinary technique and its outcome. Thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-25 3:27
a splendid daily life image with attractive composition, the timing is superb, great framing and details, fascinating moment I like it very much! Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
jhm (153036) 2012-07-25 4:53
I think that these two women a little to much eat of the good food!
What a lovely portrait but also a good daily life image.
Splendid picture and very well taken.
You play excellent with light and colors.
Nice composition, perfectly captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Wednesday,
kato (11630) 2012-07-25 6:02
You're capturing well this market by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the vegetables of the varieties dished up and used as the plate. It is so colorful, too. Two seller's woman's expression is impressive, one keep a smile and another is serious expression. And, the clothes which they wear show the feature of this district well.
Have a nice week.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-07-25 9:53
Photographing people can be tricky, sometimes I ask them but most of the time I don't. Good capture of the daily life and those food look very interesting and colorful. Good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
claudeD (38766) 2012-07-25 11:20
Very fine portrait shot of this amazing ladys. I like your composition and the fine colors. Perfect sharpness.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-07-25 14:18
Ciao caro Abmdsudi,
Quale splendido doppio ritratto! L'espressione delle due donne è molto coinvolgente, soprattutto quella di destra, la luce ed i colori dei prodotti in FG sono magnifici.
Complimenti amico mio, un caro abbraccio
Silvio1953 (143320) 2012-07-26 4:17
Ciao Abmdudi, nice composition with lovely couple of beautiful girls, great daily life scene, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (65302) 2012-07-26 11:04
I love shots of this kind,scenery of
daily life is always wellaccepted
I can smell the freshness of this
colorful,thanks for sharing with us
this simple and nice shot
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-07-26 11:22
I like the way you presented the spirit of the place. Nice framing with local people and colorful gourmet. good result!
All the best,
adores (45365) 2012-07-26 18:28
Seems your technique really workd here! Their expressions are fabulous behind those salads, specially the one on the right:)))! Great portrait, with good light and colours! One of the places I would surely like to visit!
mauro61 (52855) 2012-07-27 23:03
inquadratura perfetta su questa scena simpatica e colorata con il bel soriso della donna sulla destra.
Buona la qualità.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-07-28 10:36
Very nice daily life scene Amazing photography, beautiful portraits! Excellent POV, framing and composition, amazing crop line! Faultlessly light management, wonderful colours! Beautiful calm atmosphere and details! Congratulations!
carlo62 (48391) 2012-07-28 13:48
una foto molto bella, splendidi colori e ottima nitidezza.
Molto simapatica la donna a destra, la luce mi piace molto, è calda e delicata.
delpeoples (58082) 2012-07-28 19:52
Hello dear Abmdsudi
You present me with another problem today: which beautiful photo to choose from as this and the next one encompass my favourite subjects - food and ceramics. Like you, the colours and textures here thrill me. The light is wonderfully managed and the clarity is so good, we can smell and hear the wonderful atmosphere of this open market. I bet the food was delicious and I hope you ate your fill!
Warm regards, thanks so much for sharing this gastronomic delight
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-07-29 2:34
These ladies are so adorable and happy. When i saw this image made my mood. Strong colours and the atmosphere is wonderful.
Have a nice Sunday,
emilbo (22616) 2012-07-29 6:15
Les marchés sont toujours une excellente place pour prendre de magnifiques photo et je vois que tu n'as pas raté l'occasion. Je ne sais pas si c,est bon mais la femme à gauche m'a l'air septique et drôle l'expression de l'autre dame. Bonne gestion de l'éclairage et merveilleuses couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne semaine,
lpi (4857) 2012-08-01 7:52
Une très belle scène de la vie riche en couleurs.
J'aime les expressions de ces dames et les détails de ton shot.
Bien vu et Bravo!
Waylim (25502) 2012-08-04 23:57
A market place a great place for this type of photo as you said, however, you also have to know what you're doing and what you want. I have been to many market place and I tend to get distracted and lost, not really know what to focus and at the end, I have just a few shot that is not that satisfiying. You did great here isolating all others and focus on this two with the most amusing expressions on their face. A heart felt smile and a sneer. Great shot, wonderful moment, great photo quality as always.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-18 5:42
You've got some wonderful portraits of older women in your gallery, Abmdsudi, but this one of two women at works stands out both for your capture of their wonderful expressions but also for the brightness and rich color of the food they're preparing. The lighting, color, action and facial expressions almost bring to mind to me an old sitcom, something like "I Love Lucy" - I can imagine a very comic scene unfolding here. Great moment captured.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-03-03 12:25
A great image from a daily life scene with extraordinary expression capture and beautiful details and highlights! A very unique picture very useful to see the traditional ways of every country!
all the best,
maloutim (9639) 2013-08-17 2:25
Going on with my immersion in Uzbekisytan,I agree so much with you when you say that a market is a wonderful place to capture colorful daily life ! Here, the ladies'expressions are eloquent, the color of the food is bright and appetizing.
Congratulations for this photo of a really DECISIVE MOMENT.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-08-30 17:23
Great shot of daily life in a market (documentary), I enjoyed both the note ( good technique ), may be that way I can avoid (sometimes) cries and denials, reading and smiling
There you wait and created the capture and..made it with good quality, contrast and colors
The best are the funny women expressions
Have a great weekend
CLODO (34240) 2014-02-28 6:48
Critiking a picture of Kasia Nowak taken in Samarcande, I looked at the gallery of this town to discover your market shot, so colorfull, and very attractive by the ladies smiles.
Cricri (119577) 2014-07-19 10:09
Beau moment capturer de cette scène de vie, l'expression amusante de l'une d'elle, les couleurs sont belles , accentuer par un bel effet de lumière
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (54107)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-20
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-24 11:30
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