In front of the building housing the metro station of Monastiraki, at the centre of Athens, there are two fruit stalls, one on each side.
The area around the station is a very common meeting place and I took this and some other photos while waiting for a friend.
It would be good if the gentleman on the left was entirely either in or out of the frame but both vendors were moving constantly and passers by kept breaking into my frame. I liked the interaction between the other vendor and the fruit and had only one chance for this scene.
A few words on pomegranates (from Wikipedia):
In Greece, pomegranate (Greek: ρόδι, rodi) is used in many recipes, including kollivozoumi, a creamy broth made from boiled wheat, pomegranates and raisins, legume salad with wheat and pomegranate, traditional Middle Eastern lamb kebabs with pomegranate glaze, pomegranate eggplant relish, and avocado-pomegranate dip. Pomegranate is also made into a liqueur, and as a popular fruit confectionery used as ice cream topping, mixed with yogurt, or spread as jam on toast. In Cyprus and Greece, and among the Greek Orthodox Diaspora, ρόδι (Greek for pomegranate) is used to make koliva, a mixture of wheat, pomegranate seeds, sugar, almonds and other seeds served at memorial services.
Pomegranate seeds provide 12% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C and 16% DV for vitamin K per 100 g serving, and contain polyphenols, such as ellagitannins and flavonoids (section below). Pomegranate seeds are excellent sources of dietary fiber which is entirely contained in the edible seeds. People who choose to discard the seeds forfeit nutritional benefits conveyed by the seed fiber and micronutrients.
Thank you for visiting, a lovely weekend to all
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danos (100922) 2014-01-11 0:25
σχεδόν γείτονες σήμερα με την πραγματικά όμορφη φωτογραφία σου να κοσμεί το ΤΕ.Πολύ καλό το κάθετο κάδρο με το μικροπωλητή των ροδιών νε έχει τοποθετηθεί εξαιρειτκά στο κάδρο.Το κύριο αντικείμενο που είναι τα ρόδια,έχουν φωτισθεί υπέροχα με αποτέλεσμα να είναι το κύριο σημείο που προσέχει ο θεατής της φωτογραφίας.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-01-11 0:26
A good daily life shot that is not without its magic of colours. The vivid red and the green along with the shining hooks make a very nice composition. The expressions of the two vendors is also interestingly displayed. It is difficult - as I have often found out myself - to compose good photos in busy settings but you did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend.
jhm (156594) 2014-01-11 0:28
Pomegranate are the most vitamin rich fruits, eat everyday a part of these pomegranate you shall never become sick.
Splendid picture with wonderful colours.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture very nice.
I like these daily life picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (74825) 2014-01-11 0:32
A beautiful red tone of the pomegranates, the color of the many Vitamins in contains.
Also, you very well managed the face expression of the man behind the stand.
Fine contrast and the added green pole with the hooks above.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
CLODO (35158) 2014-01-11 1:13
as you underline, street photography is not easy, the scene lasts only a few seconds and you have to react quickly. What is interesting here are the vivid colors enhanced by the dark background, the natural pose of the seller and the framing with the green vertical pole. The 2 human persons in the dark background are not disturbing, but by removing them you get a more powerfull picture, even if the advertissement should not be overlapped by the seller --> see my WS. It's always a pleasure to share what we feel and can do to interested persons in photography, which is your case.
carlo62 (52174) 2014-01-11 1:26
bello scatto, mi piace questo semi ritratto incorniciato da tutte queste cose colorate.
I melograni rossi sono subito evidenti, ma anche il palo verde con tutto il nero intorno attira l'attenzione.
I colpi di luci sparsi un po' ovunque, donano preziosismi come diamanti in un gioiello.
Cricri (122649) 2014-01-11 1:27
J'aime la lumière et le regard de la personne sur les fruits rouges aussi sous une belle lumière et un cadrage parfait
holmertz (56241) 2014-01-11 1:35
The pomegranates have blessed you with a magnificent foreground, not just because of their bright colour but also their fine shape and the good light. The green pole and the dark background provide fantastic complements, even the steel hooks look beautiful in this context. Regarding the people in the background they could almost be taken for parts of the same poster as the dreamy looking woman. You could of course have got rid of them through clone stamping as Clodo suggested, or you could accept that in a market place a slightly confusing background is almost inevitable and part of the game.
No matter what this is a highly enjoyable photo.
Kind regards. Wishing you a fine weekend.
snunney (103361) 2014-01-11 1:59
My TE neighbour today. I like this study in light and shadow. Also the vivid colours displayed by the pomegranates and green pole. An interesting and unusual daily life image and a very successful one to my mind.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-11 3:15
I love your vitamins, they are here in the form of nice graphical element and their colours are really eye catching and made your composition great. Superb one. Tfs.
Sergiom (84569) 2014-01-11 5:36
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage serré sur ces magnifiques fruits au soleil tandis que le vendeur reste dans l'ombre pour les proposer. Une très belle scène de la vie quotidienne en Grèce.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-01-11 7:47
Those pomegranate makes me hungry, I think I'll have breakfast now. Love the colors. Good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2014-01-11 9:14
I looked at those fruit before I read your note and I knew I recognized them! We do not really have these in Ireland, but they do turn up at Halloween for some reason, but this tends to be the only time we see them. In Ireland, they are referred to by many (me included) as wine apples!
You did catch a most unusual and very well spotted scene here, the man does seem to have a swell of pride about him as he looks at his display, and rightly so, I guess its not easy to stack them like this! The man on the left does not for me take away from the shot at all, and I think its funny the way the poster behind the fruit seller appears, its as if she is thinking the same thing about the appealing fruit, perhaps she is even more enchanted than he is :)
The green pole and hooks break that part of the scene nicely too, with the green proving great color contrast to the red of the pomegranate.
Nicely done! Have a great weekend
pajaran (63520) 2014-01-11 11:54
Interesantan tekst o mestu i naru ...
Lep pogled na nar i prodavca, lepe boje nara.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article on the place and pomegranate ...
Nice view of the pomegranate and the seller, the beautiful colors of pomegranate.
Good work, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
siudzi (34141) 2014-01-11 14:41
What an interesting scene you have seen and photographed! The colorful fruits look superb and built a really interesting element of composition in the foreground. Very well done! Like it!
bukitgolfb301 (43650) 2014-01-11 18:20
Hi dear Ourania, very sorry for my late recaction.
His expression is so significant and meaningful.
The contrast of vivicd red is very effective, nice balanace and proportion image indeed!
All the best and have a beautiful Sunday! TAKERO
mcmtanyel (25654) 2014-01-11 21:31
This is a very nice everyday-life photo made attractive by the eye-catching color(s) of the pomegranates. The seller is well placed in the frame, it is a simple but effective composition.
abmdsudi (56380) 2014-01-11 22:15
Yummy and striking! They are nutritious, not only nourishes our taste buds, they nourishes our all senses. A very succulent and very tasty looking fruit good enough to eat, the gorgeous colour sparkles and is so alive! The juice has a very distinctive flavour I suppose to be good for the heart. Great simple composition, keen eyes, against the black background it really stands out with great idea of scale proportion. Lovely capture, Tfs
mohammad_H (10052) 2014-01-12 3:37
Nice and clear display with excellent contrast and light
Pomegranate good for heart vessels, the resort antioxidants to prevent cancer
Good job with good resolution
Best wishes to you
papagolf21 (105410) 2014-01-12 4:03
Très bonne prise de vue très appréciée par le sujet et sa mise en forme.
Outre la note très intéressante, la composition est très réussie. Bravo !
Meilleurs voeux pour l'année 2014.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-12 4:09
I think I have made a picture of exactly the same fruit stall at the square:)
Not easy to take a shot like we want,where so many people are around,but you did really excellent job here.I don´t find the man in the BG distracting at all.
Btw.love the contrast between the colorful stall and so nicely,dark and dim background.
Another brilliant observation study from Athens streets.
Have a nice sunday
Nicou (146902) 2014-01-12 6:27
quel portrait de cet homme avec ces fruits rouge qui brillent sueprbe et dans le coin droit ces crochets en alu brillant quel ensemble avec le fond qui le fait ressortir.
Bravo et amitié
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-12 19:19
Having taken an increase of vitamins over the past couple of weeks to combat the flu, I was instantly drawn to this title and image. :) There are many interesting aspects here, and the lighting has played a strong role with each one. The gentleman in the background that you mentioned looks quite mysterious, and the womans closed eyes hovering over the featured shopper adds to the intrigue. There's amazing depth created by these figures, each one at a different location, and clearly separated from front to back. Strong dimension throughout this shot, and it's relative simplicity plays to its strength. A smart observation and well executed result. Enjoy the new week.
saxo042 (37910) 2014-01-13 8:26
A very pleasant composition with those red fruits, the green bar and the man who is checking the wares. A very good balance between these parts of the capture, even the hooks above have a part here.
Silvio1953 (148613) 2014-01-13 11:14
Ciao Ourania, graziosa scena, l'uomo sembra guardare i frutti dubbioso, magnifica luce, bei colori, composizione accurata, bravissima, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (96318) 2014-01-13 12:55
Hello dear Ouania,
Wonderfull capture of this stand with my favorite fruits !
Very good compo.
TFS and bestv regards
PS.Did you break a pommegrante at the entrance od your house in the morning of the first day of the year ?
jester5 (2024) 2014-01-13 14:29
Wonderful composition and colour.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-14 21:09
I love the title of the shot.Vitamins are really what pomegranate represent.I love them like anything.Excellent framing to get the maximum exposure for the main subject of the composition.TFS.
adores (46079) 2014-01-28 5:54
This is the kind of scenes I like:)! The pomegranates are a great foreground and I like the light on the man's face. He seems very concentrated on his work!
aliabazari (16234) 2014-02-04 7:29
Hi Ourania Dear
A good portrait of an attractive background. Exposure doing well at the right moment.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-04 17:20
Ουρανία, αγαπω πολύ τα ρόδια και να τα βλέπω και να απολαμβάνω τον καρπό τους..τοσο ομορφη φωτογραφία με το πραγματικο ζωντανο τους χρώμα και η σημείωση σου πραγματικά πολύ ομορφη η δουλειά σου!!
σε χαιρετω κι ευχομαι να ειναι ολα καλά στο νησί σου!!