I thought i'd go off the board today and venture back to Poland. Why not right!
Taking photos of people is certainly not my forte nor my strength, but I have to thank TE for giving me the drive to at least try.
This man caught my attention while walking the streets of Krakow, or Crakow depending on how you wish to spell it! I thought the wide angle lens would suit this scene , hope you like it.
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snunney (86264) 2013-08-06 7:37
A man with an interesting set of instruments! The wide angle was a good choice, encompassing the man, his instruments and his cash collector. Well presented with good colours and sharpness. They look a bit like digeridoos, an Australian instrument favoured by Rolf Harris though I couldn't swear to it.
holmertz (42683) 2013-08-06 7:39
Let me be the first (or one of them) to congratulate you on this fine shot. You know how I feel about photos of people. His instruments are fine enough to warrant a picture, and his well sized basket is another example of fine handicraft. The wide angle captures the scene very nicely.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-08-06 8:23
Great shot, Craig, putting the wide angle to excellent effect! Your composition with the basket and horns (any idea what those would be called?) is well-done. Given your note, I assume this was shot just as you found it, that is, you didn't move anything around for a better shot. I respect that, although I would like to be assertive enough to ask for some rearranging if necessary, but I am not.
Have a great day!
bartekp (4746) 2013-08-06 11:00
Very good portrait shot. I like this POV and sharpness on the piep.
Have a nice evening
SnapRJW (31617) 2013-08-06 11:33
Hello Craig - Is the instrument a didgeridoo? It looks like one.... Lisa will tell us won't she? A fascinating shot and I wonder how this young man carries the instruments around with him, they look quite heavy. I think the composition with the basket in the FG works well and tells the story; not too many offerings in the basket though! An unusual post from you, it's good to see you out of your comfort zone! ;)
Warm regards Rosemary
PS. Check out this YouTube link for some didgeridoo sounds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81vLopFB3wI
worldcitizen (7189) 2013-08-06 11:39
Cool shot! I like colorful characters, and this musician and his instruments fit the bill. He seems to be a Polish guy with a cowboy hat and some Australian music. :-) The wide angle works really well here. I like the money basket all the way in the foreground, and the different stones surrounding him. Very nice. :-)
saxo042 (37594) 2013-08-06 12:03
A beautiful instrument, nearly as beautiful as a saxophone but probably much more difficult to play. An Australian invention, did Malgo bring back this??? A very nice and interesting picture!
rbassin (18939) 2013-08-06 12:06
une belle photo, intéressante: un instrument assez bisarre avec de magnifiques décorations. Belle mise en valeur, bravo.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-08-06 14:06
I must say the combination of portrait photography and wide-angle lens brought here superb visual effect.The lower part of the image with the basket and flagstones looks great and gives almost 3D feeling to the scene(something we wouldn´t achieve with common zoom lens).
And regarding the player-judging by the amount of money in the basket he need to practise more:)
tyro (20884) 2013-08-06 15:37
Well, I know someone who will love this one - our dear friend Lisa! Because this, of course, is a didgeridoo, an instrument designed centuries ago by the native Australians.
In fact this lucky fellow has a choce of three didgeridoos to play - if he's got enough puff. I wonder if this guy was actually Australian - he certainly has the broad rimmed hat with corks attached to it!
Your capture is superb, especially with your expert use of your wide "city" lens. Excellent composition with his "begging bowl" taking foreground pride of place - I hope you dropped a couple of cents in there for him.
Lovely light and colours, bang-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Fair Dinkum Shot, Cobber!
carlo62 (35142) 2013-08-06 16:06
in effetti meritava una foto, lo strumento che suona è quantomeno originale e ben colorato.
Ottimo scatto, hai sfruttato bene il grandangolo posizionando il cestino nell'algono giusto.
AROBN54 (11473) 2013-08-06 18:22
Ever so nicely done for someone who doesn't do people photos. Great subject, excellent detail, well composed. The colors are so nice and natural and I like the intent expression on his face. The patterns on his horns are very interesting as well and I like the graphics of the building and sidewalk. I think this is a reeeally cool shot. Many thanks and kindest wishes,
mirosu (15052) 2013-08-06 22:28
Brilliant street snapshot. The arrangement in portrait format is excellent. Well seen and captured. Greetings, Miro
jjcordier (77356) 2013-08-06 22:37
Encore une géniale utilisation de ton grand angle pour obtenir cette photo originale de ce musicien de rue et de son curieux instrument.
emka (81636) 2013-08-06 23:31
Hi Craig, Strange photo from Krakow. he looks like an Australian guy with the didgeridoo. But why not? we had many South Americans on the street playing El condor pasa, so it can be also Australian. Original basket for money. It was just a year ago, have you noticed? How time flies...
best regrads Malgo
limielski (0) 2013-08-06 23:35
Yes it's probably your first photo of people on TE :-) but successful debut.
Yesterday, I could see a guy who played on tibetan instrument. A very similar scene.
I agree with you - using wide angle lens makes an interesting foreshortening.
Looking at this picture - in the first moment I thought - "it is in Warsaw old Town".
Pozdrowienia (best wishes),
mjw364 (7512) 2013-08-07 1:09
It's always good to try something different and step outside your comfort zone. There are so many aspects of photography I know nothing about I just stick to what I think I can get away with credibly most of the time but I want to try other things too to see if I can "develop" and understand more.
Great use of the basket in FG and the lens exaggerated the perspective on the horns to great effect. The man with the horns and the bag to one side an the horn to his left make a kind of cross shape too which pleases my eye. Well composed scene - out of your comfort zone or not - in any genre - much of it comes down to composition for all of us if it's going to work.
jhm (141107) 2013-08-07 4:24
Your picture is absolutely very well, one advice in future takes a close-up picture of these player, the result shall are yet better
Your picture has a very well composition, lovely presentation with splendid colours.
Very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-07 6:25
wonderful study this. I love your POV it is both effective and evocative. Gloriously original with simple surroundings that enhance the colourful elements so beautifully. Excellent shot!
rychem (25048) 2013-08-07 8:02
I think you have caught one of the Highlanders, who still know how to play the trembita. Well seen, well captured
Noel_Byrne (25598) 2013-08-07 8:42
The wide angle suits a lot, and makes this into a vey eyecatching shot. Great composition. Would I be right to think that with the wide angle, he would not have known that you were taking this?
As I look into his money basket, he doesnt seem to have earned much. Shame, that instrument looks very heavy, he should be rewarded for that alone! Very interesting shot, cheers.
claudeD (33918) 2013-08-07 9:20
very interesting picture from Poland with a perfect composition and excellent dov.I like the shot very much. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
cjmm (4479) 2013-08-07 11:08
Even if you say that it is not your strength, I think you did it very well (at least with that lens, you were close!).
I like that you included the basket with coins (IMO, it is part of 'the story' in the image).
chrisvek (7001) 2013-08-07 17:41
Wow.What an excellent photo of this street musician.Awesome colors and contrasts.Nice lightning usage and atmosphere.Great sharpness too.I wonder what kind of music he played!
abmdsudi (44652) 2013-08-07 19:43
He looks like a plastic snake charmer and seems to be out of place perhaps! but you have seen and captured it perfectly, the composition is spot on and that flash of bold colours really draws the eye. I am missing the king cobra and its hissing sound. Fine daily street shot.
fabbs99 (16779) 2013-08-07 23:06
Exciting street shot of the musician and his instruments.The presence of the coin bowl enhances the beauty of the composition.A nice and interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light and color.TFS.
siudzi (34113) 2013-08-08 1:26
I agree with Malgo -- it really doesn't look like a scene captured in Poland however I like it even more!:) Excellent presentation taken from a well selected low POV with an interesting play of the lines. Well done!
Sonata11 (33298) 2013-08-09 18:53
fantastic capture this musician. Interesting instruments hi has. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
delpeoples (53469) 2013-08-10 17:23
Now this is a photo I would never have dreamed of seeing in your Gallery. It really appeals to me firstly because it's a people shot and I know how you shy away from those (just as I do). So good onya. And of course the other reason why it connects is that the weird instrument is an Australian didgeridoo. They're beautifully decorated and unusually shaped (usually they'd be straight) and of course an Aboriginal man would normally be playing it. Women are forbidden to play the didgeridoo. But strangest of all, this guy doesn't even look like an Aussie. Excellent shot, and I like the way you included the money pot, leading the eye into the scene beautifully.
Great shot, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend
Romano46 (18466) 2013-08-16 11:21
la mia assenza prolungata mi ha impedito di commentare le tue foto, tra le quali, anche se non è l'ultima mi piace segnalare in maniera particolare questa per l'eccellente uso che hai saputo fare del grandangolo creando una composizione di grande finezza e notevole efficacia.
Ottimo anche il piacevole contrasto tra il colore neutro della pavimentazione e della parete con la figura umana e gli strumenti che suona unitamente alla grande evidenza del cestino.
Un lavoro eccellente che conferma, qualora ce ne fosse bisogno ancora, le tue capacità di grande e fine fotografo.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
wolf38 (31282) 2013-08-17 1:03
Hello Craig. Beautiful as you have skillfully captured this scene with your camera. The wide angle lens has done a good services here. I like the street musicians.
ikeharel (59393) 2014-06-12 10:19
Nice "stretched" view from the empty basket, to the guy playing in a special wooden horns - hope he is a gifted musician and would collect better than what shown on the photo.
Vivid painted wood, the horns looks special and the scen is most intriguing.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57712)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Didgeridoo [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-06 6:50