Malgo (emka) recently posted this picture of a crazy fishmonger in a Spanish fishmarket, but it turned out that the man was just waving his big knife around in fun and wasn't actually threatening our dear friend at all! I think Malgo had a good giggle because we all thought that the man had gone crazy!
However, this is a somewhat less exciting photograph of a fishmarket, also in Spain but in Mahon, the capital of Menorca. The fishmonger here seemed a bit grumpy, he didn't seem to be too keen to be photographed, but he didn't actually threaten me with a knife.
Just for Malgo, and because she lives quite far from the sea and only sees "prepared" fish in her shops and supermarkets, I'm adding a couple of pictures of some of the seafood displayed here as workshops - here and here - both quite interesting but not necessarily very attractive!
And you can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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Silvio1953 (130430) 2014-08-21 13:46
Ciao John, lovey market scene, excellent clarity, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
willperrett (8337) 2014-08-21 13:48
Well, as a "pescetarian" I must comment on this photograph. Your friend the fishmonger is placed very well in the frame, and appears to be several feet from the nearest knife! The seafood itself I must say looks delicious. Your f/10 aperture has allowed for very adequate front-to-back sharpness. A good environmental portrait.
carlo62 (38749) 2014-08-21 14:22
sei passato dalle auto antiche al pesce, solo per onorare Malgo, un comportamento più che apprezzabile, ne sarà felice.
Bello scatto, ottima esposizione, è tutto ben visibile e di buona qualità.
Lo sguardo dell'uomo sembra sorpreso, ma anche irrequieto.
lousat (82636) 2014-08-21 14:45
Hi John,i will be in Menorca in September and this is a very interesting post to me! Very nice capture of the Mahon fish market,the prices seems a bit expensives but no problem,i like a lot to eat fish.Great work with 2 beautiful WS too,the crab is fantastic! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
emka (86535) 2014-08-21 23:12
Hahaha, I see you have read my reply to Gert and you are right, I was rolling on the floor with laughing :). Nice scen with fascinating display of fish and fruttii di mare, the crab is magnificent.
Thanks for the pictures and the dedication!!
I am now in the north of Poland, something like Lake District - dense forest and lakes but no hills.
WArm regrads MAlgo
macjake (61504) 2014-08-22 1:23
haha...great WS photos!
the crab really caught me off guard, wasn't expecting such an ugly shell creature to be staring me in the face like that! lol
the monkfish...now that was a 10 out of 10!
I would have put that photo as the main post :)
amazing the variety of fish in this world eh?
gotta admire all those teeth and its uniqueness, I wonder how it tastes though?
hope you washed up after leaving this place.
Royaldevon (33387) 2014-08-22 2:14
Well, I can't see a knife anywhere near, though there is malice in the eyes!!!
A very well composed shot, the figure strongly positioned and all his produce nicely displayed, creating a very good sense of perspective.
For an indoor shot, this is so well managed, clear with attractive lighting.
Have a great w/e,
It's the Blues Festival in our local town, this w/e. Four days of musicians, music and all that goes with it!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-22 6:16
Spain always seems to have so many different varieties of seafood compared to my local Tesco, but then I suppose I should get my fish from the local fisherman who sell them on the beach here in my home town, I am sure they have some of the more uglier varieties too. Now that I know Malgo's maniac fishmonger was only playing then perhaps this guy is the silent and more menacing type. I assume the mixture of varieties nearest the lens here are for some sort of fish stew or Paella. 2kg for 15 Euros is cheap compared to here in the UK. Fascinating case study this!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
Noel_Byrne (27440) 2014-08-22 12:36
Perhaps e have stumbled on something, what is it about seafood that makes people so griumpy, perhaps this is why chefs curse so much!
Haha, this is a good compliment to Malgos shot, showing yet another grumpasaurus surrounded by creepy sea monsters. I am guessing that you didn't have much time to compose this, that expression is not welcoming, so well for for being able to compose it so well with the diagonal spat short notice.
photoray (13682) 2014-08-22 16:08
Interesting Mahon Fish Market, with the complex variety of ocean varieties for sale. I can almost smell the aromas which go along with open air fish markets.
Open fish markets in California are not common. I believe there are some in the pier area of San Francisco Bay. Probably because we have many laws and regulations which make markets difficult to operate.
There is a huge open air market famous however at Seattle, Washington - Pike's Market which has a huge fish for sale operation, plus produce.
Thanks for sharing,
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-08-22 23:57
Wet fish is something very seldom seen in Namibia John although there are scores of trawlers off-shore fishing for deep water hake. Most of the fish is processed on big factory ships and ends up in Spain.
The selection you show here looks fresh and inviting... looks like paella might be on the menu.
See you Monday!
marabu61 (9503) 2014-08-23 7:06
Well, there couldn't be more contrast between the crazy fish monger in Malgo's picture (even though she only had a laugh at us) and this relaxed seller who seems to be proud of his produce.
Concerning the issue of photographing markets and market stalls, I am often surprised at how agressive some stall holders react to photography. As several comments in Malgo's thread noted correctly, markets are public spaces and it is not that we are stealing something of them or even doing some industry espionage.
Only recently, while spending a weekend in Burgundy, a women reacted really nasty to my wife, taking a photo of her beautiful display of artichokes and other mediterranian veggies. Rather than being proud that someone deemed her display worth a photo and seing it as an advertisement of her produce, she shouted at my wife about it in the highest pitches. Its artichokes for gods sake, not some priceless piece of art or a painting, where I could understand such a reaction. And she wasn't even in the picture, actually no humans at all where there to be seen.
have a great weekend
PS: The fish in your workshop is indeed a monk fish. Pretty ugly but truly delicious to eat.
mkamionka (32517) 2014-08-23 14:39
when I saw this photo before I even read the title I thought about that photo showed here by Malgo :)
This is exactly the reason why I hesitate to take photos of people, you never know how they will react :)
Fish markets seem like a great subject for photography as the foregrounds may be so disgustingly eye catching :) I don't eat much fish or meat, I cannot psychologically get over such views, they are in my memory when I try to have a bite...
Yes indeed this guy seems much more peaceful.
Very well done. I like such personalized dedications it is so sweet.
holmertz (45281) 2014-08-24 3:04
Better grumpy than crazy :-). I guess if you have tourists coming all the time to take pictures (which may happen in a place like this), you may not be overly enthusiastic. But he allowed you to take this photo and a nice photo it is. The fish stalls are among the most interesting parts of markets in far away places where you can find strange creatures you didn't know existed. This is a very nice composition on a diagonal. The fishmonger is well placed and the light is very well handled.
delpeoples (55094) 2014-08-24 16:15
Gidday caro Giovanni
Well this fishmonger certainly looks a lot saner than Malgo's fishman. But it's the quiet ones you've gotta watch. Lucky Malgo getting this beautiful dedication, I'm jealous ;) That net of mussels in the main photo and that little crab in your Workshop would look very nice in my pot, with some oil, garlic, parsley and chilli. Excellent work and I must say that the definition and sharpness your lovely, pricey 24-70mm lens achieves makes it worth every cent and has really put me in a quandary.
berek (43639) 2014-09-02 7:58
When I first saw the picture I thought the fish market in Barcelona. I love this market.
In this place, of course, loved it. very nice picture of everyday life. congratulations.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (22164)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-13
- Categories: Food, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-21 13:40