While walking around the streets in Balat with Deniz and my girlfriend Tosca, we encountered a number of people who were more than willing to have their photograph taken.
Before taking this photo, I had just shot some photos in HDR, therefore I had my camera on a tripod and I also was using my wide angle lens. The wide angle is certainly not the best lens to use for portraits, but what was I going to do?
This family were so nice to sit here and welcome me in, it's not like i'm going to say to them - well can you give me a minute or two to take my camera off my tripod and while i'm at it change my lens?
So i basically just had to go with what I was using at the time - i didn't want to upset them.
Its not the sharpest of photographs, I wish I had taken more time to adjust the settings, wish I had increased the ISO to get a faster shutter. Oh well, it was a spur of the moment type of scene and shot.
Hope you like it
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Oceania (4772) 2014-07-31 6:30
Turks are famous for their hospitality. I think they would offer you to share their Turkish coffee or Turkish apple tea. It's a very nice picture anyway no matter what you struggled.
Have a nice day!
williewhistler (13761) 2014-07-31 6:31
there are no obvious technical deficiencies visable on my screen,in fact it`s a delightful family portrait full of charm and interest with the customary tea pot and glasses an interesting prop.
The reflected clothes line also appeals to me, a lovely scene in every sense.
Best regards Les.
snunney (82591) 2014-07-31 6:33
A nice little anecdote to accompany this family portrait. I like the diverse expressions on the faces and the poses for want of a better word. Good capture with the tea tray to the fore.
kasianowak (5964) 2014-07-31 7:06
Wonderful intimate family portrait full of positive emotions.
I know very well that sometimes you are faced with a choice: fiddle with the camera or get the shot at all. You did a great job with what equipment was availabe at the moment.
npecanhuk (64320) 2014-07-31 8:34
Interesting and attractive daily life & people's picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders, chosen low pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
EstudioChispa (1902) 2014-07-31 9:02
It's good to think about all the things you mention -- but I look at this and see a perfect image! The wide angle was necessary to see the threesome and the tray, and it appears plenty sharp on my monitor. Well done, Craig!
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2014-07-31 10:09
I think the wide angle lens has worked nicely here, the man on the left is leaning towards you and the lens has accentuated that, making this have a very cool 3d style feeling. The whole scene is very pleasant, the woman on the left has a lovely contented style. How nice indeed of them to invite you, not something you will get in many place. Class shot, and I think the lens is perfect.
tyro (20050) 2014-07-31 11:18
Yes, it's nice to go to places, especially foreign places, and find the local people to be friendly and not put off by your camera. Did they invite you to have some tea with them or just to take their photograph?
This is a fine photograph of a relaxed and content group of people - not a "strained" or "forced" shot - just completely natural. Despite your lack of time to dsmount your camera from its tripod or change lenses, you've come away with an excellent informal shot of this little group of people drinking their tea in glasses with lots of sugar - no milk as we have here.
To me the light and colours look good, your exposure is spot-on and the sharpness looks fine.
worldcitizen (6823) 2014-07-31 11:42
This might have been a quick grab, but it's a nice one. :-) I like the way the two men are looking at you, and the details such as the beads in one of the men's hands, the tea cup on the floor, and the turquoise color of the shutter and door. There's a lot to enjoy in this scene. Did you taste the tea? :-)
holmertz (40101) 2014-07-31 11:42
Of course I like this too. This kind of tea party looks a lot nicer than the Sarah Palin style. The friendly attitudes are very typical. The man to the left could have some trouble getting a US visa with that beard and rosary, but I'm sure he was a nice guy. I think it was actually a good choice to keep the fisheye so you could capture the whole group and so much background, and they're not even distorted:-).
carlo62 (31488) 2014-07-31 15:19
in questi casi non credo che la qualità conti molto, l'importante è la spontaneità delle persone e della scena e questo non manca.
E' così strano vedere la porta della casa aperta e le persone che bevono fuori, lungo la strada.
lousat (75622) 2014-07-31 16:01
Hi Craig,a long phototechnique history about this pic in the note...but i'm sure that your choice is great,i like the point of view and the perspective,and original and beautiful way to take this trio drinking the typical tea in the glass,absolutely nice! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
berek (37350) 2014-07-31 21:11
Classic viiew from Balgat streets. İ love this triple pprtrait wit your timing. Thanks for your sharing
aliabazari (14813) 2014-07-31 21:29
Shot documentary showcases an attractive environment. I love it. Frame nicely done. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Thanks for recording this nice picture
jjcordier (75684) 2014-07-31 21:45
Joli moment de partage du thé que tu as bien mis en image....même sans la focale adaptée.
danos (85797) 2014-07-31 23:12
nice the snapshot with the natives to drink their tea in the street.
A well reportageshot from Balat witht he light management to be very good as the colours of the image.Well done.
SnapRJW (30911) 2014-08-01 5:10
I really appreciate the low POV that you used here Craig. I think getting down to the level of the 'tea-drinkers' shows a connection with your subjects. Both the men look directly into you lens... one seems very eager as he leans towards you! The woman averts her eyes which tells us something about the culture I think. To my mind the WA lens works perfectly well here and I see no trace of lack of sharpness.
Nicely done, a super DL scene.
timecapturer (48086) 2014-08-01 5:49
I think the W/A lens works wonderfully here, being taken at a low angle it makes the image all the more intimate and effective. Lots of character and detail, plus the inclusion of the tea tray make it so typical of the Turkish hospitality.
Have a good weekend - B.
Sergiom (58770) 2014-08-01 6:50
Lorsque l'on utilise une lentille comme celle-ci, il faut savoir approcher des gens au plus près pour les prendre en phot, il faut surtout aller chercher leur confiance. Ici, c'est tout un exploit.
abmdsudi (42690) 2014-08-01 9:12
Great group portraiture in a relaxed informality that you convey so well complementing the props and your pov down to their eye level is superb. A cheery shot filled by wealth of detail and the eye popping colours. Great candid, Congrats.
Royaldevon (28641) 2014-08-01 13:08
Yes, I understand the problem; sometimes you just have to take a photograph with the equipment you have to hand or an opportunity could be missed.
Three makes a good number for composition and the trio are well placed in the frame. I find it interesting that the two men are determined to be photographed whilst the lady appears to have abstracted herself, almost as if she isn't part of the group. I wonder if this is a cultural thing or just a moment of inattention.
I just love the idea of the tray and teapot outside on the pavement. How refreshing!
My warm regards,
papera (13952) 2014-08-02 12:38
sometimes we are the worst judge of ourselves, we see defects and shortcomings where others don't and prevent others from enjoying nice pictures like this one - thank God whatever sharpness you thought this picture lacks didn't stop you form posting it ;)
I like very much how the men look at you but the mother looks shyly away form the lens, still smiling...
Silvio1953 (120686) 2014-08-03 7:17
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with beautiful trio, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
photographer_sg (3799) 2014-08-03 10:24
I like this family portrait and street shot combined into one :). Definitely a very natural and spontaneous capture and the distortions whatever are there do not hamper the visual appeal of the picture. Having tea outside on the pavement is surely a good idea that I have never seen before.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
emka (77500) 2014-08-04 14:05
Hi Craig, Nice scene from Balat. Typical glasses for tea, maybe apple tea, but no glass for the guests. The guys look very interested what you are doing. It has good sharpness. Interested reflections in the window, with laundry. And what he has in had? Looks like rosary.
Warm regrad s MAlgo
Mics (687) 2014-08-05 1:15
Still a beautiful, spontaneous shot. Wonderful animated moment:)
swapankumarroy (2837) 2014-08-12 8:51
Hello Dear Craig,
Your article is very very nice and having information about the street at Balat and there people. Very good composition and moment you captured. Well color and light.
best of all and thanks.
jmdias (54579) 2014-10-15 17:00
I liked the result of this image, personages well positioned and natural, despite the pose. nice indirect light and many details to explore. a glimpse of the soul of a people. TFS.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55614)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/25 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-31 6:11