Street life is always my hot favourite wherever I go on shooting escapade and here is a shot taken in the late afternoon in Kunming charming old quarter - one of the most overcrowded and chaotic places in Yunnan. It was the lively red within this wall that caught my attention and visibly a photogenic spot imho, with lots of photo possibilities. Spending some time at the road side within the frenzied burst of human activity was quite a joyful experience too.
In fact I enjoyed every moment of it just waiting patiently to pick the most appropriate candidate to enter the viewfinder. I thought she was just the right kind of subject i was hoping for after much of waiting and I guessed was fortunate that she paused momentarily, engaged in a prolonged eyes right towards the catchy message which read; " Meet in the old street, Enjoy the romance in Kunming "
Quick shot of several frames followed thereafter, unsure as to how those words really meant to her but there must be something in her mind which I couldn't read. However, she certainly possessed a certain appeal that I found enchanting and I fully treasured those brief 'private' moments together before she continued her unknown journey diligently carrying her wares on the bamboo pole in search of buyers......
P/S; The old quarter, the heart beat of the city centre was then undergoing an extensive urban redevelopment programme, thus today this definitely appears so different and more flashy perhaps and the wall has probably long gone by now. Wish her life improves too in tandem with the current development.
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Oceania (5202) 2014-01-14 7:54
It is a very neat composition. Also, the light is in perfect condition.
If I'm correct, Chinese language is one of the official languages in Singapore. So you didn't have language barrier when you traveling in China. You must understand the words on the wall.
dkmurphys (63825) 2014-01-14 8:06
Another spectacular street scene. I love the strong colors and the moment of peace when she stopped to pay her attention to that poster.
Fis2 (105322) 2014-01-14 8:40
Nice scene from street.
Excellent frame and composition.
I like colors and light.
Photo has climate.
The street is an interesting subject for photographers.
annjackman (21903) 2014-01-14 8:48
You did very well to wait for the right moment. There is just a nice amount of light bringing out the orange in her clothes and the green of the vegetabes. The roof frames it perfectly and again the light falling on it balances the composition very well with a lovely mixture of light and shade. This is the kind of photograph that I particularly enjoy looking at.
Kind Regards, Ann
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-14 9:29
Another superb example of your remarkable skill of using light brilliantly. Composition, colors, timing and of course light... are elements of your great chemistry that always makes the frames so spectacular. And this one is no exception.
Great shot. Thanks for sharing.
holmertz (58398) 2014-01-14 9:52
In 1986 I found Kunming the most charming major city I saw in China. I was afraid it would now have changed completely and lost its atmosphere, but obviously there was something left of the old Kunming at least 20 years later. This photo has a lot of local flavour, graphic beauty, fine colours and it's also very neatly cropped. It's not jjust the yoke that is well balanced, the whole composition is.
PaulVDV (31983) 2014-01-14 12:20
Very attractive street shot in which the light accentuates especially the intense coloured parts.
Best regards, Paul
siamesa (28123) 2014-01-14 13:05
Boa noite Abmdsudi
I always say that your pictures are differents, with soul and beauty. The lights and shadows are perfects.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-14 13:24
bellissima sia la luce che la composizione caratteizzata da ottimi colori.
Altra bellissima cattura del tuo viaggio in Cina.
Ciao e buona serata
ourania (50679) 2014-01-14 13:31
I love how you made a story out of a scene collected so instinctively and spontaneously. Your note on how you worked at the side of the street, anticipating an interesting scene while watching the constant movement, is fascinating. You have exalted the interaction of the lady with the graphical background and the message it bears. You've also involved the viewer in two ways, enticing them to interpret the scene and share your photographer's excitement. Composition and framing are excellent, the light and the colours have a delightful warmth. I even wonder if the lady carried this message along when she resumed her way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-14 23:53
Une belle scène de rue, composée de fort belle façon en exploitant parfaitement le porteur de légumes.
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-15 0:55
You have captured this street scene in excellent way. The baskets carrying woman is in excellent light and you have captured her in perfect moment when she is facing the billboard on the wall. Superb tight crop without any distractions. Well done.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
WINTER IN SWITZERLAND
shevchenko (20548) 2014-01-15 0:56
Good contrast in between the new advertisement with the old wall and local people that carrying goods in traditionl method, sunlight and shading add nice effect to the scenery too, interesting composition, distinct photo, good shoot.
sevy (58) 2014-01-15 0:57
Nice and strong street shot: the graphism of the red panels and the guy and his stuff put on the light so that he becomes a focusing point againt the wall still in shadow.
Noel_Byrne (33458) 2014-01-15 1:28
A touching subject, courtesy of your translation and note I can understand this scene so much better. As this lady stops for a moment to read the sign, and the meaning of the sign, shows her human side, as she is drawn to the promise of romance in the streets. As she carries her yoke full of (Very fresh and appealing) vegetables, this sign offers a refuge from the difficulties of daily life.
You really did wait to take a perfect moment here, and under such beautiful light too!
Your note improves the feeling of the image ten fold, so thanks for that.
CLODO (35616) 2014-01-15 2:41
Good catch taken after a proper framing on the red advertissement and waiting for the local "actress" to come in the light!
You were rewarded by this daily scene full of life!
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-15 4:50
A nice example of DL and street photography. I like the use of the light once again, and I know how long one has to wait to successfully get that. The light enhances the colour of her apparel and the vegetables as well. Good timing to capture the moment when she is reading the message on the wall. I also like the strip of tiles on the top, it acts as a very attarctive natural framing. Thanks for sharing a good one.
kato (11630) 2014-01-15 4:53
You're capturing well this daily life by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the tasteful street scene in Kunming. It's very well for the combination of old wall, red advertisement on wall and the woman who is putting in and shouldering vegetables on the basket. She is eargerly watching the advertisement of goods exhibition in Kunming. It seems to contrast of the life on which she is placed and a new era, and seems to be irony. However, it is a citizen like her that supports society also by the time of when.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-01-15 5:08
It is indeed a clear truth that this is a well balanced scene. The colours are also very good and attractive. A perfectly observed picture.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-15 5:43
I know that Kunming is quite an industrialised city so to see this old fashioned view is a treat. I love it Abmdsudi. Your backdrop was carefully chosen and your patience was rewarded by this delightful figure carrying her baskets. Evocative work. Warm regards Rosemary
pajaran (65154) 2014-01-15 8:28
Interesantan teskt o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa gospodjom koja nosi povrce.
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good length and contrast nicely shown the place and the moment the lady who wears vegetables.
Good work and contrast, beautiful colors.
A nice moment.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
danos (102566) 2014-01-15 9:11
nice the good reportage shot from the streets from the town with the woman to read so concentrated the red advertisment on the wall.I like the excellent placement of the woman in the frame as the immediacy of the scene.
rychem (41788) 2014-01-15 10:12
Great composition with the woman in the strong point, beuatiful scene and very nice subject regards
claudeD (41284) 2014-01-16 5:56
wonderful daily light picture from Kunming. I like your composition, very good colors and sharpness.Very good informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
yquem46 (38752) 2014-01-16 6:41
Obviously very interested by what the ad on the wall says !
Colorful, luminous daily life picture
Cricri (124988) 2014-01-16 10:41
Très jolie scène et composition, la lumière de fin de journée joue un joli role, les couleurs sont belles, tout comme la présentation
npecanhuk (77825) 2014-01-16 16:18
A totally different subject, but the same excellent idea and photo job!
Special regards to the management of light, colors and, of course, composition!
TFS - congrats,
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-01-16 17:38
A great lesson in patience here! There is also a strong and unique visual effect to your image: the woman entering stage right and flat wall makes viewing your picture akin to reading a page from a book (though from right to left).
Thanks for sharing,
josepmarin (58359) 2014-01-17 4:08
your patience on waiting for to include some person in your framing have given you a great result, because of the presence of the girl carrying the vegetables in her bamboo pole, while she reads the red advice on the wall. The composition is dynamic and vital, I like its good light and its beautiful vivid colours.
An excellent photo.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-01-17 7:44
this pic has got such an arresting quality.love the beautiful colors in amazing and perfect light.and the composition is so original and artistic.great 1.
mcmtanyel (28172) 2014-01-18 8:44
Perfectly framed, this is a very attractive photo. The double posters provide symmetry while the onlooker breaks the monotony with her symmetric cargo - how clever (of you to make this frame).
Reading your note also reiterated for me a conclusion I have come to since I got more serious about photography: It is best to shoot alone, giving you the ability to wait for the opportune moment without the worry to catch up with your wife or the concern about what your children might be up to while you are trying to focus. Now, I have not travelled with another photographer, so that might be different but I suspect competition might enter the picture then.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-18 23:28
very nice snapshot from the street of Kunming.
Perfect framing and timeing and what is common for all your pictures-really delightful,warm light,which adds a lot of unique charm and mood to the photographed subject.
Even simple scene can be turned out to something special-like in this case!
jacquest (19047) 2014-01-23 9:30
This is a delightfull street scene where the diffuse light puts the person in evidence and makes her the center of attraction with her orange pants. The image is very well constructed and framed.
Waylim (25436) 2014-01-24 9:06
A very nice click of the moment. The red of the poster design is so typically Chinese. Off cource the subject here is the lady with her baskets of vegetables for sale. sometimes I see some woman put their baby on one of the baskets. A very nice symetrical composition with the lady break up that symetry. Excellent shot with good qualty and a good daily life image as always.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-01-25 16:47
A bit late but I want to commment all your works
This street capture is extremelly eye catching by the subject chosen as wel as the light and the color contrasts, red and green
You wait the the girl stopped to read the advertisemnt for romance, may be she went after selling the wares
Very well done, congrats and TFS
carlo62 (54258) 2014-01-26 1:22
uno scatto molto bello, toccato da una luce fantastica, nonostante sia di qualche anno fa, è realizzato molto bene e di grande qualità.
Mi piace la linea alta che hai lasciato, la luce che gli batte sopra incornicia molto bene la scena.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-26 10:47
Your patience has been awarded ! This woman coming back from the market is an excellent subject and is really well framed.
adores (46357) 2014-02-02 16:57
Another good street scene, with good composition. The afternoon also gives you nice soft light:)! The woman carrying the baskets is very well placed and I like the publicity on the wall and the little row of tiles. The light gave you some very nice colours!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57176)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-14 6:37