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Great macondo 2008-04-29 4:30

Hello Lee.
I must say I'm puzzled by the previous critique and the unsmiling smiley. Strange, coming from a member whose gallery is largely composed of skyscrapers.
Anyway, I found you via an interesting critique you had written, which I agreed with. Welcome to TE.
The photo does suffer from having that large over-exposed flame in the middle. I'm not sure how you can get around that, except by waiting for a moment when the flame is lower. I also think that it would be better to wait until the woman is doing something a little more animated, perhaps with her hands and the utensils. If you are going to use the portrait format with the woman occupying most of the space, she should be more animated.
I found your note rather interesting; I would have expected to find scenes like this all over China, but obviously 'modernisation' is a policy that must be enforced in myriad ways.

Old 04-29-2008, 03:38 PM
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Hello Andrew,

Many thanks for your great and detailed advice! Thankfully I'm only living a 10 minute walk from this place, so I'll have another go soon (watch this space!).
At the time I felt the flames would be the essence of the picture and so I waited for when they were highest to take the photo. In hindsight and with the advice from TE I now have, I can now see this is a problem.
As for street vendors, don't get me wrong you will still see them all over China, but the trend is definitely for the reduction of them. I'm an English teacher here and when talking about opposites with Chinese children they often think the opposite of nice is old! This very much sums up a modernising China.
As for the "un-smiling smiley" from ddrx2, perhaps something just lost in translation!

Once again, thanks for your comments

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