Cart Man in Vientiane, Laos

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  1. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    This man managed the carts in the Morning Market in Vientiane. Note his long sleeves and warm hat on a day when I was in shorts anda t-shirt.

    Although others might suggest I darken the background, I preferred the sombre portrait of this man against the blinding background of the cart yard.
    It really reflects the reality of the dark market against the blazing yard.

    This views better against a dark backgound.


    What do you think?

    Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Camera Model: NIKON D200
    Image Date: 2007:01:18 22:35:07
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 130.0mm (35mm equivalent: 195mm)
    Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    ISO equiv: 500
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Spot
    Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
    Comment: (C)L Lorton#p


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  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think that often people forget about reality when enhancing their images (myself included).

    I think in a black frame this image works nicely, and the very bright background separates / isolates the man as the main subject. Interesting effect.

    one starts to wonder though, what the man is doing, since we cannot see his hands (which I'd like to see.)
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    You're right.

    The lower part of his body was hidden behind a bunch of high tables much closer to the me and were OOF.

    This was a non-ideal photo-taking situation with the areas under the shelter in deep shade and the outside about as bright as the surface of the sun. Unfortunately it was not easy to be inconspicuous so I had to take what shot I could get.

    BTW, the time was 10:35 not 22:35 (it was a 12 hour time difference from home) I wsan't smart enough to change day/date on camera.
     
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    This always happens to me too! ;)
     
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    Why would you wish to be inconspicuous, I photographed many people in Laos and Thailand and never tried to sneak a shot, whats the point, covert ops are for spies not photographers.
     
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    Thanks for looking but I would prefer that the interactions on the thread be kept to the pictures I post.
     
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    Well then, its a bit washed out isn't it, meaning, no richness to the colours/ a snapshot.
     
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    as far as his hands being cut off, i can imagine what his hands are doing because of all the carts behind him. i think it would look great with a little color boost. i'm seeing his clothing more clearly than i can see his face but maybe that's because of the bright sun. :)
     
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    It looks like a snapshot. He has way too much head room, you're cutting off his hands, and he's dead center in the frame. Plus the leaves in the top corners of your frame seem unintentional. I cant tell with this monitor but he seems a touch out of focus... I do like the expression on his face though.
     
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    I tried several different crops, but nothing seems to work....

    Also tried to extract man and bring background more into play. It's better, but still not a very good overall shot.

    When photos of people are shot, I try to look for a story as opposed to just a snapshot. There's a story here, but I not sure how to show it.

    Paul
     
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    This is hard to look at, it is just way too out of focus.
    Better luck next time
     

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