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Large version recommended. The so called 'normal' version strongly advised against

Went on a small meet yesterday to Samut Songkram. We didn't get much photography done, but I was happy to come home with this one. As far as photos within the "people sitting/standing/lying in front of a wall"-subgenre are concerned, this is one of my own personal favs.

Again, view large. Post processed in Picasa.

Samut Songkram, Thailand. May 2008

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-70 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bon Voyage. Matelot
Username:MediumSizeUnavailable MediumSizeUnavailable
Uploaded:12 May 2008 - 12:34 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  10179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 12:45 PM

Excellent Koen - where casual meets smart and east meets west. I like the post processing very much too.

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 12:50 PM

So much going on here (even though nothing really happens) and such a joy to view!
Agree the processing is great, love the colours and the sharpness of it. Brilliantly composed as well.
Favourite'd.

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jarendell
jarendell  895 forum posts Spain2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 12:55 PM

I can understand you completely on this, nice suble tones etc,great street image.
Obviously hasnīt sailed the 7 seas, as there are no creases in his trousers,or is it the other way round?
James

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JONTHELENS
12 May 2008 - 12:57 PM

I like this very much, pleasing to the eye.

jon

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little post processing done Nic (hey there girlie Smile ). Just Picasa. The before version (only resized and framed, but uncropped, unsharpened or anything else) is now up in the B&A gallery

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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 1:01 PM

Now this is the type of Koen photography that I like. Just two people and a fab background.

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  10179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 1:04 PM

Thanks for letting us see the Before shot too - always interested to see them. Did you get my email the other day? Smile

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Yes Nic... remember now lol. didn't want to answer at the time. Will do (ahum... try)

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 1:13 PM

Great shot, definitely prefer the 'after' option!

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User_Removed
12 May 2008 - 1:20 PM

Good street scene.... looks posed, but for all that has the 5D sharpness and colour, They do improve pics.
Col

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thanks. It's unposed Col (the only thing he did was move his head while I was taking pictures), but agree that it feels posed. I Liked that part of it, as it reminded me of those "posed but trying to look real" street fashion shoots I like.

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Nic_WA  10179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 1:25 PM

No rush Smile

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 2:19 PM

Classic top notch shot Koen.

Pooch.

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
12 May 2008 - 2:19 PM

Superb.


Ian

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SpeedAltStar
12 May 2008 - 3:29 PM

Outstanding Koen. One of your best.

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 3:35 PM

one of your trademark comps Smile

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ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
12 May 2008 - 3:55 PM

It's like a movie still. Excellent

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 5:31 PM

Great combination Koen. Ron.

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user_absconded
12 May 2008 - 6:34 PM

A RC for you, from a fellow of devotee of persons with wall backgrounds, doing something or nothing. I read something you wrote about this particular genre on a previous shot, and I disagree that this sort of shot is 'easy' ! Smile
Oh, and surprisingly I find Picasa can be 'better' than PS with certain shots - do you just go to PS for a resize for web or is there another way?

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challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 6:58 PM

Well done on this superb composition!

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Thanks for the comments. Apreciate it.
they are rather easy Lydia. Little or no exposure problems, hard to get it wrong with dof, they often get their strenght out of composition, which often is easily enough to get right. No angle hassles... straight on is often the best, no bg distractions and a person often fits in nicely. Not saying I don't like them (coz I do like them), and sometimes even love them, but often they rely too much (mine included) on just a nice composition with some nice colours and textures... eye candy... but not exactly going any deeper than that. The subject is often just completing the composition, nothing more. there's a reason why most of my compact images were taken this way. Because it was relatively easy to do.
But again... I like to look at these as well, and sometimes I just love them. this one is one of my own favs. I don't even look down on them. But sorry, I find them rather easy to do, at least compared to other - more 3 dimensional (to use Bert words) examples of street photography.

Generally I save my files at maximum in Picasa and at 992 pixels. Then I open them in faststone (only because with Picasa you can't put a border around them). in faststone I border them (which gives me 999 pixels) and then save a webversion that doesn't go over 400 kb. Generally that means saving between 98 and 93 percent.
When I use PS (or PS and Picasa for one picture) things go a bit different though.

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kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 7:33 PM

fantastic, love this type of shots that you are so brilliant at!
straight to faves & SL Smile

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thanks Sam. Very much apreciate the kind words. Little to do about the irony that I'm 50 years too late I guess.
but at least my arse is delighted Smile

Thanks Jo. Very much apreciated as well.

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The_Collector
12 May 2008 - 11:06 PM

excellent Koen photography, a classic shot.

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annefromleo
12 May 2008 - 11:31 PM

excellent as always Koen
Anne

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fenia  6 Greece
13 May 2008 - 9:44 AM

I love the composition and the detail of this photo. It is great!

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13 May 2008 - 10:53 AM

excellent offering koen full of interest very relaxed & typical street scene. shortlisted!

gerry

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2008 - 3:57 PM

Love these everyday streetscenes...this is a great one.


Quote: Unfortunately the market for this kind of really good photojournalism has all but vanished since the 1950s and 60's when titles such as 'Life' were all the rage

It's popularity will come back soon enough and you'll be sitting on one of the finest collections

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thanks Tommy. I'll bet my money on Sam though this time Grin

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shortski  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2008 - 5:10 PM

Superb, trademark shot, love the busy bg and the out of place ironed sailor....jojo

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Thanks Jojo

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2008 - 5:32 PM

hi, another really fantastic and interesting shot.
ian
p.s Hello there,
just a quick PM to let you know that FOSSILER has passed on.......By that I mean I have taken advantage of the new feature and changed my name....lol
When I first signed up to EPZ I had ment to use the name I have changed for but it slipped my mind and I ended up using Fossiler...So thats the story and I'm sticking to it...lol
My new user is IMANDER..................This is because it is a name my wife and I have used for years IM AND ER....LOL
Cheers IAN

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Quote: just a quick PM to let you know that FOSSILER has passed on

Jeez Ian... My heart really missed a beat there Sad

Hey ! you get a cute little man next to your name if you change your user name ! Smile

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bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2008 - 8:10 PM

an excellent capture

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rolandiapari
14 May 2008 - 5:11 AM

Fine street photography here. The scene looks like here in Indonesia. Excellent work! ...

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POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2008 - 6:47 PM

Fully agree with Sam someone out there must need a guy like you who does this so well, your portfolio of work is outstanding and I recommend anyone who has the time to start at page one and work your way to the end, you wont be dissapointed and I'm sure you will be a fan of koens work by the time you reach even half way, give yourself a treat do it right now!

Pooch.

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(psss... you forgot to mention 'the book'.)
Wink

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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 6:53 AM

Absolutely love this one - Jude.

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Thanks Jo. Only just noticed the UA. Glad this got one Smile

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SpeedAltStar
24 May 2008 - 1:13 AM

Koen, I have had this shortlisted for some time and came close to awarding 'Che' my vote as it was also on the shortlist and I think it is excellent (and I don't get the issues with symmetry etc.) But this image I keep coming back to. This image is classic belgikskenikske. Stunning quality and would not look out of place in any high quality publication. Brilliant, inspiring work. Well done.

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Thanks Ken. guess I should be ashamed for saying so, but love to look at it myself and have it already for some weeks now as my desktop on my PC at work. Thanks for that UA. Very much appreciate it...


... Che on the other hand, doesn't

LOL

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user_absconded
24 May 2008 - 10:18 PM

I still disagree that two-dimensional shots like this are 'easy '. I find the opposite that the three-dimensional street shots are relatively easy, it's much harder finding just the right scene for this sort of shot.

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Easy !

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easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy easy !

Tongue

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user_absconded
25 May 2008 - 7:41 AM

pah! Tongue ....wonders if to mark as good critique lol

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lol... was thinking the same thing, but couldn't enter my own critique Sad
Too bad, as it is well balanced, clearly lifts the whole argument to a higher level, and shows true vision


... of a three year old, but vision nonetheless Smile

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