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Back to Whitchurch Market.

By salopian
Good weather gave me a chance to try again to get the "busy market" scene I wanted and failed to achieve on my last post of this location.
I applied John's advice to hold the camera to my eye rather than furtively shooting from the hip and nobody took any notice of me at all.
Emboldened by this I was able to get a shot with more people in it and with most facing the camera as Moira suggested, thus getting more of a busy atmosphere.
The Royal Gala apples were delicious by the way!

Tags: Market day Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
2 Apr 2019 7:00PM
Thats better, - lots of interest.

Mod of the original is a touch warmer as mentioned previously.



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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2019 9:49PM
As Willie says, a lot better, because we can see faces and we can see that they are involved in what they are doing.

It's nice to see the produce, but I would still want to use a longer focal length, to bring the people who are behind it closer. Photographed like this, relatively wide angle, the boxes effectively divide us from them.

That's just a suggestion for an alternative approach to try out.
dudler Plus
16 948 1521 England
3 Apr 2019 1:23PM
Wow, it's great when advice works! I'm as delighted with this shot as I suspect you are, Geoff.

I suspect that increasing confidence that you can do what you want to and produce involving pictures of the market will help you do better and better.

The next step is spotting people and displays that will make a really stunning image, and developing your technique to capture them.

I wish you good weather for next market day!
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2019 7:56PM
Well done, Geoff, you must be happy with this one.
Now you have more confidence, and will go from strength to strength. Don't let anything deter you.

We are immediately involved in what is going on and you're right, apart from the man near to his car, I don't think anyone is taking any notice of you.

I can't stop looking at John's modification. It simplified everything. Straight away I saw a relationship between the stall-holder on the left and the customer on the right, even though there is a very large space between the two of them.

Because the stall is the kind that you can walk all around, it's hard to tell who is who, but the lady on the left does look like the stallholder, with the bags in her hand, and the other lady is definitely a purchaser because she has a basket of goods in her hand.
Those two are in the foreground, the most dominant, and that's important, you have an interaction.

By the way, Royal Gala are my favourites !

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
3 Apr 2019 10:00PM
I like the way you'v got the produce in he foreground.

There's some interaction in the centre of the image with the direction of gaze of the stallholder.
Sometimes you can wait and there'll be no further interation, sometimes it's fleeting or another shopper gets in the way while you're waiting (at least then you know you've become invisible!).

So there'll be lots of near misses, the ones that got away. Just move on to the next shot.
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2019 9:43AM
I agree with Pamela - John's mod is very good at bringing the people into prominence - very interesting.
Thanks for looking everyone.

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