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Fish stall, Mong Kok

By tom_earwaker
Hey, been a while since i've posted anything. Took this one in Hong Kong last week at one of the street markets in Mong Kok. Its a bit of a shame that the guy's face is slightly blurred, but still quite happy with this shot. Did a bit of work on the colours, mainly to focus on the red and cyan tones and desaturate others. Also brightened the man a little and sharpened his face.
Would appreciate any comments/feedback, thanks for looking!

Tags: Street Market Stall Fish Man Night Hong kong Mong Kok

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Spkr51 5 United States
3 Apr 2018 8:07PM
Excellent !!!!!
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
3 Apr 2018 9:50PM
I think its very good. Since you altered it a lot, I would love to see the original, just post it here as a mod.

I modified using lens correction to remove vertical distortion as you were pointing the lens down. I think his face was likely moving as he was sprinkling cigarette ash on the fish!

The mod colour will look way different, as Ive likely undone some of what you did, and this was due to using what looked like a white as a reference for white balance.

Look forward to the original


3 Apr 2018 10:40PM
Thanks Willie, I've uploaded the original.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
4 Apr 2018 6:27AM
Thanks for the original, which I used as my starting point.

It's a wonderfully-seen picture, and any improvements woudl be in the technique.My thought is that a smaller aperture and higher ISO would have allowed you the depth of field you wanted, and a sharp face. Given that you faded the edges with a vignette, it's arguable that focus on the man rather than trying to get front-to-back sharpness would be the right way to go. I'm assuming that you chose the plane of focus consciously and carefully - many posters would not, but many posters are not as intent on images as you are!

I lifted exposure a bit, pulled highlights back, and corpped. For better or for worse, I left the edge of the surface in frame at the bottom. I wonder if Willie and I have both removed some of the character you saw and were trying to capture by brightening things? What do you reckon?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2018 8:27AM
I really like this, there's an informal, spontaneous portrait in the heart of a formal composition. I love the use of the five (uneven number, satisfying) lamps.

The original is underexposed - you used a small minus exposure compensation, I wonder why? Including the lamps in the frame will trick the camera into under-exposing, a plus 1 stop compensation would be more useful here.

Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2018 8:51AM
Like you I like the image. Sometimes we get a little tied up on the picky stuff and miss the out on the image itself.

Like you I pushed the colours using selective colours in PS and also kept the image wide to push him further back into the shop. I hope this captures how the look when you see them.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
4 Apr 2018 1:14PM
Thanks for the original. Terrific shot indeed. The extra space at the bottom allows for a better approach to a smaller amount of lens correction, as it good to keep that wide and narrowing table full of fish. It also allows the inclusion of all the fish, and the edge of the table. Theres a cacophony of colours here as it is too.

I could see in it just how much ash is on that ciggie too, - its more ash than cigarette!

You used a -1/3, wheres it may have been better to use a +2/3, but that would have slowed the shutter speed even further, so perhaps its just as well to increase exposure a little in post processing.

A little too red in tone, this time using the stub of the ciggie as a referance, - but depending on the mood you want to convey, it can work as it is.

I used Photoshop CC this time, and it has a sharpening mode called shake reduction; I applied it to his face only, and perhaps got a slightly better result.

Anyway, wish I was there!


4 Apr 2018 7:17PM
Thanks everyone, interesting comments. I like all the mods, they all have a slightly different character and not sure which I prefer. Not sure why I used a minus EV, probably didn't think about it at the time. I guess I could have got away with bigger aperture & faster SS to stop the motion blur of the guy's face - might still have had enough depth of field shooting that wide.

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