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Lamu Street

By pennyspike
I took this image a while ago while walking around the streets of Lamu. I took some of my shots from the hip and this is one of them.
The conditions were very difficult with extremes of contrast.
I always liked this one but didn't feel the quality was there. I wasn't shooting RAW then and didn't know how to make the best of what I had.
Now I can do a bit more to bring out the shadows etc. I've revisited and would like to know if it's OK.
There is so much to look at, maybe too much but for me it captures the atmosphere quite well.
Has it been overworked? Was it worth the effort?
All comments gratefully receivedSmile

Tags: Photo journalism Travel Kenya Lamu Contrasty Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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AlanBW 16 20 England
27 Nov 2008 4:45PM
Wonderful slice of life capture, lots there to interest the viewer
GraceC 19 83 5 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 7:34PM
A good image full of life. Might I suggest a crop on the left to illiminate the women in black?
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 8:55PM
Thanks for the comments. I have done a version without the woman on the left and I've also tried to clone a bit to make her 'complete' and I'm not sure which works best. The three chaps are the main players so perhaps I should concentrate on them.
Like most things in life I wish I'd been able to take more time and do a 'proper job' Wink
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
31 Dec 2008 7:31PM
As you say Penny, there is a lot going on here in this very interesting photograph. I think you did a pretty good job on the image but you might be able to tweak it a little more to get a bit more contrast. Regarding the composition, I would cut not only the woman on the left but also the girl with the schoolbag out. John
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 10:33PM
Thanks John,
I've done as you suggested but think it's just too contrasty in the initial image so I'm calling it a day on this one.
Thanks for the help everybody.

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