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Pétanque (French Bowls)

By kbtimages    
Taken while visiting Barcelona.

Tags: Bowls Photo journalism Man Black and white Petanque Portraits and people

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davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
30 Jun 2010 5:58PM
I thought that was Boules? Either way the French just don't seem to have grasped the idea that you're supposed to roll the balls, not throw them. Smile

Excellent shot well timed to catch the ball in the air.

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cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
30 Jun 2010 6:11PM
fine candid and well timed..mono works well
frz67 7 10 32 Italy
1 Jul 2010 4:58PM
Hi Kevin,
street photography is one of the most difficult task of this art, IMO, since it is really difficult to control all the aspects such as comp, timing and so on.
In your picture, the tonal range is complete and also the shadows mantain detail so the exposure is "correct".
The main issue with this picture is that there are too many thinghs and the eye continuosly move from one part to another, without stopping on the subject.
One of the reason is the DOF, you've probably used a large f number since almost everything is in focus and this is distracting. Perhaps, it would have been better to have a larger aperture (4-5.6) focused 1-1.5 meter before the man throwing the ball, in this way the BG (particularly the other persons) would have been blurred.
A final consideration is about the POV. There's a vertical line "connecting" the two balls in FG, the flying ball and the man. The overall impression is quite static.
Having the chance, It could have been better to shot from a different angle (just moving 2-3 meters on the left) in order to have a diagonal line starting from the man's hand in the upper LH corner and ending at the two still balls in the bottom RH corner.
In mod, after a square crop to enphasise the subject, I've blurred the BG and the FG (the two balls) to "simulate" a different f aperture.
hope it helps
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 5:27PM
Hello, Kevin. Francesco was making his comment whilst I was playing with a modification, so it is interesting to see what he has had to say. My first thought was that I had to search for the ball being thrown, as it gets a bit lost against the man's shirt. With a bit more of an angle, I think it would have been more obvious. I like the action you have captured, and your mono is good. It looks like there was some strong light to contend with here, and the man on the right is in quite deep shadow. In my modification, I cropped a lot of the background in order to centre attention on the game. I did a very slight rotation just to get the line at the bottom straight, realising that this might alter the line behind the bowler's legs. I then added canvas to the bottom because I felt the balls were very close to the frame edge and, even though there is some sort of barrier there, I wanted to give the feeling of space for the balls to roll into. I used the Dodge Tool on the man on the right and cloned out some of the other people around your main subject.
I googled for petanque and have learnt something today!

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