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shopkeeper13

By Baycan
the sales man of a stone store they make the stones themselves, again a way up prices for the goods they sell (a simple tourists trap)

Tags: Photo journalism Travel Shopkeeper Portraits and people

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Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 9:54AM
I like this. Well executed. Strong composition and the reflection in the mirror of the prospective purchaser inspecting the goods finishes the story.

Unfortunate distraction of the blue sleeve in the background which in processing you may be able to do something about such as desaturate, darken the background, soften the background further... As you were at your widest aperture you could not have done much else in camera at the time of taking. Equally the catchlight in the shopkeepers eye looks artificial and too strong. Good to have catchlights but this one looks odd.

I'll upload a mod to show some tweaks that may deal with the background and that catchlight.

Otherwise a good image from your series.

Regards
Paul
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 1:28PM
Not a bad effort at all. One of your better shopkeeper images. Exposure, focusing etc much nearer the mark.

For some reason, my tablet only wants to show the top half of the image?

Paul
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 3:37PM
I like this one because you have the interaction between shopkeeper and customer, the wares being shown, and a story.

I was just going to do a modification, Ulas, and found that Paul (Coast) had done exactly what I was going to do, remove the gap between the shopkeeper's arm and the mirror.
This contains the action perfectly.
The background is now free of distractions.

The customer's face in the mirror is an excellent feature, so well done, though I feel I want just a touch more of the customer, but maybe that wasn't possible.

The only other thing I'd like to have seen is more of the shopkeeper's hand hand and arm inside the frame, completing the action and the story.
If just a little bit of your subject is cut off at the edge of your frame, it becomes a distractinon because the viewer immediately wants to see the missing bit. It feels incomplete. The positioning looks accidental. Sometimes you can make it look deliberate by cropping a bit more off the image, but I don't think this would work here. The subject is the jewellery that is being sold, and it needs some more space beneath it.

Pamela.
Baycan 7 Turkey
21 Mar 2014 1:45AM

Quote:I like this. Well executed. Strong composition and the reflection in the mirror of the prospective purchaser inspecting the goods finishes the story.

Unfortunate distraction of the blue sleeve in the background which in processing you may be able to do something about such as desaturate, darken the background, soften the background further... As you were at your widest aperture you could not have done much else in camera at the time of taking. Equally the catchlight in the shopkeepers eye looks artificial and too strong. Good to have catchlights but this one looks odd.

I'll upload a mod to show some tweaks that may deal with the background and that catchlight.

Otherwise a good image from your series.

Regards
Paul


yeah I did remove the shadows on the eyes and I think I over did it. and yeah the cropped vers. is better. thanks

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