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Tea master tending to his pride

By AnitaH
This gentleman was working on a small batch of a special tea (you have to take on a small mortgage to buy a decent amount of it) from near West Lake in China.
His meditative concentration he emanated was very appealing to me and I really had to gather all my strength to peel myself of from his company..
I dont know if anyone of you has similar feeling, but I usually feel when I am taking pictures of strangers, that I am kind of stealing their privacy... I feel great respect for them and that is oftentimes stopping me from snapping great images. Any advice on this??

Tags: Tea China Travel photography Portraits and people Tea plantation Photo journalism people tea master

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johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
21 Sep 2020 11:00AM
I have heard of this expensive Tea before, lucky to catch the action Anita, well done.

My advise on this type of photography, get a longer lens or just be cheeky these type of creators would not mind....John
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
21 Sep 2020 8:37PM
A long lens won't alter your feelings, Anita: the important word, I think, is respect. You need willing consent, and that flows from a subject being at ease with you and your intentions. Sometimes, you will lose pictures, because you decide to back off.

Showing polite interest, spending time, possibly talking, or simply watching respectfully...

It's not about photo tourism, collecting as many interesting locations and characters as possible. It's more to do with building a series of shared experiences for your subjects and yourself. They say 'leave nothing but footprints' but it is, in fact, a very positive thing to leave good memories of a tourist who didn't just shove a camera in somebody's face. Far easier, in fact, if you are spending a week or more in a small town, rather than on a tour or (worst of all) a cruise.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2020 9:42PM
What an interesting question. So far as I am concerned it is nothing to do with focal length, it is about depicting someone's personal world without intruding into it. As a simple device, using landscape format with the subject placed off-centre, balanced by the rest of life going on, will place the individual in a larger context. Part of a bigger picture. Wide angle is good for this. And if you can strike up a personal rapport so much the better.
I like the fact that this guy is so obviously involved in his work, enjoying it. I cannot imagine that he would object to the photograph.
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
21 Nov 2020 8:41PM
Fine shot Anita!
I really have the same problem when photographing people.

Arne Smile

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