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Whitchurch Market

By salopian
Trying to represent the sunny, colourful, busy atmosphere in this small Shropshire town. I had the camera hanging on it's strap to keep it as unobtrusive as possible which unfortunately meant that the bright railings intrude.They were cropped out as far as possible from the original ( see mod ) My attempt at a candid shot !


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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
21 Mar 2019 8:40PM
Its quite a decent shot. You do need to get closer, - and for a shot ;like this, its quite easy to be taking a shot of the produce, and then frame to include people, - it can often work.

I would set AWB to daylight for Sunny shots, as this looks a bit cool for a sunny day.

Theres some odd bits around the mans head following removal of that intrusion, so a little more care, - view the image at 100% when cloning for best results.

You will get hooked !



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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 9:26PM
It's certainly sunny, I'm not sure that it looks busy. The problem is all those backs of heads, we only see one face. So we are not seeing involvement in the scene, conversations going on. Everyone looks a bit detached. It needs something else to give the composition backbone.

I think those metal handrails can do that. So a totally different crop as an alternative view... I'd like to crop a bit tighter but the file won't really support it.
dudler Plus
16 947 1520 England
22 Mar 2019 11:41AM
It's a Time Warp picture - 'It's just a jump to the left!' And further to the left might have given more of the people a chance to be something other than a block of clothes.

Street work takes time and courage: but people are far less observant than you think. I've shot a candid at around 1 metre, with a Zenith E at eye level...

A wideangle is often good, and getting in among people. Stop down a bit, set manual focus on five or six feet (or whatever distance you plan to shoot at) and take plenty of images. Maybe taking a lot of shots of street furniture and goods on sale will provide some cover for people shots. Become part of the background...

Alternatively, step back with a long zoom. Stand in the shadows like a sniper. But I bet Moira will say that's cheating!

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2019 5:02PM
HERE is a video/pictorial tutorial, Geoff, with some tips on street photography.

I understand what you were trying to capture, but feel that you failed to get a shot that satisfyingly fulfils your brief. We see people, but the backs of people, so the viewer of your shot is just not engaged with these people. Also, we aren't seeing what is for sale, what the people are interested in. We need to see facial expressions and interactions between people, as well as the things for sale. Then we know we are looking at a market scene.

But this is one area of photography that can teach you a lot......knowledge in portraiture, close-ups, an adept eye for mini-narratives, and the skill to assimilate with your environment.
You are seeking the rawness of street photography, documentation and, if possible, a story.
Don't worry, you will make a lot of mistakes, and will miss some wonderful opportunities by seconds.
Keep at it because there will also be many happy accidents. The only way to have them is to keep on shooting.

It has less to do with technical expertise or correctness, and more to do with capturing a narrative, a feeling or an emotion. You sought to tell the story of the busy marketplace and the people buying and selling. That's a good start, you had a goal, an idea.


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2019 5:18PM
Pamela makes some very good points. Street photography essentially depends on liking the human race, being interested in it in its environment. And that means patience, observation, timing. The eye is the most important gadget that we have.
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2019 8:20AM
Thanks very much for the comments and advice
I shall have to be rather more confident and use the camera at eye level as John suggests - firing from the hip as it were gives too low a viewpoint and little control of what will be in the shot. I always feel rather guilty and expect the long arm of the law on my shoulder! The gent with his back to me turned away just as I took the shot, probably just a coincidence but I assumed he had noticed the camera and that put me off trying any more shots.
Pamela - the tutorial is great, I will have to study it more closely - thanks.
dudler Plus
16 947 1520 England
23 Mar 2019 9:34AM
Most people see very little - but I reckon the chap at the stall has noticed your camera pointing at him...
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
3 Apr 2019 9:26PM

Quote:The eye is the most important gadget that we have

Profound, but very true. When anyone asks me what gear they need next I'll remember that.

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