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I Shot on a layover in Saigon Vietnam. Myself and a work college had taken a trip to the "Chu Chi Tunnel" complex, a popular tourist destination in the area with a fascinating history.

As we walked down the first tunnel of our tour, the entrance, I was trying out my new Canon D700/rebelTDi5, which I had set to Sport mode.

Something about the tunnel was making my picture look a lot better than normal. I think this had something to do with the tunnels shape and the juxtaposition of vast length against shallow breath.

It drew my focus right into this cashier in an immaculately white shirt.

luckily enough I managed to catch her sticking her tongue out Tongue

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Camera:Canon EOS 700D
Lens:Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Dec 2013 - 7:27 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.4
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cashier Chi Chu Tunnels Vietnam
Username:Bren1986 Bren1986
Uploaded:1 Apr 2014 - 1:47 PM
Tags:Cash, Portraits / people
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mrswoolybill Critique Team 9827 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2014 - 4:40 PM

Hi Brendan, welcome to the site and to the Critique Gallery, I see that you have joined today. I hope you will enjoy it and find it a good place to learn.

We try to give advice that will help people to improve their photography both the taking and the editing of images. You've assisted enormously by giving information about the circumstances, what you saw and sought to capture.

It's a strange image, a one-off. It does have a sense of tunnel vision, we can go on but we cannot stop to look to either side. As though we are on one of those moving walk-ways and the cashier is coming in the opposite direction.

For me it captures the cold, impersonal character of these places. people are moving through, never stopping longer than they can help. The fact that she is not looking at us is important, as is the fact that she is looking down, away from the direction of our advance. But then the tongue is just bizarre, quirky and personal

Things I might change... You did well to use portrait, but I wish the cashier was a bit lower in the frame, the space beneath her seems to be wasted and to draw attention away from the real interest which is her face and the tunnel receding behind her back. I might try a much tighter crop, cutting off unimportant space from the bottom and also the left of the frame. For me, the computer monitor, and particularly its logo, would occupy the bottom left corner more satisfactorily than a collection of speakers, bottles and towel.

Her white tunic obviously presented the camera with an exposure problem, I'd like to isolate that area, darken highlights a bit, see if there's any more detail or texture to be extracted.

I don't know your camera but I'm surprised that sports mode gave you such a slow shutter speed! I would be wary of using that. This is a bit soft, I suspect that there's both camera and subject movement.

I shall try a quick Modification, it will appear in due course under the Modifications button below your upload - click on the thumbnail to view.

I like individual, unorthodox travelogue. I hope we'll see more of your work here.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 1 Apr 2014 - 4:52 PM

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Bren1986  1 United Arab Emirates
3 Apr 2014 - 5:06 PM

Hi Moira, I was really happy with your comment thanks for that.

Modifications appreciated they look good.

Now that I think of it I think I may have actually had it on no flash mode in the basic mode sector, well spotted.

Hope to get more photos up soon.

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