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Barber shop in Saigon

By brian7d
this was taken in Saigon , just walking along a road where there where lots of these, i thought the colour of the wall was really good and was lucky to get the scooter in the mirror .

Tags: Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3771 Canada
29 Sep 2013 2:52PM
Accidentally marked as adult!

Certainly gets across a gritty and grimy atmosphere. I would have noticed the scooter is a reflection in a mirror unless you pointed it out, - it looked like a poster.

Chair legs cut off draw attention. Its a shot that could have been taken in portrait mode, to focus on the chair, the reflection, and some of the grime, but I can also see why landscape is attractive.

The compromise I think is to crop space from the left, and make the mirror and the right side more prominent. I will upload a mod shortly.

BTW, why did you take down that gorgeous young girl shot from yesterday? It was exceptionally good.



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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:21PM
The reflection is pure serendipity, the knack of making a happy chance discovery - it also involves the ability to recognise its worth, once the chance has happened.
The scooter was the first thing that I noticed because with a picture of a chair the I want to know what the sitter's view will be. But the cut-off legs were the second thing, along with the close cut-off at the top. Assuming that the scooter was purely chance, it's a pity that you didn't allow a bit more space, the rest of the scene was going to stay put while you composed.
Willie's Mod gets rid of the wasted space on the left, and makes good use of the pattern on the wall. I have my own ideas...
And yes, I am also surprised that your previous upload has come down.
paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 5:52PM
I like this in many ways. Shows acute observation and good technique. I'm not convinced with the composition. There is nothing on the left with the chairvery central. I would prefer the whole thing adjustec putting the chair on the left bottom third. Depends, of course, what then comes into the frame on the right.


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