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People watching People

By davidbailie  
Spent a day or 4 in Amsterdam recently - lovely place lovely folk. Went to a couple of their glorious museums - photo galleries etc. - no greater I dare say than ours here but different - It's Holland Smile

Amongst others went to the rijksmuseum - re-opened recently after years of renovation.

Overwhelming as with any museum where the truly great are presented.

Extraordinarily tho you can take photographs - no flash - but shoot if you will.......

I had been earlier to an exhibition elsewhere of the American photographer Kline - dunno whether you were allowed to take shots there but I did - even managing to get TEN yes TEN local lasses to line up against a full wall shot of one of his shots -- not madly successful - but will maybe discuss that later.

For the time being ... I arrive in this room .... I see totally overwhelming paintings bigger than the size of most of our living rooms ... of a quality and lighting that you need to see to understand.

One the whole there is little point in shooting shots of other creative folks work and showing it - Why? - it's pointless - no value! .... except for academic reasons ...

However ...... these magnificent paintings of people showing off were being viewed in some cases by hundreds of people (not showing off) - therein lay a tension ... which I decide to try and capture.

I took many of the same painting with of course different comps - some more successful than others - I may present them as a sequence but for the moment here is one.

I quite like the geezer in the foreground - he's echoed somewhere in the painting ?

Could have avoided clipping the right side

Taken Live View 6400 ISO- focused manually - set manual readings then switched to live view!!!

depth of field is an obvious problem - seems ok!

hope you like it


Tags: Photo journalism Portraits and people

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bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
7 Feb 2014 6:16PM
love photo's like this


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collywobles 13 3.9k 10 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:48PM
I find this an unusual image which under different circumstances I might just have passed it by. However I do find it very interesting, there is a lot going on and I feel I could be one of the spectators in the crowd.

davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:54PM
thank you - yes it need a little dwelling upon - hardly likely to rear up and smack you in the gob Smile

Thank you both

7 Feb 2014 7:16PM
There is so much to see and enjoy in this image. The expressions on the people's faces, the amazing fact that the guy to the right is not looking at you, the magnificent painting detail, the suggestion of movement. An image to dwell on David. Thank you!

alansnap 13 577 26 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:43PM
I loved my time there and I really enjoy taking pictures of people with pictures. I should post one of my shots too. That painting the background is fabulous and I shot a series of the characters in it. This is my type of art gallery shot. Well done.
davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 8:32AM
Thank you Mike and Alan

This to me has everything that goes into making a fine photograph,i love it.
Martyn(otherwise known as golfredrat).
davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 3:06PM
Cheers Martyn


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