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Solitude interrupted

By kimi012
I took this photograph in Dubai. I was walking down the street in Al Deira when I saw the guy in the background sitting by himself. I liked the whole background but waited for something more for a while to get my shot. Then this man with a pencil placed above his ear, comes on a bicycle and I took the shot. For me, the guy sitting in the background was good but then this man completes the whole frame for me.

Tags: Photo journalism Man Sitting Architecture Monochrome Solitude

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pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
5 Jan 2016 12:27PM
Hello Kimi.
You have a good understanding of how to make a frame interesting. This is a very good attempt of presenting standing time and passing time.
I understood by the position of the pencil man's body, that he was on a bicycle.
I would love to have seen though, some part of it, his hands holding the steering bar, probably the top of the wheels, which come to contrast the columns as curved versus vertical shape but are reminiscent of the top arches. That would have happened if you had walked backwards two steps away from the scene. Alternatively you can forego all the ''Arabian'' arches on top of the frame by cropping the top 2/7ths of the total height of the frame and decide to stay only with the columns, straight lines look more austere. The austerity then breaks by the man moving freely with his bicycle.
Enjoy your hobby and your travels!
kimi012 6 1 India
5 Jan 2016 4:51PM
Thank you Pablophotographer! Yes, the man was riding a bicycle and I should have included the bicycle too in the frame. I keep that in mind now when I shoot Smile
The photograph does look better without the Arabian arches.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
8 Jan 2016 10:27AM
This would benefit from a higher ISO setting - you were at the margins for aperture and shutter speed...

You might want the blur in the cyclist, but better sharpness of the background would improve the shot, I think.

And moving on from Program mode is always going to be good...

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