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Bang Bang

By MediumSizeUnavailable
Vegetarian Festival. Phuket, Thailand. October 2008

Whereís Tom ! try to find him but only smoke. Am with the main shrine now. Have been a while. Hellís main chamber number 7. the bearers are standing still, held up by the procession before them. Firecrackers again. My brain goes bang bang. Lift the camera. Closer. Need to get closer. People walking left right before me. Ducking bang bang. Angle. I need an angle. Really close now. Now give me bang bang. Lots of it. Click click bang bang click click.
Step back. Bang bang hits me in the left eye. Bang bang hurts. Step back more. Look around. Smoke and smoke. Sweat in my eyes. Feels like acid. Use the sweaty inside of my t-shirt to wipe it out. Coughing now. Wonder what your throat getting squeezed by smoke looks like. Know what it feels like. Point the camera again. Blur. The 5D canít focus anymore. Must be the smoke. Stupid piece of overpriced sh** junk. Point it elsewhere. No focus. Check if it isnít on manual. Isnít. Look around. Everything blur. Close my right eye. Everything blur. Close my left eye. Everything sharp. F**k !


This is another photo I reworked. The previously posted versions can be found here : Bang Bang-old versions . Perhaps many will actually prefer the old V1, but I think the whites are too white and the blacks too dark in that version, resulting in a - perhaps at first sight - eye catching contrast, but frustration in the long run. Besides, I find it really oversharpened. So personally I much prefer this new, more "natural" feeling version. Kept away from the sharpening tools, and I think it results in a much less 'digital' feeling photo. The conversion is more midtone-oriented. a bit more old style, but still, with more punch and impact than the old V2

Tags: Photo journalism Thailand Black and white Flowers and plants Landscape and travel Portraits and people Koen pieters

Voters: lifesnapper, devlin, Coleslaw and 23 more


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Comments


19 Apr 2011 7:13PM
Amazing shot.

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Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Apr 2011 7:20PM
As you said, I do prefer the older version.
19 Apr 2011 9:12PM
I don't mind losing the sharpening, but I think this one has less punch than the original, and I think it needs it.
dandeakin Plus
8 209 3 England
19 Apr 2011 10:21PM
Fascinating description. Agree with the previous comment, think the new conversion needs some more contrast - there's good blacks/shadow, but I think it needs abit more of a white point. Agree with you about the sharpening though.

Like the idea of reworking old uploads aswell. 2 years seems along time. Might have to try it.
NevP Plus
10 853 13 Canada
20 Apr 2011 6:13AM
I love the shot but I feel that the previous one has more to offer. I would find unresolved lack of contrast to be frustrating in the long run as I would be continually trying pull some bright whites from it. Still worth a revisit, which is something that I like to do.
20 Apr 2011 7:32AM
I was very interested in what you said about "digital" feeling photos, as I have been noticing more and more that photo's are displaying a "digital" aspect that I feel is distracting. Only a few days a go a professional photographer I chance to meet showed me his pictures. His work was commercial, cars, architecture and adverts etc.
Great pictures, the composition was marvelous, he had a good eye, but they looked sharpened to hell and over saturated. It was screamingly obvious that these were digital pictures taken on a digital camera and processed/altered via photshop. Many had a kind of metallic, chrome zing to them.
As I looked at them, I found myself wishing wistfully for the old days of film.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favour of the digital age and how that has opened up the possibilities in photography. But it does seem as though it's become fashionable to discard reality and regard the fantastical as the ideal.
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.6k 6 England
22 Apr 2011 1:43PM
Very good Koen, for a more filmy less digital look, you could have added a little grain.

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frz67 Plus
6 10 32 Italy
23 Apr 2011 3:29PM
beautiful shot and far better processing, IMO.

francesco
backbeat Plus
10 134 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2011 9:36PM
now thats what i call a moment in time...

phil
User_Removed 7 1 8 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2011 2:49PM
outstanding, skillful work. reportage at it's vey best.... have a UA

The contrast in the old version was a little strong for me, this is way more natural, and as such works so much better, imo. There is so much excellent detail within the image that it doesn't need a massive contrast boost to highten the impact.
Al.
thanks for all the feedback. I was a bit expecting a tendency towards the contrasty and hypersharp old version, but personally I still feel this version is more or less my final version. I think Al described it well in his last sentence. big thanks for the UA btw.

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