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Market Place Dash

By sherlob
I love Ciutadella in the early evening. With the exception of the Fiesta (see yesterday's upload) there is usually an air about the place that encourages you to feel relaxed - its almost like peace via osmosis.

The market place is wonderful and sadly I didn't get to capture it as I wanted to (perhaps one day I'll go back and have another crack). However, on my last trip I did get this as I walked past the fish market stalls (the patterned building to the left). Several kids were racing and running about on the far side of the building - they were oblivious to my presence (they were having so much fun!). So here is my attempt at a lensbaby action shot - and its an image I feel quite proud of (anyone who has used a lensbaby will understand why). Sadly, other than composition I feel this was more good luck than good judgement!

Post processing was done in LR initially, but the saturation was adjusted by using SilverEffex and adding various control points for selective colouring.

Don't be shy - let me know what you think. Good or bad.



Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Lensbaby Ciutadella Minorca Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: TanyaH, mrswoolybill, aniamoore and 23 more

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TanyaH Plus
14 1.3k 392 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 3:24PM
Don't have a lensbaby, but it's a shot I'd have been proud of with any normal lense Grin Cracking image!

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 3:28PM
Lots of things going for it - the splash of colour in a mono environment (the manipulation is very subtle, it doesn't scream out colour-popping); the 'both feet in the air' timing - and the perfect focus. Damn impressive.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
17 Aug 2012 6:07PM
A beauty of a shot. The LB works really well here, whether by luck or not. And nothing wrong with that. Smile
Perfectly timed and beautifully processed. Good choice of frame too.
PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
17 Aug 2012 7:24PM
that's it.. thats the way to run for the marketplace..
17 Aug 2012 9:25PM
I really like this, however it was captured - luck or not.
17 Aug 2012 11:14PM
I really like it (dont even know what a lens baby is maybe I should !) Excellent
sherlob Plus
11 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 9:50AM
Thanks all for your comments - and thanks for the GEA.

A lensbay is a lens is a lens system that allows you to shift the focal plane of the image - similar to a tilt and shift lens but without the huge expense. Think of the effect in this way: usually you use your aperture settings to control depth of field (the degree of an image from front to back that is in focus). By shifting the focal plane you gain more control still as you can now alter the degree of focus not just front to back (by changing aperture), but top to bottom and side to side too. In fact you only have one spot in the frame that is sharp (a sweet spot). Lensbaby's are as manual as it gets - there is no autofocus, and to change aperture on all but the dearest models you need to place a disc into the lens using a little 'wand' with a magnet on it! You can however, change the optic within the lens to change the quality of the final image. e.g. there is a pinhole/zone plate optic that is good fun to experiment with.

In my mind lensbaby's qualify as lo-fi imaging. The use of the lens is not intended to get the highest fidelity result (in other words the most lifelike result). Rather the emphasis is placed more firmly (imho) on the aesthetic elements of the composition.
18 Aug 2012 10:39AM

Thanks for the lensbaby explanation.

JaHa 5 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 10:14PM
Not usually a fan of colour-popping but this is fairly subtle, and helps to draw even more attention to the runner.. perfectly timed and composed, well worthy of the GE award.
clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 7:49PM
Fantastic shot and processing
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
21 Aug 2012 9:13AM
Love the almost mono shot with that splash of red. Well composed and well timed...especially given that it's with the LB Smile
Richsr 10 91 223 England
21 Aug 2012 10:48AM
Like the LB effect and good timing too Adam
Congrats on the GEA
Regards Richard

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