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
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