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The Market Man
The Market Man

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Challenge: Diagonal (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challengers
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Caloundra Market Day
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2006

While visiting the local Sunday Town Markets, I came accross this extroadinery wonderful character of a Market Man Seller, who had a stall selling Cactus & Succulents.

He had an amazing face, etched and aged, and I just had to ask if I could take a photo of him. He was very happy for me to do so.

I definately had this challenge in mind when photographing him. I asked him to squat in a sitting position, looking down, and this is exaclty what I photographed.

Thanks for the votes and comments re this image;

I like to answer some of the suggestions re my comments;
First this image was taking at the spare of the moment, just like a true candids shot, at the local Sunday orning markets.

It was a sunny and very bright morning, and I could not find a place for him to squat for me, excect at his stall.

I also could not cut out any of the background, as there were old car boxes and so many people everywhere.

I am just truely blessed, that I got this shot at all, and only took a few as the shadows were very bad, as well.....

Thanks everyone.

ps; I plan to ask him if he will sit for me someday, as that I can get more practice re portraits, and also for you all to get to know this remarkable man.....

Place: 37 out of 345
Avg (all users): 6.1530
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0353
Avg (non-participants): 6.2551
Views since voting: 1373
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 183
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/08/2006 03:51:24 PM
Congratulations on 37th place...this is a very dramatic and telling portrait..well done.
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12/07/2006 02:05:54 PM
I scored this at a 9. The tone variation and detail in the cap are wonderful as are the lines on his face. I like the tight crop. The blue of the collar adds contrast. I would like to see the background blurred more to minimize distracting from the man. Wonderful shot of a unique individual and I can imagine a lifetime of stories in his face from your image.
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12/07/2006 01:44:14 PM
Great shot - but, in response to your forum thread, the one area I feel you could have improved on is the background... it's very busy, very bright, and the colours clash with the main subject demanding equal attention from the eye. A less contrasty background with neutral colours and maybe a more pronounced DoF would help emphasise the detail in the portrait... could be the whiskers are a little overly sharpened too (?) my absolute favourite part of this is the cap - the textures and detail in that are awesome!
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12/07/2006 07:11:57 AM
Great shot Shez. An interesting charachter and a great find. Way to go to make him pose for you!
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12/06/2006 05:30:59 PM
I gave this shot a 9 and I thought it was fantastic. The definition is superb and I felt the mans face has so much character. The only thing I can say in criticism is that the crop is tight but I liked it. I honestly can't understand the 1-4 scores here. Even if someone did not appreciate the subject the quality of the shot has to be worth a 5-6 minimum.
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12/06/2006 03:48:35 AM
Very strong image here Shez. Congrats on a good finish and a good score.
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12/06/2006 02:04:47 AM
I think this is a fantastic shot and perfect for the challenge, Shez! I woulda voted it a 6 or 7 - It's great, but doesn't have a huge visual impact (WOW factor). Be proud though! A GREAT finish and score!
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12/06/2006 01:59:18 AM
Another strong finish Shez, way to go.
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12/06/2006 01:21:47 AM
Way to go Shez, love this shot : )
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12/06/2006 12:56:33 AM
I missed some really good photos in this challenge. This is one of them.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2006 11:50:01 PM
Some really great contrast and detail. The composition is not bad, but seems to cause a disconnect for me. Some how it's not telling me enough about this man, he looks like he has a story.
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12/05/2006 10:19:06 PM
Very well done. Love the mood of this shot (8)
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12/05/2006 08:05:45 PM
I like this shot a lot and don't really know why. Must be the human element. Looks like he's had a hard life. 9
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12/05/2006 10:09:18 AM
Excellent work and use of diagonal. This should make the top ten easily.
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12/03/2006 03:04:26 PM
Love it!
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12/01/2006 11:01:33 PM
I think this would have been better without so much tilt. The brim of the hat would still add the diagonal.
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12/01/2006 10:58:24 PM
I think this would be better, vertically. I kept wanting to turn my head to see his face.
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12/01/2006 10:57:11 PM
Beauty. Though photo is what I call falsely diagonal (not 45 degreesish to the
force line of gravity), it totally works because a "market man" would likely be at this angle, plus his line of sight falls appropriately to earth; the inclusion of the trays of cactii informs. No need to mention cap seam and beard?
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12/01/2006 12:03:00 PM
excelent details, I would love to know how you did it! .)really really great
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11/30/2006 10:36:34 PM
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11/29/2006 10:32:47 PM
Very, very sharp and clear and crisp!!
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11/29/2006 06:31:22 PM
I think this is such an interesting photo. Lately, I've really been drawn to the faces like this that show the character and texture of a person's years of life. And him, looking down like that compliments the look of the photo perfectly! Great job!
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11/29/2006 04:42:42 AM
Great diagonal, and character, and shows good emotion and color, Good Luck
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