Stills V3

February 18, 2011

Wheel Runner

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 01:14

Wheel runner, Tibet, September 2010



  1. Back after a hiatus, expect comments on other posts soon.

    Comment by doonster — February 18, 2011 @ 01:16

  2. I’m glad that you’ve managed to resolve all your logistical problems and get going here again.

    This is a great picture to kick off with.There are a number of things that I like, starting with the light that is used well to highlight the boy and his wheel, rendering both in stronger contrast than the background without losing detail. His stance is an unusual one (bit like the Soviet pioneer shots from the ’30s!) that works very well here: the effectiveness is enhanced by the little hummock he is standing on. There are the details of the life there in the fields behind and along the road. Also I suppose that one shouldn’t ignore the interest of the wheel and what he might be using it for. Finally there is the hill rearing up behind.

    So, a great composition that looks very good.

    Comment by zavaell — February 20, 2011 @ 08:16

  3. I think the wheel is a home made toy and I’d guess it is the lads pride and joy. He and his wheel certainly dominate the image, helped by his shadow.

    This image created one of those oh wow moments when I first open it, beautiful.

    Comment by Rex — February 20, 2011 @ 21:20

  4. How could anyone not like this? The boy is statuesque and his wheel – I presume a toy having seen similar in various African cuntries – makes the scene. The rim light frames the figure well and the hill behind both structures the image and gives us a context for his environment. I also like the inclusion of what I read to be haystacks or some such to the rear left of frame. Again, an indicator of an agrarian environment.

    My first thought when I saw this was of a film I saw when I was a child (a long time ago!) called Eh, lollipop. It was set in Africa and the theme involved life around a mission station. However, iirc the film started with two boys running with wire wheels across the loose earth.

    Thanks for sharing and welcome back.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — February 24, 2011 @ 22:42

  5. It is beautiful — a perfect moment in time recorded. Kind of Nat.Geo. in the best possible way. Did you know when you shot it? Did it feel as good as it looks?

    Comment by Christina — February 27, 2011 @ 05:19

    • Yes, still remember the day. We’d just stopped for lunch and were therefore attracting attention. There were three lads running around, I tired & was disinclined to move from my shady spot so was waiting, camera in hand, for one or more of them to stand on the mound, where I’d be able to get such a shot. This was the single frame I was waiting for.

      Comment by doonster — February 27, 2011 @ 06:01

  6. Given the shadow direction on this, very impressive results. Wonderful light. That triangle of sky top-left gives this height, depth and more light. Taking it away alters the scene quite remarkably in my eyes.

    Comment by akikana — March 10, 2011 @ 01:48

  7. environmental portrait, I can’t add more than has been said already. It is a great picture.

    Comment by rhoehne — March 21, 2011 @ 10:12

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