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November 1, 2013

the market is held indoors

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:38
the Friday fruit and veg market in Newcastle Emlyn

the Friday fruit and veg market in Newcastle Emlyn


  1. That is quite a large dynamic range within that image and it has been held well. I like the trio on the right but the left lady blocks the activity that is going on with the central lady and her vegetables.
    I will be interested to see what others feel about the image.

    Comment by Rex — November 4, 2013 @ 22:12

    • The point about the woman on the left is a fair one, if mainly because she tends to take up the LHS without contributing too much. You can see most of the celery packet the central woman is holding.

      Comment by zavaell — November 5, 2013 @ 07:37

  2. I’m not gelling with this one I’m afraid John. The girl on the right and the man’s face are very good actually, but they’re not enough to pull it off for me. As Rex said, the dynamic range is challenging and I’m glad you didn’t blow out the bright background, but the subject area becomes dark and a bit flat. That and the woman on the left is a form of negative space (not in real life I’m sure!) and the other doesn’t engage us as viewers.

    Actually, it’s interesting picture to think about, because I am usually very keen to try and avoid visual tricks or ‘wayoutness’ as a means of achieving impact or effect, but equally a good document still needs a structure that can engage – if only life were so easily fitted into that frame. David Hurn wrote about this in ‘On Being Photographer’, a book that I suspect that John has also read. I really like some of the street scenes that were painted

    I hope that’s not too harsh – it’s not intended in that way at all. The Dutch genre painters of the 16th century had it much easier i that they could place their subjects where they best served the painting!


    Comment by sojournerphoto — November 6, 2013 @ 00:53

    • Win a few, lose a few! The objective at the time was the woman’s face to be silhouetted against the outside but the composition was always going to be difficult because of people’s movement. I’m happy with the dynamic range (as I said, part of the intention) but the LHS is definitely a bit blank.

      Comment by zavaell — November 6, 2013 @ 08:02

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