Gregory Waldron  


Labadee Vendor by Gregory Waldron

April 2021 - Labadee Vendor

April 2021 - Gregory Waldron

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April 2021 - Gregory Waldron

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken in January 2020 with a Sony A6400 and the kit lens 16-50 mm. This setup is compact and does not intimidate a subject. I was on a cruise which had a stop at Labadee Haiti. I had signed up for an excursion called "Paradise Cove Escape and Haitian Village Cultural Tour". I am sharing this information because it's a good tour and I knew it would be a good photographic opportunity. Being a tourist attraction, the presenters are use to having their picture taken. Having finished our tour, the group boarded the excursion boat when I caught sight of this vendor in a yellow kayak. Being elevated, I had a very clean background. I raised my camera and waited for him to move into position. I see this man staring right at me, and know I am questioning myself if I should take this image. He keeps staring and I decided to take the image. As soon as I drop my camera down, he give me a big smile, I give him a thumbs up, and he gives me one back. I find that people in the tourist industry are use to having their picture taken. I think this image works both in color and B&W. Let me know what you think.


12 comments posted




Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - I like your choices of crop and keeping it in color. While it can work in B&W, the bright blue, green and yellow work together to make the photograph. The crop is nice as is. Perhaps it could be cropped just a bit tighter from the top and right - that's a small nit though. Nice capture.   Posted: 04/05/2021 20:25:49
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/05/2021 23:34:46



Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Greg

Your presentation of this image works very well there are no distracting elements and it is very clear what the subject is and what the subject is doing. I am immediately drawn to the subject eyes which works well, colour balance is good. As much as I love black-and-white images my preference with this one is for your submitted version, the black-and-white for me appears flat and the subject does not dominate. All in all a very well handled and presented image   Posted: 04/06/2021 22:02:37
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Tom,
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/09/2021 12:47:18



Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
I prefer the B&W because yellow, green, and blue colors overpower the person. In B&W, the person's face contrast makes the person stands out, but in Color, the person is lost by surrounding colors. I think the goods that the person are selling are more interesting than the person, and you cropped the half of goods, which makes the image unbalance to me   Posted: 04/07/2021 14:32:15



Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Xiao,
Thanks for your feedback. I am glad I showed both versions. I have received positive feedback on both the color and B&W versions. It is nice to hear feedback from the viewer's perspective.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/09/2021 12:52:03



Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hi Greg,

Nice to meet you and your work!

This is a great capture of the connection between you and the subject. I agree that the eyes really pop in the B&W, but I think the story is not only about the vendor, but who he is and what he does. With that said, I would love to have been able to see a bit more of his wares so that the oval of the tray appears in its entirety. (I like curves - they tend to keep your eye in the image!) And, that oval shape is suggested (by not entirely seen) in the end of the kayak, the oars, and the round bucket.

This image makes me wish I had been there!
Great work!
Karen   Posted: 04/11/2021 09:18:39
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Karen,
Thanks for your feedback, and welcome again.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/15/2021 11:55:32



Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Greg,
Greetings.

Nice image and I love both the versions. But in this case, I would prefer the color version. As the Black and white version is too bright on the left portion of the image. You may toned down the brightness of the image a bit. But the overall color, in the color version seems balanced. Even though I understand; it is not the individual subject you had in mind but the overall story telling and his work also expressed in this image.
To me, rest of the items that he was displaying; could be a worthy add on to the image. Overall nice work.

Stay safe.
Cheers.
Kamal.   Posted: 04/13/2021 00:36:43
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Syed,
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/15/2021 11:57:09



Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Greg, I like the color image. It is well balance and it show the nice light blue color of the water. The image is a journal style. I would think your main subject is the vendor and the way he looked at the camera, so your cropping image is ok. If this image intends to tell the salesman and the stuff he sells I would not crop and just fill the triangle on the lower left corner with water. Nice work. Thanks   Posted: 04/15/2021 00:18:40
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Quang,
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 04/15/2021 11:58:06



 

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