Stephen Levitas  

 Vietnam Bamboo Shopping Street by Stephen Levitas

May 2020 - Vietnam Bamboo Shopping Street

May 2020 - Stephen Levitas


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Vietnam Bamboo Shopping Street

Another shot from our trip to Vietnam, on the day of touring shopping streets.

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13 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Hi Stephen, bamboo ladders are both solid and decorative. There is too much space at the top half of the photo and it would be better if you took feet of people and street into frame. Stay home stay safe my friend.   Posted: 05/03/2020 03:07:51
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hello Ata. Yes, you are quite right that I did not include the feet of the people in the shot. No matter how many times I get reminders to include hands and feet, I still don't always remember.
I had thought to emphasize the height of the bamboo, but I think you have a good point about cutting off some of the top.
We won't make it to Çeşme/Alaçata this summer due to the pandemic. Perhaps we will make it next year if it is safe.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:56:01
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Coronavirus is totally under control in Turkey, thanks to our Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board and Ministry of Health. All schools, shopping malls, cinemas, restos, cafes etc are closed since the beginning. All airports are closed for int'l flights. There are travel restrictions from/to local big cities. Below 20 - Over 65 not allowed to go out 7/24 since March. There's a curfew on the weekends in metropolitan cities. Probably, these restrictions will continue till mid-june and are going to be lifted slowly as it may give the risk of a second wave! We won't travel this year to save our lives and prevent overwhelming public health system. Thanks Stephen. Hope to see you next year summer in Turkey.   Posted: 05/04/2020 02:41:37

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Hi Stephen,

I agree with everything that Ata said, including the information he provided about the Corona virus in Turkey. Thank you Ata for providing that information makes perfect sense.

Back to your interesting photo. I feel that you have tried to put too much into the photo. I really feel there might be several options -- focus on the bamboo and ladders and eliminate the people or focus on the people. Another idea you might want to try is to rotate the scene and make it horizontal instead of vertical.

A number of years ago we visited Vietnam. Your picture brings back very happy memories.
  Posted: 05/04/2020 08:20:32

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I agree with Ata's and Gloria's comments. There's so much going on that it feels as though it could be 2 or 3 images, and yet I can see the temptation to want to include everything. See what you think of this crop - I chose to focus on the bamboo and the ladders.   Posted: 05/04/2020 19:22:00
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
To be sure, this is the right crop, given what I shot. How hard it is to be self-critical and control the final image creation. Thanks for the suggestion.   Posted: 05/04/2020 19:32:04

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Conversion to mono was a good choice and you did a good job with the conversion. I think that you crop to get rid of the bikes and the 2 partial girls on the left was a good decision. I do like Lynne's further crop to concentrate more on the people and ladders.   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:41:07

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
I feel that the image just has too much going on. The ladders with all the powerful lines draw the eye away from the human element near the bottom of the picture. Reducing the top area by at least a third would help considerably. I do wish that the people in the lower left corner did not have to suffer amputations before being included in the image.

The image appears to present a calm and restful scene. I'm fairly certain that there was minimal danger in capturing this image. Perhaps to obtain a bit of excitement you could try photographing log cabins. :-)   Posted: 05/07/2020 17:04:06
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
...and with a lightweight bamboo ladder for escaping to the loft, I would be all set. ;-)   Posted: 05/07/2020 23:49:25

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that the crop off the top is needed as Lynne did. I tried other minor crops but they took too much away from the busy scene. I, too, like the height suggested by the bamboo and also the white ladder. It is a photojournalism shot and as such, sometimes we can forgive slight imperfections like the lack of feet! Just remember next time -if there is ever a time when we can travel safely again.   Posted: 05/18/2020 11:54:08
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I have all these lesson in my head that I am trying to remember. That's what this group is for. Thanks.   Posted: 05/18/2020 23:21:47

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I'm not sure there is too much I can add to what others have already mentioned. It seems the image really needs to either pull back more to better contrast the size of the people and height of the ladders, or perhaps it needs to come in closer to tell the story of the young man appearing to be almost sleeping on the job. While I like the ladders, I find the bright one on the right draws my attention away from the people. Thus, I tried an even tighter crop than Lynne's to emphasize the people more, and also increased the shadow brightness. See what you think.   Posted: 05/19/2020 23:16:55
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thanks, Jennifer, that is a great alternative view of my shot. It's great the way different people see different stories in an image.   Posted: 05/19/2020 23:43:32