Adrian Binney, LRPS  

Jovial Noodle Maker by Adrian Binney, LRPS

January 2020 - Jovial Noodle Maker

January 2020 - Adrian Binney, LRPS


About the Image(s)

This was taken in China in November 2017, on a pedestrian road with lots of activity like this, competing for custom, mostly from locals rather than tourists. I took a number of this guy and felt this was the best with his expression and hand clearly ‘working’.

Settings - 1/250 f2.8 ISO200 Olympus gear at 20mm (40 FF equiv).

It was clear this would work better in B&W and spent quite some time dealing with the background to darken it down.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I like the image a lot Adrian. In my view this is both a great PJ shot and a good travel shot. It makes my hungry for the noodles he is making. I really can't say anything else about what I am seeing.

After looking at the original, I thought the signs might have been better left in the image. But looking at your final version, in my opinion you made the best call In cropping them out.

To my eye a very good catch, thanks very much for sharing this image with us.   Posted: 01/02/2020 19:37:46

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
He's got a great expression, he's doing something interesting, and you've isolated him well, so I think this works as street photography / environmental portraiture. The one fly in the ointment is that he's looking at someone else - reminds me of the problem I had with my image last month. I go back and forth on that issue, but think these can still work, but did you get any where he was engaged with you? The sign left of his head is unfortunate, but overall, I still enjoy the image Adrian.   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:13:29

Don Crow   Don Crow
To me this is image tells a great story, all about your trip and what you experienced. I think darkening the background improved the image. I wish you had darkened the sign beside his head. The man's expression and gestures really make the image.
Well done   Posted: 01/10/2020 12:03:42

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
You really caught the noodle maker's cheerful expression, Adrian. I like the story telling quality and I feel I was there watching him as well. Well done on a beautifully captured market scene   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:30:13

John Erve   John Erve
Adrian, You caught an interesting expression and can see that he is working hard to make a living from his street stall. I like how you were able to put the emphasis on him by making him brighter and darkening the background which I think has been done very effectively and comes across naturally. One suggestion would be to have tried to get better separation of his face from the sign in the background as this could be seen as competing for interest. Also, a little more space on his right in my opinion would be better.   Posted: 01/22/2020 20:07:01