Hassan Sadek, QPSA  

Tea Boy by Hassan Sadek, QPSA

March 2020 - Tea Boy

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I have taken this photo in Konya/Turkey. Konya city is famous with the tea boys who deliver tea cups for sellers in their shops or even the normal people in the market. I liked this road with the sunlight and shadows with the water tanks in the right side.

the settings were: 1/100 sec. f/7.1 38mm , ISO: 200

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6 comments posted

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I love the colors in this photo and the dynamics of the street scene itself. I've never heard of tea boys before so that is an intriguing bit of information that makes for a great story in this picture. I wish the tea boy was as sharp as the water bottles but nevertheless the photo tells a great story.   Posted: 03/09/2020 11:01:53

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, it's a good shot, but as Randy says, too bad you could not get the "çayc─▒" ("chai-juh," tea vendor or carrier) motion stopped. Turkey is my wife's country, and tea tray delivery like this is universal all over the country in markets and business environments. (In India, he would be called a chai wallah.) If you stop in a shop, the owner will offer you water, soda, juice, or tea. If you select tea, he will step out the door of his shop and often call to a boy within his hearing to bring tea, and it will appear in a few minutes like this. Then you can sit back and discuss your shopping with the owner. It is particularly pleasant if you are a regular at the shop, even if once a year like me, and you are remembered by the owner.   Posted: 03/09/2020 23:57:50

Daniel De Cort   Daniel De Cort
An interesting topic the tea boy. In the picture he is a bit lost in the blur and the strong presence of the man at the center of the image. Very nice colors.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:14:54

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Hassan, I have been in Turkey and have enjoyed the tea boy experience. Your image indeed tells a story, but I see two problems with it. First what it has been pointed out about him, the center of attention and main subject of the image is blurred by the movement, and Second, those large blue water containers in the foreground which are competing very strongly with the main subject. I cropped them out, desaturated the remaining portion of the container and cart and added some gaussian blur to reduce the distraction, but; I can not regain sharpness on the tea boy.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:26:01
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Gloria Sprung   Gloria Sprung
Hassan, I like the story behind the capture of this image. The market scene and the environment are very interesting. The Turkish flag identifies the country. I like the low-down camera position and am drawn to the light and shadows. I agree with Isaac's crop although it eliminates the flag. I believe the problem of the softness lies in 1/100 shutter speed. Because "street" photography is spontaneous to some degree- I tend to use "Program" mode aiming for a shutter speed of no less than 1/250. I also shoot in "burst" mode to try to capture many images. I would be interested in how other group members shoot their images.   Posted: 03/23/2020 06:31:45

Jim Mayo   Jim Mayo
I'm not really bothered by the tea boy blur as it communicates hurry. I like the boy's balancing feet and the full water bottles ? outside a tea shop. The picture really takes you to the market.   Posted: 03/29/2020 11:22:04