Ata Kemal Sahin  


Pottery by Ata Kemal Sahin

January 2020 - Pottery

January 2020 - Ata Kemal Sahin

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About the Image(s)

Pottery in Avanos, Cappadocia is an art that descends from father to son. Photo is originally a color image and converted to bnw & grayscale in photoshop e.g. highlight-shadows, contrast, brightness levels were edited and sharpened a bit.
Exif: f2.8 1/30 ISO200 20mm


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9 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the composition with the triangle formed by the pots and the head. It also has a lot of repetition of forms. My suggestions for improvement is to focus more on the main object by cropping slightly on both sides and darken the background.   Posted: 01/14/2020 01:35:57
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Arne.   Posted: 01/14/2020 03:19:21

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the composition with the triangle formed by the pots and the head. It also has a lot of repetition of forms. My suggestions for improvement is to focus more on the main object by cropping slightly on both sides and darken the background.   Posted: 01/14/2020 01:36:05

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Merhaba Ata,
Your colleague has given you a good comment for this interesting shot. On my part, I would like to hear the story of how you took it. In particular, I would also like to know if the potters make all those identical pots free-hand or if the have a template or shaping tool to get them all the same size and shape. Thanks.   Posted: 01/20/2020 13:44:43
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Selam Stephen,
As you may know, Cappadocia is a famous and popular historical region, tourist destination. Apart of hot-air ballooning, iconic landscape, fairy chimneys, spectacular pillars; pottery and rug & carpet weaving are also traditional old arts. Craftsmen at family-run workshops use greasy soft clay that is collected from Kizilirmak River delta and foothills of regional mountains. Masters' only tools are their hands and foot-driven wheel. Nevertheless, they use simple templates just to limit sizes. Shapes depend master's art power. Thanks for your comment.
  Posted: 01/21/2020 01:33:38

David Henderson   David Henderson
It is a very clever picture, you can see the concentration on the potters face as he carries the pots. But I agree with Arne in that the background is to busy and I would darken it down and slightly lighten the potters face so we are first drawn to his concern about dropping anything   Posted: 01/22/2020 01:26:58
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment David. As you can imagine, such traditional arts and related workshops can be so interesting for somebody. I do not want people to focus on a craftsman in front, but all the other details and working conditions around that's why I didn't crop from sides and darken the background.   Posted: 01/22/2020 10:09:07

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like the image as it is. However, I think your wide aperture causes the viewer to focus on the artist and his pots. I think you'd need to stop down a bit to have us drawn into the entire scene.   Posted: 01/23/2020 14:40:14
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Yeah, I welcome your point of view, but wide f was for depth-of-field. I also have higher f shots in archive and may post in the future. Thanks Bill.   Posted: 01/25/2020 07:45:35