Ata Kemal Sahin  

Walking into the Unknown! by Ata Kemal Sahin

February 2021 - Walking into the Unknown!

February 2021 - Ata Kemal Sahin


About the Image(s)

Hamamyolu Avenue is the popular area of Eskisehir and was restored in 2018. There are some wall-art examples along the avenue. Masks are our permanent accessories anymore and women need less makeup so I can imagine how sad Cosmetics Industry is :)

I used PS to adjust shadows, highlights and midtone contrast; sharpened, cropped and converted to grayscale.
Exif: f1,8 1/2000” ISO1250 50mm (This is definitely not a correct adjustment for this shot as I forgot to readjust after previous shot ie shutter speed should be aro 1/500 with narrow aperture, auto ISO so I could have a sharper photo.)

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
What a clever composition, to place the young woman in front of a tromp l'oeil street scene. I recognize that the scene is of traditional old street architecture, but interestingly painted in a contemporary style--what a great mixture of sights and styles.
You have a bit more space in front of the young woman, and her head is nicely differentiated from the background, falling in front of painted light areas.
Hamamyolu? Street of baths, yes? Another place for us to visit when we get back someday.   Posted: 02/01/2021 23:46:03
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Stephen, you're right: Hamamyolu means "A road to Turkish Baths." There were many before 90s; but today, very few. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 02/02/2021 03:05:28

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Ata
Thank you for sharing.
It looks like the lady in phantasy world. Using wall-painting is brilliant idea. The contrast of real lady vs phantasy painting works well in my eye.
I like the space in right side. I might crop the floor(bottom) a bit to balance the space in top.
I would try to shoot from very low angle as if the lady is working in the wall-painting street.   Posted: 02/02/2021 19:28:29
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Good idea. Thanks for your comment Haru.   Posted: 02/03/2021 03:06:02

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
An interesting shot where you have hit the decisive moment. It looks a bit surrealistic with the face mask and the painting behind.

The problem here, in my opinion, is that the painting takes too much attention from the girl. My suggestion is to darken the painting slightly and make more contrasts on the girl to make her pop.   Posted: 02/09/2021 15:33:20
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Depends photographic eye and -I agree- your style is highly preferred; but my intention here was to camouflage her in the wall-painting as her dress colours were almost similar. Thanks for your suggestion Arne.   Posted: 02/11/2021 04:37:16


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