Bill Foy  

Fishmonger by Bill Foy

February 2021 - Fishmonger

About the Image(s)

This image was made a few years ago in Manhattan's Chinatown. The fishmonger's face just captivated me. They were speaking Chinese so I had no idea of the conversation, but it went on for a few minutes before the customer left. All processing done in ACR & PS - crop, tweaking exposure, vibrance. Fujifilm X-T20, 27mm prime lens, shutter priority, f/6.4, 1/250, ISO-4000(Auto)

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3 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Bill, I nearly held off with my input, because I do believe my eyes are overtaxed this afternoon. But after viewing the other images, I feel that the fishmonger's face is soft. His eyes are not in focus so, although I feel your capture is great of the scene, I can't connect with it. I'd be a little afraid to eat any of that fish, even after cooking it, sorry! Great detail!   Posted: 02/15/2021 18:46:33

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
For me this image is all about the fishmonger's inquiring expression; what was being said by the customer and how can I satisfy the customer's desire. We have the context of the fish market. For me, a secondary draw are the price tags, there brightness are strong attractors. I think this is a wonderful capture.

I think this image also would work well in black and white; I don't think the colors are adding to the central story, and the bright yellow tags draw away from that story.

I agree with Carol that the fishmonger's face is a little soft, it looks to me that the focal plane is behind the fishmonger; the sweater of the woman behind him appears to be tack sharp. I would prefer that the fishmonger's eyes were tack sharp. For me, the bottom part of the image is a bit bright, darkening it and increasing the contrast may bring better definition of the fish and the ice.   Posted: 02/17/2021 12:27:44

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I love the expression on the fishmonger's face. That really makes the image, and I'm not put off by the softness of his face. To me, it's obvious what the subject of the photograph is and the fact that the sharpest point in the image is on the back of the woman behind him doesn't distract my eye.

I think this photograph works on many levels. The composition is good, capturing three people in the scene in a triangular formation. That works. I think the contrast between the warm yellow colors of the tags and the cool purplish color of the fish mongers' sweater helps the overall scene to stand out nicely. And there's a definite sense of place in this image.

Overall, I like it.   Posted: 02/24/2021 11:04:14