Jose Cartas  

Geisha by Jose Cartas

January 2022 - Geisha

January 2022 - Jose Cartas


About the Image(s)

Another portrait. This one is a heavy crop of a picture (see original) taken in November 2016 in the Gion district of Kyoto. I was there late in the morning one Saturday, when these two geishas came strolling down. They didn't mind being photographed, and one even smiled at me. I like the original image as it is, and thanks to the high resolution I managed to make a portrait out of it. Technical specifications: 55mm., 1/160 sec. at f/8.0, ISO 400, handheld.

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I think at least the one you made a portrait of might be a male cross-dresser.
Aside from that, this is a fine portrait, and you caught your model at a good moment.   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:38:41

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
While the original is interesting too, I think this choice of crop to one makes it better.
Color and exposure are great, and the background fits the image. The only possibility might be to darken the lights above the geisha's head, as long as the end result does not give them a grey appearance. (Perhaps partial transparency cloning of them would also work.)   Posted: 01/10/2022 21:49:05

Christine Perry   Christine Perry
Although the cropped portrait is nicely done and has great composition elements, the original candid tells a better story and renders a different mood. It helps to ask, "What story do I want to convey to my viewer?" The other geisha and surroundings adds layers of color, texture, a different smile, and movement. It's clear they are engaging, as they are strolling. Love this vibe!   Posted: 01/11/2022 04:26:32

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I agree with Christine that the portrait is nice but the original candid is even better for me (tells a better story). For me the colors are a bit too saturated (too red), but that could be personal taste (or my monitor hahaha). Nice shot!   Posted: 01/12/2022 01:46:19

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Yes. I do agree that the original is more story telling. But the way you have cropped the close up is far more engaging as shown with the contact between model and photographer.
Colors are great and the background does not interfere in any way.   Posted: 01/12/2022 11:06:16

Andy Patterson
Great bright colors! I agree there are 2 different photos--the crop is a great portrait, the full original is more of a story. Both great. The gray cast in the face, whether real or not, does bother me a bit. It gives a rather "chilling" feeling to an otherwise warm, colorful subject.   Posted: 01/14/2022 00:05:44


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