Tony Au Yeong  

Backstreet by Tony Au Yeong

May 2023 - Backstreet

About the Image(s)

It was taken last year when I went to a less urban looking area of Hong Kong called Sai Kung where small and traditional shops still ran their business. I was attracted by the signs of the barber shops and the light at the end of the street. Then I waited till some pedestrians appeared to take the photo. I used a Fujifilm XT30 camera and a 23 mm (35 equivalent) f2 lens. They make a light and tiny combo and very handy for street photography.

8 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I really like the way you used the light to draw us in. I wonder if there is too much to take in. I tried cropping the top so that just one shop pole is showing, and cropped to the right to "hide" that ledge sticking out. See what you think.   Posted: 05/08/2023 09:27:52
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Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
Hi Bob, I like the cropping from the top and right side and the image looks less busy. Thank you!   Posted: 05/13/2023 04:23:26

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Tony! I think that you have here a fine street photo full of atmosphere. The shoppers that bring life to the scene are a great catch, especially the one of who bends to inspect the products. The passage from the shadows to the inviting warm light is lovely. I feel that the richness of details creates much of the atmosphere. - Bob's crop concentrates on the essentials of the scene and brings them out very well, but I think that some of the sense of depth of the original may be lost? I wonder if a slight vignette would work in directing attention more to the center part if that is needed?   Posted: 05/09/2023 12:54:41
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Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
Hi Kirsti, making a vignette really helps to direct the viewer's attention. I think it is also a good way to make the image looks less busy. Thank you!   Posted: 05/13/2023 04:27:02

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
This is a very appealing street scene. The signs of the barber shops bring the viewer to the bright area in the background, where the two people add interest to the whole image. You managed to get everything very well exposed, with a lot of detail in the darker areas. Maybe Bob is correct and some cropping from the right could help with the composition; how much is up to you.   Posted: 05/09/2023 18:06:05

Terry Palmer   Terry Palmer
This image immediately draws me in to the bright area at the center and the people shopping. I then wander back through the image looking at all of the detail. There is a lot to explore. I agree with the previous comments and I find the silver pipe and air conditioner distracting. I think I prefer Kirsti's solution that pushes those items more into darkness, but doesn't take away any of the other details at the top. I would probably clone out the bright object in the bricks just along the left edge however.   Posted: 05/09/2023 19:58:19

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Very nice image! I first thought it was in the evening, but then saw the light in de BG. I seem to favor Bob's solution to crop the image, as the right side does not add to the image in my opinion. But I would crop less from the top though. Maybe us a 4:5 format instead.   Posted: 05/10/2023 04:43:22

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a very busy scene, but the way that you have handled the light and dark areas helps me to go through the image to the bright area and pedestrians in the background. Well done for having the patience to wait for the pedestrians to show up and be in the perfect spot for this composition.

As for the crop, I agree that taking some off the right side does improve the picture.   Posted: 05/10/2023 10:19:56


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