Bev Caine  

Beijing by Bev Caine

June 2021 - Beijing

About the Image(s)

This image was taken many years ago in Beijing. All through the streets there were young (mostly girls) selling their wares. I don't have any data on the original as I believe it was converted from film.
You can see a car in the background, but that was an anomaly. There were few autos in the streets of Beijing and untold numbers of bicycles that crowded not only the roads but the sidewalks as well.

7 comments posted

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Personally I would like to have seen something in the photo that catches and holds my attention. Maybe if you had followed them and waited until they had a customer or something else that might create a decisive moment. As this photo stands, it really doesn't do anything for me.   Posted: 06/02/2021 14:49:11

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
One of the things street photography does is give us a window on the human condition. I see in this image two unhappy young woman perhaps selling their wares on the street. Their identical outfits make me wonder if they are working for another person or business. Their wares look to have been provided by a single vendor.

I do not mind the cars int he background, they are part of the ambience. The mix of cars and bicycles show me a stratified society, and the two women are likely at the lower end though not at the bottom, they do have decent shoes.
Your subjects are clearly separated from the background, their blue dresses bring attention to them.

For me there are some problems that would be difficult to fix with this image such as the blown out highlights on the women's faces. Perhaps re-scanning the image while reducing the contrast of the scant might help. I think a reduced contrast might also bring back some of the detail in the trees behind the women. You can always add local contrast back in during post processing where it helps the image.

I find that the white shirt on the man on the bicycle in the mid-upper left pulls my attention away from the women perhaps more than it should, I think I might then down the bright areas in the background a bit.   Posted: 06/03/2021 17:17:10
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Thanks Victor. I will try to play with it a bit more and see if I can come up with a better result.   Posted: 06/03/2021 19:14:25

Mo Connelly   Mo Connelly
Two very unhappy looking young women, I wonder how heavy their wares are and how many hours they've been carrying them around that day. It's got my imagination ticking over, which I always enjoy. I think it's a good street photo and I'd be interested to see it again once you've played with it a bit using Victor's thoughtful suggestions.   Posted: 06/06/2021 08:31:28

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
First thing that popped into my mind when I saw this image was, "How much longer?". They're definitely not enjoying the job. I'd also like to see what results from applying Victor's suggestions.   Posted: 06/09/2021 11:11:16
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Will try to get to it within the next day or two   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:02:02
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Finally got around to playing a bit with this. Interested in your take on the result.   Posted: 06/11/2021 13:33:05
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