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  Mini#31 Best of 2015
Entry 10 of 48
The agony and the ecstazy       ©2016 doto
Olympus E-M5       10th place, 81 points
1/639s, f4, ISO 400, 40mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: converted to B&W, contrast and sharpening and a tiny vignette       Extra Info: A unique and interesting street drummer, extremely gifted.
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Jan 15, 2016
    I'll try and participate more. Thanks for your kind words. It would be great to go shooting together as I admire your 'eye' and work very much too. If you consider coming here, and there is anything I can do to help around here feel free to email me at: dovtova@gmail.com

have a healthy and happy year with many great shots.

Jade O.
Jan 14, 2016
    You're welcome, my friend. I can only hope to one day get close to the standards of quality that you have shown here and elsewhere but it is inspiring all the same. If I ever make it to Israel (which I hope to do one day) I would enjoy having a day shooting, to walk with you and learn and share. In the meantime, if you have a shot that fits a Challenge, I do hope you won't hesitate to enter. I understand all too well the demands of work though. Wishing you all the best in the coming year!

Jan 14, 2016
    Thanks for your interesting thoughts Jade, I see what you mean though I don't agree about several of the shots and your verdict, sometimes being harsher and sometimes more lenient than your judgement. Lighting in the streets something you sometimes have to overcome and not only use :).
Thanks again for making me think about my shots more, and I hope to improve all the time.

Jade O.
Jan 14, 2016
    Doto I've pondered the missing element quite a bit (because by analyzing what might be missing helps me better understand how I can take better photos - though probably not close to your black and white street scene standards.) I've concluded that the standard of your technical execution is high, your images are fine photographed, finely processed. So it came down to this: the best of your portraiture is that the figures appear completely candid; the worst is your lighting. This shot exemplified it. The brilliant white background around the head washes out the emotion and draws the eye to the background. There is a bit of that in "father and son learning together" but it is readily dismissed since there is nothing in the white windows, no detail. Same applies with "learning from the elders" but it is a bit more of a problem there because of the patterned background behind the foreground figure on the left. "Dinner time" and "A gesture of love and care" are all wrong because the highlighted subject appears "forced" and unnatural; "A face at the market" is much more subtle but still a little obvious. The high key "the wise old prophet" and especially "An old lady" work best because they appear totally candid and completely natural, yet your eye goes immediately to the subject and stays there; all else in the frame is readily taken in and relegated to unimportance. That's my take, anyways.

Jan 14, 2016
    Thank you all for your support. I'm not sure it's the best shot I've taken this year but it's one I like a lot, so I'm glad some of you like it too, and am honoured to finish in the top ten of a very high quality set of shots. Jade you were right in your assessment and there is something missing I can't exactly describe.
I hope to be here more, but the challenge concept doesn't always fit my work and schedule.
I still have my LX5 and enjoy it a lot, but the Olympus has made things possible that I couldn't do with it, and has pushed my Photography forward (or so I hope :)

thanks again and this is a wonderful forum with many very talented photographers.

Jan 13, 2016
    Great job Doto! Good to see your work again. I suppose you noticed the competition has increased since your last visit. Hopefully you can join the fray more often.
Olympus? What happened to your LX5?

Jan 12, 2016
    Impeccably taken - great street scene. Congratulations

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2016
    I knew it was you! It has all the hallmarks of your style. It's a signature style for sure. Wish you could join us more than once a year. I certainly miss seeing you here as a regular. Congrats on a top ten finish in one of the toughest Panachallenge fields of entries yet!

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Jan 11, 2016
    Like the mono in your capture & how blurred out background to highlight subject in foreground. Nice portrait capture, love the facial expression, shows he is realyy getting into his playing.

Jan 11, 2016
    It never ceases to amaze me how some people can make such beautiful sound with cans, jars and buckets etc. This guy obviously is right into his music as you have suggested. Great street photo. Kudos.

Jan 11, 2016
    Great street shot that shows a lot of concentration and emotion. B&W was a perfect choice, and the blurred background really focuses the eye on the subject.

Jan 11, 2016
    Really a well caught moment in time, I can feel his pain. Well done!

Jan 11, 2016
    Nice candid moment. I was confused on his reaction at first. Would love to see some motion blur of his hand while playing the drum.
Edited on Jan 11, 2016

Jan 10, 2016
    Good street shot with the subject effectively isolated from the background. Nice b&w tone and contrast. Obviously, you captured a great expressive moment.

Jan 10, 2016
    what a wonderful shot! Must have been a great performance.

Jan 10, 2016
    well done

Jan 9, 2016
    viewed as a thumbnail, missed the sticks and thought a bad case of earache...... great shot

Jade O.
Jan 9, 2016
    This was a tough one. It has all the elements of fine street photography, wonderfully rendered in black and white, with a surprising and intriguing element in that face which has you look around to realize why....and the answer is there, too. And yet, it doesn't make my top ten, this time doto, though your style is remarkable. This is clearly among your finest, technically, yet it is missing the sense of something more meaningful that we saw in "learning from the elders" or "father and son learning together", or even "an old lady". I think perhaps it is the lighting and lack of a clue to the context that causes me to leave this out of my top picks in a tough field of fine entries. In any other challenge, it might well be my top pick.

Anthony Comyn
Jan 8, 2016
    Nice street photography. Well captured!

Jan 8, 2016
    points off for cutting off his foot. (Poor guy looks like he has a bad case of stomach cramps. )
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