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Photographer Paul de Beukelaar  Paul de Beukelaar {Karma:26449}
Project #65 @ Play Camera Model Canon Powershot S50
Categories Street
Candids
Travel
Film Format Digital JPEG
Portfolio Lens Canon
Uploaded 9/6/2008 Film / Memory Type JPEG
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 608 Shutter 1/250
Favorites Aperture f/2.8
Critiques 30 Rating
6.65
/ 10 Ratings
Location City -  Khartoum
State - 
Country - Sudan   Sudan
About Why showing a Black Back and the Light of Faces ?

A street shot from Khartoum the capital of Sudan as I first uploaded yesterday.
Friendly laughing people, except the lady in front we talked about.
After a day I noticed that in despite of many views, some UF friends were more attracted by rating previous shots. In fact, giving some sort of a message, politely neglecting this capture.
As I display my photos here, not only to be commented, even appreciated but becoming a better photographer, I started to wonder why and how to improve.
I looked again at my own picture and about. I noticed that both the quality of the display as well as the about would not be very attractive. First of all I used a sharpening filter in Picasa which worked out fine for the texture of the booth, but unfortunately the faces of the three people got noisy and the texture of black clothes was really lost. Also I noticed white halos around dark objects. This was certainly due to the edge effect of filtering. So this newly uploaded version is now without this filter.

Second, although the about was not unfriendly and asking for an answer it was too much addressed to everybody not to the friend concerned. Third as I would get the answer maybe later it would not change anything as the solution and satisfactory judgment will come with time. Some friends simply do not want to be friends anymore, also not wanting to tell why, only wanting to rub out as many souvenirs as possible and further neglect. I have seen that attitude or reaction before and I accept that my shots and words sometimes capture the black of the back, not always correctly the light of the face.
To all: Have a Nice weekend and enjoy.
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Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 9/12/2008
Hello my dear Paul -
I have gone thru your images recently backwards which is not a good thing for this 'about' - :-(

Maybe I should've gone back to the previous image but I already am here and like this image and your explanation as I always appreciate your 'abouts' where as some don't read them, or maybe as You say do not care as much but the ones that do - it is a welcomed addition to your image - ( long sentence )))
With that said I like this image very much....
To me this image is titled appropriately as the faces of these people are so smiling and full of light - and the lady with the black clothing seems just very observant and perhaps cautious (?) anyway an interesting story for me !
Hugs, Kisses,
Michele~

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Erland Pillegaard Erland Pillegaard   {K:34147} 9/11/2008
Another good picture
erland

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Mitra Nademi-Nassari Mitra Nademi-Nassari   {K:28234} 9/9/2008
Thank you Paul! :)

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/9/2008
Thank you Mojgan,
The real experience is that presently I work with Sudanese peope here in Paris who remind me to my real visits some years ago, taking this shot.
Kind regards,
Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/9/2008
Ok Mitra, you get what you want :-)
thank you (4rd)
thanks a lot (5th)
thank you very much(6th)
many thanks (7th)
many hugs (unlimited)
Paul

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Mojgan Bahasadri Mojgan Bahasadri   {K:16243} 9/9/2008
I like so much the real experience in this shot!!
Bravo paul !!

cheers,
Mojgan

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Mitra Nademi-Nassari Mitra Nademi-Nassari   {K:28234} 9/8/2008
Only three times? :)

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/8/2008
Thank you dear Teresa. I had a nice Sunday although unfortunately I could not reach the UF server that day. I'm glad that it is back in the air today,
enjoy your day too,
hugs and kisses from Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/8/2008
Hi Mitra, I thanked you twice for this picture and this is the third time already :-)
Al the best and big hug,
Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/8/2008
Glad that you liked this street capture Mitra,
My face also appeared to be smiling.
hugs and kisses from France,
Paul

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Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78693} 9/7/2008
..... I see your point .... and now I smile

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Teresa Ferraris Teresa Ferraris   {K:16126} 9/6/2008
Fa piacere di guardare questa tua foto. Mi piace molto, perche vedo i sorrisi sponatanei sulle loro faccie. Inoltre e composta molto bene. Complimenti Paul.
buona domenica
teresa
PS. Tra poco camminando per Parigi mi guardero bene intorno.

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Hi Aziz,
yes a good idea to partly remove or soften the edges. It's true looking better that the blue side panel of the box could be distracting, otherwise if suppressed you could not see this type of blue phone box. A compromise would be e.g. to put a poster on it with Photoshop :-)
best regards,
Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Thank you Arif,
The blue boxes are phone cabins but also social meeting points. I saw many of the in Khartoum as elsewhere in cities and public transport people use cell phones such that they completely forget the people around them like caterpillars staying in cocoons,
best regards,
Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Merci Nicki,
I do not know what people think as making a picture. Taken by surprise, mostly people accept, smile or are indifferent, sometimes people get angry. Once here in Paris in the 14th I was nearly lynched and then forced to delete the picture. 12 people came out their houses to shout on me. Two women cried aggressively but could not call the police : being clandestine and fear for authorities and expulsion.
Hugs to you,
amitiés,
Paul

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Thank you dear Mitra.
glad that you like it.
Enjoy your Sunday,
hugs from Paul

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aZiZ aBc aZiZ aBc   {K:28345} 9/6/2008
What's your idea about this?
I did a little change ...
H'n H
Aziz

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aZiZ aBc aZiZ aBc   {K:28345} 9/6/2008
It's a beautiful, journalistic photo.
Everything is good and normal.
I think it's too normal > ordinary !
Like ladies with no make up !
Might be more attractive with some effects ...
Health 'n Happiness
Aziz

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Arif Ertan Ersoy (aersoy) Arif Ertan Ersoy (aersoy)   {K:27380} 9/6/2008
very good work from the streets! their expressions are nice!!
i wonder what are they doing in that blue box:)
compliments my dear friend.,
all the best,
arif

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Nicole Besch Nicole Besch   {K:72619} 9/6/2008
Great shadow and lighting Paul! I like these friendly and smiling people!I don't know what the first woman is thinking,perhaps she was not so very amused about your shot:)What I have seen very often on my trips people who are poor are often more satisfied as we are!Anyway a perfect capture from friendly people!
I wish you a happy weekend too and see you soon:)
Hugs to you,
Nicki

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Mitra Nademi-Nassari Mitra Nademi-Nassari   {K:28234} 9/6/2008
Lovely photo and faces.

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
merci beaucoup cher Stan,
toi aussi un bon weekend,
amitiés,
Paul

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Stan Ciszek Stan Ciszek   {K:56854} 9/6/2008
C'est Magnifique...
Thanks for sharing,
Have a great weekend,Paul.
Stan.

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Hi Harry, but who tells you that these people have the burden of fear and uncertainty? Most people who smile in a reflex are people showing a piece of their heart and open mind. If both groups are now going to react in that smiling way, I'm confused and going to believe that people who show up to be angry are just friendly people :-)
enjoy your weekend and don't forget to smile,
Paul

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Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78693} 9/6/2008
Smiling can be a natural way to deal with fear/uncertainty, a reflex.

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Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78693} 9/6/2008
I adore the white and blue sandal under the stall ... ;-)

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Thank you dear Srna. I'm thankful for your comment. These people were laughing but was it by being surprised by me, being interested in me or being just friendly to me ? How could I know the difference as too much focused on making the picture?
After some cold and rainy days here in Paris, weather is now improving and is taking me outside. Could you believe that I was driving two equally friendly people from Khartoum, Sudan to La-Défense in Paris early this Morning for some sight-seeing. They arrived here yesterday and will stay for 2 weeks. I am their coach. They hadn't been in Europe before yet.
Enjoy your weekend as well,
hugs and kisses,
Paul

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Srna Stankovic Srna Stankovic   {K:172232} 9/6/2008
Very fine documentary shot dear Paul ... you caught them by surprise and I like their expressions, they were interested by your photographing off course. Interesting spontaneous mood and really excellent snap shot.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Hugs and kisses,
Srna

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Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 9/6/2008
Hallo Riny, vergis je niet, maar deze mensen zijn echt niet zo arm. Niet materieel en zeker niet immaterieel. Zie ze eens lachen. en mensen die huilen...Ik zou ze de kost niet willen geven. Arm en rijk, mensen huilen overal, al is het niet eenvoudig dit zomaar TV of foto vast te leggen.
Ook een fijn weekend vanuit Parijs,
alleen het weer is hier de laatste dagen om over te huilen, al het andere valt best mee ;-)
Paul

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Riny Koopman Riny Koopman   {K:102911} 9/6/2008
Hoi Paul,zag ik deze foto niet de revue paseren....;) Als ik arme mensen zie, Dan denk ik Waarom ben je zo arm? Waarom heb je zo’n slecht ... Als ik arme mensen zie, Op de tv…Ik zie ze huilen, Ik huil mee...het ga je goed,fijn weekend,liefs,riny

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