Japanese Fish Market, Merchants and Chefs

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Robdog, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Robdog

    Robdog Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    Please critique as I would really love some feedback on technical points, composition, processing. I am very new to this but love it.

    All shots on EM5 with 20mm 1.7 and 45mm 1.8

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    I very much enjoyed your perspective on these.

    I find I dont like shots of people without there face included in the frame. I took a lot of these type of shots and later went back and found them uninteresting. There is a lot of natural emotion contained in the faces of strangers. There is the picture of the hands which I think could work though if the hands completely filled the frame or at least 50% without cropping. I would work on filling the frame more with your subjects and capturing the characters faces as well. Just imho, thanks for sharing.

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  3. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    great job on the coloring. the first shot is my favorite. i like the low contrast with the sunlight. very soothing.
    what camera/lens combo did you shoot with?
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  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Great shots

    I am guessing this is the Tokyo fish market...

    I visited there earlier this year... and its a great place to shoot... though getting up so early is a bit of a chore!!!

    I did a blog about the trip, and have a page with my shots and impressions here


    all the shots were with an E-M5 and the 17, 25 and 75 lenses

    and here a few from my flickr set


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/8675577918" title="P4170103 by kevinparis, on Flickr"> 8675577918_7917853cb3_b.jpg "768" height="1024" alt="P4170103"></a>

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/8681168874" title="P4170035 by kevinparis, on Flickr"> 8681168874_e3da828982_b.jpg "768" height="1024" alt="P4170035"></a>

    Agree with Baxting that faces in a shot do make for a more interesting image


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  5. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I love the first as is
    Second I'd have rotated around to the right
    Third I'd ditch the feet, they don't add to the scene

    Now I gotta post and go back n look then edit and add more

    Ok fourth I love the hook, but something about the composition with some of the fish cut off, and the blurred hand gets me. I wish the hand were in focus and about to grab the hook, or... Something. It just seems like "oops! I got my hand in the way of yer photo! *tried to move hand out of the way last second! but fails*"

    Fifth, I love the tones and texture, but I'd have gone more abstract, mebbe focused on the centers?

    Sixth, I'd have exposed for the flames, the. Brought the rest up a bit from darkness for moody fire scene. It feels like the fire should be the star of the show, not the background stuff, or the chefs back

    Seventh, I'd have liked to get all of his hands in focus while still having the background soft

    Feel free to browse my image posts and figure out if anything I've said should even be considered. Lol!!! ;D
  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Do they sell the tuna heads or just chuck them away?
  7. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    I actually really like the feet, it's different. Think first and second could do with a little more contrast added in post.

    Agree that the later shots could do with some faces, but overall great set!
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  8. Robdog

    Robdog Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    Thanks Baxting I very much appreciate your feedback.

    Klee, shots were with EM5 and panny 20mm and oly 45mm..

    Thanks for your feedback bokeaji, I included the feed for perspective. I took the same shot without the feet too but it made the heads look small. I tried to expose for the flames but only had a quick second to take the shot unfortunately. It would have been much better if I got it right I agree..

    Excellent set Kevin . I like yours much better
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  9. Robdog

    Robdog Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    I browsed your blog and Flickr Kevin, nice work. I took the exact same shot of the scales outside the shop front
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  10. Robdog

    Robdog Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    I am pretty sure they throw away the heads as some were on the floor however they may use them for stock/soup?