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Tomato stall, Aqaba, Jordan, 2011
14-NOV-2011

Tomato stall, Aqaba, Jordan, 2011

In market photography, I will often look for the light first, and then shoot whatever it may illuminate. That proved to be the case here. This shopkeeper was checking the quality of his tomatoes, and was moving back and forth among the crates, checking them from different angles. It was not the product itself that attracted me to this situation. I was drawn instead to the striking effect of the theatrical light coming from a nearby window. It illuminates his face, stressing the intensity of his delicate and careful task. I also liked the soft texture of his shirt as well as the soft colors of the canvas backdrop that is partially folded back behind him. It is an image that speaks of care, diligence, and experience.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
1/320s f/5.1 at 140.0mm iso320 full exif

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Phil Douglis11-Feb-2012 19:34
Sorry Rose and Iris -- I got my responses crossed. Phil
Phil Douglis09-Feb-2012 23:12
And thank you as well, Rose -- I saw the play of light first here, and then worried about the intensity aspect. They bonded well here.
Phil Douglis09-Feb-2012 22:56
A red shirt is a good choice for a tomato salesman, Iris. But it was the light that told the story for me here.
sunlightpix09-Feb-2012 22:36
Stunning light on his face - Bravo! And I like the way his shirt color matches the produce color.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)06-Feb-2012 04:47
I agree with you about the wonderful light, Phil. The intensity of the light complements the intensity with which he attends to his task.
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