Uzbekistan- Samarkand wanderings
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Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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10 images. Beginning with a view of the Registan- a good example of Islamic architecture.
People, street shots and a horse-drawn taxi.
Scenes from years ago. Photographed with Kodachrome; recently scanned and processed.



Charlie Shugart
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Charlie Shugart
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maogus
Registered: Oct 14, 2003
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#3 and #7 were my favoured. You have connected with your "subjects".
The contrast, however, should be corrected. It's very hard here.
Regards



Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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Thank you, Maogus.
My approach to the locals of countries I visit is basic: friendly, smiling, non-manipulative, quick. I gesture with camera that I'd like to take their pictures. 99% of the time, the people oblige; they look at me with whatever expression they choose, and I take a couple of fast shots. Then I smile my thank you, and walk away.
The term "Should be" is a difficult term .
Yes, there is an abundance of contrast: the winter sun was hard, the film was contrasty Kodachrome.
But the people in Uzbekistan live in that hard and contrasty sun.
My photographic goals when I travel abroad are primarily to be as honest as I can be with the pictures- not try to make studio-quality portraits.
Opinions on this vary, of course.
Happily, the photographer gets to make the final choice .
Charlie



lukeb
Registered: Nov 13, 2010
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Charlie Shugart, the Charles Kuralt of photography And, I say that as the highest form of flattery!

One thing I always look forward to are Charlie's travels, posted on FM.

Thanks Charles



morris
Registered: May 22, 2002
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These are great travel images Charlie. Can you dig a bit more detail out of the blacks?

morris



maogus
Registered: Oct 14, 2003
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hi charlie,
in order to by-pass the bad use of idiom, i'll rewrite the sentence:
the contrast could be mitigated, so the viewer could enjoy those gorgeous faces.
regards



moondoug
Registered: Jun 03, 2012
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Very nice. Is that Amber in#6?



Charlie Shugart
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Thanks Luke, Morris, Maogus and Doug.
Touche, Maogus .
Amber sounds really exotic, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't. This was a food market, and I think those clumps in front of the woman were a hard, sugary thing. I didn't sample it because (among other reasons) eating strange foods when half-way around the world from home can be potentially disastrous. I had taken an American tour group in New York, and we were on a 6-week tour of the USSR (back when it was still the USSR). To get sick would have been seriously negative.
Okay, I'll try to lighten the man's face in #7, but my skills at such things are at best iffy.
I'll add the edited version by about 6:10 PM Pacific time.
Charlie



Charlie Shugart
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Sorry- I tried, but there simply wasn't any detail on the right side of the man's face for me to work with.
Probably because the original contrasty slide was a bit underexposed- in addition to other considerations I previously mentioned.
Charlie



PatrickE
Registered: Mar 07, 2010
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#1 does not do any thing for me. The rest ... Fantastic!!



Charlie Shugart
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PatrickE wrote:
#1 does not do any thing for me. The rest ... Fantastic!!


You're a people person, Patrick. So am I when I travel.
The first image sort of set the scene- the exotic center of Asia.
But hey- 9 out of 10 winners... I'll take that any day .
Charlie