andreasb said:My favorite place in this part of the world is Chiang Mai (Spelling?) in northern Thailand, where all the handicraft seems to be made still by hand, Silver, handspun and colored silk, whole english grand style furnityre sets, hand made paper parasolls, and of course the Buddist Temple are something I never will forget.
tweber said:Can you comment on how you approach your subjects, in particular those whom you've photographed head on. (eg: Clock maker, the albino, and others).
Also, have you bumped saturation on many of these?
bendheim said:Some specifics -
Tom, I think it varies with each person. I have to say that Malaysia was quite difficult for people shots, and I got quite a few polite, but firm no's. One has to learn not to take this personally, but move on and keep at it.
Specifically, the clock man was a real nice guy. I chatted to him for a good half hour. Turns out he now lived alone upstairs in the shop, long since retired from actually fixing clocks. His wife had died, so he was quite lonely and he came down everyday to change a couple of watch batteries just so he could have some company. I guess that's why the clocks had long since stopped working.
I usually try to spend a little time with the people I photograph so that I become their "vehicle" for their expression of who they really are, and then the shot is just so much more personal.
But, sometimes I don't, especially when the shot is just there, and you have to "grab it" or lose it.
But I do have one golden rule...I never take pictures of people from a distance with a long lens, Then you stop having personal contact with people, and something is missing from the shot for me, usually it's the eye contact. Besides, I feel that's a little paparazzi like and invasive. I'm usually up close and personal; for that sort of work the 17-55 I find just ideal.
mikench said:Georgetown is the capital of the state of Penang. I'm glad you made your way up there. It's THE place for local cuisine. I know because I spent 18 years of my life there.