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A Throw of the Dice, Shanghai 2005

Canon EOS 20D
1/15s f/3.5 at 70.0mm iso3200 full exif

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Ana Carloto O'Shea15-Dec-2005 15:54
Well... on an imediate glance we can't say that they're palying dice, but I don't think this diminuishes the value of the photo. We are really captured by the men's concentrated looks and the way they are gathered! Great shot Kal!
I was missing having a little time to check your photos already ;)
Kal Khogali05-Dec-2005 14:50
Thanks Peter. I think the effect is mostly because there are no gaps between them. they form the frame, and the viewer is forced in to their midst. I hope you keep coming back ;-) K
Guest 02-Dec-2005 18:26
I think I will play devil's advocate again ;-) Phil says "We would have no idea what they are doing without the caption. You leave much to the imagination here, Kal.", the question is when do we want the picture to be worth a thousand words, or when do we want our imagination to kick into next gear because the image leaves the room for it and allows us to tell the untold story? I guess the answer would be it depends, but does this image falls into any of these categories?

I have visited this image few times already and still am not decided if I want you to feed me the information, or I want to imagine it myself (this doesn't mean the image is good or bad, it's a reflection of my perception of it, and more so me not being able to decide what I want here). Perhaps when I come back here again in the future I will make up my mind by then, regardless I think the image stipulated me enough, so IMO I view it as success.

Also I would add that the use of your long lens here is quite masterfull, I would never tell it's a long zoom because I feel like I am right there leaning over trying to see what the guys are doing, I feel that I am part of the action, I am just about to ask them what are they doing here ;-)
Phil Douglis01-Dec-2005 01:46
Your use of selective focus helps by stressing the expression of the person at center. You abstract the image not only with focus but with your framing. We would have no idea what they are doing without the caption. You leave much to the imagination here, Kal.
Guest 30-Nov-2005 07:19
Well, then this is exceptionally well done, because you have the impression that you're with them. Brilliant.
Kal Khogali30-Nov-2005 07:11
As Peter Kozikowski pointed out, that about 112mm on my camera. I was about 2-3 meters away. They knew I was there, but after a few shots of smiling, they got back in to the seriousness of the game and ignored me. K
Guest 30-Nov-2005 06:49
I've always wondered how I could portray a circle of people. Well, you have shown me how to do that. I just wonder how you managed to do that on 70mm.
Guest 29-Nov-2005 16:49
"playing" in the city.... if you see what I meant on my previous comment....

Guest 29-Nov-2005 16:28
I like this image because of the very interesting viewpoint. Too bad you can't see the dice. Maybe with a different title, you can make the viewer wonder what they are looking at...more of a mystery. Regardless, great capture. I really respect your ability to get close-up to people like this. I'm not there yet.
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