In the Shade

Portrait of a woman in Atlanta wearing a straw hat.

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Street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying "unmanipulated" scenes, with usually unaware subjects.




  1. October 12, 2013  12:37 pm by Rob Hill

    great shot Mike. Careful on the processing, but in this case adding the stark contrast is ok.

  2. October 12, 2013  3:22 pm by Mike Raker

    Thanks Rob. It is always an honor to have an image "make it" among the impressive street photogs here. Nice surprise for a Saturday morning to wake up to this in The States too. Briefly, I appreciate the comment about processing as I am always learning and experimenting with photos. Have a great weekend. - Mike

  3. October 12, 2013  3:46 pm by tonymorris

    glad to see they understand you now, excellent shot

  4. October 12, 2013  5:28 pm by Fred Wilkinson

    Well done Mike - as Rob says the stark contrast works well here.

  5. October 12, 2013  5:28 pm by Mike Raker

    Thanks Tony. Your comment is interesting because I think every photographer (street or not) captures something that is in a photo that is their unique interpretation of the moment before them. It is just a small vision of a 360 degree view changing around them. Looking at a photo takes understanding of what that photographer has recorded in the context of photographic art. That is, a photo is an interpretation of the world by the photographer first and then by the viewer second. Also with both the photographer and viewer often coming from very different backgrounds, cultures, and countries which further influences what they each see and understand. BTW, no one understands me -- just ask my wife and friends.

  6. October 12, 2013  5:31 pm by Mike Raker

    Thanks Fred. I took a few images of this woman's face with the harsh sunlight coming through her hat. This one seemed to work best still giving some definition to her facial features but also obscuring part of them nicely to in my opinion.

  7. October 12, 2013  6:05 pm by vinci

    I like perspective in this photo, allowing arches to repeat and expand beyond picture frame.

  8. October 13, 2013  2:16 pm by Mike Raker

    Thank you Vinci. Your comment means a lot to me seeing your wonderful images on your website.

  9. October 16, 2013  7:23 pm by vinci

    My pleasure Mike and thank your on your kind words.

    • October 16, 2013  8:40 pm by Mike Raker

      I appreciate it too.

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