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Submitted on
September 17, 2013
Image Size
3.2 MB


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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/1600 second
Focal Length
105 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 4, 2013, 1:04:45 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
All the world is a stage by pwillyams All the world is a stage by pwillyams
Street photo in Kashgar. Here's the back story:

I was wandering through the alleyways in the old town in Kashgar, which is way out West in China, on the old Silk Roads. I waited in this alleyway, where the light was amazing, as a few people passed through bombing my stage :-(. Fortunately the kids kept playing, the boy absorbed in his new kite, the girl looking like maybe she'd been promised a turn. I got four frames - I am not into bursts - and got three images I was really happy with. None of these were posed; if the kids had noticed me they would have come running.

This is my favourite because of the sense of mystery, and of course the colours. The way the hands come out, detached from any body, reminds me of a Dr Suess illustration of The Once-ler in the Lorax (a faceless but ultimately remorseful despoiler of the environment). But mostly the kids, caught up in their own theatre of fun.

The composition is an interesting point. I tried a crop to focus on the subject more (40% left, 10% right, 20% bottom) which is the natural reaction of judges, and it just does not work. The foreground provides context, a balance of colour, and creates lines that give the image depth. I know this, but I don't really know why. After trying maybe 50 crops, I know this framing just works.

This part of China, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, is an amazing and intriguing place to visit and the photography opportunities are amazing. There is more on my website look under Travel then China.

Kia ora
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Given 2013-10-18
All the world is a stage by ~pwillyams The Suggester says: "With perfect timing, "All the world is a stage" performs the alchemy of great photography: it turns the iron of the ordinary into the gold of magic". ( Suggested by EricForFriends and Featured by myraincheck )
pitchblackaisles Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work! beautiful shades and colors. I like that voyeuristic kind of photography. reminds me of the game Papo & Yo.
pwillyams Nov 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD.  it is a simple yet beautiful image.
Batsceba Nov 3, 2013   Photographer
:) :clap: Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!!
usupehmat Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
i love it

XNightshadeX Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a magical happening! Love it! And I love your description of the event as well. Definitely has that mystical, Suessical vibe to it :)
steppeland Oct 23, 2013   Photographer
Wow, that's a marvellous image! Great description too... thank you for sharing with us some more of the experience behind this image. And congrats on the DD!
featKae Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wanted to say "that deserved a DD" and here I saw it ;)
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