Photographer & Retoucher- Melinda Kerr
This shot was captured at...
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
Travel photography is an art in itself. Part luck, part opportunism and part solid camera techniques - it adds an entirely new dimension to ‘seeing’ different cultures.
Some people like to take close up portraits, others - like Mel with this shot - choose to position themselves in a location they think will work well and wait for the right moment.
This shot was taken at a temple in rural China. As with most places in China it was crowded - and most photographers were taking the ‘postcard shots’ at the front. But that only told part of the story. There was an entire labyrinth of lanes at the back and these were what fascinated Mel our intrepid travel photographer. To best convey the ‘story’ Mel found a laneway that provided strong leading lines which would invite a viewer in to the shot. The smoke coming from the incense at the end of the lane way provided wonderful texture - all that was needed was some humanity to provide life and present a story. After waiting patiently a temple worker appeared and walked down the path towards the light. The silhouette was captured and the conversion to black and white sealed the deal.
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