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    This an old lady from Wall Village. I was standing about 40m away from her, if another lady never walk pass in front of her I suppose she won't noticed me at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominator
    This an old lady from Wall Village. I was standing about 40m away from her, if another lady never walk pass in front of her I suppose she won't noticed me at all...
    The message I see in this is that, despite knowing that the old lady didn't want to be photographed, you went on to publish the pictures in internationally read media. I find this (mildly put) very disrespectful.

    Ultimately, the story in this picture is not about the lady, but the ethics of the photographer. I suspect this is not quite what you intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWolf
    The message I see in this is that, despite knowing that the old lady didn't want to be photographed, you went on to publish the pictures in internationally read media. I find this (mildly put) very disrespectful.

    Ultimately, the story in this picture is not about the lady, but the ethics of the photographer. I suspect this is not quite what you intended.
    Did you read the FAQ before posting, it was being reminded in the forum main page? The very 1st thing to do to show your personal being. Well, I am not going to comment about your ethics......

    So thank you for your very personal comment about the photographer which is me but not on the photo itself.
    So I suppose you are one very ethical person along the streets. Maybe I am wrong? Hope so.

    By the way is the critque corner meant for comments on photos or comments on members?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dominator
    So thank you for your very personal comment about the photographer which is me but not on the photo itself.
    It is about the photo. The lady in the photo reacts to you, and the story in the picture is therefore as much about you as about her. The title you've chosen only reinforces this.

    I am not surprised you don't like it, but you have to be prepared to accept critique that is not only favorable.

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    hmmm i personally feel it's ok to post street pics of pple who didn't want to be photographed. It is an honest pic of how pple act/react and is imho a worthy street shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWolf
    ...despite knowing that the old lady didn't want to be photographed, you went on to publish the pictures in internationally read media. I find this (mildly put) very disrespectful.
    In all fairness, to the dominator, If he didn't admit to it, I wouldn't have guess that she was avoiding being photographed...

    Anyway, IMHO, I found the leg and plastic bag quite annoying... a tigher crop perhaps? and the last one (bottom right) the wooden frame bugs me too... The lady walking in front of the camera.. well that too doesn't quite cut it for me...

    Perhaps just 2-3 shots might suffice... if you put the one with her hiding her face in the middle you could title it "peek-a-boo"

    If you're framing the photo, I'm also thinking that bordering it within a frame that looks like film "negatives" might be quite cool....

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    a super tight crop of the last frame (crop all the way into the embroidery holder) would have worked for me, but it's hard to tell based on these small images. i see nothing interesting in the other five shots.

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    aiya like that photojournalists must be the most despicable people around. So many times pple dont wanna to have their pictures taken. Just cos they are paid means its ok? Best not to judge. Only shows how narrow minded we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weg
    hmmm i personally feel it's ok to post street pics of pple who didn't want to be photographed. It is an honest pic of how pple act/react and is imho a worthy street shot.
    For the record, in my home country you could get sued for copyright infringement - the model in a picture, whether voluntary or not, holds the joint copyright of the picture along with the photographer.

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    Hmmm she never come scold you? Lucky you.... Some time back a friend took a pic of a lady sewing a shoe in a remote village in Yunnan.... the old lady's son came from nowhere and demanded the film or he will smash her camera... that terrified friend surrendered the roll of film.... That makes me wonder... if we use digital and they ask for film and we dun give cos we dun have.... what will they do to us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWolf
    For the record, in my home country you could get sued for copyright infringement - the model in a picture, whether voluntary or not, holds the joint copyright of the picture along with the photographer.
    which country is that?

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    the overall of the 6 picture i was trying to show is from her doing embroidery on her hat till the moment another old lady walk pass, till she covered her face and "peek a boo" at me(nice one from sejok imo). Thanks for all constructive comments.

    There was once I withness within the custom clearance area in China, I saw a young lady taking video of her child when from behind an officer shouted very loudly and demand her to "wash off" the video on the spot and show him. Before that moment I was actually trying to take out my camera already.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by weg
    which country is that?
    Germany.

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    Nothing against the photographer or his ethics.. but the pictures or the series of pics do not do anything. Simply put, it did not work. What are you trying to portray? Woman in work? If that's your theme or intention, well, i guess we can say it work. Other than that... nothing. In fact, wonder why should this be a series in the first case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominator
    the overall of the 6 picture i was trying to show is from her doing embroidery on her hat till the moment another old lady walk pass, till she covered her face and "peek a boo" at me(nice one from sejok imo). Thanks for all constructive comments.

    There was once I withness within the custom clearance area in China, I saw a young lady taking video of her child when from behind an officer shouted very loudly and demand her to "wash off" the video on the spot and show him. Before that moment I was actually trying to take out my camera already.......
    OT: so you are actually very lucky not to be sued for taking a picture of an involuntary 'model' in China. when i was doing some research in China i was warned by my friend working there to be careful about such things, their law do give the copyright of your image to the person in that picture.

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