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lighting the way is the leader of OPOSITO (cirque-du-solei-meets-mad-max street parade) that opened up ZAPOPUM, a month long cultural fair in zapopan, jalisco, mexico.

the opening night event included over 150 artists, dressed exotically (kinda like those that work as human statues, except in this case they actually moved!).

it was super cool shooting the event - just imagine 150 artists in the street, at night, surrounded by thousands of locals, many of whom (as is often the case here) weren't following the rules... chaos, chaos, chaos - which made it more challenging and stimulating, requiring an athletic aproach. and, as you can guess, you've got one shot at the photo and it's gone!

i shot this using available light; like many people, i'm not really a fan of flash.

to be honest, i tried to get more of the parade itself, the artists and their machines, but this photo turned out best, so it's what i'm entering.

i think it fits STREET FASHION, bc (as the description says), it's "candid street photography", and it's not "staged photography", as we were told not to do. but, more than anything, i just wanted to share the photo bc i think it's cool.

canon 30d, 16-35mm 2.8 lens, iso 3200, 1/100 sec. i love this lens, but as many of you already know, you have to get SO CLOSE to the subject matter to make it work! i was about 1/2 meter from that torch!

41 responses

  • Carl W. Nunn

    Carl W. Nunn   gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    got my vote

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    well done. i love the natural lighting =]]

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    you got it...

  • Nicholas Freeman

    Nicholas Freeman (Deleted) said (21 Apr 2008):

    neat composition, and fun effect- although a little blurry... but cant be helped in this situation.

  • Ratko Nedovic

    Ratko Nedovic said (21 Apr 2008):

    Nice capture, but what incommode to me is too strong light. Because that light disturb my attention on photography.

  • Melissa Prosser

    Melissa Prosser gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    I like that most of the background is darkened out, cept for the slight blurring of figures. I enjoy the lighting and costume on Mr. Torchy. The composition and color are also great. The expression and mood are quite interesting. Great job, Marshall!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    Lighting Is perfect!! Dream like feel to this amazing capture

  • marshall

    marshall said (21 Apr 2008):

    it's really cool to get all the feedback, both positive and with suggestions. i love learning and that feedback both inspires me to do better! many, many thanks!!!!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (21 Apr 2008):

    Marshall
    The photo is fairly solid, as some of the online comments indicate. You were smart not to crop out the vast black space to the left - it emphasises the semi-silhouetted figure. In addition, the face seems pretty sharply in focus, and that's the important part - everything else is sdecondary. I would have to see a high resolution version or a medium to large sized print before commenting much further. Had it been my photo I might have tinkered a little with shadows and highlights, and maybe color filters a little in Photoshop just to see what would happen. But only as an experiment. I like the photo and will return to vote for it.

  • Fran Ott

    Fran Ott said (21 Apr 2008):

    I like the composition and lighting. The figure right behind your subject is a bit distracting.

  • Paul G. Swanson

    Paul G. Swanson gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    cool shot, love the lighting effects

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    Excellent shot Marshall! Great capture. My vote.

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    This is great! It has drama. The light from the torch gives a fabulous uplighting on the main figure. It makes his already out there costume and make up come to life. Composing this shot with a balance of black space is eye-catching. I agree with others about the face being the important place to have in clear focus. Superb Photo Marshall! My vote!

  • coree coppinger

    coree coppinger gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    My type of lighting, well done, I love using only ambient light.

  • Tomas Aguilar

    Tomas Aguilar gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    i love the lighting. i like how the people in the background are kinda blurry and that mr. torchy is in focus. the colors in it are great (i love dark colors), but most of all it really does a great job of capturing what appears to be an interesting event.

  • DarKat

    DarKat said (22 Apr 2008):

    The light is fantastic and the composition is amazing but i think that this photo isn't suitable for the theme..

  • Lee Shelly

    Lee Shelly gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    The light is interesting as is the expression on his face. I like the use of negative space.

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez said (22 Apr 2008):

    I would love to see more of the subject in the frame, more in line with the rule of thirds. Maybe photoshop the background for a little more detail. I do like it, you asked for some feed back.

  • Brian Starr

    Brian Starr said (22 Apr 2008):

    The reason I like this image is that it is different and interesting. I like the big negative space for the performer to be looking into and the effect is kind of spooky. I like photos that break some rules. This one does and it works.

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    it's been so cool reading the comments, props, and personal messages that you all have been sending!! the positivity, of course, keeps us inspired and moving forward. the honest (sometimes negative) feedback helps me to learn and that's help. thanks! more than anything, i'm amazed that people will actually sit down and take time out of their day to analyze my photos, then even more time and energy to send in intelligent comments! THANKS!!!!

  • Alexander Valhouli

    Alexander Valhouli said (23 Apr 2008):

    Awesome. Something raw and decisive, much like the Mexican Rocker pic. Nice work.

  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (23 Apr 2008):

    this is awesome! especially because you used the available lighting....this is now a fave!

  • Christie Patient

    Christie Patient said (26 Apr 2008):

    ah yes, you wan me to tell you whats so cool about this shot? he looks fake. like a manequin puppet dressed in costume and make up being controlled from above by strings. the lighting and pose make it very unique and almost a little creepy. you can feel the noise and chaos.....very well captured.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2008):

    perfect the way the torch lights up his facial features and expression.

  • Melissa Rae Irish-Miller

    Melissa Rae Irish-Miller gave props (28 Apr 2008):

    I think Mr. Torchy is a little creepy... but in a good way.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (29 Apr 2008):

    Came back to look at it again. Yep. Still a very solid photo. It will print very well if JPG decides to use it ... and I hope they do.

  • M.S. White

    M.S. White said (1 May 2008):

    Very nice - it looks like he is stalking his way into the photo. I like how the flare lights up his face and adds shadow in just the right spots.

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2008):

    really cool shot! You got my vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (15 May 2008):

    Just fantastic. Got my vote

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¬° gave props (24 May 2008):

    Ditto to all the above... great stuff.

  • sabrina helas

    sabrina helas gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    i love this image, i love the lighting, composition, use of negative space..you have my vote!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (8 Jun 2008):

    is it actually he who has the torch or the white blurry figure beside him? His face does have that sort of "Chucky" horror movie look to it which is cool -- must have been quite a spectacle to witness in person. Kudos!

  • Julie Burger

    Julie Burger said (8 Jun 2008):

    Great shot, Marshall! I love the composition and the way the light makes his face glow and come to life. I also like the way you used the combination and stark contrast between light and darkness: it makes me see him moving through the crown. I fell like I'm there. Got my vote - hop to see him in the next issue!

  • Justin DiPierro

    Justin DiPierro gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great shot!

  • Karin J. Burton

    Karin J. Burton said (16 Jun 2008):

    Great comp! Sets great mood. Wonderful shot.

  • Giant Wannabe

    Giant Wannabe gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    Wow!!! I like this too.

  • Stewart Bywater

    Stewart Bywater said (21 Jun 2008):

    I like the shot, but I would have gone with a lower ISO, for a longer shutter speed. Panning (following the movement of the subject with the camera) would have kept him relatively sharp, whilst adding light trails, and the lower ISO would have reduced the noise in the lower part of the shot. Still, it's really cool!
    Welcome back!!
    Stewart.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    Very cool.

  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark said (1 Jul 2008):

    I think cropping out the torch would add a lot of drama and mystery but it's still a cool shot!

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (3 Jul 2008):

    Excellent composition and light, goos use of the empty space....

  • gio zizzo

    gio zizzo gave props (7 Jul 2008):

    don't change a thing! the highlight from the torch makes it, for...

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