A few more images from our visit. All shots hand held. D700, 24-70mm. ISO 400.
Break Time--This is one of my favorites. The tuk-tuk driver was catching a quick nap in between fares.
This woman was walking through the village and came across the bridge to be included in my photograph.
To Market: These people had bundles of morning glories and sticks on the back of their bicycles that they were taking to market. I was told that th plants are often used to feed livestock while the sticks are used for wood fires for cooking. Most homes had no electricity or fuel, so cooking was done over wood fires and generators or batteries were used when electricity was needed.
Village Home: This was pretty typical of the homes in the village.
I enjoyed seeing your Cambodia photos. That area of the world is so foreign to us westerners. We have so much that we are not even thankful for. Your photos really bring that home to me. I especially like the driver napping photo. I like the selective depth of field in that one. I also like the woman on the bridge. Oh heck, looking again, I like them all! Good job! Marie
I know what you meant about us taking so many things for granted. I came back with a new appreciation for so many blessings that we have and never even think about.
I have not done much people/street photography in the past, and this was a great opportunity. I appreciate the comments and suggestions. I am still reviewing images from the trip, and may post a few more.
(In the interest of full disclosure, the DOF on the image of the napping driver was enhanced via photoshop. I did not manage that completely in camera. Once I had the image up on my computer screen I realized how busy the background was.) The woman on the bridge was interesting. I was shooting out on to the lake from the bridge and she was walking up the street through the village. She really wanted to be part of the picture and quite happily stood along the walkway while I took my shots.
BTW, I noticed in your profile that you are from Pennsylvania? Whereabouts? We lived in West Chester, PA for many years.
I do like the blurring of the background that you were able to achieve in the napping photo. I am not at all proficient in Photoshop. I use Capture NX2 for my PP and know that I don't use even a fraction of all the functions that it has!
I live in Washington, PA just south of Pittsburgh. I think that West Chester is near Philadelphia, isn't it? I haven't been to that part of the state too often.
In this case, the trick to creating the blur is creating a good mask so that the areas you want to keep sharp and those you want to blur are well defined. I use a Wacom tablet and pen for all my editing. I find it much easier to work with than a mouse and much more comfortable. I probably would not attempt half of what I now can do in Photoshop if I was still working with a mouse.
Yes, West Chester is SW of Philly. I haven't been to the Pittsburgh area all that often either.
Thank you for your comments. It would certainly never have occurred to me to string a hammock inside of the cab, but the driver looks pretty comfortable.
I understand what you mean about the bluring effect. Do you think it would help if the background was a little less blurred? The background was pretty busy and I am trying to reduce the potential distraction.
What a wonderful trip you had and to see a place like Cambodia must have given you many good memories. It is amazing to see people with so little in material luxuries be so warm and happy. You have captured expressions in a Cambodian village that you would have to search hard for in a US mall. Could you imagine the looks people would give you if you took their picture in this country? I really like what you did in your first picture especially in comparison to the before cropped shot. That was too busy. The cropped shot puts attention on the resting tuk-tuk driver. I liked his hammock with the bug netting over top of him. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see more.