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Ladies of the Shebeen
Lens: smc Pentax FA 1:4-5.6 28-105mm Camera: Z-1 Photo Location: KwaZakhele township, South Africa ISO: 100 
Posted By: ffking, 08-30-2018, 02:00 AM

I know I've posted this elsewhere on these forums, but since I'm posting my favourites, I have to X-post this one. It comes from 1998 when my wife and I were dong the photography for a health research project in KwaZakhele township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We had access to places that I wouldn't have dared go alone, though in reality nobody we met was in any way hostile. We were shown briefly into the shebeen (in the South African sense they are informal but licensed drinking places)where these two ladies were enjoying a mid-morning beer. I had an AF 400 FTZ flash mounted on the camera, and it was quite gloomy, but I thought it would totally destroy the atmosphere to fire it - one of the best photographic decisions I've made: the motion blur, and the hint of camera shake (from foggy memory, I think I was getting something like 1/4 sec wide open in pre-SR days) add to the atmosphere and the natural light spilling through the door is just beautiful. I standout memory from a very memorable day. Shot on Fujichrome Provia 100 transparency film.

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Sometimes the perfect shot is far from perfect
Totally captures the moment.
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That is a wonderful image, thanks for posting it.
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Wow, nice glow, looks like a painting to me

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Captures the moment splendidly.
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Yes, this really catches the moment.
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Sometimes the perfect shot is far from perfect
Nicely said - thank you
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That is a wonderful image, thanks for posting it.
Thank you for commenting!

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Wow, nice glow, looks like a painting to me
it's probably just the slight camera shake - but thank you
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Sometimes imperfection creates the perfect photo, after all we are not perfect, so the perfect rendition is imperfection.
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Thanks for showing an interesting and beautiful picture
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Great color and side lighting, capturing something that is significant. Pixel peeping need not apply, and would not enhance this image, but would render it sterile. Great moment. Thanks.
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Captures the moment splendidly.
Thank you
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Yes, this really catches the moment.
You know what? I think it does!
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Don't stop when the contest is over - I see real potential
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Thanks for showing an interesting and beautiful picture
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