Photo of the Week - Week 22 - Market Portraits

June 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had the opportunity to return to Otavalo, Ecuador. It's a wonderful town, for many reasons. Having been there a few times, I've always wanted to return there and photograph some of the people in the market, which I finally was able to do on this last visit.

It is very challenging for me to take photos of strangers ... I'm not a very out-going person and I'm very afraid of intruding on people and offending them. My solution this time around was to use my telephoto lens - a Canon 70-200mm. This allowed me to get closer photos of people but without getting in their face. My goal was/is to capture people in a natural state - not posing.

As we were walking the market (nearly deserted - it was a Wednesday afternoon) I saw this beautiful little girl playing with her doll and couldn't resist making a few images.

Otavalo, Ecuador As I began working on my images afterward, I wanted to do a couple of things with it: First, convert it to black and white, and second, really emphasize the girl's face, particularly since she's turned away and not looking at the camera.

 

For this next image, we were actually above the market, waiting for our food in a restaurant. I made a few images of the market, but something about this one, with the woman sitting and waiting caught my eye.

Otavalo, Ecuador


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