Posted on May 25, 2009 - 85 comments -

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On my last post I wondered about capturing an "essence" of a city in single shot.
I was overwhelmed with your comments and thoughts about the issue.
Francesco Gallarotti and Mickey Rahman wrote me something that I wish to quote -

...When working in a series about a particular location it's a good rule of thumb to have at a minimum 4 types of pictures:
- landmarks or places that can easily be associated with that location
- environmental portraits of people in that environment
- detail shots
- action shots...

I think it's a great tip. What I would like to do is to try to take this tip and fit it to my own style/agenda - I'm not a big fan of "series" shots. I believe that 'A picture is worth a thousand words' and one photo should contain the beginning, the middle and the end of a story (that's, of course, mainly true to the 'classic' street photography) - So, if I'll manage to combine AT LEAST two (and strive for more) of the points mentioned above, I think I'll be on my way for a better, multi-layered street photography.

I would like to link for two works of the Masters as examples -

Photo by Cartier Bresson and a very famous kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Just note how each of these has the right combination of the 'points' mentioned earlier.

Wow.. That's just became a pretty long post. I'm babbling too much - Go out and shoot some photos! :)

There has been 85 Responses to 'Lunch' so far

  1. Buonaluce says:

    Ahhhhhh... pure street photo ;) congrats! (BTW, I love the guy on the left with his back against the wall...)

  2. rhys says:

    Great work. I like your 'babble' too. I cant help but wonder what this would look like in B&w ? Any news on your new blog?

  3. Gérard says:

    Je retrouve avec plaisir tes magnifiques photos d'ambiance !

  4. Fritsch says:

    You don't babbling too much, Ilan. It's great to look at your beauties presented here & it's great to share your thoughts about. Don't stop it. Don't!

    And this one has the right combination: environmental portraits of people in that environment & action shot. In other words: Superb!

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

  5. yz says:

    cool moment captured, it really has a night party mood

  6. Ben Simo says:


    You've captured many layers in this photo. The combination makes it great.


  7. Jon Rieley-Goddard says:

    I like the play between "lunch" and the dark quality of the pic, and I like the ambiguity of the person -- is it a man, is it a woman ...

  8. Mickey Rahman says:

    I think its very diffcult to do that all in one frame, but I think your approach of trying to combine at least 2 in the same shot is a very good idea and a good starting point. Good luck with it :)

  9. mononeil says:

    I think that its the approach you take. If you want to do a series of images and go out with that frame of mind then thats fine or in your case one image perfect. All the great photos tell the story in one image. I'm dabbling too muct now. Nice one Ilan.

  10. Alex says:

    La has pillado justo con las manos en la masa, o en las patatas, eso parece.
    Buen retrato.

  11. jbergantine says:

    i'd say this one does it. great expression and personality, definitely a moment, and the background is really interesting too.

  12. Ivar says:

    Great candid shot, like the darker look you have in tis. Nice

  13. Snapshutter says:

    This one has captured many things in a single photo, street art, people, a mood. Thanks for relaying the tips.

  14. Ankush. says:

    this one fits quite well. great street shot.

  15. pando says:

    Interesting scene. Excellent street photo. ;-)

  16. Pierre says:

    Scène intéressante. Je trouve juste le grain chromatique trop présent.

  17. Joaquin says:

    Yes, it's a great street shot, but it could be Barcelona or other city, but the expression of her face is great! :-D

  18. timtop says:

    wow - my favourite for some time! And another woman stuffing her face shot!
    Great work.

  19. aleksarus says:

    When I look at this picture, I feel like view of women in their native environment, in your city, share the everyday life with restaurants and shops, and urban life, with graphite, subculture, and perhaps revolutionary in relation to the first. Excellent frame, I think you managed to combine those things about which you wrote

  20. sil says:

    I really like this one, Ilan. Well done! Like the different elements you included and the woman's face and look are great :)

  21. Richard Hollins says:

    Very nice shot. Lots of personality here - of the people in the shot and of the street itself. It's the kind of picture that makes me wonder about the lives of the people in it.

  22. Francesco says:

    ...une lumière magnifique..

  23. Sidney says:

    Although I always work with never ending series... you are right... a good single shot should enclose a story.

  24. Craig Ferguson says:

    This is a great example of color street photography. Well done.

  25. Ian says:

    Great shot. I'm completely taken by her expression; gotta know what she's staring at so intently, especially with a mouthful of grub. :-)

  26. AB says:

    Nice. The girl in background sitting to eat adds balance to the girl in foreground standing.

  27. Rajesh says:

    Nice stuff. The expression of the girl busy eating food is great.

  28. Rajesh says:

    Also the background, the graffiti adds rawness to the snap.

  29. Ken says:

    Beautiful capture.

    We can all learn for others and only get better.

  30. claude says:

    Beautiful street shot, nicely composed and framed!

  31. beanow says:

    Ilan! Perfect capture! Very cool street portrait!

  32. Belizarie says:

    Snapshot is ok but try it in black and white in this case.

  33. Andy says:

    Very cool street shot. Looks like whatever food they are selling around this street is good because everyone seems to be enjoying it!

  34. Framed and Shot says:

    Some interesting thoughts there, not at all bubbling :-) We should listen and discuss what we focus on and why, always something new to learn!!

    We like your candid shot, the woman standing looks in a hurry, while the other woman sitting and eating looks a bit more relaxed. We like how the woman looks out of the picture, like she is waiting for someone, or something.
    The graffiti, the graphic touch of her jeans and the soft light from the left adds nice contrast and life to the photo.

  35. Yashar says:

    It hunger me..! :)
    nice shot..

  36. elaine says:

    here we go for the environmental portrait! no doubt!!!
    time to go and get shooting for me then!!

  37. Younes Bounhar says:

    Very cool post. I like the tips that you quoted from Francesco and Mickey, but have to say that upon seeing the Cartier- Bresson and Eisenstadt pictures, you can do it all in one shot. Beautiful examples to illustrate your point.

    I also do like your photo, but somehow I feel that there is something missing on the left hand side. I think framing the shot just a bit to the left would have given you a bit more action and atmosphere...then again I wasn't there :).


  38. Anonymous

    you catch a very nice expression - excellent colors

  39. Jinksee says:

    I love lunch, and I love this photo. :D It's a fun one! Great tip, too. It's nice to have friends who see things differently then us, and share it with us. :D Love your work, as always! :D

  40. Terry H. says:

    You do have a fetish for Women and food dont ya! :) Like the tone, the scarf, coat and jean look on the Woman. Cool shot!

  41. jpla says:

    Bien vu ! Bonne journée.

  42. Mohammadreza says:

    nice capture ...

  43. liang says:

    excellent candid shot here. a snacky break always is good!

  44. John Maslowski says:

    Definitely captured a lot of personality in this street shot. One is drawn immediately to the woman eating, then to the fascinating graffiti and finally down the street. Excellent work capturing this street scene exactly the way you desired to present it.

  45. jo says:

    Love the grainy/spontaniety mix. It mixes up beautifully. On the subject of rules and photography- rules of thumb and all that. I like to take them with a grain of salt!! Turn pictures inside out, break the rules, find something new and exciting...but that's just me. There are as many ways to photograph as there are photographers. Rules can be simplistic and limiting, but they are also very satisfying to rupture.

  46. Stephane says:

    Even a good meal we chose cannot always satisfy the hunger of the soul.I'll be curious to know what are Your thoughts about your take.
    As for the Masters you quote, better than the allposters site there are mini books that look like portofolio not too expensive to get a better look at what they did, like Phaidon 55 collection.

  47. bluechameleon says:

    Sensational shot! Excellent street shot with a killer mood. She is cool in the foreground, but I find he people in the back rather intriguing as well.
    My compliments.

  48. T and S says:

    Beautiful street shot with perfect colors and lighting. Well done Ilan.

  49. gavin hart says:

    Nice angle giving a glimpse of life further along the street. Love the various illuminations throughout the scene.

  50. SePp says:

    Hi Ilan,
    followed your discusssion and I think its quite interisting. You're right that a picture is more than a million words but a city is a huge thing, with lots of people and lots of different expressions :-)

    Posted something at Rahman blog.

    Greets SePp

  51. Calusarus says:

    Bon appetit !

  52. Marcie says:

    Nice street scene. Love the light.

  53. Arjan - PlasticDaisy says:

    Now that is some lunch! :) This image does give a nice feel of the scene.

  54. Giovanni says:

    Exccelent street capture! Love it!

  55. XaviH says:

    Ilan the graffiti i your shot must be quite photogenical, as it hs been also captured in the Maiso ISO 101's photoblog:

  56. Life with Kaishon says:

    Wow. I really like this a lot!

  57. joshi daniel says:

    that is true street shot!

  58. Glennis says:

    Great street photo, makes me hungry!

  59. Pied Crow says:

    This is nicely framed, it has that wonderful feeling of a moment captured, along with good formal graphic elements. It would be interesting to see in b&w, as others noted.

  60. Ashish Sidapara says:

    Beautiful candid portrait, love the colors.

  61. Beat says:

    Great street shot Ilan. Really out of the middle of live. well done

  62. Mike says:

    True essence of a street shot. Has a little bit of everything. Nice job.

  63. namaki says:

    thanks for the tips .... this is a nice capture !

  64. françoisedu80 says:

    Bonjour ,
    Petite pause déjeuner sur le pouce vite ,vite ,vite , good!!!!
    bon dimanche ....

  65. Carver says:

    You did a great job capturing a mood as well as details in this shot. Excellent!

  66. LightningPaul says:

    This is fun shot too :-)
    You caught the best of this woman :-D

  67. LightningPaul says:

    Thanks for sharing the tips.

  68. standley says:

    A superb moody composition.
    I love the atmosphere!

  69. Zing says:

    Great street shot, nice colours and textures on the walls.

  70. Anne says:

    nice light and colours in this one.

  71. Ida says:

    Great composition :) is she wonder!? :D WELL DONE~ BRAVO...

  72. Walter Neiger says:

    a very cool street portrait with a nice atmosphere.

  73. Sandy says:

    This is stunning and I love what you've done with it...great great job.

  74. wedealindreams says:

    I think its a really cool idea being able to incorporate that stuff into a photo.
    Its something that I would want to try and use,
    thanks for sharing that with us

  75. martie says:

    GREAT shot! I really like the lighting in this one and the processing makes it almost feel as if it's from another time. Excellent.

  76. Mario ISO101 says:

    You are right! The same graffuti!!!

  77. imhkki says:

    nice photo

  78. One says:

    What strong expression on this beautiful portrait ! Nice capture !

  79. Doum says:

    Excellent tip and analyze you post here. Brilliant interrogations to built hors du commun "candid" shot. And you add to my slow 8bits mind many other questions to ask before press the shutter. Nice moment this lunch. Bravo.

  80. Philippe says:

    Super photo , très amusante, elle a sont Mc do sur la tête .
    Belle composition et un trairement des couleurs vraiment bon, Phil.

  81. Anna says:

    Ilan and I am now hungry too, lol. This is actually interesting shot, and her facial expressions. Anna :)

  82. Omar says:

    Cool shot, wonderful street scene, despite the noisy capture

  83. Westy | P H O T O N O M Y says:

    this is fantastic... well done.. love the old school process to it too.

  84. Marie says:

    superbe image avec un beau post traitement.

  85. Phototherapy says:

    If you are ok and you are interested in reciprocitating advices, I can comment more in depth, I already started ;)
    First the image, it seems you used a wide angle, you are close and I don't think it's a theft image, you may have asked to the lady. You apply what you were saying in a previous post: we are in the scene. You also choose a very simple fact, eating, everybody recognize himself in it. This two points give the character to the image. Again, it could be in any western city.
    Next the text and these rules: yes, they are right but it's the basics of any story telling, same thing for a book. Regarding series, they help you to be more ambitious, to explore more from a subject, to have a wider topic and really "document" that topic (any image should have a beginning, middle and an end, but it's difficult to capture a complex matter in one shot - the kiss is not so complex ;)))

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