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Vagabundos de Granada

Vagabundos de Granada
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Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 305 N: 2816] (13088)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2014-02-27
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Exposure: 1/130 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Will's street snaps, Encounters and conversations, Will's monochromes #2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-05-27 2:43
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vagrants having a few peaceful minutes in Placeta Carvajales, El Albaicín, Granada, with the Alhambra beyond.

This was taken at a focal length of 25mm on a full-frame camera. In other words I got in close, doing proper candid street photography, rather than using a long lens to keep a distance from them. They didn't seem to mind, or perhaps even notice. This was taken in February, and the nights were cold. I hope they found somewhere dry to sleep, as it rained hard all that night.

Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
1/2 stop under metered exposure, as I wanted "atmosphere"

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11923 W: 126 N: 21559] (110447)
  • [2016-05-27 2:54]

Hi Will,this is a very artistic pic! A great way to show us this unlucky people,not only the 4 men,but a magnificent scenery in background too,an excellent idea the black and white to give a special atmopshere to this cloudy day! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Will,
These four vagrants apparently oblivious to you make a stark contrast with the background scene. I like the interaction between the two groups one stood up, the other sat down. The dog seems to be in a different world altogether intent on something out of frame. Excellent street candid perfectly suited to the black and white treatment.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24633 W: 523 N: 41345] (177668)
  • [2016-05-27 3:53]

Hello Will,

Your camera and lens are both of high quality, but you work very gladly in black and white, this is a choice of the photographer.
You has no grain with ISO 400 normally 100 ISO is correct.
The vagrants and dog together have is nice break, with wine and bread.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Bonjour Will,

Au moins pour ces personnes sans abris, la soirée ne semble pas trop froide dans cette partie du monde. Le vin sera bon pour réchauffer les cœurs plus que les corps. Le noir et blanc accentue l'impression de documentaire de l'ensemble.



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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 417 N: 6650] (26900)
  • [2016-05-27 5:38]

Hello Will,

An excellent specimen of candid street photography is this! And your conversion to black and white adds a wonderful "grittiness" to the scene and to the air of desperation and misery of this little group of homeless people. Their sad mood is accentuated by the dark surroundings and their only hope of cheer is from the companionship of each other and their faithful dog, some meagre food supplies and a bottle of wine.

A superbly well taken photograph with fine contrasts and textures and excellent details and which conveys the mood perfectly.


Kind Regards,


Hello Will,
I saw in John's critique that "grittiness" is the correct English word to describe this, so I'll use it as well. You combine a regular tourist photo with a social study in quite an unusual way (at least for TE). I suppose the Granada tourist board won't like this photo, but I do. You follow a tradition of great candid street photography that is usually found in galleries and this books.
Kind regards,

Dear Will,

I see you take photos according to the words of Robert Capa, and you do it well. As you mentioned it is a candid shot and not a paparazzi style photo. John and Gert say its gritty and I agree. It is and it fits the topic well.

Excellent shot! I 'faved' it!
Best Wishes,

Hi Will
oh my god... PLACETA CARVAJALES, EL ALBAICIN, GRANADA....I dare you to say that 5 times in a row really fast, bet you can't do it! lol thats a mouth full.

as a dog lover, I feel more for the dog...is that wrong to say? probably...oh well.

I'm more interested in the view, its a great view and easy to see why they'd want to pick this bench. I would have as well.

a fine textured shot with the rooftops, and it scales up high as it extends up the frame. nice work

Hi Will
Pavement life!!
A pic worthy of more attention than it has been given, so sad feel for them in this weather, but love this close candid; subject/s, angle, what you did atmospherically etc. it suits mono adding the gritty edge to the scene and nice background in total contrast to the subject. It's amazing to see what some people endure that does make us feel grateful. The composition makes this especially poignant. Well shot, Congrats
Best wishes

beautiful b&w... the castle behind adds drama to the scene... nice one indeed...



Hi Will
A nice way to combine this famous structure with the reality of life. It must be horrible to not know where to sleep on any given night never mind in cold winter. The black and white works really well in this photo.

Hi Will,
A good combination of a documentary shot and impressive background. Wet looking weather gives a proper idea of how it is not easy living like that.

Hi dear Will

25mm widefocus single focal lens has estabished so authentic image as such. So nicely balanced composition. Very tasty B&W touch is quite favorable to see.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

Hello Will,
Beautiful moody picture with a characteristic scene of the vagabonds’ street life before an unexpected background. For me a surprising choice for black and white for this possible colorful figures.
Groet Rob

Dobro vece.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano druzenje, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepa crno bela fotografija.
lepo uhvacen trenutak druzenja i oblaka koji dolaze i donose kisu.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Good evening.
Beautiful view of the moment, a good text ...
Good work, nice gathering showed good contrast and perspective, a beautiful black and white photo.
nice moment caught socializing and clouds that come and bring the rain.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.

Hello Will,
Very nice b&w capture from Granada with those 4 vagabonds and their dog, fully in their typical own element.
Who knows, maybe they have a far better lifestyle than ourselves !
Nice framed.

TFS and have a nice weekend


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