An old man in Dali

I was sitting in a small coffeeshop in Dali / China enjoying looking at passing people and this man turns up with some type of old looking scroll.  (is it called that?!) Anyways, I’m not much for the tourist type of things so I declined buying although he insisted for a long time changing the price dramatically to make me buy it. He had this really nice way and we laughed together a lot. I didn’t want to buy and finally he continued his journey. I felt really bad about the whole thing, he was such a nice old man and he really just wanted a few coins to make this day work – he wasn’t a beggar and I’ve given them plenty of change but this guy who tried so hard I gave nothing but small talk.

I was hoping for him to return so I could give him something and to my great joy he did – about an hour or so later – and I gave him something similar to a dollar and his face shine like a small child’s. He said, Now I have dinner for tonight.

Picture taken using the wonderful little Sigma DP1. Full size image on flickr.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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8 Responses to An old man in Dali

  1. Ted Johnson says:

    A wonderful story, Carl. And an amazing photo. I think the foveon sensor takes the best digital black and white photos.

  2. Manuel DF says:

    Perhaps Ted is right. I don’t know much of how well other sensors perform for BW fotos. The thing that really annoys me on the DP1 is, that in situations like these the lens is so slow, you have to tune up the ISO to whatever is possible to get the shot. And then, only BW locks good enough to show. F4 as a start is painfull. Anyway, Carls picture looks amazing.

    @Carl: can you please provide us some exif data? ISO, shutter and aperture?

  3. Manuel, here’s the exif for you! :)

  4. Also, I love shooting high ISO BW with any Sigma as that gives you a very wide range of tones – nothing will ever be lost in highlights – Colors will not look as good but for BW work – it’s brilliant. Colors does look really nice at lower iso – from 50-400 – and in some cases 800 but hardly ever higher.

  5. uri c says:

    hello carl

    why you are not shoting with the sd15 and why you are not writing a review about it

    thank you

  6. Uri,

    My SD15 was returned long ago to Sigma because it was a testmodell and I wasn’t allowed to post with exif and no RAW. The real SD15 is on it’s way to me as we speak and when it arrives!!! Then I’ll start for real!

  7. Manuel DF says:

    @Carl: thank you! It seems the situation was brighter as I thought.

  8. spalbird says:

    Nice story, and I am so grateful how easy I can earn my daily expenses. It is especially hard for those who don’t meet the attraction of their customers…

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