The Shill.

Forums Critique Requests The Shill.

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    These guys really don’t like being photographed. I think if I was a man I would have been punched. I just made a speedy exit! :lol:

    and a mono version. Yes … I know they need straightening slightly, but that would clip the Shills posterior! Dilemma … which is the worst sin? :evil:

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    Well Delores you once again have produced a cracking   photo–street life documentary  type- you could not have caught their actions better. You are so brave and come back with the pics. They would not  like to be pictured I would have thought because of the gambling  aspect.  I”snt  Shill–making a gambling game look easier than it is?? to get the inocents like me!! to lay their money down. Someone will tell me if I am wrong. In my humble opinion every thing about this picture is right-the guy counting the cash-the other at the table and just look at the mens faces looking on. This reminds me of the great photo”s in Picture Post and Illustrated.  Easy your best outside pics. and this would be very ” sellable”.Well done   give Zac another tuna. KEN



    You are quite right Ken.  It is illegal and usually someone is watching out for the coppers. Let’s just say the bald guy was winning … and you don’t see that often.   Fortunately for me they were too occupied to notice me until after I got a few shots.

    Shill  (shl) Slang
    One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.

    v. shilled, shill·ing, shills
    To act as a shill.
    1. To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
    2. To lure (a person) into a swindle.
    [perhaps shortened from shillaber a circus barker, of unknown origin]


    Ian McNab

    Cracking documentary street shot, D. I think the BW works best, partly ‘cos it has the feel of street photojournalism, but also because it gives better tonal separation of the two men from the complex background. (This looks like a classic “f/8 at 1/125s” street shot, so no separation by blurring the background.)



    I am glad it looks that way Ian. I am sure the settings were no where near what they should have been.  Sometimes you have to grab the shot in whatever your camera is set at and as this was drawing towards evening the light was going fast.  Had to tweak quite a bit post click. Found it while rummaging around my HD the other day and decided to do what I could with it.



    The Shill 2 … The pay-out.

    and the mono version.

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