Encounter with Erdem: A Champion of Yagli Gures

### Encounter with Erdem: A Champion of Yagli Gures

In the backstage of the 2023 Yagli Gures championship in Turkey, I had the honor of photographing Erdem, a Turkish wrestler and friend for 10 years. To capture this moment of closeness and intensity, I used a fixed 85mm lens, ideal for portraits due to its ability to produce a shallow depth of field. With an aperture of f/1.8, I was able to isolate Erdem from the background, making his face and skin details even more striking.

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Encounter with Erdem: A Champion of Yagli Gures

In the backstage of the 2023 Yagli Gures championship in Turkey, I had the honor of photographing Erdem, a Turkish wrestler and friend for 10 years. To capture this moment of closeness and intensity, I used a fixed 85mm lens, ideal for portraits due to its ability to produce a shallow depth of field. With an aperture of f/1.8, I was able to isolate Erdem from the background, making his face and skin details even more striking.

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The key to achieving this photo was managing the natural light. Yagli Gures often takes place outdoors, and that day, the light was soft, creating subtle shadows that highlighted Erdem’s muscular contours. I preferred a slightly warm white balance to maintain the event’s authentic atmosphere.

In post-production, I worked on the contrast and desaturation of colors. This highlighted the texture of the oil on Erdem’s skin and gave the image a raw and realistic look. I also enhanced details such as sweat droplets and wrestling marks to emphasize the intense physical effort of this traditional sport.

What I love about this photo is how it captures the essence of Yagli Gures: strength, concentration, and tradition. Erdem, with his determined expression and body marked by effort, perfectly embodies these values. This image is not just a sports portrait, but also a tribute to the resilience and passion of wrestlers like Erdem, who dedicate their lives to this ancestral sport.

 

Technical Analysis of the Photograph

Aperture and Depth of Field:
An aperture of f/1.8 for a shallow depth of field, highlighting Erdem’s face while blurring the background.

Focal Length and Composition:
Using an 85mm focal length, ideal for portraits, capturing Erdem realistically and closely.

Exposure and Contrast:
Adjusting the exposure to balance natural light and shadows, capturing details without losing nuances.

ISO Sensitivity:
ISO 200 for optimal clarity, even in variable natural light conditions.

Color and Tone:
Slightly desaturated tones to reflect the raw and authentic ambiance of Yagli Gures, emphasizing the skin’s texture and the moment’s intensity.
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