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taken recently as part of a trip to dehli.
Upped the blacks to give it some oomph.
the title refers to the man in the photo.
although he is the cleaner he also acts as a guide. In return for his knowledge of the site he requests to be paid in Euros!
what better signs of a changing economy

Camera:Nikon d3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:F 2.8
Title:Guided Stairs
Username:clevercloggs clevercloggs
Uploaded:15 May 2009 - 12:40 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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johnjrp
johnjrp e2 Member 10430 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 1:56 AM

Nice pov and works well in b&w.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 3:46 AM

Wonderful in b/w. Awesome shot...Sandy

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BranoTresa
15 May 2009 - 5:51 AM

I just like simplicity of this and goes well in mono.

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seanslevin
seanslevin  10 Ireland
15 May 2009 - 7:05 AM

Wonderful shot
Sean

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 8:14 AM

Individual approach Rob, mono and soft light superb. Ron.

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clevercloggs
15 May 2009 - 8:28 AM

thank you for your comments and clicks. it is appreciated.
I agree that the subject is a simple one but somehow interesting.
May be it is the light coming down the steps that adds value to the image.

did the folowing work on this to get it to this stage:
levelling
increase the blacks
selective sharpening on the man
dodging of the slithers of light on the various steps
and reduction of the light in te arch as that was geting to dominant whereas the focus is on the man.

Robert

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 9:10 AM

classic composition, carefully capture

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 9:25 AM

I like how he appears to be climbing out of the darkness and into the light. A metaphor, perhaps?

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clevercloggs
15 May 2009 - 9:47 AM

is possible.

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intoit
intoit  8 Canada
15 May 2009 - 2:13 PM

Wonderful framing, pov, light and tones!
It's got it all, plus the mood!!

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 3:35 PM

Beautiful composition and light.

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clevercloggs
15 May 2009 - 3:50 PM

thank you for your interest in this image. I am pleased with the sudden attention. Smile

robert

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clevercloggs
17 May 2009 - 11:02 AM

to ed Jones, the pro critique for this photo.

thank you for your pro critique.
I agree with your comments that the photo could be more interesting with the person looking over his shoulder back at me or if I had chosen an angle which would make the photo more dynamic.
Agree that the top end of the photo where one would expect a reward for looking upwards into the image lets the viewer down by havin nothing to show for

the reason for thes missed opportunities is lack of time. Too late did I notice the man in front of me and simply grabbed the shot.
In fact I have one photo of him lower on the stairs and one just a bit higher up. In neither is he looking back.

Thank you for your comment, it is appreciated.

Robert

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brooza
brooza  5
20 May 2009 - 12:59 PM

I like it a lot, but it could benefit from some cropping on one side to render it less symmetrical perhaps?

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2009 - 9:40 PM

For a grab shot you've caught a lot of interesting detail and contrasts as well as that super shaped archway
Helen

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sunnilkalinndi
27 Jan 2010 - 9:52 AM

nice one..............!!!!

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