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PadmaSree Kalaamandam Gopi
doing makeup for Kathakali

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:24.0 - 70.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 37.7 - 109.9 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Jan 2013 - 9:37 PM
Focal Length:60mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:6400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Makeup
Username:somakumaran somakumaran
Uploaded:23 Jan 2013 - 5:55 PM
Tags:Kathakali, Kerala, Kochi, Portraits / people
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41267 forum postsSooty_1 vcard United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2013 - 11:18 PM

A good intimate kind of shot, and one that I would have wanted just a little more front-on. You could have included the mirror too, to give a focus for his eyes and complete the context of the photograph.
As it is, the ISO is very high, though the noise looks manageable, but a slightly deeper depth of field would have helped. The sharpness of his cheek paint would suggest that's where the focus is, and though his eye is within the depth of acceptable focus, you can't really see it properly, and the rest is just out. An aperture of f/5.6 would have been better to get more face in focus but still blur the background.

You could have lowered the ISO to improve the colours and still had some leeway with the shutter speed, which is plenty high enough.

Good effort though, and there's a lot to see in the shot.

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 7:44 PM

Great potential but the lighting looks better than your 6400 suggests. You need less on the right and more on the left. The image is out of balance. I know it would be wrong in a sense, but I might reverse it so he is looking to the right.

Paul

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