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By imAJes  
Mughal / Islamic windows, dilapidated walls and numerous pictures of Hindu Gods and goddesses come together to create this scene.

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19 Jan 2013 9:53PM
Great Shot ~ Full of interest

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devlin 7 653 39 India
20 Jan 2013 7:46AM
This is an interesting scene, and while it could do with some post processing work, i think this could have been composed a bit better, there are a couple of things that could have been considered, one is a lower perspective, that would have put more of the focus on the man and avoided some of the distractions like the rope etc, the other way to go this could have been a portrait format shot restricting the elements to the man and the wall behind him.

From a PP perspective ive loaded two mods, both mods have been adjusted for tonal contrast and little brightening, mod2 has also been cropped a bit from the right and from the bottom

Hope this helps

imAJes 5 1 India
20 Jan 2013 4:59PM
This was my first ever post to EPZ - and this was also my first ever attempt at street or candid (third shot of the day). Have been into photography for the past half a year only. Although that is no excuse, still I hope you will forgive me for not having taken a better shot, because the scene has a lot of potential. In fact, this is such a busy frame, that there are so many other sub frames with potential. Will go to the place once again and try better shots. Am learning with every view that I receive.

Philpot - thank you for taking the time. I like the way you have taken out more details from the walls and cupboard. I will also need to look at the sharpening techniques a bit. Thank you for providing such complete information.

Devlin, I absolutely agree with you that the picture could have been better in portrait format shot from a low perspective. Although I cant change the perspective now, however, I will be cropping the pic and will try to get a better picture out of this than it is. Regarding your mods, I like the way you have modified the tonality, would you please help me with the settings that you used.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
20 Jan 2013 6:03PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Abhishek.

I like what youre trying to convey here. It looks to me that you werent focusing on the man, but rather the man in this environment. However, the feedback you have received is good. Part of the learning in photography is seeing the image in the scene in front of you. So I will just add some more to whats been said.

Using an 18mm focal length introduces geometric distortions, and this is especially bad if you are pointing the camera down, or up. If you look at the tiles at the bottom of the shot, they are curved, which is barrel distortion; and the verticals by the windows lean inwards slightly. So look out for this. Getting down low as suggested above would minimise this. Also think about level, - as you can see the top of the right window is lower than the left. This can in fact be part of the geometric distortions, since, if your lens is not exactly parallel to that wall, you can have this effect.

I also have uploaded 2 modifications, - one is your original with the distortion minimized, and the second is the portrait crop that was available at the time using a focal length closer to 55mm.

Scroll up this page to the modifications tab to see them.

I hope you enjoy the site,


paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 7:20PM
The content is extremely interesting and adequately sharp even with such a long shutter speed. The problem for me is that the tonal range is just too wide for the sensor. Thus the windows are very bright. The image looks better with the windows cropped off.

Not easy. To retain this wide composition, the exposure needed to be more for the windows, the foreground then being dodged back to show detail. Ideally, some closer detail shots not including the windows.

imAJes 5 1 India
20 Jan 2013 10:12PM
Thanks banehawi - really appreciate your time. It was a great lesson learning about lens distortion. Will have to read up more on the same. And yes, I did want to show the very unique environment with the man being a natural part of it rather than making the man as the point of interest - kind of like making the viewer slowly realize that there is a man also in the picture. I dont know if this is photographically sound or not, but I wanted the viewer to first look at the windows and walls, their shape, their texture, then slowly move their eyes downwards to discover the various photo frames and objects and then realize that there is a man who is also sitting . I was able to get that reaction from one person live, but on a projector screen, and I would really like to know if that is how your eyes travel through the picture or not on the website.
Because of this, although I tried to crop differently based on various critiques, somehow none appealed to me.
In fact, as I had said earlier, if I would have taken a lower perspective, then it would have been right for a portrait with the man as the focus.

Paul - you are right - there was so much dynamic range that it was more than my camera could handle - maybe I will try to take an HDR image Smile - Regarding taking the shot based on exposure from the windows, I believe then we would have lost a lot of wall texture and the items behind the man as they would have been clipped off - and my view is that - I can lose details of objects which are extraneous rather than lose details of the small small objects that make up the environment. Again - will try a HDR the next time I go to the location. Although the man may not be there Smile

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