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By Manas
A hawker on beach with cycle......

Tags: Black and white Beach photography Beach life

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4253 Canada
17 Dec 2018 12:41PM
The fast shutter speed froze him in time.

I wonder whats he selling?

I like the tyre tracks in the sand. Better if he was walking into the frame rather than out, but maybe its the end of his day.

I uploaded a mod with shadow detail improved to show him more clrealy, and re,oved some of the rocks on the side, - just a different look, bit necessarily an improvement.

Manas 10 India
17 Dec 2018 3:24PM
Thank you Mr.Banehawi.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
17 Dec 2018 3:52PM
This one from Digha ?
Manas 10 India
17 Dec 2018 3:57PM
The aforesaid picture was taken during my recent trip to Mandarmani.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2018 4:40PM
This is my kind of image an you have a good composition and interesting content. ye only real problem is the loss of shadow detail just where it matters, on the man. A little bit of post work and you ha a very nice image. Just spend that few minutes thinking what we might say before posting, then make the adjustments.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
17 Dec 2018 7:43PM
I think that the bright, wet sand has fooled the exposure meter - maybe a little positive exposure compensation would have helped get more tone in the man and his clothes. Learning to spot when compensation is needed is one of the skills that nobody tells you that it is useful to have!

Willie's mod improves matters.

Nicely observed picture.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2018 8:30PM
A good capture, Manas, I wonder what he was or is selling.

I wonder if you could have included more of the bicycle tyre tracks. These could have been an extra interesting element, showing where he had come from, following the line of his route across the frame. I think you could only have got more of the tracks if you had been able to move your camera more to the left. That, however, would have taken away some of the nice amount of space that you left in front of him. So, pulling back a bit could have been the answer.

The man is quite dark because the camera has been influenced by the bright sand background and underexposed him. Lifting the shadows in post-processing will help, but using some positive Exposure Compensation at the time of shooting would have been better. Use Exposure Compensation when you know that you need to override the camera. Try to anticipates that the camera will underexpose, and you will end up with a brighter, better exposure.

Regardless of how advanced camera internal computers get, there will always be times when it does not correctly expose the image. Taking some control away from the camera and putting it into your own hands will alleviate some of those camera miscalculations.

In my modification I have cropped to place the man and his bike on a thirds line, lifted shadows and removed your frame in the process of cropping.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 778 England
17 Dec 2018 8:52PM
There are times when dark and moody suit the subject, but this is just underexposed as has been said. There's a lack of highlights which makes the image look dull.

Put those two together and you have a less than engaging picture. That fights against the subject here because it's an appealing one. The viewer wants to explore bu is left wanting.

Fortunately everything else is there and Willie's mod has brought out the best in your capture.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2433 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2018 8:40AM
In the main gallery this would probably get my UA, despite the underexposure, because the composition suits the subject so perfectly. It's a frozen moment in time, he has wandered into our lives for the moment, he will disappear in a moment, we don't know where he has come from or where he is going. Emptiness behind him, apart from those wonderful tyre tracks. Emptiness ahead of him. The high viewpoint gives an objective, detached feel. We are merely observers.

Like John I reckon that the light reflected off wet sand tricked the camera into underexposing. Equally important, his face was in shadow.

An exposure compensation setting of plus 2/3 or one stop would have been good here. Do you use exposure compensation? It's on a little button close to the shutter button, marked +/-. Hold it down and use the thumb wheel to increase or reduce exposure. A small plus adjustment is useful when photographing into bright light - sky, water etc.

I've uploaded a quick modification, I lightened overall then I isolated his upper body and lightened further there. Then I used the burn tool to bring back darker tones in the tyre tracks and rocks.

I wish I had taken this one.
Manas 10 India
18 Dec 2018 10:18AM
Thanks to all the members of the critique team for your valuable comments & tips...


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