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Bedouin Princesses

By Kirch
Taken in Egypt during a visit to a bedouin tribe.

Tags: Digitally manipulated

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DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 1:16PM
Welcome to ePhotozine!

You have an interesting subject, here and, while I'm not a fan of colour-popping, it does make sense here, to pick out the related colours of the shawls.

It's a shame that none of the women is looking at the camera and that one is almost completely hidden behind another. This is a case where it's worth taking several photos as the group moves around, as they can't all look away all the time! The photo also isn't quite sharp. The hands of the woman on the left seem a little motion-blurred, which suggests a slow shutter speed to me — perhaps not fast enough to avoid camera shake. Without seeing your camera settings, it's impossible to say.
John_Frid 15 514 57 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 1:48PM
I feel the scene has potential, but that perhaps this wasn't quite the perfect moment.

The colour popping doesn't work for me in this iamge. It feels like an attempt to distract from the weaknessess, like the fact that there is no eye contact with the two women, and that the image isn't quite sharp.

I think my inclination would have been to go much closer in on one of the women amd tried to get strong eye contact. Using a wide aperture would have allowed the background to drift out of focus thus isolating the subject and creating a strong dynamic. I also feel that the image would then stand either a good level of saturation, or alternatively a contrasty black and white.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 4:14PM
The colour popping works well, but your camera, either through shake or inaccurate focusing has produced a very soft image. It does need to be a lot sharper and software has it's limitations.

They are also both looking down - eye contact would be nice. They possibly thought they should look down?

pdarby 10 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 12:10PM
This is a nice attempt at this kind of picture.
It is unfortunate that the focus is actually on the camel behind and of course (as has already been mentioned) neither of the ladies in the foreground are looking towards you.
I think this would also benefit from the orange scarf being left in monochrome along with the lady in the backgrounds head carf.
Kirch 10
9 Dec 2010 3:25PM
Many thanks for all your comments. This image was taken from a distance with the camera on almost full zoom with no maual focus capability. Taken as a holiday memory rather than to be produced for display i didn't take the time in composition. The Colour Popping was very much an afterthought done recently as i am learning to edit as well as learning about photography at the same time. I appreciate all your comments and will certainly use them to adapt my techniques in the future.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
10 Dec 2010 2:54PM
The image needs to be sharper, but how it looks here may well be due to the fact that you didnt sharpen after you re sized the image, - which Ive done in a mod.

The selective colour does not work at all for me in thie, - in fact I believe it spoils the image, - but it does show that you have mastered the technique.

Its better all colour, or work well as all monotone as in the mod, to which Ive added a slight sepia tone.

Hope this is helpful,



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