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Bonded Labour

By devlin
These people load Apple crates onto trucks for transportation for a living, a minimum wages job and at times pretty much like bonded labor due to lack of jobs and too many people vying for the same job, at times leads to their exploitation. EXIF data mentioned below

Focal Lenght :-100 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec ISO 1600, cloudy conditions with frequent showers and mist rolling in, while i wanted to focus on the man alone, i feel that a wider angle would probably have been better not sure

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SueEley 14 279 96 Wales
17 Aug 2010 10:30PM
You have captured the idea of his hard life well and the b&w suits the subject. I think I would have liked to see a bit more of his face, though (or at least, his face lightened a little). Also, the image is divided into half man, half lorry - a crop with less lorry might work, too.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 7:24AM
I would leave the composition alone, it is good. The problem is the lack of detail in the chaps face. You needed to try and bring something out of the shadows there without it looking un-natural. Try the dodging brush at a very low % strength very carefully and see what happens.

devlin 10 653 39 India
18 Aug 2010 1:39PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone, agree with the detail on the guys face.

@ Frank - Thanks for the mod it works for me especially the border Smile

frz67 11 10 32 Italy
18 Aug 2010 2:34PM
Besides what has been said so far, I think the picture looks a bit flat and this is due firstly to a lack in the highlights (there are not white points) and secondly to a low contrast; in other words the tonal range is not completely exploited.
In the mod I've expanded the tonal range and increased the contrast (everything made in PS3), plus used the dodging tool (8%) on the face.
hope it helps
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
23 Aug 2010 6:58PM
Personally, I liked it as shot, & didn't feel the need to see his face. For me, the mods look lightened, rather than natural, as you'd expect to find shadows since his face is pointing down. You can go too far in the pursuit of perfection.

I felt that your composition was just about perfect on this one. It really gets us into the scene, & gives an idea of what the man's life is like. Fabulous detail, & so sharp.

Excellent work.
devlin 10 653 39 India
24 Aug 2010 4:01PM
Thanks Davey, glad you liked it

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