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Cole Scavenger

By mmz_khan    
This picture was taken at Sunamganj, Sylhet. This location is very close to India and Bangladesh border. Children were scavenging coal near depot area. They were collecting the spillover. One sack of spillover Coal will cost you BD TK 400.00 is equivalent to US $ 5.00

When I tried to take her picture she was very annoyed.

Tags: Children Bangladesh Cole Depot Portraits and people Sunamganj Sylhet Cole Scavenger Spillover


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 8:53AM
This is a fine slice of life shot, but you needed to come in on the children's faces much tighter. The background does set the scene, but because it is over exposed it much reduces the impact of the children's faces and I find myself looking at the men in the background.

You are right, they don't look happy, but that is part of the story.

9 Feb 2014 10:11AM
thaks paul for your comments....

will it help if i crop it little tight.... i am not too sure about the background face..... should i keep it or loos it....
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2467 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 11:13AM
It's imperfect, certainly, but there's so much poignant truth in this. It used to happen in my part of the UK, it's still going on. A very hard way of life. It illustrates why this sort of photography will always be more valuable for me than formally posed scenes.

Composition-wise, a tricky one; a strong image of the children, plus all those background faces. Yes they distract attention. On the other hand it is an image about the children's lives, and the background detail and faces are a part of that story.

There's no obvious cut-off at the top, but if I was to crop this I think I would do so immediately above the basket. That would lose some interesting detail, notably most of the cane beater in the basket, but by excluding the background faces it would give greater importance to theirs - and to the hands.

Cropping the top would also have the advantage of getting rid of the most noticeably overexposed area.

I'm off to experiment, Mod to follow soon I hope...
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
9 Feb 2014 3:55PM
Well timed and seen.

Im surprised its a little soft, - your settings look good. Maybe you didnt sharpen for uploading.

The negative EC wasnt needed, - they are back-lit, so if anything, a positive EC would be better. My mod has no EC applied, and is sharpened.

I like a closer crop, but I would leave in that man behind on the right, - he is looking right at them, so for me it adds something to the image.

The added border is simply to fill in pixels.


11 Feb 2014 2:27AM
thanks willie , Moira and Paul for nice comments.... thanks for the mod....

i will make sugested cropping......

I have more picture from that area....... somming soon for u r critique and suggestions....
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 4:09PM
Mr mmz_khan, let me remind you that a photographer with the latest Nikon gear may not be an every day occasion for the children, you somehow have entered their lives without asking them how they would feel about it. They care for their work to be done and you at the time are not buying their Coal - are you sure you were right to spell this Cole? - I think you could explain them, and print to give them the picture too.

Otherwise, use a longer lens and shoot from far away Smile

12 Feb 2014 8:55AM
Thanks for your comment Mr. Pablophotographer. I agree with your comment. I was a distraction for them but don't u think all photographer are distraction. Most of the time photographer took picture and do nothing else.

I tried to make friend with them but they were not interested. May be next time when I go to that location I will take a print of her picture.

Thanks for pointing out the typing error Smile

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