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Guided Stairs

By clevercloggs
taken recently as part of a trip to dehli.
Upped the blacks to give it some oomph.
the title refers to the man in the photo.
although he is the cleaner he also acts as a guide. In return for his knowledge of the site he requests to be paid in Euros!
what better signs of a changing economy

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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johnjrp 13 432 5 Australia
15 May 2009 1:56AM
Nice pov and works well in b&w.

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
15 May 2009 3:46AM
Wonderful in b/w. Awesome shot...Sandy
15 May 2009 5:51AM
I just like simplicity of this and goes well in mono.
seanslevin 13 9 Ireland
15 May 2009 7:05AM
Wonderful shot
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
15 May 2009 8:14AM
Individual approach Rob, mono and soft light superb. Ron.
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
15 May 2009 8:28AM
thank you for your comments and clicks. it is appreciated.
I agree that the subject is a simple one but somehow interesting.
May be it is the light coming down the steps that adds value to the image.

did the folowing work on this to get it to this stage:
increase the blacks
selective sharpening on the man
dodging of the slithers of light on the various steps
and reduction of the light in te arch as that was geting to dominant whereas the focus is on the man.

riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
15 May 2009 9:10AM
classic composition, carefully capture
joolsb 12 27.1k 38 Switzerland
15 May 2009 9:25AM
I like how he appears to be climbing out of the darkness and into the light. A metaphor, perhaps?
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
15 May 2009 9:47AM
is possible.
intoit 11 Canada
15 May 2009 2:13PM
Wonderful framing, pov, light and tones!
It's got it all, plus the mood!!
15 May 2009 3:35PM
Beautiful composition and light.
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
15 May 2009 3:50PM
thank you for your interest in this image. I am pleased with the sudden attention. Smile

clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
17 May 2009 11:02AM
to ed Jones, the pro critique for this photo.

thank you for your pro critique.
I agree with your comments that the photo could be more interesting with the person looking over his shoulder back at me or if I had chosen an angle which would make the photo more dynamic.
Agree that the top end of the photo where one would expect a reward for looking upwards into the image lets the viewer down by havin nothing to show for

the reason for thes missed opportunities is lack of time. Too late did I notice the man in front of me and simply grabbed the shot.
In fact I have one photo of him lower on the stairs and one just a bit higher up. In neither is he looking back.

Thank you for your comment, it is appreciated.

brooza 8
20 May 2009 12:59PM
I like it a lot, but it could benefit from some cropping on one side to render it less symmetrical perhaps?
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
31 May 2009 9:40PM
For a grab shot you've caught a lot of interesting detail and contrasts as well as that super shaped archway
nice one..............!!!!

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