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Hard Worker.

By iancrowson  
This man is a cycletaxi driver. He peddled my wife and me on a two hour tour of Cienfuegos, Cuba almost without stopping talking. He worked very hard, my wife is a little lady but no one would describe me as light weight!
He was very pleased to let me photograph him.
V2 shows a typical cycle taxi, they are cheap to use but a bit scary in busy traffic.
V3 has light use of burn tool on bright areas, Richards suggestion.
Comments and advice please,

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paulbroad 10 123 1229 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 10:45AM
That little Fuji compact is a cracker. A great holiday camera. Not much to say, Ian. A fine well composed portrait of a lived in face. Difficult to improve.


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Richsr 10 91 223 England
31 Jan 2013 10:59AM
Good details in the face tones too, the back light defines his face well too.
For me it might be worth toning down the background highlights around the hat and right eye.
Just a suggestion
Regards Richard
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 11:26AM
Thanks for feedback, yes it's a great camera, the auto focus does not match a DSLR but its got a large sensor (DSLR size) and easy to use as the controls fall to hand. The settings are shown in the optically correctable view finder with is great with my eye sight, no need to put specs on to squint at dials.
I've run the burn tool set to highlights lightly down those area, an improvement. Thanks I always get a hints from this gallery,

Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 1:24PM
I like this Ian, you have done well and have a fine portrait, I also like V2 which you used to show us what a taxi is like. It is always nice to see slices of life in other countries especially whan the pictures are good quality like these uploads.

iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 2:14PM
Thanks for feedback. You might enjoy riding with your bad legs but you would need to keep your nerve in traffic. They go slowly so photography is possible.
pablophotographer 6 885 322
31 Jan 2013 4:00PM
I hope you had a good time in Cuba Smile beautiful pictures, especially, the second one.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
31 Jan 2013 6:29PM
Another cracking upload Ian of the two Portraits i like V1 its zingier and the shot of the bike is tremendous.Wonder if i can talk my wee lady into going Grin

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3835 Canada
31 Jan 2013 11:50PM
Sorry Ian, uploaded the same mod twice.

A little brighter, and reduce the noise. I have seen that exact same noise type from my Fuji, and I have only been able to avoid it be being very conservative with sharpening a RAW file, - and again in JPEG, then I dont see it at all.


iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 1:10AM
Thanks. I'm finding that little or additional sharpening is needed after resizing Tthe sensor can be excellent but not always for same light,subject and settings have not worked out what the variable is yet. Had some really results plus surprisingly poor at normal snap settings, autofocus can be slow. Great camera to control and use..

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 5:57PM
I like it. Very "National Geographic".
V2 is a separate picture, also good, but I prefer the portrait.


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