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By markina    
A Migrant from Honduras, Central America in his way to the United States waiting to jump on The Beast; a train that cross throw Mexico up to the border of the USA.

Tags: Photo journalism General Migrant Portraits and people

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AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
3 Jan 2014 4:58PM
I really like the composition and the way that the background is thrown totally out of focus. I feel that the light areas are too light though and the dark ones too dark, so I have reduced the highlights in my mod and also the shadows. I have also tried to brighten his eyes a little too. I was finding the light area behind his head a little distracting too so have tried a closer, square crop.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
3 Jan 2014 5:16PM
This is a very well constructed shot.

The rails out of focus, running together and closer with the perspective, and the position of the mans face work so well.

I can suggest only minor changes.

The camera has focused on the eye furthest from the camera, so the near eye can be sharpened; there is someone walking by the side of his head, - you could remove the person; I like the muted colours, however I would increase exposure a little on the face, and add some contrast.

View the mod LARGE.

Well done.

Prospero Anno.


mhfore 11 6 176 England
3 Jan 2014 6:04PM
Hi Javier,

I agree with Anne and Willie with regards to the background focus, the rails work really well, to my eye's Wink

I also think that if you have a photo editing programe you do need to remove the person walking out of the side of this guy's face Wink , as sugested by Willie. Lighten the guy a little to bring out more facial detail but not the background I think thats ok.

I've posted a mod but to be fair it's along the same lines as the two you already have Grin

This for me is a good capture Javier, it works.

Take care
3 Jan 2014 7:07PM
Thanks for all your comments!
Have a great 2014!!!
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
3 Jan 2014 7:51PM
A touch of fill flash perhaps . . . ?
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 8:42PM
This is a first class image and composition marred only by the under exposure on his face. I think it is the exposure mode that is responsible. A bit of work with the dodge tool should help. A low power flash burst even more.


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