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Indifference and tragedy

By devlin
Street scene - in Shimla, these people rent out umbrella's and prams to tourists i believe the one in the center was quite put out by the lack of business (he probably needed the money desperately) while the other two looked on with indifference..

focal lenght 84mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
16 Aug 2010 10:21AM
fabulous candid...three very different poses and expressions...have had a go at a mod...I felt it needed a touch more light and have saturated to bring out the colours in the umbrella. I don't think the white posterboard helps...but shot as seen...perhaps it could be painted over if someone has the skills Smile

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2010 1:19PM
Hello, Prabh. I can feel the desperation of the man in the middle, but the expressions of the other two men have something to say as well. I feel it is more like an unhappy acceptance of the situation. The folded arms and fiddling with the umbrella express boredom, too. You have certainly captured a telling moment, which makes it an excellent candid. Three is also a good number for a composition. You could have lowered your camera a little in order to include the feet, and the top would not have suffered because there isn't much there. In my modification, I cropped the bottom, top and right, the bottom crop was to make it less obvious that the feet were missing, but also to remove some messy bits down there. I cloned out the ATM sign because it is so very dominant and takes attention away from the men, but I can fully understand if you want it to stay, as a juxtaposition, a sign telling people where to get money when money is obviously lacking here. So, I think that if you want to keep it in the image, a little toning down would be beneficial. I used the burn tool to tone down the white wall on the right, adjusted levels and contrast.
I have done a second modification where I left the ATM sign in, but desaturated it a little.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2010 2:07PM
A good street scene. The problem for me is minor, but the three chaps all have different expressions and nothing makes them three - just individuals. Nothing actually connects them.

The two standing would be better looking at each other, or both down at the chap in the middle giving a lead in and classic triangular composition.

However, it is pretty good as presented.

devlin 8 653 39 India
16 Aug 2010 5:48PM
Thanks Jeff / Pamela / Paul - appreciate the mods / feedback Smile

@ Pamela - The Mod with the ATM sign toned down looks great Smile, you are right it adds to the message in the image...

17 Aug 2010 11:27AM
How time differs between different worlds. The closest I ever got to that sense of desperation was hitch-hiking.

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