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By Chinmoy

Tags: Street Man Pets Fair Herd Camels

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chase Plus
16 2.2k 582 England
30 Mar 2020 8:20PM
I like this very much, I see you have a couple in the main Gallery quite similar that have had votes and comments.
By uploading to the Critique Gallery you will not collect any votes, I do hope you meant to put it here.
I love all the dust and the broad smile on the face of the man.

We could do with just a little more from you Chinmoy, for instance..
Do you like this image ?
Are there any questions you would like to have an answer to ?
Did you do any processing to this image ?

As I see it, the camels the front are quite dark dude to the light coming in from behind, I may have attempted to lighten them very slightly.
I will have a go at a mod, see where it takes me.

I did a very quick mod for you.
I lightened some of the very darks using the camera raw filter in Photoshop and lifted them very slightly.
Reduced the blue saturation with the hue/saturation in Photoshop and applied it to the Mans' clothing.
Increased the brightness just a little with the brightness/contrast slider in Photoshop.
I really don't see much terribly wrong with this.
Is there anything in particular that you would like us to think about and help with ?
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
30 Mar 2020 9:09PM
A nice shot. A little underexposed due to being backlit, increasing shadow detail and using daylight white balance helps, mod3.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
30 Mar 2020 9:09PM
It's a very nice and well shot image.

It would be interesting to know what you think of it and what you feel could be improved. What were you aiming for?
If you can answer those, and Janet's questions, we will be better placed to help you and offer suggestions.

In the meantime, my mod lifts the shadows to reveal some detail.
While deep shadows can give an air of mystery, in a scene like this they benefit from at least showing some detail the viewer demands.

I cropped the top of the image to remove the bottom bits of legs, just to make the image look cleaner and concentrate on the guy and his animals.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2020 9:28PM
Good timing for the man's raised foot and profiled smile. And good use of a longer focal length to bring the animals together, it gives the sense of a weight bearing down on us.

I'll just add that back-light creates wonderful drama but it is tricky when you have darkish foreground subjects where you want detail to be shown. This is a classic situation for a small plus exposure compensation setting, but then a bit of post-processing too. My instinct would be to lighten shadows a little but then do some very gentle dodging on highlights on the leading animals in particular.

And definitely a small crop at the top for a cleaner edge to the frame. Edges are important because they can easily distract the viewer's eye from where it is supposed to go. I wouldn't go quite as far as V2 though, I think a few more pixels at the top.

OK I'm off to try that out...

We do need to know how you feel about this though. What are you looking for from the Critique Gallery?
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
30 Mar 2020 10:22PM
Welcome from me, too.

I like this - it would be really helpful to know whether you want feedback on any particular aspect of the shot: what do you think has worked well, and is there anything you're not happy with?

Over to you...
iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2020 9:54AM
This is an interesting and well composed photo. The main photographic fault is under exposure resulting in lack on detail in dark areas. The comments above reflect this.
To avoid this either change from metering the whole scene or use the exposure compensation feature of your camera.
Had you shot in RAW details in the dark area could have been recovered without the inevitable loss of quality otherwise. This will not be obvious in a small image viewed on screen.
clevercloggs Plus
17 251 15 Netherlands
31 Mar 2020 2:23PM
I visited the modifications and find that these undo the image somewhat. In particular they seem to take away the mood of maybe a late afternoon, in a busy dusty place.

i do like the creation of 3d due to the fact that in the back and higher up the image,you also see camels, presumably coming down a hill but partly obscured by the dust in the air, giving it also some depth. possibly confirming that it is a busy place, presumably a watering hole, which we do not see, but could imagine.
Given that the man's smiles are directed to his left, it may be assumed that he recognizes someone over there and greets him this way.
Another reference to a busy place, a meeting place.
as a whole the image would work well in a tourist guide, which explains how things work in a desert near a watering hole.

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