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By somakumaran    
Make up .
PadmaSree Kalaamandam Gopi
doing makeup for Kathakali

Tags: Kerala Kochi Kathakali Portraits and people

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 11:18PM
A good intimate kind of shot, and one that I would have wanted just a little more front-on. You could have included the mirror too, to give a focus for his eyes and complete the context of the photograph.
As it is, the ISO is very high, though the noise looks manageable, but a slightly deeper depth of field would have helped. The sharpness of his cheek paint would suggest that's where the focus is, and though his eye is within the depth of acceptable focus, you can't really see it properly, and the rest is just out. An aperture of f/5.6 would have been better to get more face in focus but still blur the background.

You could have lowered the ISO to improve the colours and still had some leeway with the shutter speed, which is plenty high enough.

Good effort though, and there's a lot to see in the shot.


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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 7:44PM
Great potential but the lighting looks better than your 6400 suggests. You need less on the right and more on the left. The image is out of balance. I know it would be wrong in a sense, but I might reverse it so he is looking to the right.


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