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Mango time!

By tom_earwaker
I haven't uploaded for ages as I've not had a lot of time for photography recently, but i've just been to Guatemala so I'll have some more from this trip soon. This was taken in Chichicastenango in the Western Highlands. Its a really colourful and lively place, famous for its market, with some amazing textiles and fresh fruit stalls like this one.

Tags: Woman Market People Guatemala Mango Textile Mayan Portraits and people Environmental portrait chichi chichicastenango

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 9:05AM
Hi again, good to see you around!

I love markets - people plus vibrant colour plus food!

Settings were sensible, this was well thought out and timed. I like the relatively low viewpoint, it focuses attention on the fruit!

I've uploaded a modification, with just a few minor changes. I lightened shadows and darkened highlights slightly, the problem area for me is the bright shiny knife which rather dominates at the expense of the fruit. I've tried to tone it down a wee bit, while seeking out a bit more detail in the shadows.

I reduced saturation on yellows slightly, which brings out more detail.

I also did a bit of very gentle dodging and burning on the foreground.

Finally I got rid of some obtrusive white dots in the background top right - light hitting small shiny surfaces, exaggerated when the file is downsized for uploading on the site.

The changes are only very minor suggestions, it's a good image. There might be a temptation to use flash here, but it would have distracted the lady and exacerbated the highlights on the foreground.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4281 Canada
25 Jun 2017 2:29PM
Hi Tom, nice to see you back. A trip to Guatemala has to be exciting with loads of photo opps!

Its quite a nice shot. Its good she stayed concentrating on her task and didnt stop to pose.

A little more light can help, - that bright reflection from the knife knocked exposure down a bit, as did what may have been a -1, - not sure the way it came up in exif.

Bottom left where that red area is looks oddly processed, so a crop off the bottom with a little cloning removes it.

All in the mod, with a reduction in magenta and yellow.


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
25 Jun 2017 7:02PM
Good advice above - and a wonderful moment.

My great regret is that the bottom of the frame is so bright, and in particular that the knife is all but burned out.

Two mods: one, with some rough cloning to make the knife less shiny: the second with a lightish vignette to pull the corners and bottom down a little.
26 Jun 2017 6:01PM
Thanks everyone, good suggestions. The blown out knife is quite distracting, hadn't really realised that.

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