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Messengers of eternity

By partha123
Shot in the ruins of an unused Mosque built 200 years back in Murshidabad, India.
As I reached there
, the elderly riusticl lady appeared in the scene with her pet to find what was happenong there and her appearance proved to be blessings for me as I found best photo opportunity.

Tags: People and portraits Portraits and people Architecture and buildings

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
10 Apr 2017 8:20PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Partha.

This is an impressive shot with dramatic angles. I like the way that the door frame just touches the top and bottom of the picture. Everything is about those angles. It doesn't matter that the lady is not standing straight up.

How have you processed this? It looks to me as though you have done some digital manipulation of the image, or it may just be that you have sharpened it quite heavily. It would be interesting if you could post the original, I'm processed image, and say something about the processing that you did.
Spkr51 4 United States
10 Apr 2017 10:20PM
Excellent shot ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2017 7:06AM
Yes, what have you done? The content and composition are both good - very good in fact. The tonal range looks wrong. Compressed and almost HDR? Looking at the shadow detail I actually suspect HDR has been used - possibly in pseudo form?

12 Apr 2017 12:34PM
Hi dudler and paulbroad,
Thank you so much critique. Soon I shall upload the raw file of the picture so that you come to know what adjustment I have done to the pic. It might take some days to do that. You will find that no digital manipulations were made and no HDR adjustment done.
I agree with you that presentation should improve and am anxiously waiting to hear from you.
Best regards
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
12 Apr 2017 8:09PM
Welcome from me too.

It's great when everything comes together and makes the shot.

Looking critically, the foreground wall has a little softness as does the door frame in parts.
Even at f/4 with this focal length you'll get a large depth of field though I'd prefer to be at f/5.6 here (the correspomding shutter speed of 1/200 would still be more than enough for safe hand hoolding.
The walls behind the person are sharp ad look exactly where the centre of the image is and where I suspect the central focus point focused.
I can understand you wanted to get the image asap. But as I said, the person is sharp and my comments above are not intended to take anything away from what is a good image. Others reading this can find discussion of technique helpful.

The 'look' that is referred to above may be a result of your in-camera capture settings. For example have you set sharpening to high?
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2276 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2017 1:25PM
A warm welcome from me too. I looked at this yesterday morning but was waiting for details of any processing. I wondered if you had lightened shadows inside the building, but I assume that there is light getting in from an unseen opening within.

It's an attractive image, with an austere palette of cool grey and terracotta. And there's a mix of archaeology and human interest. The lady and her goat have an almost Biblical look.

You were obviously at a lower level, and you used your widest angle. I wonder if you could have stepped back a few paces? That would have given you a lot more freedom to compose.

What struck me immediately was that the subject looked somehow awkward in its 3 x 2 frame. Looking more closely, it was taken at quite an angle. I wonder if you composed primarily with a view to getting the complete doorway into your frame?

I have prepared a modification in which I simply added canvas space and then rotated to get the central background column vertical. Then I tried cropping tighter, to square, to get rid of the empty space on either side and concentrate on the subject.

This I think would have worked better as a composition. But it does depend on being able to allow a couple of seconds to step back and consider, and that's not alway possible. You got the shot, that's important!
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
16 Apr 2017 4:31PM
Fortunate timing makes this an interesting shot.

The lens distortion, combined with very high contrast, slight underexposure and an inaccurate white balance I think causes the issues described.

The mod addresses much of this.



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