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Muscle Power

By mmz_khan    
This picture was taken at Jaintapur, Sylhet. Labors are loading trucks with heavy stones. The word “Safe Work Environment” has very little meaning to them.

Tags: Bangladesh Hazard Muscle Hard work Portraits and people Labor Bad work condition Unsafe work environment

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Oct 2013 11:27AM
fine catch Grin
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
1 Oct 2013 1:47PM
Great expressions.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2013 2:38PM
I like this. The colours are wrong, but they work. Almost sepia with colour added? As you say, health and safety at work seems to have little meaning. We go too far in this country to the point of being stupid in many cases, but then there is an opposite extreme.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2013 4:11PM
Excellent Photo journalism, this says something about people's lives and experience in a part of our world. It looks as though you have partially desaturated this, presumably to concentrate attention on the figures and expressions rather than on the seductive colours, but I think you have gone too far. Colour looks to have been reduced by maybe 50% or more, 15% would be better I suspect. Or a straight b&w would be less self-consciously contrived.
As a general point, 1/125 is a bit optimistic a shutter speed for photographing people at work. You have some subject movement in the hand on the right - the faces, particularly the one on the left, are sharp. But 1/160 would be safer...
2 Oct 2013 5:27AM
Thanks every one for your nice comments

Thanks Moira and Paul for nice critic.

I am uploading the color version. Please let me know your comments on this.

Do u thing full color version will make it more interesting......
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 8:00AM
Interesting. The colour version is not as effective as your treatment. Well done. A fine industrial, or actually manual labour, record that has far more feeling than the straight image.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 8:46AM
Thanks for uploading the colour original. I really think it is stronger than your desaturated upload. I find it rather telling - the only colour in a drab landscape is the man-made colour. To keep the viewer's attention where it should be you could maybe slightly tone down the yellow lorry on the right, and the background lorry behind the man on the left's head, plus the trousers on the right. Just a bit, not extreme treatment. The Sponge tool is useful, it literally soaks up colour. In Adobe software it's under the same icon as the Burn and Dodge tools, right click on the icon to call up the full set. You can set the strength and brush size, as with other tools.
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4240 Canada
2 Oct 2013 1:40PM
I like the colour version. AND I like your treatment. Its the content that really matters most. This is where the strength is for me. Ive uploaded a mod with a completely different interpretation that might be worth considering. This could also work with the desaturated appearance. Forced to choose, I would pick the desaturated version.

The man on the left is sharp, hes not moving much, as hes carrying the bulk of the weight. I dont mind the slight movement blur too much. Faster speed would work too.

I find this image depressing, and revealing, as it shows how lucky we are here compared to others. These men do this to survive, not by choice, and Im sure many are badly injured and as a result have no jobs.


3 Oct 2013 11:53AM
thanks willie and Moira for the mod.

both of them are good. I think i will keep couple of version of the same pic....

thanks for your critiq and time....
Nick_w 13 4.3k 99 England
4 Oct 2013 11:24AM
To me this cries out to be converted to Mono, as Moira suggests (but hands up, I prefer mono). I like the subject matter, and its well captured.

My main issue, is I dont feel the image is sharp enough where it matters. You have a D700, and your using quite a wide aperture (F4.5), so you are compromising in not getting all the guys fully in focus.

For this type of subject, and knowing your camera, I wouldn't think twice about using ISO800 - 1000 (and if converting to Mono even higher), then use F8, you will also be able decrease shutter speed to ca about 1/160 - 1/200 which can make a world of difference for subject movement.
Noise really isnt an issue at the settings suggested (for your camera)

As your using a 24mm lens if your trying to get an out of focus background, it wont really happen as its too wide so I wouldn't even think about it - it needed you can change that in post process later.

Oh and watch the dodging around the stone as I can see a halo appearing on the LHS.
Mike43 10 249 21 England
15 Feb 2014 9:40AM
Very well captured photo, for me there is nothing wrong with the color it suites this style of photography, but there is something that my eyes are drawn to and that is the telephone post sticking out of that bloke on the right head.

Have uploaded a mod with the post cloned out, hope you like it.
15 Feb 2014 3:09PM
thanks for the mod mike....

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