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By ade_mcfade      
Another one for the critique gallery - so this is the market on Santacruz station, Mumbai

Think he sells tellys and electrical stuff.

We'd created a bit of a buzz, photographing the market traders - they were well into it, Suki could talk to them too - in hindi. I just smiled and pointed the camera lots

I could tell you why he's doing what he's doing, but I'll save that for later maybe

Tags: Market Station People India Black and white Mumbai Jammed Madness Over crowded Santacruz

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ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
7 Dec 2014 11:59PM
post produiction = clicked on a preset in lightroom - nothing else
Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 12:06AM
A competent environmental portrait. The shop tells us more about him than he does, as his face is largely covered, it's a shame the shutter speed has cut half the pictures off on the TV screens.
Not sure what the white protrusion is at the bottom, but it could go as it cuts the clean line of the frame edge.

Getting market vendors and shopkeepers onside in places like this makes it quite hard to take a bad picture, as long as the technical side is ok, as there is always so much interest and animation. I'm not sure whether a colour version would work better, but it don't feel the b&w is very sympathetic to the subject here. It falls between two stools for me....on the one hand, the pure portrait doesn't give you enough information about his character, yet environmentally there is barely enough detail to make the picture either.

I think maybe you could crop it tighter, making him fill the frame, for more impact, and a slight clockwise rotation to square the shelves up slightly.

dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
8 Dec 2014 10:42AM
My feeling is that colour could easily get messy, with (I suspect) very mixed light sources, so I'm with you in your choice of monochrome.

I'd rotate a little, and darken the midtones a bit, but that's purely personal preference. That you didn't do the former is a positive choice, I'm sure: less certain about the latter, given that you used a Lightroom preset.

A really big plus compared with many similar shots is that sharp focus is precisely where it needs to be, as I'd expect from a professional like you.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 11:05AM
A fine environmental portrait in cobtent. It dies look a little over exposed in general lacking density? I would burn in the over lit shelf in the background a little to restore some detail.

ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
8 Dec 2014 12:01PM
The preset is one I created for the India trip actually - just whilst sat in a hotel room

It's a bit gritty, makes their skin a bit darker than reality too.

With 4300 photos from the trip, there's not a huge amount of time to be editing everything copiously, so do rely on such things for productivity - probably could take the highlights down a little, though white behind his head does make him stand out more than a darker background would, maybe?

The story is that I'd been shooting this guys mate, who'd sat on a barrel cross legged and posed - all laughing the barrel guy pointed to this man and said "him next", so I turned and got this shot as he was laughing and pointing to the barrel man
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 3:53PM
I looked at this earlier, loved it, recognised the gesture immediately. When I said Go ahead and shoot, I meant everyone else not me... He's in on the joke but he didn't quite realise how far in he was. The broad grin is hidden but it's there.

I've uploaded my tuppence worth, all the mods are pretty similar. I got rid of the odd part-disc at the bottom, and also of an odd thin white streak along part of the bottom edge - I think you may have rotated and not quite finished filling in the resulting gap? I darkened highlights and shadows, lightened midtones, and did a bit of burning on that hand on the left to give it more substance. Just minor tweaks.

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