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By mmz_khan    
Coal depot workers are having fun time when I tried to take a picture of them. They posed in different way and request me to take the picture.
This picture was taken at Sunamganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh. This location is very close to India and Bangladesh border.

Tags: Picture Children Bangladesh Cole Depot Portraits and people Sunamganj Sylhet Cole Scavenger Spillover


15 Feb 2014 4:58AM
I think that this is a wonderful example of what can happen when there is a positive sense of communication between a photographer and his/her subjects.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 7:49AM
A lovely, lively image.
mistere Plus
8 9 4 England
15 Feb 2014 8:51AM
Great image, nice work.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 9:14AM
There's spontaneous, open happiness and friendship in this. I suspect that these are people who are not used to having their photograph taken every other day as so many in the West are. It's an occasion, the highlight of what is certainly a long and hard day at work. It's frightening to see the young boys, do they get any schooling I wonder? Glimpses into people's lives...

I rather assume that they posed themselves. The spade is important as showing what they do, but difficult in composition terms - it's a big blank pale area that could mask faces. As it is, you have the cheeky little lad looking round from behind, which is good; only the face on the far left of the image is hidden.

Good b&w, hard and strong. The light was difficult, there's extreme contrast. It says sunshine to me. That's something that I am lacking at the moment!

I think I would have gone instinctively for a slower shutter speed / larger aperture. You don't need 1/800 second here, 1/200 would have worked. What you have done though is give importance to the foreground figures and let the others stand more quietly in the background, and I like the effect.

You have sensibly focused on the faces, rather than spade, the faces are the story here. I would like to try to burn in a bit of detail on that spade though, to give it more solidity and substance, I think that could work.

Mod to follow later today, I hope.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 9:42AM
A fine image in most respects but I have to disagree on mono conversion. too contrasty by quite a bit. You have bright white areas and blocked shadows. This kind of image can look good with contrast tweaked up, but this is rather too far.

wrinkles 13 351 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 11:39AM
This is a great picture of fun.Wink
Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 12:44PM
I think half way between the OP and Paul's mod. I like the brightness, and the spontaneity of the moment. Adjusting to a slower shutter speed may not have allowed you to catch the moment so well, and at 26mm on a full frame camera, there won't be much advantage in a smaller aperture.

The hidden face, top left, is the only downside, and clever processing can make the impact you need. It suggests fun, sun and a one off moment, and you wouldn't want to lose that by making it heavy.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 1:12PM
Back home again, Paul's Mod does what I wanted to do on the spade. Oh and I meant slower shutter speed and smaller aperture - sorry for the typo.
15 Feb 2014 3:40PM
Thanks all for the critiques...

Moira, they posed them self. One of them ask me to take a picture and I agreed and then all of them just jumped in front of my camera. I showed it to them and they were very happy.

I found couples of school in that area run by both government and NGOs but these kinds are not lucky enough to attend any of them. Most of kinds start the school and then dropped in mid way.

Thanks for the mod Paul. You are right and I am trying to find out that flow. I can feel it is 75% done but cannot find the way to complete it. This time I processed the image with high contrast and burn it a little. I was not sure what to do with the image.

I am uploading the original version in mod for your suggestion.

I appreciate your time and effort for the mod. I tried to learn from the critiques but I think I have a long way to go….. Smile


banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
15 Feb 2014 4:01PM
Much better in colour I think.

Uploaded a colour mod thats includes the cloning suggested by Nick.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
15 Feb 2014 5:34PM
Jus shows the variations you can create from the original, the work is not over after you click the shutter.
They have posed themselves well, though of course it's still down to you to decide the moment of taking. On that note, it's worth taking several shots (I hope you did anyway) and pick the bset moment, especailly when there's a group and they will all be moving around a bit however little.
The spade is an important element as they are working with coal, but it's very large in the frame here, a little too dominating, another reason to take several shots. Of course, in documentary photography you don't want to interfere or direct them very much as you want to capture them naturally.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 8:00PM
I have to say how much I like the original, the colour version. For me, it's more alive.
Here we can better see the coal on the man's shirt and the dirt beneath his fingernails. These are important aspects of the story.
With the "head" removed by Willie, we can clearly see everyone in the frame, and we can feel the atmosphere of fun within all of them.
Though spontaneous, it is very nicely "posed" and composed.
16 Feb 2014 3:09AM
thanks for your comments... i will keep the color one......
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
16 Feb 2014 6:37AM
bright, joyful image..

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