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The unemployment crisis

By omidsadeghbari
US sanctions and the depreciation of the Iranian Rial have caused the cost and crisis of unemployment. Sadness, regret and anxiety about the uncertain future can be seen in the man's face.

Tags: Photo journalism Anxiety sanctions crisis of unemployment Iranian Rial uncertain future

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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
25 Sep 2018 11:09AM
the exposure and processing have lost one or two details - for this kind of image, I'd generally suggest Aperture priority, not Manual. However, with constant lighting conditions, it's easy to use Manual as well - take a reading from another area with hte same tones - grass is usually fine. It would have saved the problem you have here, with lightish concrete pushing the exposure down, and losing detail in the man's dark clothes. (Using Aperture priority, +1/2 stop or so would be good.)

I've also cropped the frame to exclude distractions - this is all about the man.

He's looking straight at you: he knows what you're doing, as well as how politics is affecting his life. You might well have been able to approach him and shoot some pictures with a standard lens, capturing more moods and thoughts.

By the way, if the EXIF data is accurate, it's weird. You could (should!) have used a wider aperture than f/36, and lower ISO to achieve the same shutter speed or thereabouts... The shot has come out OK, but f/36 is asking for quality problems, as is 10,000 ISO. Or were you testing the extremes?
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4333 Canada
25 Sep 2018 1:08PM
I agree with dudler; its best to set the exposure for the mans face rather than be influenced by the brighter background and plastic bag.

I noticed in a previous shot with this camera you also used a higher than needed ISO setting, so perhaps its intentional rather than accidental.

I uploaded mods similar to dudlers, with the white balance adjusted using the white of the written signs on the wall behind as a reference.

Its unfortunate that ordinary people all over the world suffer for political reasons beyond their control.


mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018 3:16PM
It's a powerful image, with a strong natural sense of composition - well done for that. Placing the man off-centre makes the effect less intrusive, because he is part of a bigger picture.

But I wonder if you have been told that you have to use Manual, because 'That's what serious photographers do'? The ISO and aperture settings are really weird! F36 is way off the map for most digital photography, certainly for street. Somewhere in the region of F5.6 to F8 would have been fine, and would have softened the slightly distracting background figures. So you didn't need the high ISO.

I agree with John and Willie that a crop is beneficial, to tighten the composition, but I do think that abandoned bottle is important as a sort of counter-weight.

Modification to follow in a moment - I increased exposure, warmed colour very slightly.
Robert51 14 11 133 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018 8:15PM
Strange how many thing we can do but unable to solve main issues war, food and shelter.

Great shot.

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