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Vendor

By rajesh3009
This is a photo of a hard working low income tea vendor , who has gone thru the hardships of life . Met him on a hill station and gave his natural expression . This is one of my effort to have picture of different people I meet on the street.Smile

Tags: Street candid Portraits and people

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Coast 8 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2014 7:24AM
A really strong street portrait. Good conversion with a punchy gritty feel in mono and playing up all the detail in your subjects face.

Here the depth of field is well considered giving some placement for the subject but taking out the distractions of the background.

Two things for me are

Reduce the highlight in the centre of the frame in the background. This is just left of the subjects face and is bright enough to distract. Toning it down using the burn brush lightly would help.

Secondly I would like to see a little more space on the right edge of the frame as the subject is very tight to the edge and almost falling out of the picture.

Nonetheless a good capture which has interest and appeal.

Regards
Paul

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21 Feb 2014 7:41AM
Thanx Paul your observations . Cant do much about the space on the right as its non cropped photo .
lensmonkey 10 22 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2014 9:00AM
great portrait, lovely B&W tones, great contrast. I like how the looking room in the shot is reversed. I would have cropped the left hand side of the image a little to bring him a little bit more towards the centre of frame, but that's all.

You can see the hardship in his face.

Best wishes

Phil
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
21 Feb 2014 10:13AM
Excellent study Smile
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3426 Canada
21 Feb 2014 2:43PM
Nice contrasty mono shot, lots of character.


It is possible to remove space from the left,AND add space to the right, though the right is a little tricky.


I have uploaded a mod to show what can be done. You can do better if tou spend more time.

You need to extend the canvas size at the right, and fill it in by cloning. I toned down the highlights on his face also. Your own mod deals well with the bright area.



Regards


Willie
paulbroad 8 113 1021 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2014 3:36PM
What you needed to do was sort the composition at the time of taking. He is looking right and is placed on the right. Just not a good balance. The head had to be on the left.

Mono works and the image is strong with punch. Contrast is very high giving close to burn out on the nose and cheeks and very dark eye sockets. Just a touch less contrast for the highloghts and a stroke with the dodge tool across the eyes.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1449 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2014 6:26PM
A little more space on the right perhaps, but only a little. I like the composition/placement a lot, it says something. It conveys a restless, anxious mood and a sense of movement. You have just caught him as he is about to disappear from our view.

Placement on the left would give a totally different feel - more reassuring, less thought-provoking.

The only real change that I would make would be to tone down that white blur behind his ear, as in your Modification.
Moira
paulbroad 8 113 1021 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014 9:15AM
See how subjective opinions vary!

Paul
24 Feb 2014 11:40AM

Quote:A little more space on the right perhaps, but only a little. I like the composition/placement a lot, it says something. It conveys a restless, anxious mood and a sense of movement. You have just caught him as he is about to disappear from our view.

Placement on the left would give a totally different feel - more reassuring, less thought-provoking.

The only real change that I would make would be to tone down that white blur behind his ear, as in your Modification.
Moira


Quote:A little more space on the right perhaps, but only a little. I like the composition/placement a lot, it says something. It conveys a restless, anxious mood and a sense of movement. You have just caught him as he is about to disappear from our view.

Placement on the left would give a totally different feel - more reassuring, less thought-provoking.

The only real change that I would make would be to tone down that white blur behind his ear, as in your Modification.
Moira


Thanx MSB , you really cought the mood, actually left side is lill distracting ...but it makes u to come again and again what I want to show...his face (big nose ,where I dodged a bit to bring out highlights) and his waiting eyes...a thought provoking visual...like hows he living etc etc

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