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Waiting for the Train

By ade_mcfade      
Back to india - Santacruz area of mumbai

People were dashing up the steps of this railway, I was going to do a long exposure and blur people as they came up the stairs... but being white and over 6 foot, I stood out and they all looked at me...

So why blur them, instead, smile and get a shot of them as they smile back

This is one such shot. The young guy is the main thing for me, but you see the guy behind looking, people lower down coming up stairs, the railway line in the background, and all the white roofs of the market below... yet the shot doesn't seem to "busy"

CG again as it's more fun Smile

Tags: Busy Fun Market Children People India Black and white Mumbai Jammed Madness Santacruz

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banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
4 Dec 2014 9:54PM
It doesnt seem busy from the perspective youve used. I get the impression the main guy there popped his head in to get into the frame too, - has a very candid fell to it.

It works as it suggests a busy station, without being one. The oof bokeh is quite nice too.

dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 824 England
4 Dec 2014 10:19PM
I don't get the impression of a busy station, which is what many Indian stations are. Those tarpaulin-like areas in the background are the culprit, if there were more figures visible on the platform that would be different.
Of course, as you were there you know it was busy, but this shot is more about those two guys who were travelling, and it's not the less for that.

It seems a bit picky then to mention the three out of focus highlights on the left. I'm afraid once noticed they are an annoyance for me (though I suspect more so in the colour original?).

There's an odd white line around the woman's face at the centre bottom of the image and in some areas on the left, maybe a result of the processing in some way, it's hard to be sure exactly what's caused it.

Paul Morgan 21 19.6k 6 England
5 Dec 2014 12:37AM
I can see the train tracks so we have a rough idea of were we are, but if you had`nt mentioned the busy market on the lhs I would have been none the wiser.

Personally I would have chopped out most of the lhs leaving a squarish crop of your main subject on the rhs, I don`t see the market as adding much to the image and those three bright white orbs are somewhat distracting.

Nice image mind.
ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
5 Dec 2014 10:44AM
yes - I see those white lines actually... that'll be down to selectively changing the luminocity of the orange channel... that needs changing, nice one Wink and on the bloke to the very right too... I'll sort that out

india's full of wierd lights and stuff, those blobs are pretty typical lol
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2014 3:56PM
I really cannot see that it matters where the shot is. The subject is the young chaps face, which demands all the attention. A first rate environmental portrait in my opinion.

The only thing which jars for me is the tilt. I Jeep seeing the background dropping to the left and, even if it was like that, it may have been better straightened.


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