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Witness of the Time

By mmz_khan    
This picture was taken at a Farmers market in Thimphu, Bhutan. This old beggar seats in front of the wooden bridge everyday.

Tags: Old man Beggar Bhutan Portraits and people

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
13 Apr 2016 3:13AM
An interesting character and very well captured. Just seen this is for critique. I can't see any way to improve this, I like it just as is.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
13 Apr 2016 1:53PM
Yes, a face that is a map of life, time and experiences, along with the expression.

Very nice overall as usual. I would try a crop from the left, brighten the face a touch, and some sharpening of his face only.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2242 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2016 5:48PM
It's a face full of character, and he has given you a nice smile, too.
The background isn't ideal, but if he sits there every day, there's little you can do about it.
I have done a modification where I tidied it up a bit, without taking away the bridge, which is part of his signature.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
13 Apr 2016 7:54PM
Most of this is about the man, and lightening his face a little would let us see more of him.

And, to go with the quirky character, slightly unconventional compsition, putting him bottom right, and looking to the right. I like this!
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2016 9:16PM
Good but it is all about the face,so come in close on it. top crop half way down the hat, then crop right tojst behind his head. Cropping the hat does not matter. Then just a slight smart sharpen.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2016 3:43PM
My first instinct was to crop in close on the right side of this head, but although it was okay it didn't quite work for me. So I backed off a little. However, what I desperately wanted to do was to convert to mono!

Although that red is lovely, it's his face and eyes that have me transfixed and I feel that the colour pulls my eye away. So after the crop and a bit of playing with shadows and highlights in Photoshop, I just used Nik's Silver Efex for the mono conversion. I then used Dfine in order to sharpen overall, which looked too much in the end so I reduced the opacity of the sharpening layer to about 75%.

(Have just looked at this again now that I've uploaded my mod, and in hindsight I think I'd back off the opacity of the sharpening even further, to 50% or slightly under!)

I'll be this chap has some stories to tell Smile

14 Apr 2016 3:59PM
thanks all for your comments....

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