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By fighterjockey
This guy was preparing a sweet-dish for an Indian wedding. Undisturbed by the scorching heat of May and the earthen autoclave underneath.

I went as fast as 1/1250sec in an attempt to freeze the droplets. low light and hence the high ISO.
Please forgive the noise.
The smoke was unplanned and fortunately came out at the right time Wink Wink.

Comments ad critiques are most welcome.
Thanks for visiting!!!

Tags: General Portraits and people

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tuhin 15
31 May 2010 3:18PM
Great shot.
31 May 2010 3:22PM
Excellent capture.
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
31 May 2010 3:25PM
really like this!
the smoke adds some vitality to the imagine and IMO it is not disturbing at all.
I would clone out the window on the RH corner since is quite distracting the eye.
It's a pity that the pan handle is covering some of the droplets.
As final consideration, it seems a little bit underexposed.
In the mod uploaded, I've gathered all these observations
hope it helps
best regards
clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
31 May 2010 4:14PM
fantastic shot...
Eviscera 15 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 4:21PM
Perhaps one of those scenes , where the the eye is trying to settle on either colour or subject !

That bowl of rice in the f.g doesnt help draw attention to the main scence, the cooker and smoke.

Always subjective how far to zoom in / out , but in this case , a few to many intrusions. did a mono slap as an idea.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 4:26PM
this an excellent piece of observation and a great example of when all the elements come together.

i would not worry about the window in fact i think it assists in the composition and clearly shows the location relative to the light.
in my opinion there is plenty of strength in the main area to prevent any distraction.

the smoke is vital to its sucess and was a very fortunate piece of timing, as was the ability to freeze the droplets.

i found the overall exposure a little dull with the histograph well weighted to the dark side and i think that the light from the window should be allowed to flood on the wall, light the smoke and create the lovely directional lighting on the face.

i think this is really excellent work
colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
31 May 2010 5:09PM
i like the shot but where is the smoke from ? can't see
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 8:17PM
Crikey, I think this is really good, Pranjal. I like the pan and yellow stuff (don't know what it is) in the foreground, the balance of the two circular pan handles, the man's tousled hair, the warm colours, the composition and, of course, the opportune smoke. No critique from me, it has all been said.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 10:15PM
Quite excellent work. Just lighten the front of him a bit with the dodge tool and it is perfect.

User_Removed 12 6 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 10:43PM
Don't change it a bit! Photojournalism of this quality doesn't need changing. Bravo.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
1 Jun 2010 12:54AM
This is a really nice shot. Its nice as a piece of photo journalism, and it stands out due to the gorgeous deep colours, and concentration on the mans face (Was he making Dhosas?)

Im probably going to be unpopular here though, as I think the smoke detracts from the image.

I have loaded a mod (second one, first was an error) to focus attention on the mans face. I cropped from the right, and added a little more height tp get the composition so his face is on a third; sharpened a little; removed the smoke (couldnt manage to leave the cigarette in, - that would have been nice); increased contrast a little, and raised the brightness only on the mans face just a little. Added a frame for presentation.

Hope this is helpful, and at least provides a different perspective.


clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
1 Jun 2010 5:49AM
but to me the smoke is the part of the composition here, by giving a title "dedication", i guess, you may have tried to show the story that the person has no time to hold the cigarette by one hand and to take the punch peacefully (as a smoker i can feel it), rather the person devotes himself to his daily task with a full dedication for the task at the same time he has been forced by his habit ( smoker ),

as said all the above, it is really a well composed scene from foreground to background, but according to your description, i can say your intention was to capture the droplets, but i am afraid to say, unless you go close to the subject you can not do it and apparently from this distance and with this lens, it is not possible,

as said above, it is not possible to show droplets very well in this situation, so if i were you, i would have decreased the iso and the shutter speed to show the motion of the hand, to represent in a better way the work of that person,

to Willie :- i guess, it is not Dhosa, it is a kind of sweet (called in Bengali "MIHI DANA"), although i may be wrong in this regard but it is looking like this at the foreground,

wish you best of luck for your future works...
1 Jun 2010 6:20AM
Wooooow !!!! :-O Grin
thanks a lot friends for the wonderful comments and critiques.
I learned a lot from your opinions.
FYI the dish is called 'Motichoor ke laddo' [dough of gram flour deep fried in the form of droplets; dipped in to sugar syrup, mixed with dry fruits and finally made into balls(laddo)]

I seriously agree with the 'underexposure' issue.
Could never have ignored the smoke(i feel its the best part).
I also agree that I hesitated a lot in using curves and pumping up saturation and contrast.

Thank you all once again for your valuable comments.
clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
1 Jun 2010 7:55AM
but what you have tried to explain here that the person is doing his job in spite of the heat of the sun, as a dedication may not be working well because that heat is clearly missing in your image...
1 Jun 2010 8:40AM
@rahul- thanks a lot for your constructive interference. but I am not trying to explain anything by words here, just wished to share the scenario in which the shot was taken.
A photographer's medium is his photo, not words!!!
If my photo speaks to you, i am glad; even if it doesnt speak, i m glad coz i get to learn from matured people like you.
clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
1 Jun 2010 9:08AM
oh! thanks a lot my friend, your image is really very good,

LesF 14 182 9
1 Jun 2010 1:04PM
When faced with these situations you have to think and act quickly to obtain the shot taking this into account I think you have achived a wonderful image, congrats on the HC

clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
1 Jun 2010 1:10PM
congrats on the HC...

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