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Mayan Warrior

By Mackem    
A Mayan Indian warrior posing for tourists at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, July 2011

Tags: Portraits and people

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Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
18 Jul 2011 4:14PM
I have been hoping to see something from that holiday Tony and I think this one is well worth waiting for. Lots of very fine detail with exposure and focus just about right. Cant say that I have seen this subject on the site before.

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18 Jul 2011 4:57PM
Thanks Ron!

There's a few more on my website here:

See you soon

pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2011 5:36PM
beautifully taken a fine quality picture
18 Jul 2011 5:58PM
Thanks Ann!
canon_stu Plus
14 140 4 England
18 Jul 2011 5:58PM
Like the initial subject in this portrait but the whites in the background are distracting and want darkening down to make the suject stand out more in the frame, personally myself, being ultra critical i would of removed his thumb from the bottom of the frame and spent a little more time cleaning the image up to make it a bit more than a simple snapshot.
18 Jul 2011 6:02PM
Hi Stu

Yes, you're right of course. This is just a holiday snapshot, one of a bunch I've been processing over the wet weekend. If I do anything more with it I'll take your advice and take out the highlights and thumb.

Many thanks, Tony
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
18 Jul 2011 11:30PM
Its a very dramatic shot, nice exposure, great pose.

I would suggest a tighter crop, - brighten the eyes a little and add small catch lights; sharpen a little; and try a larger frame as in the mod. I also darkened the area behind his neck which is a little distracting,


18 Jul 2011 11:41PM
Hi Willie

Many thanks for your critique, much appreciated. As I mentioned earlier, this is just one of many snapshots I took on the recent vacation. I'll make your suggested changes if I enter it into a future camera club competition. Not sure if and when that will happen!

Best regards, Tony


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