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Bulletproof monk

By mmz_khan    
This picture was take at a monastery in Bhutan. One of the Monk was having fun with me while I was trying to take a picture of him. He just jump in front of my camera and pose as a fighter.

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2015 7:32AM
Very amusing. Complete with mobile phone. Possibly just slightly under exposed and not critically sharp due to low shutter speed, but not far off, and not enough to spoil the entertainment value.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
4 Dec 2015 9:47AM
Technically, higher ISO would have been better, allowing you to use both a higher shutter speed and smaller aperture: and having even more sharpness of the background, which adds to it.

A lower camera position would have kept the monk's arm clear of the man behind him, which would be tidier - and you could have gone really low to make him into an imposing and heroic figure.

Would having him right in the centre be good? Maybe for the heroic shot, but this is so much about fun and the way that the spiritual man need not take things too seriously... The mobile 'phone, his modern plastic sandals, and the green bag in the background all lighten the tone, supporting the pose and the half-smile.

Brilliant work by both of you.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
4 Dec 2015 2:19PM
Very amusing shot, one you had to take no matter what.

Needs more exposure, which youve added in tyour raw processing, but not enough. Seems to be another +1.

You also need to fill in that empty triangle, bottom left where you rotated the image.

You processed for the white wall, and with the raw file, you can produce two jpegs, one for the white wall, one for the rest, overlay and combine with a layer mask.

Mod has this done.

Great fun shot.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2015 6:06PM
He should get a salary for his ability to strike a good pose for the camera.

Full of contradictions and very amusing.
I like the nonchalant expression on the other monk's face, as if he has seen this performance a thousand times, and the expression of wonder on the guard's face.

I think it would have been serendipitous if the monk had positioned himself in the centre of the entrance. When he struck the pose for you, there was unlikely to have been time for you to move yourself to get him central.

However, I like the idea of a lower viewpoint, but again, you might not have been able to act quickly enough to do that. It would certainly have made this more dynamic.

In my modification I have added some canvas underneath the monk's feet, to give at least a little sense of him being higher.
I cropped the top because I can't think of any reason to include it.
I also cropped a tiny bit off the left side, in order to get the centre of the entrance in the middle of the frame.
After some brightening and contrast adjustments, I used the burn tool on the other monk's green carrier bag because it's so bright that it was catching my eye.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
4 Dec 2015 11:09PM
It's all about the moment, which you've captured well.
Not all such pictures (by a long way) are 'technically' spot on (ISO, shutter speed). That's not a criticism, just an observation, just think of the many historic images that are not 'perfect' for want of a word yet they capture the moment. And who actually notices or cares?
As the mods show, a little post processing is all that's needed.
6 Dec 2015 3:43PM
thanks all for your comments...

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