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Lost soul

By mmz_khan    
This picture was taken at a old abandoned palace (Muktagasa Raj Bari) in Mymensingh Bangladesh. Once upon a time this hallway was playing ground of Kings, Land lords and royal dignitaries now every thing is lost.

Tags: Abandoned Bangladesh Mymensingh Portraits and people Muktagasa Raj Bari

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2016 7:25PM
I'm struggling with the figure. verycentral and difficult to make out. the general effect is good but the tonal range has beaten you with various areas of burn out scattered about the image which I find myself looking at. Definately crop the one at the top, but there are a few.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2016 7:25PM
It's a fabulous location (I am green with envy), with dappled light and shadows falling over textures and lines. The problem for me is that the figure is lost in it, even viewing this large I can scarcely make it out. Having downloaded and blown this up really large I think it's a man but even that isn't clear.

The pose, playing a flute I think, in the open window is wonderfully poetic, as is the placement against the light, but you need to go in a lot closer. Don't worry about losing the wealth of detail, a smaller amount of context will still give the story. A little is often more.

There will be more detail available in your original file. But I shall try a radical crop here.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
19 Apr 2016 9:37AM
Others have given the key points, but I want to build up my own response, even if it repeats things.

A wonderful location: I'd want to shoot there again and again. I hope that you are able to return.

It's a problem that the figure is so central, and I'd either like to see the flute player marginalsied a bit - small and at the edges) or bigger and placed more dominantly. The gentle and reflective pose suggests that the former idea might work better.

I can imagine the player as a ghost from times past, and I wonder if Tanya will do a mod along these lines...

I'm now going to play with the picture a bit, and various crops. It's a great shame this is less than 1,000 pixels long, as crops will easily lose technical quality. You should now be able to upload files that are 2,000 pixels on the long side.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2016 11:45AM
If that guy had been sat in the window opening closest to the left of the image, that would have been (for me, anyway) the perfect placement. As it is, he's too central, too far away and because of that he loses the impact he should have.

But oh my, what a fabulous location! Combined with your description of what it used to be, and it raises the hairs on my arms ... which kind of brings me round to my mod.

John's idea of a flutist ghost from the past is, of course, one that immediately gets my imagination going, sooooooo ...

I started off by adjusting the balance of shadows and highlights in the image, plus a small crop from the top down to remove that bright window opening at the top edge.
Then I did a rough cut out of the man, and moved him onto his own layer, feathering the edge of the selection by a couple of pixels. I cloned in the area he was sitting in originally, and also used some of the foreground window brickwork to try and make it look natural.

Then I moved the cut out man to the foreground window ledge, reducing his opacity to about 55% and adding a hue/saturation layer above him, clipped to just his layer, and took down the saturation of the reds in his clothing.

Then I had a play with the whole image in Nik's Color Efex 4 to get a slightly warmer, more hazy dreamy feeling that seemed to fit with the feeling in my head. (There's nothing at all wrong with the crisper tones in your original above, by the way; it's just that something slightly ethereal and ghostly worked for me, though it may not for you, which is fine Smile).

Images like your one above, and comments like 'ghosts' start stories in my imagination. So now, for me, he's a man whose life while alive was spent filling the days of those he served with gentle, haunting music. And, despite the long passage of time since then, his loyalty has never faltered ... even if everything else has ...

Hope you don't mind what I've done with your image, but thank you for that opportunity to play!

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
19 Apr 2016 1:32PM
I think the subject matches the title. It conveys lost in more than one way, and that person, being lost both in space and possibly in the music can work.

I would have, if possible, just moved the camera more to the right, to include less of the left wall and more of the right, and left it quite dark.

Mod uploaded.


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
19 Apr 2016 6:16PM
I think Tanya has done just about the perect mod here...
20 Apr 2016 2:15AM
Thanks all for your comments and mod.

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