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Wild Life

By mmz_khan    
My story is about human life. After birth we all go through a similar type of journey. We all start our journey from childhood’s unlimited fun to teenage dream and then 1st test of adulthood, leaving a wild life just before mid age realization of family importance and then regrets and repetition at the old age. We all have the same story but all of us have a different way of telling it.

This picture was taken at a small Rakhain village close to Kuakata.

Tags: Life Old Specialist and abstract Rakhain


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2019 8:28AM
A strong portrait of a lived in face. Possibly a little over saturated for my taste with colours rather intense and the EXIF is missing?

You are going to get a lot of 'black and white' with this one, and, indeed, that treatment will emphasise the character and impact. Depends what the image is to be used for. Sales via libraries do not require mono as the customer can then choose to use either colour or mono, but an exhibition print in mono with a slight contrast hike would be quite impressive.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
16 Feb 2019 10:14AM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery!

This is a really strong portrait, very much in the mould of Steve McCurry's travel portraits, and that's no mean achievement.

Was the light reflecting into the woman's face a natural thing, or did you have to arrange it? Either way, it works, picking her out from the background.

Ideally, maybe, you'd have her a fraction more off-centre, by including more on the right and at the bottom - but maybe not. And we really like to see the EXIF data so that we can analyse any issues, and also so that other people can appreciate the sort of settings you need for portraits like this. Use 'Save As' rather than 'Save for web' when you are editing, to avoid stripping hte EXIF data out.

The background is nicely out of focus, but sufficiently clear to give a context - a very good image, and I suggest reposting it tomorrow in the main gallery, where it will pick up votes and maybe a user award or two...
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2019 1:16PM
What a wonderful face. Good advice offered above. My mod is just my take on it, its a great face that deserves to be the star of the show.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
16 Feb 2019 1:57PM
Very nice image. Good to see you back here Munim
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
16 Feb 2019 10:15PM
John's covered this comprehensively.
Willie's mod with that slight counterclockwise rotation straightens things up nicely as a slight tilt looks unnatural - this is the type of image where I don't see a tilt working well for a serious/reflective dignified/elderly subject where the life has been hard.
17 Feb 2019 7:05AM
Hi All
Thanks for nice comments.
Extremely sorry missing the EXIF part. Recently I start editing my picture in Photoshop and I am learning every day.

Paul you have correctly point out regarding saturation. I have used Nik Collection – Color Efex Pro 4 filter – Tonal Contrast and it gives the image a cool effect…. I will reduce the saturation.

Dudler @ Light reflecting into the woman's face is added in photoshop. Background was also slightly manipulated to create the depth. I am posting the RAW file for ref.

Both the mod looks awesome. I will try to recreate same thing.

It is good to be back. More images are coming for your valuable opinion. Thanks in advance for your comments and time.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
17 Feb 2019 12:13PM
Thank you so much for the response, and for the original version. It's always wonderful when critique becomes conversation!

I can actually see alternative crops in there, as well as your original - I'm going to try one just to see what happens.

In doing the mod, I saw that (while you'd brightened the lady's face), the fill light was really there. I've gone for a less dramatic view, but showing hte context of what looks like a classroom.

Obviously, you were shooting fast, hence the tilt and not being particularly close.

And it remains a beautiful image - post this in the main gallery and you will get votres, maybe even an award or two.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
17 Feb 2019 12:15PM
I should add - the woman's gentle, tolerant and lined face reminds me of a woman I knew when I was younger, a doctor's wife. Kind and caring, never pushy, and laways ready to care for people.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
17 Feb 2019 8:16PM
Thank you for the original.
I like the wider crop as it shows context.
Having said that the close crop is a more intimate portrait.
Both fine, and oth better with the tilt corrected.

Your original is lacking in contrast though I wouldn't have taken it as far as in your main image (I'm not saying it's not overdone, don't get me wrong, as I think a gentler approach is more suitable).
But if you like the extra contrast then that's fine. I'd still have voted for it in the main Gallery Smile
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
17 Feb 2019 11:30PM

I am looking to it (in original and crop) and I am thinking, "hey, this is dual use! Portrait (old lady) or Reportage (classroom)" .

So you can work on both. Compared to dudler's modification number six, you can see that the actual left part on the original image utilises "dead" space on the door which could be used on the right side of the frame to contain the whole head of the woman with the ponytail and the blue ribbon.

I prefer this reportage version as more story telling than the portrait that works more with the imagination of what caused the wrinkles to the lady. Child-minding did it, it causes hair to get grey too. Haha.

On a serious note. It takes some great skill to be accepted in a class carrying a camera that is as big as a school bag.


pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
17 Feb 2019 11:32PM
Ooops it is modification number five I was talking about
18 Feb 2019 4:25AM
Thanks Dudler, Pablophotographer for your nice mod...

I keep this picture lock in my HD for almost 5 years and didn't realize it's true potential till now.. Thanks for all the comments and new direction which i was missing...

Thanks all for your time... I will update a new image in Critique for you tomorrow...

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