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Happy Holy Man

By WeeGeordieLass    
That moment when someone turns round and catches you taking a sneaky photo of them without heart was in my mouth when, on my first day in India, I spotted this Holy Man sitting on the steps outside the Red Fort in New Delhi and took a quick shot of him from a side view.

He turned round and caught me red-handed. My face must have looked a picture as his face broke into a wide grin. He indicated that he was happy to pose for more photos and this is my favorite.

All constructive critique is welcome.

Thank for looking

Elaine Grin

Tags: Portraits and people

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 4:15PM
Good capture. He looks a happy chappy. Did you have to tip him for the photo?
All looks good, colour, highlights etc.
I might crop down to his depending on format if printing
Also run the dodge tool set to shadows lightly over his eyes.
Did you resharpen after resizing for Internet? Maybe needs a touch.

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bwlchmawr 6 32 1 England
28 Apr 2013 4:54PM
Super portrait. I'd just crop the top, though.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
28 Apr 2013 5:38PM
The eyes and face are not sharp, otherwise very nice. Its not overall sharpening, its that the camera focused on the beard, which is sharpe, A crop to A4 does raise the eyes to a better composition.

The eyes and face can be sharpened, and this works nicely, as you can see in the mod. I popped a tiny catchlight into the other eye also.

You got a lot braver after this one!


JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 6:17PM
A lovely portrait & esp. love Willie's mod.
30 Apr 2013 3:30PM
Hi Ian,

Yes he was very happy to be photographed..............a few people inn our group took shots so possible our guide gave him some rupees out of our kitty.

I didn't resharpen - looking at it now it does need it a bit.

Thanks for your advice.


Elaine Grin
30 Apr 2013 3:32PM
Hi Andrew,

I think you're right about cropping the top a little bit.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.


30 Apr 2013 3:36PM
Hi Willie,

Quote:You got a lot braver after this one!

Lol, yes I gained more confidence approaching people throughout the trip.

Thanks for the mod - that catchlight does make a difference. Like the crop and the sharpening.


Elaine Grin
30 Apr 2013 3:38PM
Hi Ju,

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you like the portrait and I agree that Willie's mod is lovely.


Elaine Grin

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