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Street Barber

By WeeGeordieLass    
Taken in the morning on the streets of Varanasi.

I wanted to show that many aspects of life happen on the streets in need for barbers shop buildings there - fascinating place!

Thanks for looking, any thoughts would be gratefully received.



Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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pablophotographer 6 951 335
21 Apr 2013 7:03PM
you are a street photographer, they are street barbers, what's the strange thing about it? Tongue

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 7:06PM
"How can one possibly modify reality?"

A superb snippet of life in this fascinatingly diverse country

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Apr 2013 7:08PM
Hi Elaine,

What's happened in the top left . . . ?
21 Apr 2013 7:15PM
Hi Pablo and Nathan,

Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.


Elaine Grin
21 Apr 2013 7:19PM
Hi Bren,

Just before I took the shot there was a guy on a motorcycle in the top left. He roared off leaving behind him a load of swirling dust!! Wink Wink Wink

(could be the result of dodgy cloning though!)


Elaine Grin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 10:21PM
Your bit of "dodgy cloning" has left a light line behind the customer's head, Elaine.
I like everything about this, the action, the concentration, the cart on the right, the bits and pieces in the foreground....a real slice of street life, and very well taken.
I can't help feeling this might have been better taken in portrait/vertical format, giving more space for the row of barbers behind your main subject, which aren't immediately obvious. After looking for longer and looking more closely, I think this is what makes the image more interesting, the fact that several people are doing the same thing, all in a row. Portrait format would have given the viewer a better idea of what was taking place, and the eye would follow the line of barbers. This would also have allowed you to leave a bit of space beneath the barber's paraphernalia in the foreground.
22 Apr 2013 9:19AM
Hi Pamelajean,

Wish I'd thought to turn the camera round to portrait format at the time - great idea!

I've uploaded the original scene with the motorcycle in the top left hand corner. I made a right mess trying to clone it out as I thought it ruined the mood of the scene. I wonder if it was necessary to clone it out............does it spoil the shot?

Thanks I'd be grateful for any opinions.
Elaine Smile
22 Apr 2013 9:21AM
Hi Coast,

Thanks for the mod - I think the subject looks pretty good in b & w. I like the tones in your conversion.


Elaine Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 8:24PM
Thankyou for putting up the original shot, Elaine. It makes sense of a lot of things for me.
The bright vertical line behind the customer's head was there in the original, just something to do with the light, and nothing whatsoever to do with your cloning. In fact, your cloning is pretty good, but I'd like to point out a few things. Firstly, you had the customer's hair against the motorbike to begin with. Hair is one of the most difficult things to go around when altering backgrounds. I suppose you could have pretended that YOU were the barber, and flattened it for him.
This is what I do. I start with the picture at full view and use a large clone brush for the large areas, then zoom in close and continue around the subject with a much smaller clone brush. In PSP it stays cloning from the same area however much I zoom in or alter the brush size, but I don't know about other editing programmes. It's that last bit of tidying up that's important. Go closer to the hairline when zoomed in.
Secondly, when you decide which bit to use for cloning, try not to use an area that is close to where you want to do the cloning. Obviously, it's usually going to be the best area because it will match in tone, texture, etc. If that's the case, and you can see obvious repeats, which will also be obvious to the viewer, use your clone tool again to go over those repeats and blank them out. In this picture, you have repeated some bits of rubbish, probably the last thing that I'd have cloned IN, I'm always cloning it OUTTongue! I think you have helped this to work by blurring the part that you cloned, a clever idea, especially if it's in the far background.
By the way, even though the light line behind his head was there in the original, it does look odd once the motorbike has gone, and so I would have worked on that, too.

Quote:I wonder if it was necessary to clone it out............does it spoil the shot?

I would personally have cloned it out. It is directly behind the customer's head, and very distracting.
27 Apr 2013 9:08AM
Thanks for explaining your approach to cloning in such detail Pamela - next time I need to make something disappear I'll follow your workflow.

You've helped me a lot - thanks Grin


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