Assamese man, Asam, India


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Title     Assamese man, Asam, India
Photographer     darius4522/John (6,879) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     India
F-stop     f/4
Shutter speed     1/15 sec
Categories     Documentary
Journalism
Portrait
Lens     Sigma 70-300mm
Camera     Pentax K10D
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     December 1, 2009 10:20:00 PM CST
Views     642
Rating     3 Thumb-up

This old guy owned a bike shop in a small village on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam - a region of India rarely visited by Europeans. It was actually shot at 1/20th and hand held, but the photosig list only includes 1/15th and 1/30th. I was quite pleased with the result.

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Thumb-up    from jaypix/Jean-Pierre (33,356) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 1:17:55 AM CST (1) Early critique

An interesting face, a good expression, good lighting, good colours ... a bit of a hot spot on the man's forehead, but no big deal ... what puts me off is the background, it doesn't fit in with the man himself ... if you meant to go for an environmental portrait, then I think it would have been better to include more of the man, to show the relation between himself and his 'shop' (if it is a shop, and if it his shop, of course ... but your picture isn't telling us this ... you are !)

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From darius4522/John (6,879) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 2:19:56 AM CST

Had no choice over the background, Jean-Pierre. He wasn't moving from his seat *lol*. And this was more of a quick snap than a truly posed portrait.

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Thumb-up    from thedavidwright/David (13,418) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 12:30:22 AM CST (2) Early critique

While your subject seems pretty stiff, I find this an interesting portrait of an older man. In color and sharpness he stands out against the background of his shop.

I would have rotated the image a bit to the left so that the signs were horizontal, and darkened that object to his right.

Also the white shirt is a bit distracting, esp. his left shoulder.

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From darius4522/John (6,879) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 1:09:01 AM CST

I don't find him stiff at all....although it was the first time he had ever been photographed. To my eye, he appears to have a twinkle in his eye, and looks somewhat mischievious. And the white shirt might be distracting, but I guess that that was what he was wearing! Appreciate your comment.!

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Thumb-up    from cedarbough/Cedar Bough (15,638) Send mail to this user on December 1, 2009 11:14:01 PM CST (3) Early critique

The thumbnail looked great with complimentary colors, good composition, etc. but the actual photo... a bit disappointing. He seems a bit irritated with the photo (mouth tight, eyes simply staring you down), the entire shot is lacking in sharpness, the red is oversaturated to the point of loss of detail, and we can't see the sign background well enough to justify it's obvious and intentional inclusion in the frame. Also I must object with the inference that he's of Indo-European stock instead of Asian, he appears to be a member of one of the many minority groups such as those across the border in Yunnan or in northern Myanmar. Do many in Assam look like him?

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From darius4522/John (6,879) Send mail to this user on December 1, 2009 11:29:17 PM CST

Thanks. Bear in mind this was hand held at 1/15th of a second, which might explain the seemingly lack of sharpness, and while you perceive his eyes as "staring", I perceive them as sparkling. I was with a small group of travellers, and apparently we were the first Europeans he had ever seen...and certainly the first armed with dSLRs! BTW, you may object as much as you like, but I made no such inference about him being from Indo-European stock.... That was your interpretation of the photo. His appearance was not unusual in Assam, although most of the people certainly appeared to be more Indian than Asian. He was described to me as being a member of the Assamese Mising tribe - which is a minority group in Assam. I have no idea if he is from Northern Myanmar (though I have been there also) or Yunan... He was some 300-400 miles from the nearest border with Maynmar and China, and he could have lived in the village for all of his life for all I know. I take photos as opposed to being an interrogator *lol*.

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From cedarbough/Cedar Bough (15,638) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 1:49:50 AM CST

no one forced you to hand hold at 1/15th. i certainly don't, unless I intend to have blur for whatever reason.

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From darius4522/John (6,879) Send mail to this user on December 2, 2009 2:18:20 AM CST

One has little choice when one doesn't have a tripod with one....I travel light.

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