Old men reading Quran

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Title     Old men reading Quran
Photographer     aliibnahmad/Jaeghie (1,116) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Aliibnahmad's Travel around the world
F-stop     f/3.5
Shutter speed     1/60 sec
Categories     Documentary
Lens     Canon 16 - 35mm L series
Camera     Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Format     RAW
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     April 8, 2012 11:47:36 AM CDT
Views     325
Rating     2 Thumb-up

I took this photo in an old mosque located in Bani, a very small town in the north of Burkina Faso near Sahara Desert. The mosque was built of mud bricks, and there was no carpet inside. The old muslims were reading Quran together counting on the sunlight shining in through the open entrance.


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Thumb-up    from oiseau/Vincent (7,789) Send mail to this user on April 9, 2012 9:06:20 AM CDT (1) Early critique

Hi Jaeghie,
the atmosphere you have captured here certainly comes across. The colors and the light coming in from the side are strong features.
I don't know if you could have taken a step back to include also the body of the man in the lower left corner. Somehow he seems to 'break up' the composition. The same goes, to a lesser extent, for the cut feet of the man on the right. I would also like to see a bit more of the faces of these men.

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From aliibnahmad/Jaeghie (1,116) Send mail to this user on April 9, 2012 10:07:09 AM CDT

Thanks for your critique, Vincent. I totally agree on your opinion, but unfortunately I couldn't step back then because the inside corridor of the mosque was very narrow. Actually I took this photo staying with my back against the wall.


Thumb-up    from ssal/Alex (39,158) Send mail to this user on April 8, 2012 11:54:48 AM CDT (3) Early critique

I know the lighting in a cave may not be perfect and the skin tone of the subject proves challenging. I still like to see a little detail on the face. Also if you have lower your camera a little, like at the eye level of the subjects, you will find the result far different.

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From aliibnahmad/Jaeghie (1,116) Send mail to this user on April 8, 2012 12:03:29 PM CDT

Thanks for your advice. I also thought about the best angle like your opinion, but I wanted to show the circle made by the old men surrounding Quran. That's why I chose a higher angle sacrificing the details of the faces.



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