This is not a posed shot. We were brought by our tour to a Moroccan house that sold Moroccan silverware/brassware. Rather than staying inside, I was thinking about photographing this man who was sitting at the doorway of the small passage that led to the store. He was with another man and I posted a picture of them long long time ago. This time, I only focused on him.
I noticed that this man is quite old and he was deprived of the gift of sight in his one eye. I found this shot symbolic. When God closes a window, He opens a door. And light came streaming in.
(Used duotone, USM, adjusted curves)
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henrye (3500) 2004-06-15 2:24
Stunning photograph! It works extremely well in black and white. Great composition, everything is very well . Great note too. Well done Manny!
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-06-15 2:39
This is quite different from your usual fare Manny but I like it very much. The light coming through the open door casts lovely shadows of the door frame, the door and the man. All of this is accentuated, of course, by the fact you chose duotone. The composition is impeccable. This is fine work Manny. I like it.
omritoppol (826) 2004-06-15 2:52
Your interpretation is very human. I like the shot a lot. I think the vertical way is very appealing and gives a sense of depth and honor for that man. I don't mind the somewhat overexposed door - after reading the note, i think it adds to the ambiance. Well seen & captured
Zanni (6108) 2004-06-15 2:59
I like the combination between the old man, clear dressed, and the old dark door: their solemnity inspires respect and admiration.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-06-15 3:02
Hi Manny, deligthful picture with this man sitting so quiet at his door, very peaceful. Composition and the sepia are very nice. I like it, it's like John's picture, very good to start the day with: easy, easy, easy, I'm still tired..
carper (96) 2004-06-15 3:03
This is a real good photo,
You made a very good job with the light. The sherpia is well choosen, the composition is great. This is a masterpiece Manuel.
Galeota (10338) 2004-06-15 3:11
This is so beautiful. The duotone you used gives an atmosphere of carefully prepared composition (which is obviously not the case).
The light is magical in this photograph, although there's a lack of detail in the overexposed areas near the entrance. The difference of tones on the wall (background) coming from the shadows of the man and the door add to the image of duality in each individual (an hidden and a clear side of each personality)
And finally, with your note you prove us that some words can sometimes carry the image above and beyond the intepretation others might do. You definitely settle what you've seen, and it is impossible not to follow your vision. This is excellent.
pridel (233) 2004-06-15 3:18
Bonjour Manuel, j'aime beaucoup cette photo. Très belle composition et la lumière est superbe. j'aime aussi beaucoup la note. bravo
joannar (308) 2004-06-15 3:28
Great shot, Manuel! Somehow it reminds me of those colonial pictures from the times long gone... but this may be because of the use of sepia. An excellent and very symbolic composition with the light streaming through the door and the man sitting like a guardian... A real classic!
RGatward (20060) 2004-06-15 3:32
This is terrific, and great in B&W. I thought posed from the thumbnail, but could see the it wasn't on a closer look, before reading your note.
ChrisJ (95866) 2004-06-15 3:47
Very nice sepia tones & great image.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-06-15 4:41
Wonderful picture Manny !
I like the gates and the very good man expression.
The choice of sepia is great.
jrj (34841) 2004-06-15 4:55
Creative and well made, also some different from many of your outhers Manny. Very good light setting and a fine post work, very well made..
cmartos (242) 2004-06-15 5:20
Very nice interpretation and very nice picture. Your Morocco serie is really good. The light is magical, excellent composed, I also like his expression. An excellent post, superb.
yesterday (9833) 2004-06-15 5:39
Excellent composition, I like the color tone and the contrast, the light in this one is not perfest it is some overexpoced in the right side of the picture and on the man's right side.
Thats a bit shame, but at the same time the hard part in taken photo.
Regards kaj Nielsen
Darren (6823) 2004-06-15 6:57
Hi Manny. This one is good, I hope you won't mind my saying it is quite a bit ahead of your last few posts. Your composition here is very good and you have made good use of side lighting to create interesting shadows and tell a pretty strong story. There are two things that do work against this shot slightly. First, I don't think it is square. The door, which is pretty much in the center, so therefore it should be straight, but it is tilted to the right. By the edge of the frame, due to perspective, the tilt is even more noticable and distracting I am affraid. This is easily fixed in photoshop, either by rotating the whole photo, or using the skew command to adjust for this slant. Secondly, I think things are a little overexposed here. I think it is very difficult to control, especially using the camera you were using, but having the right side of the frame be so bright draws my eye away from your subject. I think given that you were there when you were, there is really not much you could have done about this, but unfortunately, it does detract. If you carried a graduated neutral density filter, this would have been the perfect time to use it, but considering that you were using a digital point and shoot, I doubt that was in your kit bag.
These criticisms aside Manny, this is a terrific photo and in my opinion a real return to form for you.
iamxa (3035) 2004-06-15 7:28
Manuel, what can I say? Just Morocco in pure state, like the people think in our heads.
Very well done, the B&W duotone perfect for this one, only a bit burned at the door light, but is part of the magic
Eagle78 (1925) 2004-06-15 10:27
Wow..everything is great here Manuel: the compo, the colors, the light levels, the play with shadows...a great shot indeed! Very moody, really matching your goal here..great job :)
nfriedli (1060) 2004-06-15 11:00
Incredible exposure, nice duotone choice. A wonderful picture!
jhm (137652) 2004-06-15 12:13
A quiet gentle photograph, these old enjoy always this according to its can. Great note too. Well done Manny!
nwoehnl (122) 2004-06-15 12:41
This is outstanding portrait work, Manny, I'd rank this one very high in your portfolio. The compositional merits are in the fact that the man is shown in these fine surroundings, in the way you chose to position him in the frame, and in the beautiful light and shadow effects. The duotone seems to make this shot even richer. Very good shot.
avigur_11 (22077) 2004-06-15 17:16
Excellent moody shot, Amny. Wonderful use of sepia here. The warm tones are great for this atmosphere, light diectin is very very effective and magical. A great shot, one of my favorites.
eleparc (24063) 2004-06-16 7:53
great note manny;-)) i missed that one yesterday... i think you have pretty well mastered the light in this photo... even the left hand side of the photo is clear and distinguishible, while the harsh light comes from the right... bravo! you are a technical man manny, in spite of all your assertions..;-)) LOL nice job!
sunny (3068) 2004-06-16 9:09
Fantastic light and perfect composition, Manny! :-) His posture radiates such a calmness. The sepia works finely here as accentuates stronger on the details and atmosphere. Excellent capture!
elihesamian (26149) 2004-06-16 9:31
Admirable shot,Thanks for sharing,Dear Manuel!
Excellent work in sepia you did,great playing with light ,contrast is perfectlly managed & composition ,as all of your shots,is skilfully creat.
Very well done!Very nice to looking at it for study more.
waskahegan (0) 2004-06-16 20:19
what else to say? The picture has an idea, a lifestyle, a reality an architecture, light, shadow, is well balanced etc...
bfly (5775) 2004-06-18 0:55
very good picture Manuel..all written already...I can only say I like the overexposed door..helps for the picture's old look...
pamastro (7290) 2004-06-18 2:05
Very nice composition. The tones are great. Excellent post processing. It really enhances this image. It does have a special feel to it as you write in your note. I like the expression on his face, too. One of just fatigue, maybe. As though he's taking a much needed break. It's a really great job. Very powerful. Excellent, Manuel.
joseelias (0) 2004-06-20 9:48
I love the composition on this photo. More than the correct placement of the man the way he is "framed" by the door and that piece of furniture is what makes this composition so strong making us look at him.
Also the white clothes and the contrast between light and shadow play an important role creating some mstery.
Great use of sepia also.
adalbert (1323) 2004-06-29 18:05
Perfect shot !!!!... nice sepia :)
keribar (43841) 2005-02-12 12:51
You say that you're not professional. This may be right, but looking at your picture it is hard to believe it. For me(and many others ) it is a great picture.
Congratulations - Izzet
BennyV (13578) 2008-10-15 5:18
I just saw this one in the "best of Morocco" on the TE intro page of today. What a stunning shot. Great sepia touches, usually don't like them very much, but this is brilliant.
- Copyright: Manuel Librodo (manny) (21833)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Best of Morocco [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-06-15 2:21
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