Two men praying in Talasayana Perumal Temple in Mamallapuram.
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cobraphil8 (82) 2006-03-22 9:28
great moment and these pillars are very graphic, well seen.
talikf (1290) 2006-03-22 9:35
Hi Maciej, great job here, I like how the pillars lead you to the subjects. Nice colors too.
Darren (6823) 2006-03-22 9:45
Hi Maciek. Actually, I think it is one man praying and one many eying the photographer ;)
Tricky lighting here and I think you and your camera handled it quite well. I don't notice any obvious blowouts, although the white is very white. Personally, I think I would reduce the exposure just a hair when convertin the RAW. Personally, I really wish the guy wasn't glaring at you quite as much as he is, quite honestly, it gives the impression to me that you are intruding on them and they are not pleased about it.
Hope you are well and I hope you will have a great time in Pakistan. Wish I could join you.
arindam_thokder (3985) 2006-03-22 10:57
I wish the other man in the back is not there. His dress and his expression do not match with the temple and spoils the mood IMO. However I like the vertical lines of the pillar, and the framing in two parts, the white does not bother me may be because the devotees are also in white dress and the main subject is well under the sun. And like Darren I also think the lighting is very well managed here to avoid ant overexposed areas.
sohrab (7439) 2006-03-22 11:15
very cliched and very banal!!!!!!!!!
before you go ahead with my critique.. understand that i've met you ad i've known you for some time and know that photography is far beyond a mere hobby for you...
first this photograph...
i'll start with the body language..
it was fresh when claude initially posted his photographs from south india.. palms together and a man looking at an idol or upwards blah blah blah... but now there are so many photographs like this.. that i want move on to something else.. it's just sooo disappointing that i don't really have any words to express myself.. i just know that right now while writing this.. i have a very warped expression and i can feel my face muscles under all the chubbiness get stressed.. you must be aware that 40 something muscles are exerted while frowning and only 1 while smiling ;) go easy on me.. and you have tons and tons of the same thing.. is this all you see in a temple?? is this all what prayers are about...?? looking at the sky or at something else with palms put together... kind of makes me feel that your path of thinking is highly constricted...
and the whole photograph itself.. there's nothing really happenening... and by this i mean there's no feeling at all..
i don't mind a person looking into the camera.. cmon... a little interaction with the charecter can also be interested.. but this whole photograph is quite dead..
CRITIQUE CONTINUED IN THE DISCUSSION
dolin (15647) 2006-03-22 14:19
Excellent ce jeu de répétitions et ces touches de oranges....puis l'oeil qui arrive sur ces deux mecs en pleine prière. Une image intelligemment construite et une lumière bien maitrisée.
Luan (12971) 2006-03-23 3:32
a nice composition, this bench of pillars is really graphic and lead our look toward the prayers. I like also the men are hilighted diferently, but at the same place.
markoci (3927) 2006-03-23 4:04
as much as i appreciate the compositional elements in this photo, i'm afraid i'll have to agree with darren (on the stare in the lense) and sohrab (on lacking some life) here. a bit dissapoining (strictly by your own high standards).
olopez (4959) 2006-03-23 10:10
I think there's no accounting for tastes.
Your image is well composed and attract our attention, these pilars are a way to frame and guide the view to the prayer, in adition the colors are beautiful.
I like it,
nygus (8178) 2006-03-24 5:00
would be much better without the top man. looks like ad for washing powder, with this white shirt... czekam na odpowiedz twoja dla sohraba, moze byc ciekawa dyskusja
sengir (4956) 2006-03-24 16:29
no mi sie bez kolesia w tle bardziej podoba, kiedys fajne zdanie czytalem: "idealna kompozycja jest nie wtedy, gdy juz nic nie mozna dodac, ale gdy nic nie mozna usunac".
nivas37 (662) 2006-04-10 3:27
a very well taken picture with the white pillars forming a major part of this image. I know its a temple and you cant force this, but i wish the guy behind wasnt there...
Rgds / Nivas
yanseiler (20) 2006-05-04 5:40
very very nice colors and composition, I would just get rid of a piece at the top.
muratd (4986) 2006-05-04 6:25
Hello. This is very imperssive photo.The colour, graphic and compo is so good thank you for sharing us.
evanrizo (456) 2006-07-01 3:10
A great frame,a great momment, very good seen and done. I like the light control very much.
jsec (2122) 2007-03-09 23:37
I agree with Sohrab.
dawekato (2269) 2008-04-11 9:22
Well, I don't know what all those harsh critiques are about. I think it's a great capture, great graphic although maybe just the front praying man would have been enough (both compo wise and for emotional impact. My concern is more about the shallow DOF, which puts the front orange bar out of focus and distracting.
- Copyright: Maciej Dakowicz (maciekda) (19895)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-22 9:19
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