This is one face which still haunts me although it has been almost two years since I last met him. I can still hear him say in his groggy voice chobi pathabi to? (Will you send me the pictures?). His piercing eyes despite his age, his crooked face is something I have never come across. Its a face to rememeber for sure. I had shot him in colour but thought sepia tone brings out the best out of his character. This man and the place where I had taken this picture has a history dating back a long way. You can find more about it in one of my earlier posts Old Man amidst the Ruins. For the closer portrait shot, I had decided to go with the face only instead of the ruins.
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veronika (6052) 2006-06-27 14:18
Wow .. WOW..
Im really impressed Sabyasachi..
Have no words.. amazing!!!
isabela_sor (47722) 2006-06-27 14:18
Great portrait, full of character.I like the tight composition and the detail of the expressiv face.Splendid choice for this colors!
All the best
Budapestman (82620) 2006-06-27 14:19
This portrait so than hard life. B&W gives dramatic impression. Nice days,
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-06-27 14:20
Amazing face, splendid portrait, congrats, tfs..
avis2avis (4264) 2006-06-27 14:20
Speechless!!! One of the most powerful portraits I have seen on TE or elsewhere in a long long time.
I can almost hear him say in a haunting voice.. "Chobi pathabi to".
Excellent post pro work on this!
luisafonso (862) 2006-06-27 14:22
This is very strong. I like how you boosted contrast to its limits. It really gave a deep character to the man's expression. Nothing much to say Sabyasachi... you keep on leaving me speechless with your portraits.
tityop (6225) 2006-06-27 14:26
L'expression de ce visage en dit long.
Très bon traitement également!
fijiphil (1355) 2006-06-27 14:29
Breathtaking... maybe a little dark but that's probably my monitor. His eyes look a little dead... I am really struggling to critique this photo because it is so very very good. Thank you.
pablominto (53744) 2006-06-27 14:32
Wow from me too!
Extermely strong portrait, with a face where the shady sides of life are chiselled...
Post processing to enhance is spot on, very well done indeed!
Floydian (30970) 2006-06-27 14:36
Impressive picture.....VERY impressive..!!!
His face, man o man, that is really something. This man has sufferd, probably all his life.
It's not to dark here, for my opnion you should also make the right side black so we have all the focus on the man, now that red part is a little bit disturbing.
But nevertheless, this portrait is high class.
Excellent work...extremely good taken..!!!
delkoo (68) 2006-06-27 14:36
smashing shot sabyasachi,powerful portrait, the life have carved his face deeply.
partha (14020) 2006-06-27 14:46
That face.......I can recognise. u took the ruin by keeping the person in foreground. Its really a face with exceptional appeal. But U must have a good eye to visualise that it will deliver an outstanding shot.
I appreciate your post processing, the selection of sepia tone.
One of the best faces ever seen.
I am lucky to click as my favourites.
ryno (6863) 2006-06-27 15:09
Excellent portrait, Sabyasachi. The sepia tone helps to bring out the worn, weatherbeaten features here. What a tired expression in his eyes. A sad and touching image, but also a sympathetic shot, very well captured. Regards,
marietom (34607) 2006-06-27 15:16
impressionnant portrait ! Quel visage buriné, et quel vécu on ressent dans ce regard...
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-06-27 15:24
Stunning shot! what an expression on the face, perfect framing for this shot.
lukas (2067) 2006-06-27 15:29
Extraordinary portret! Excellent photography!!
tjanze (5674) 2006-06-27 15:36
Woow! Amazing portrait.Fantastic composition.
Excelent seeing details....Bravo!
goodwill (4224) 2006-06-27 15:47
I am speechless.
You have yorked everybody on TE dear Tendulkar!!!
Hey Ram kaise kasie shot khich sakte ho aap , soocha na tha kabhi!!
magdaj (1111) 2006-06-27 16:04
Hello Sabyasachi :)))
Very very good shot!
Regards & smile :)))
lasscor (7640) 2006-06-27 16:06
Wonderful incredible expressive composition.
All his life is recorded on the face of this old man.
georgemoeciu (1150) 2006-06-27 16:09
uau ..what a great picture -excelent portret ...very artistic photo
BrianGraney (1738) 2006-06-27 16:14
A stunning high-quality portrait, one full of emotion.
I hesitate to criticise, but can't help but disagree with everyone else - the sepia is a little too dark for my taste, and the dark area on the left doesn't really add anything for me.
But this is just my taste - this is one of the best shots I've seen, I can easily understand how he's still with you.
(Hope you did send him the pictures!)
entrelec (8328) 2006-06-27 16:21
Nice portrait, for sure, but I am not sure about the PP.
veve (4189) 2006-06-27 16:34
It's incredible this picture!Looks horrible this person, but the portrait is very good!
rdiaz80 (319) 2006-06-27 16:46
Impressive and very good note. Thanks!
Robbi-chan (2) 2006-06-27 17:37
This is really amazing! I am impressed. Very good work.
hubert (1577) 2006-06-27 17:55
Hy Sabyasachi. Great portrait.
You have perfectly gathered the firm and resigned eyes of an old man.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-06-27 17:56
A wonderful portrait - so much character in it. It's hard to find the right words to describe it, I'll leave that to others, but I will say how much I like the sepia toning you've used here, very effective in bringing out the character in the image.
jmhullot (0) 2006-06-27 18:22
Hi Sabyasachi, this is an incredible picture. This is very very strong.... Congratulations.
joso (2417) 2006-06-27 19:50
Great portrait, full of character.
The postprocessing - I'm not a great fan of it - increase the effect, makes it to a very powerfull portrait
eza1701 (3345) 2006-06-28 3:32
WOW what a portrait shot Sabyasachi. The sepia tone works really well and the detail is first class.
When you thing of portrait shots it is usual to thing in portrait format but the dark area on the right is an integral part of this image, well done.
dolin (15647) 2006-06-28 3:40
Je suis pas fan de la PP, mais par contre, ce visage est impressionnant !!!
Quel dureté dans les traits vieillis de ce visage, c'est incroyables.
Un portrait très fort, et touchant !!!
(I come back for the smile)
sayan (2617) 2006-06-28 3:53
I am sure you have something in your hand and in your eyes! This is awsome! Almost looks like a sculpture of a renowned artist. I remember this face from your earlier post and it is so haunting! Choosing the sepia tone works well and the background effect fading on his face is wonderful!
Paolo (41222) 2006-06-28 4:22
Hi Sabyasachi, wonderful portrait, with a wonderufl balck and white an an excellent contrast.
berek (40015) 2006-06-28 4:46
what effective portrait . great details. I can fell all his life on his face. great. congratulations.
Meaning Sense :-)))
pasternak (15181) 2006-06-28 5:07
Oh WOW... I don´t know what to say, Sabayashi... This is so attracting and so scaring at the same time... The texture of his face is something not out of this world, I never saw anything like it...
Luan (12971) 2006-06-28 5:46
you have posted to awesome portrait, the youth againt the old age...wow, I'm impressed by the quality of this one, his look, his skin, his expression...wonderful
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-06-28 8:02
THis portrait is very high impact, I cant begin to describe how it moves me, you have captured every feeling and experience of that man through the lines in his face,
thaprem (2554) 2006-06-28 9:02
Truely a haunting Shot!...
Deep lines & time etched on his face, well exposed. I love this shot of his than the linked shot!.
The tone & crp have worked extremely well.
jyraya (397) 2006-06-28 10:19
Such an amazing and strong photograph.
I am sure that i wont be able to tell you any more than everyone else did, but i do have one question. Did you ever try to send the man his photograph like he requested?
Polonaise (5802) 2006-06-28 11:16
Since this picture posted on TE...Photography, as we knew it - seized to exist.
The king is dead.
LONG LIVE THE KING !
George...your humble servant, my lord.
ben4321 (9875) 2006-06-28 12:42
This is an incredibly good portrait. On the technical side there's an astounding level of detail (if a little over-sharpened) and texture.
Its the kind of image that will produce an emotional response in whoever sees it; what more can I say, its wonderful.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-06-28 13:54
You have converted a nice looking chap in a frightening one with Sepia.Good work
elmec (12210) 2006-06-28 13:55
That's so taking over portrait!
This is is so intresting story, and perfect done photo with this.
Congratulations for Yours work!
AmiBe (6042) 2006-06-28 16:15
oh my god, what a face !
Very poweful and unusual.
The color tones are excellent.
This face is like a big book.
polter (7239) 2006-06-28 17:56
I think I have nothing to say. May I ? Regards T.
Jeronimo (1382) 2006-06-28 23:00
What an impressionant picture and impressionant man Sabyasachi. I can see all the wiseness of this man. very well done and good black bacground.
avigur_11 (22077) 2006-06-28 23:07
It looks like a bronze statue, Sabyasachi. It is an amazing portrait, so detailed and well captured. I wonder what kind of PP uou have done here, I am really courious about it. It's a great shot.
sid (228) 2006-06-29 1:22
Its been over 3 yrs since you clicked this. Yet this is one of the best around in here for portraits!
the captured moment is still encaptivating after all this while!
hantulaut (3441) 2006-06-29 1:44
really a strong picture!
Excellent object, great face textures.
I just dont fitted with sharpness, but still tolerable.
talatbay (2424) 2006-06-29 3:37
an impressive portrait. Very affecting image.
kermit350 (9016) 2006-06-29 4:36
Hello Sabyashchi, it is more than one image, it is one moment of history of this high character colors, sincerely
neelkaak (458) 2006-06-29 5:19
WOW!...This one is simply superb!...Brilliant shot! It seems that Sabyasachi is on fire!...coming up with one after another amazing shots!
Onek Shuvechchha. Kazi
Cretense (68691) 2006-06-29 5:53
This is THE PORTRAIT!!!. The face of the man tells a thousand stories. One of my favorites.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-06-29 7:08
THIS IS THE PORTRAIT OF THE YEAR ON TE FOR THE MOMENT !!! Of course this is only my little opinion but what a FABULOUS PORTRAIT of this old gandalf ;))
I had already commented the picture where we see it in a larger view but this one is AMAZING !!!!!!
I have no words to say except that you were true to visit this man again and to put this picture in sepia.
A professionnal picture, really !
All my congratulations
feather (51130) 2006-06-29 7:35
Incredible portait; no wonder his face still haunts you and your photo has attracted so many conmments. Every experince in his life is etched on his face and you captured that so wonderfully well. The sepia treatment accentuates everything that is good about the potrait.
SAGAPO (1737) 2006-06-29 8:27
Hi Sabyasachi,So beautiful picture, perfectly framed and very good B&W portraits.Excelent photo!
anjan (1086) 2006-06-29 9:18
R u kidding, is this for real? u have changed the dynamics of photography buddy, i have seen nothing like this on TE leave alone the Indian gallery. its almost like a bronze sculpture!
P-S-I-G (25536) 2006-06-29 13:22
Waouw what a face ! Unforgetable.
Very good idea for the sepia.
Only one word : bravo !
xavshot (69835) 2006-06-29 13:25
Un très joli portrait de cet homme qui semble avoir de nombreuses histoires à raconter... Le n&b est très beau. Félicitations !
tinamunk3 (6404) 2006-06-29 15:20
Wow - what a portrait, Sabyasachi. Really really powerful shot. Great expression. Life has sure left it's marks on this old face. Great light that leaves a lot if details.
Nothing but AMAZING!!
Clairedelune (4923) 2006-06-30 0:42
Well... I have to join here for the concert of voices who praise your photo, and your work on it. This is a very touching photo. How to be insensible in front of such a gaze? We can almost read in his eyes the long river of his life, with all the stories that he lived... But not quite. Because each man and woman are just a mystery on their own...
Thank you Sabyasachi for this.
Thank you to this man for being.
faubry (35405) 2006-06-30 4:48
hello, impressionnant! great portrait! dark, strong deep, not enought words for talk about it!
A professionnal picture!!
have a good day
s10001in (0) 2006-06-30 11:34
Dear Sabyasachi ,
Great image posted.
Wonderful work done.
It looks like bronze made article.
I even seen your "Old Man amidst the Ruins" was great one.
You really nicely taken his face to expose well.
Great graphical effects highlighted by great shot & more wonderful PP.
Very well done.
Didi (57482) 2006-06-30 12:56
Its a very good scary portrait of this old man.
The lights ambiance show us the texture of his old skin.
Greetings from Orleans France.
anavazao (5592) 2006-06-30 15:25
A very interesting picture!
great capture with good detail!
The look in their eyes is amaizing!
bantonbuju (51781) 2006-07-01 1:37
respect, great respect,
peace and love with you sabyasachi,
i'm a mere humble pupil facing this piece of artwork,
please, please tell me how you did this? what you have done in postprocessing?
deep, deep bow,
best wishes, j.
donluicu (24724) 2006-07-01 4:07
this is a great portrait, the PP is really good, strong, meanfull...(looks like a "manny" shot, may be one of the best portrait makers of te..)
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-07-01 17:25
I don`t like this face and I hope to forget it quickly ;). But your capture is excellent. Very good quality, sharpness and DOF. Good choice of sepia colour.
RADEEH (2802) 2006-07-02 10:43
this is goint to haunt me..........
HaBeMa (1326) 2006-07-03 14:52
Hi Sabyasachi,thank you very much for critique,your photos very quality and perfect..
roamermark (1590) 2006-07-04 9:57
It has been awhile since I have been on and I have missed quite a lot of your shots. Congratulations on this one it is full of character and emotion.
alejandroguzman (4684) 2006-07-05 12:38
No words to explain how amazing is this picture.
CONGRATULATION Sabyasachi !!!
pd. I'llput u in my list.. :)
mitrom (2) 2006-07-05 13:33
Great, great portrait, old experienced man,I feel its wisdom.
rmatthews (945) 2006-07-05 14:03
Very nice...very, very nice.
thor68 (5586) 2006-07-05 15:24
hi sabayashi, saw this amazing photo in your folders,
and just have to give you a great "WOW!!" :-)
excellent composition and tight crop and a
superb pp with the warm brown tones.
very well done & take care, thorsten.
nivas37 (662) 2006-07-05 15:43
Two Thumbs UP !!!
vinicio (23423) 2006-07-06 8:12
Your taste for the portrait of persons is exceptional Sabyasachi , compliments, this image is amazing, also the way in which you have handled it, excellent work.
highlander (71) 2006-07-06 13:40
Just one word : AMAZING !!!
MLINES (12516) 2006-07-08 3:12
Hi Sab, This is unique. Clear and suitably sidplayed portrait with excellent note. TFS. Murray.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-07-08 5:45
this man looks like some hundred years old on this image. A wonderful portrait in b+w. A masterpiece of this remarkeble face. So strong and powerful. So old and wise. Great and artistic work.
Thank you for sharing.
keribar (43841) 2006-07-09 2:51
There are some pictures which keep haunting you, and as a photographer I understand what you feel. But certain pictures like this one for instance may also haunt the viewer, and stay forever in their mind. I appreciate the way you gave us the sepia version also the way you went close enough to show all these details thay may reveal a hard life.
Friendly yours - Izzet
alainh (35583) 2006-07-10 2:09
Nothing else to say: Great shot !!!
congratulations, it's a best.
have a nice day Sabyasachi
Ber (8233) 2006-07-11 16:39
Great portrait! This is very very strong. very artistic photo. Congratulations
prantik (1136) 2006-07-12 10:14
Your pictures in general again prove that the camera does not really matter. It's the brain and the eyes and the soul. Keep it up.
marius_mihai (40) 2006-07-12 16:23
tks for your opinion,
very impressive picture, that stone face freezing my mind. very good workshop also. tks. again.
toddadams (575) 2006-07-13 15:56
It's hard to put into the words the mix of sentiments that comes from looking at this photo. It's chilling, almost disturbing, but also evokes sympathy. I actually get chills looking at it. It's stark. His eyes are piercing.
kirigami_net (9) 2006-07-13 23:54
Kititit (813) 2006-07-14 14:34
Found youre portrait collection a must here in TE.
Just awesome. What a photograph. Exhibition material.
ckuhn55 (2670) 2006-07-15 9:54
Stunning, now if you can read his mind and record his life history...congrads..
tabora (0) 2006-07-16 16:25
Alors la quel visage,magnifique travail,belle gestion de la lumière sur ce visage buriné par la vie.je n'ai qu'un mot bravo.
stefi (1230) 2006-07-16 16:29
Great, great, one of the best and powerful portraits on TE.
The face of this man tells everything. An image you can expect from some of Salgado's works.
Directly into my favorites.
Thank you and have a nice time,
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2006-07-16 20:20
Whew ... what a portrait!!! Not only it is visually dramatic, it is also very well composed. The PP surely highlighted the subject's facial character lines ... it tells the hardship this man went through his life. Excellent! TFS
sante (269) 2006-07-17 1:13
Its a face to remember for sure!!!
JMcDowell (655) 2006-07-17 1:40
amazing face! i really like the dark sepia, it brings out the details of the face well. plus, i find sepia often adds better to the mood than b&w. b&w would have given this a "cold" feel. i like that this face is more inviting and curious. it's a face you'd see in a movie or a dream.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-17 10:49
wow this is so bizarre and unforgettable, I wonder how this one looked prior to post treatment
gebala (0) 2006-07-22 3:36
this is really good photo my friend
exellent details of his face
I like how his face is like a open book:)
placombe (7901) 2006-07-22 19:25
Remarkable picture showing all the harshness of life.
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-07-23 11:02
great picture, I like the sepia in this a lot and his expression is nice. The black dominated background is also nice.
and this is your 200th pointfor this! :)
fc22 (746) 2006-07-23 15:19
Impressive guy. No bullshit. You can perceive his straitness of character just by his eyes. I will keep it as a favorite.
Thanks a lot,
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-07-26 3:05
Magnificent portrait of this old man with amazing and expressive face. This photo go to my favourites gallery.
All the best to you
marcocig (781) 2006-07-26 14:59
Simply a wonderful portrait, the dark tones and the "textures" on his skin made a masteroiece.
prezntime (3946) 2006-07-26 22:22
Simply great. The years show with such serenity it's amazing. You have taken an incredible portrait. Good choice of sepia tone.
massive (367) 2006-07-27 8:44
What an intense portrait !!!
Xalkida (11744) 2006-07-27 18:18
Wow! Very very impressive portrait of this old man! The shadows are excellent. Magnificent work!
daniel51 (231) 2006-07-28 10:58
What a great picture! Wow!
livermore (1629) 2006-07-28 13:24
Jeppe (18654) 2006-07-28 14:26
Surely a very impressive portrait - an amazing character you captured as well - I wonder if its the sun that worn him this way.
I like the idea that he wants the photo as well - thanks for sharing.
battousai (827) 2006-07-29 4:34
I don't know what to write, Sabyasachi...
I wrote you, that the only word I can use to describe this photo is: powerful. For sure it's one of the best photos I've ever seen and you've made my day with it - I keep walking around my flat and thinking about this photo - this old man, his face, his eyes and story encarved on his skin.
This is one of those photos that would stay in my memory and give me really strong incent to keep taking photos. One of those photos I want to learn from.
Thank you for sharing and for the lesson you gave me.
maki (0) 2006-07-29 5:06
I have a honour to comment this masterpiece. So, what to say after so many words. This picture is a true reason why I'm fascinated with photography.
One of the best portraits on TE for sure.
ruisc_pt (10890) 2006-07-29 14:41
tHAT'S A PORTARIT
Thanks for sharing
Rui (frm Portugal)
wanna_yu (0) 2006-07-31 4:16
Outstanding and impressing. I have no other words. Congratulations!
rafid76 (0) 2006-07-31 14:03
amazing my freind WOW, im speechless.
keda (1253) 2006-08-01 17:05
Oh my God.... It is amazing, breathtaking photo....
pinkoxygen (49) 2006-08-05 5:13
This is one amazing shot. Looking at this photo portrait, it feels like every line on this old man's face has its own story to tell.
GilbertB (12246) 2006-08-05 11:29
Bonsoir Sabyasachi, un des plus beaux portrait sur TE. Bravo. Gilbert
WhistlingChill (8) 2006-08-05 23:00
absolutly GREAT!!! very nice work WOOOOOOW
face of memories
thnx for sharing ..u r such a great photographer
best regards from egeypt
nels (2621) 2006-08-08 15:14
hi sabyasachi,, wow!! what can i add to your wonderful critiques it amaxing very much like the hands posted by rahul rahul tfs:)
snowfalken (1116) 2006-08-11 19:55
Amazing portofolio! I will certainly come back and visit it again! This portrait is Excellent! Nothing to critique about it! Great job!
vinayak7 (26) 2006-08-12 10:48
outstanding snap ! I don't think I can ever forget this snap .
Yavuz_ILDIZ (25) 2006-08-13 9:21
Excellently detailed photo, Well Done..
ptaq_2005 (79) 2006-08-13 10:39
Hey, what a portrait!!! Almost like a sculpture! You can read from his face all the things he has gone through.
Mistral (15402) 2006-08-13 13:51
stunning image! These eyes are looking deep in the soul!
frogfot (945) 2006-08-14 12:10
Very dramatic photo.
Beaconx (81) 2006-08-15 15:38
I had goose bumps on my neck while reading your note. A most professional and, indeed, haunting photo. The sepia has worked fine to increase the drama. Perfect model and very dramatic expression. I think there is a bigger impact here than the photo in color, old man amidst the ruins. An excellent job. Cheers,
sendogan (656) 2006-08-16 7:57
It's amazing, fascinating photo. Maybe original frame was more dramatic... Keep hypnotize ;)
FritsStempher (181) 2006-08-16 12:55
This is really a splendid photo! A man with a heavy life behind the back.
Splendid colour at this photograph exelent.
Greetings Frits Stempher
prumod (8300) 2006-08-17 11:50
you are a great photographer by this...
angeliki (211) 2006-08-18 6:01
what can i say.
Excellent picture, interesting face and you managed to capture all that...
scalerman (26900) 2006-08-19 23:23
this is the first time I've had time to examine your stuff. simply stunning. c
bescy (47) 2006-08-20 6:14
again the same, you're a great photographer, I'd like to learn to do such impressive expressive portraits..
tsangclare (130) 2006-08-24 10:05
WOW!!!! The sepia tone has indeed brought out his character very well!His face really tells me his experienced past and that there's still so much for us to learn in this world! Fascinating!
Wanda1 (14982) 2006-08-29 12:42
This is an amazing portrait. This old man has seen many years and experienced much, and it all comes accross in your image.
Black and white works well for this photo.
benkrut (2407) 2006-09-01 17:23
This is probably the strongest portrait I have ever seen. Every crease in his craggy face tells a lot about his hard life. Showing it with such colours doubles the shocking effect.
This picture is not only the effect of great photographic skills but also tells about the strong PS abilities.
johnhopkins (866) 2006-09-02 10:51
I missed this one until now Sabyasachi. Truly a spectacular portrait of a wonderful subject!
sufi (9588) 2006-09-02 11:29
Wow.. It's a incredible portrait and very dramatic composition... It's life... It's everything about human life... The details and the light is perfect... Congratulations!.
ncfg (137) 2006-09-02 15:23
Thanks for your welcome and comments.
This portrait is simply great, the details and the colour, the look ... amazing!
Greetings from Portugal
a_i_ren (1315) 2006-09-03 14:34
This face will haunt me too from this instant.
Very powerful shot!!!
savask (1891) 2006-09-04 6:13
I am speachless!
zeca (19762) 2006-09-06 1:16
I always look to this picture, my friend Sabyasachi, and it is so familiar when I open your page that I thought that I´d already commented it. But no!
Well, what can I see after that thousend of people? That I agree with all! Your picture is fantastic!
Regards form Brazil!
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-09-07 18:14
Amazing & all but.. After i read ur note i think its Scary A bit :p TFS
wautersw (3647) 2006-09-10 14:47
if I could, I would give you a 1O at least. This really is a image that leaves an impression on anyone who sees it. Congratulations and TFS
NEC (4) 2006-09-11 14:50
Extermely powerful portrait!
colours are excellent, great idea for the sepia.
steveryan2006 (439) 2006-09-13 12:12
Ever since I have been visting your page this picture has been haunting me. Perhaps the best portrait shot I have ever seen.
DarkoG (8) 2006-09-19 18:31
this is stunning portrait. Have everything that masterpiece need.
batalay (35791) 2006-09-19 18:41
Your portrait of the old man is nothing short of sensational! Good art is open ended. It leaves a great deal to ponder and interpret -- in the manner of the Mona Lisa. (As the author of a book on Leonardo I should know). One intuitive discovery you have made is to put one eye right along the bisector, a discovery made recently (1998) by Dr. Christopher Tyler, a British psychologist/art lover who lives in San Francisco. This is something that is never taught in art schools, and yet the gifted portrait automatically seems to focus on one eye, and put it right on (or very near) the bisecting line.
Meanwhile, thank you for noticing the photograph of the derelict gas pumps. Regards from Virginia, USA, Bulent (Professor)
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-09-20 15:02
I don't feel now to write a whole story (just wrote a few large ones)
Those details, so sharp!
Splendid expression, I believe your words immediatly, this face will stay with you for a long time. That man will have some great past, I guess. Very good!
I like your choice for the sepia tones, it's really good on this one.
Just adding two points (would like to add even more!), making it hit 300pnts.
Think I still made it longer than I'd intent before..
Greetz from Holland!
Photo65Net (43120) 2006-09-22 14:50
Not the first to write that, but this is totally a wonderful shot !
One of the best portrait I've seen so far.
Again : GREAT !
PJE (20758) 2006-09-23 16:11
Sabyasachi I have to agree with all those that have critiqued this photo. Simply outstanding and so wonderfully captured. A very rugged life indeed. Amazing photo that is very powerful1
ALIRIZA (16423) 2006-09-23 17:53
What a wonderful portrait. I am sure he has a lot to tell and has seen many things in her long life. Excellent colors and details.
Well done my friend...
cmoraru (557) 2006-09-27 22:24
This is photography at its best! Wonderful composition, great use of light, excellent portrait. Amazing work, thanks for sharing!
stego (24030) 2006-09-30 12:57
An amazing master piece!
The only "not absolutely perfect" thing that I notice is the over exposure or lack of detail in the beard.
spidear (182) 2006-10-01 14:43
Seriously, there are no words to describe this picture. A perfect Nat Geo profile. I wish I could see this picture on the cover of yellow border magazine. I've not come across a picture who got this number of points. Well Done! You deserve it.
sayuri77 (255) 2006-10-02 16:21
I'm under impression! Photo is fine! Rigorous but beautiful!
rasmis (291) 2006-10-03 2:58
This is one of the best portraits I have seen in TE so far. Really nice capture and choice of sepia works very well. Very Well done indeed.
pleampa (38) 2006-10-04 7:46
WOW, what a face. He reflect his hard life. And sepia is the best way to represent him. I'm sure he know a lot of stories.
If I could I just write WOW!
DragonAngel (280) 2006-10-04 9:48
Wau.. a stagering 316 points (when i clicked this)
Outstanding work! however, i think if the eyes were clearer and with little light reflections, it would be much better. Only my point of view.
SunsuriGipan (28) 2006-10-05 18:43
I froze for a moment when I first looked at this great potrait. Excellent shot..
cbrman (21645) 2006-10-06 7:17
Cela a déjà été dit mais je le redis. Ce portrait est tout simplement parfait. La couleur dominante, le cadrage, tout est très bien réalisé.
kryger (297) 2006-10-06 12:15
This is what a portrait should be.
ramesh432 (181) 2006-10-06 12:32
First of all i am happy to recive critque from great photographer like you.,but iam small in this field,but i have a lot of interest in it.,
Thanks for your comment,
Regarding this one it is extrordianry and no word for this poetic shot.,I like oochappans shot in this website and then your photos admire me lot.
Ramesh from madurai temple city.,
realimis (820) 2006-10-08 17:41
i saw your picture 6 hours ago...i want to write something but i couldn't(words din not came easy). I said to myself..."You will write a critique tomorrow". Well...this face is on my mind all these hours...I couldn't wait till tomorrow...Really strong portrait.Incredible and succesful work!It is as you mention...a face to remember for sure!!A talkative face,a face full of history ,which exhales respect and a special expression.
Did you send him the pictures?
Regards from Greece
pady (4800) 2006-10-09 14:46
Great success for this picture, is'n it?
It's because you captured a portrait full of life and lived.
Very nice contribution to this site.
cuneyt-sb (6559) 2006-10-17 5:52
Superrr , great , wonderfull
No this 3 words is not enough but couldnt find more , what can i say im confused
Well done , mega conqrats
Mansi (543) 2006-11-08 0:49
wonderful face! IMHO the postprocess kills it... its way too overdone...
would have loved to see the original however
fayeulle (27827) 2006-11-14 13:00
Hi My friend.
All is allready said about this fantastic shot.
Perfect contrast, nice framing !
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2006-11-14 15:37
Hi Sabyasachi, your collection of souls is really fascinating and this one is really special. I like how you always separate the face from its background and you can concentrate on the face only. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Michael
Danzi (2461) 2006-11-15 7:42
Absolutely fantastic shot Sabyasachi!
This is the best portraits I have seen! Have no words.. just amazing!!!
I enjoy it a lot and thanks for sharing!
VeeJayCee (2410) 2006-11-16 16:28
An incredible portrait of an incredible face. I'm sure I recognise the tools used to bring out the characterful lines in the face and they have been well used. The toning certainly adds to the image and the darkened area around makes the image even stronger. Bravo!
sothy81 (9568) 2006-11-17 22:31
Hi Sabyasachi: This is needless to say, a powerful image ever on TE. It deserves thousand points. Excellent work. Sothy
sebcz (2345) 2006-11-26 3:49
This face is absolutely amazing, you could stare at it for hours. Time has pressed its marks on it for sure.
Valeski (906) 2006-11-26 10:42
Micidiale, un ritratto pesante, denso di significato nello sguardo.
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-11-27 21:53
An amazing shot Sabyasachi;
If a mans face can tell stories- this man's would be an encyclopedia. Very moody and dark feel to this image which is the attraction I believe.
Very Well done,
sergio1 (12152) 2006-12-03 16:41
Amazing this portrait. Perfect sharpeness and compo. Nice expression.
danyy (0) 2006-12-08 16:38
l'occasion pour moi de passer sur une des plus belles photos du site. Ce portrait quio sort de l'obscurité, ce visage marqué par les années et l'expérience de la vie, peut-être même la sagesse.
Une réalisation hors du commun.
Best regards from Belgium.
vincent24 (9060) 2006-12-15 12:00
One of the most impressive picture on TE,this wise man without age seem deeply human,for sure an onteresting meeting,
have a nice week end,
paura (47166) 2006-12-21 17:03
This is an amazing shot. Your spectacular portrait show us very well this exceptional face.
newtintin (1876) 2006-12-23 18:26
it is really great art, it is of any beauty,
I adore, cheer for this tallied and this colour on the face. Clearness is splendid still cheer.
Greeting and Merry Christmas and Happy new Year 2007
Yar (793) 2007-01-02 13:37
that's a very impressing photo
the wise face of an oldman
it's hard to write the words about the image, but you really DID IT.
thank you for the sharing
marknunnerley (2780) 2007-01-13 9:25
one of the best portraits on te that I have seen. Absolutely superb. You have captured him well.
UnTrained (0) 2007-01-22 7:39
let me follow in my words all the others from veronika to marknunnerley. I share their impressions. Thank you for sharing this portrait.
inuit66 (663) 2007-01-28 9:45
This photo tells more than words can tell and I haven't got the words to describe how beautiful it is. It just is. For sure one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing with me. Jens
fjufju (335) 2007-01-28 15:39
what can I say? I saw your pictures. Each one, litterally each one is a little masterpiece for me. Majority of your pictures shows exotic (for me) India.. and it shows your country in such interesting, different way, that I started to plan my visit in India in the future. Not only to visit Taj Mahal and other beautiful places of Indian history and culture, but to meet people you show us.
I choose this one from your portfolio because of the eyes of this old man. The eyes looks tired...
ak47apache (217) 2007-01-29 12:24
exelent details and colors. the man has very expressiv eyes.
all the best,dany
Glint (6167) 2007-01-31 4:18
such textures and layes, in years as well as skin. Wonderful and moving. Like reading a history book that has lost its binding or looking on an ancient turtle that has lst its shell. Exposed, vulnerable but dignified.
golden (2289) 2007-02-08 16:34
It's trully a stunning shot.
Serendipity (1045) 2007-02-14 17:36
I discover that portrait, and what a portrait !
Very impressive picture.
surel (1056) 2007-03-02 18:01
when I first see it, I thought "is it real?". And then I see that it's real, too real than everything. Thanks for sharing.
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-03-03 10:51
Hi Sabya, i have to give my comment to this image!!
W O N D E R F U L !!!!
the signs on the face are incredible, the result!
I hope you will arrive to 400 points with this masterpiece!!
mesutilgim (85982) 2007-03-28 12:08
Great capture ! What kind of good and sad stories tells this face !
indoka28 (5261) 2007-04-02 12:48
Chobi tah paathiechile ki naa..????
thats the question from me..?? as afar as the pic is concerned...everybody have described it ..aar kichchu bolaar nei..!!!bhodroloker naak tak puro golpo hoegeche.......!!! beautiful shot with a beautiful PP...ki aar bolbo...
just too good..!!!
PS: TE r member hoaar jonne ei photo te critique koraa onibaarjo..!!!!!
patdeph (35748) 2007-04-03 13:26
what a wonderful portrait!The way you have frame with the face on the left,the light,the sharpness,everything is perfect. The regard and the very damaged skin make this portrait very very strong.When I look at it,I don't know if I like or if it disturbs me. Because,first,I thought that this man was ill.Luckely,when I saw the colour photo,I've been reassured.Wonderful work.Congratulations.
Ramy (773) 2007-04-03 14:41
Its the first time I see your great gallery and I am amazed at how you have captured things, you have a good eye for seeing things. You have choice wisely to take his picture, its marvelous how the textures on his faces are formed. Did you manage to send him the photo?
Well captured! Very well done. Regards, Ramy.
mattosborne (85) 2007-04-06 7:08
This is an incredible image. I am not very well versed in photography but I can still appreciate the exceptionally strong impact.
Thanks for the warm welcome
puzzle (700) 2007-04-08 18:05
i just cant find the true word for that photo, amazing,excellent and everyhting ..
i am impressed so much that i couldnt take my eyes off, i wanna see every detail on his face..
eyes are reflections of souls and his eyes says a lot to me, says a lot about his sorrow in his soul!
thanks for sharing..
JohnTurton (773) 2007-04-12 10:18
This photo is simply stunning and deserves all of the 400+ points it has received. The detail and shadows on the mans face is very well captured. I find myself examining every detail on his face.
Thanks for sharing
sevman13 (553) 2007-04-14 16:29
very strong pic with terrific detail and grain
pracas (511) 2007-04-19 9:34
Wonderful portrait... nice choice of colors...portrays kind of depth of the soul...
melmcree (18) 2007-04-21 14:43
This could be a very famous portrait. You should submit it to National Geographic. Absolutely the most dramatic portrait I have ever seen. Did you send him the photo?
robertosalguero (246) 2007-04-27 3:30
Hello Sabyasachi. Such a mysterious, rugged face emerging from the darkness.
Good subject and well exposed to show details and a sad look. Interesting photo in all ways.
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2007-04-29 4:02
What a wonderful image, the mans ancient face looks like it was carved out of stone. I would love to sit with him for a while and have a talk with him, what a lot wisdom and character he would have! Your superb clarity, delicate lighting and imposing frame and most mysterious subject combine together to create one of the best cultural photos I think I have ever seen. The sharp details of the skin and hair help to form the unforgettable imagery. You are indeed, a very skilled photographer and are worthy of such a overwhelming response. Fantastic.
Charo (51210) 2007-05-01 9:24
Impresionante foto...sin comentrios.
Sharee (312) 2007-05-06 0:17
What an absolutely supurb photograph and far mopre arresting in sepia than in colour. Spectacular!
Emile (20350) 2007-05-17 1:17
Sorry I missed this superb portrait. Well I think everything had been said about the best posted in TE.
Congratulation. Very well done.
AnneCanon (64) 2007-05-17 14:41
I can understand why this photo have obtained so much admiration. This is a very good portrait, with special character and a lot of emotion. I only regret that there is so much airbrush and other highly visible retouch all over. We can see on his beard and on the upper left corner all the lost details in white hair, but what stay in mind is the expression of this man that you were able to capture. AM
jaywalker (16101) 2007-05-18 18:20
Hi Sabyasachi, It is about time I added my congratulations to this photo of this old man, the quality of the shot is stunning, the detail in his face is outstanding, every line & crevice, the eyes look a little sad & this is a face of a 1000 tales, perfectly used light & it is the best portrait I have ever had the pleasure to see, kind regards Wilson.
luiscar (3286) 2007-05-27 5:57
hola Sabyasachi, el mejor retrato de una persona que he visto nunca, insuperable.
chrisnet (21092) 2007-05-28 9:54
Fabulous photo! Very Impressive! This portrait is very well realised, all the details are amazing, really a great shot.
Calimero (572) 2007-06-08 3:28
Extraordinary.... it is very interesting and too affecting portrait. l cannot withstand to look at this image... Sepia tone makes it more characteristic...Well done
Thank you for sharing,
crckt (7218) 2007-06-25 12:22
All your pictures are amazing. But this one... truly amazing. The eyes are so expressive. I am too amatuer to comment on the quality of your photos. All I can say is that they touch my heart.
cepekdong (3676) 2007-07-03 8:47
what an amazing face .. well done
Starscream (891) 2007-07-04 14:06
What can I say for this portrait?
It is a piece of art.
Thanks for sharing.
JurgitaRA (67) 2007-07-05 14:22
Strong. Unreal. Very good. Congratulations and do it like u do - its very Explosive portraits!!!
KevRyan (22952) 2007-07-08 10:38
Quite a stunning face and a very emotionally moving capture Sabyasachi but for me there are a few things which leave this image wanting in terms of quality from what seems to have been a situation for ample time to take a truly masterful portrait - I just assume this wasn't candid as such - the burn on his beard is a serious problem and would seriously weaken the quality of a print of this image - the eyes are also really quite dark (in fact heavy black detail killing shadows are another issue) and I'm sure might have revealed more light relatively easily without this high contrast rendition - or perhaps being a little more selective with it. I'm also not greatly in favour of the light 'leakage' on the right of the picture - whilst I agree with the absolute hoard of people who seem to have made this subject one of their favourites here on TE I do think that photographically you may have been capable of doing so much more to make this a truly great photograph and I find your pp dramatic but 'clunky'.
Perhaps the overwhelming response says as much about the judgement of TE members as about your photograph per se - just look at any Selgado portrait to see what I mean..............
best wishes Kev
nivaldo (15415) 2007-07-09 7:51
Touching, affecting... but real !...
So is life... so is the world!
A dramatic image of a portrait...
edytungkal (4551) 2007-07-12 22:54
What amazing close up, an excellent captured the old man face. Very well done, thanks
eskay001 (106) 2007-07-13 10:43
I would like to see the camera original of this picture. The face as it stands in this version is very very disturbing. And this exactly is the reason that this kind of photography is not in my taste. I look for beauty even in ruins because beauty represents God most accurately.
Jobak (180) 2007-07-15 3:15
I've got quite different point of view than all those 1000's of people ... I like Your works ... BUT ... :
First of all is that You've made interesting photo. It is enough "catchy", to gain some number of comments. True. But It gained absolutely huge number of attention ... And I can see in this massive commentary, kind of "must do" process, if You know what I mean.
I rally don't want to blame You or anything like that. I've respect for Your talent because You got it, no doubts.
Now, I'd like tell it to all those blind people who comment without thinking. I've very strong feeling ( I'm nearly sure ) that they can only see number of comments and after that they decide to comment also. Like sheeps. But this is normal process in all the way. Especially here in TE. People look at number of points/comments and then they decide to add something.
So, If person like You took photo, no matter how good or bad it is, people comment it indeed. There's tons of "Wow's, impessions etc.". In my opinion it's just blindness. I really appreciate Your talent and talent of other people. But be honest - It's just routine of what is going on here. And this is very unfair to those who are beginners here in TE - like me.
I'd like read criticism from people, because I'm member of TE to learn different points of view, not to be ignored ! But true - people just ignore my photos.
I have friends who are professionals. They told me that some of my own photos are just great and deserve massive comments. Others are just misunderstanding. And it rally helps ! But here ? Nothing happened. My works are ignored. Why ? Because I don't know anyone here in TE ? Or maybe I haven't collected enough points ? Or maybe because I don't have excellent equipment ? So please - stop talking about talent. Because talented people here are just ignored by others with 1000's of points. That's sad true.
In addition - when I saw Your photo first time, I thought - how unique face this Man has got. But in my opinion, - that's all about it. You did great job plenty of times before because You know well how to do it and - like I wrote before - You've got a talent. In my own opinion, there's too much improving effects - and an example - "snow balls" effect ( I just don't like it ).
I've hope You understand well, what I've tried to tell You and to others.
Keep Your eyes on topic and I wish You another interesting photos ! You are better photographer than me - no doubts !
But I have my own point of view on topic - not like all those "WOW"-People ... Who are just very predictible. It's sad for me.
Take care and regards!
Jonas_Schmitt (3074) 2007-07-28 1:12
Great picture with fantastic sharpness and good colors.
This looks really amazing!Respect!
Emre_D (124) 2007-08-03 4:21
it is a complete photo i think
everything is set very well
needless to say more
alonsote (244) 2007-08-27 16:44
What a impressive portrait. Strongful. Lot of feelings arise by seeing it. The more you see it the more you like it. The quality of the image is superb, every trace, every detail can be noticed. Perfect crop. Breathtaking.
pari_ali (433) 2007-09-01 10:33
Amaaazing! I think the close portrait, the sepia tones the sharpness all work wonderflyy well to present a picture that is at once moving and powerful.
LuDivine (90) 2007-09-02 12:28
That photo would look beautiful framed in my lounge! Its juts like a painting! The details of his skin and eyes are absolutely stunning, and I love the non centered and sepia effect!
all those points are well deserved. well done!
ewasting (762) 2007-09-02 13:08
A MASTERPIECE ...
avista (0) 2007-09-12 6:51
Sad sick sad sick ....
like almoust all your pictures ......
India have own Prettiness ....show something
fuc* points ....
Lika (268) 2007-09-14 9:42
Great portret and coloros,and composition!
Thank you for shering!
Seiei (426) 2007-10-19 21:47
What an amazing portrait Oo the détails are really goods. The dark/light game is verry strong.
Very nice !!
bracasha75 (24583) 2007-11-17 0:36
everything is sayed...
All best from Serbia
vicana (74) 2007-11-27 20:51
Ashadharon chobi! Great shot. The sepia tone really highlights the old wrinkled face. This picture is among the best I have seen in TE.
fkokol (1636) 2007-11-29 7:23
Very impressive portrait. Wonderful composition with great dark colours. Greetings,
Mateja (434) 2008-01-02 15:33
this pictures says more about life then a thousand words. His eyes are ful of live in a way, but they carry also a sadness that is difficult to forget.
Great, great, beautiful shot.
pdossantos (11) 2008-01-10 5:55
Sureyya (358) 2008-01-13 21:42
Very an impressive portrait. Great job.
ajujot (91) 2008-01-15 5:31
Awesome portrait !
zumoduvas (2069) 2008-02-15 7:13
Excellent portrait. nice composition and details.
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-02-23 6:44
this is one of the best potraits here in Te
very well done
great sharpness very good colours and nice effect
nimish23 (144) 2008-04-12 2:06
what a powerful image! the man seems ready to have a conversation with the viewer. one can see every wrinkle on the skin. the sepia tone works best here.
bapun1 (803) 2008-04-28 6:58
"It's better to be late than never"
Well, that's how I'm consoling myself for discovering masterpieces like this late.
Great work of inspiration.
Goutamendu (95) 2008-04-29 21:57
you are really a good photographer.
you have an excellent eye
sayanwithsenice (758) 2008-05-17 11:04
Very amazing portrait .. Nice presenting it in sepia. The features have played there part.. Here i am making it 500!
devdaan (13) 2008-08-10 3:04
best of the lot sir... it's breath taking... congratulations... can you please tell what software have you used for developing... i would would love your critiques... i've become a fan of you...
GREAT WORK SIR !
azizbilgili (2111) 2008-10-31 7:29
Im really impressed Sabyasachi..
Have no words.. amazing...
bmukherjee (1512) 2009-01-01 9:15
No wonder this is the most acclaimed picture on TE!
It's the best!
mattharvey1 (1040) 2009-01-27 15:07
I know this is the obvious one of your myriad of fantastic shots but that is the exact reason why I have to add my congratulations to it.
mikele_pl (2400) 2009-02-13 11:37
there is a long list of critiques here, and much has already been said about this marvellous portrait, but let me just add that it is one of the best that I've ever seen.
BennyV (13848) 2009-02-18 5:13
Hats off and a deep bow to you. Haunting, there is no other word for it: haunting.
cristiancu (268) 2009-04-12 7:10
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-06-26 21:49
Great portrait.I like the tight composition and the detail of the expressiv face.All the best
v4vjk (26) 2009-06-29 3:52
no words to describe this shot...
gavrosh (53) 2009-07-12 18:25
tukun (947) 2009-08-04 11:20
face ta khub interesting. tight frame tao khub bhalo lagchhe. but chhobita over processed laglo. Bujhte parchhi chhobi ta te contrast dorkar chhilo. but seta baddo besi hoye giyechhe. r nicher dari ta baddo chokhe lagchhe. okhane jodi darigulor sharpness thakto tahole chhobi ta ro jomto bole amar mone hoy.
kandaras (264) 2009-08-04 12:10
potre very good example, lines and wrinkles due to the man's face is still missing with a beautiful smile does not have frames.
FreewheelerBee (263) 2009-10-21 0:26
I have no word to describe my feeling now in front of this picture. The sepia, the vignette, the contrast just reveal a story of a old man, time left marks on his skin, deep wrinkles which supposed to symbolize the adversity of Life.
Wonderful portrait, very emotional.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this here.
marine-coeur (768) 2009-10-21 1:10
A great gentleman portrait, enormous detail of all,
Well done Dear
Leconte (5795) 2009-11-24 12:39
A stunning portrait, sepia color brings out the sweetness and generosity that emerges from this look so tired, every feature of this face is a novel, one never tires of reading his story, his life through what emerges from power and also of fragility in the face.
diverjohn (544) 2010-02-26 5:56
Yes, this man's face is like a history book, an old book dog-eared and stained, the kind of face that burns into the memory.
arpitaroyagasty (75) 2010-06-04 3:45
denuska (159) 2010-08-19 6:03
Unbelievable photo, very nice picture, composition and expression of that man.Thanks, nice experience. Denisa.
Koopman (1247) 2010-12-04 10:47
Impressive shot of this beautiful old man. Hower, I miss a clear reflection in his eyes.It would have gave a more vivid result,
aperture8 (113) 2010-12-07 6:30
fantastic pic...and a wonderfully written note...especially the 'chhobi pathhabi to' is very poignant...the best
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-03-01 0:32
SEPIA MADE FANTASTIC WORK
rhea (36) 2011-06-25 22:24
great composition. one of the best in portraits.darun.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-22 2:24
I don't know..What I can say about this portrait..A very strong, sharp.....
In short just brilliant and you know after seeing this i became you FAN.
satyakki (640) 2012-03-02 1:13
And That's what is called the Power of Tight Frame.When shooting portrait we really aim to bring out the character of the person. In this case, the "ruined life" of the man has been characterised appropriately by tight framing. The 'another man' portrait of yours is also similar. well taken and thanks for sharing.
Will it be appropriate to ask you what post processing you did on this.
Best regards and keep posting such work.
Rehman_cp (218) 2012-11-12 1:39
A very well photographed and beautifully makeover pic with dark background make the pic prominent and well looking. Regards
Zia ur Rehman.
SmithM (0) 2015-01-28 5:36
Amazing portrait.Excellent photography
nivs24 (92) 2015-02-06 7:51
One word: brilliant. Your photo now haunts us.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19773)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-08-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: SONY DSC-P92
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 14:15
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