Field hands rush to make bundles of jute reeds ahead of a monsoon cloud burst.
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rakeshgupta (2672) 2007-09-12 2:04
Good shot from the field. BNW decision is good and I would love to see more from the process of making jute specially fine threads if you can.
sidstakes (772) 2007-09-12 9:08
this colouration or toning is something which could have been avoided, i feel....just b&w in different shades of grey would have served better here, imho...but then again, your open-hearted documentation of bengal's rural life...does me a world of good...
partha (14020) 2007-09-12 10:36
Excellent documentary shot.You are in a hurry,your photograph reflects the fact but u have managed the whole matter wonderfully.
syd1946 (18663) 2007-09-12 11:26
A dramatic scene...you can feel the agony to the workplaces.
So interesting tonality also...
michiels (4170) 2007-09-12 12:15
A great daily life scene, very spontaneous shot. i like the pov used here and also the red colour, it is very special.
KevRyan (22956) 2007-09-12 12:34
Nicely shot Animesh the sway of the man's body - the rhythm of the composition is marvellous, there is such a sense of movement here - it's really quite alive - I like too the combination of varied focus and a good choice I think of toning to create an image of something timeless......very nice work my friend.
best wishes Kev
SamB (1948) 2007-09-12 22:40
Angles and motion and pushing and pulling... all of these are present in the actions of the men and in the technique of the picture... the tilted horizon, angles of the field, angles of the reeds, angles of the arms, sharp corners of the water, all of them work to convey a feeling of the frantic rush to finish as much work as quickly as possible in advance of the rain. But for all the quality of the composition to convey the hurry, this picture just wouldn't work at all if not for for the man looking up at his work so that we can see his eyes... that gives him a very real, very human feel that allows us to relate to him on a very real level.
Luko (14000) 2007-09-13 6:00
This one has an italian postwar filmic quality, "rizo amaro" and so on (and I'm not belittling independant indian film industry, oh no... How would I after your brilliant and expansive reply on indian BW art ;D ).
The use of f/2 is quite bold and unusual in a situation where I believe there was enough light for a classic f/5.6.
I reckon the summicron delivers a close rendition to what you could get with a medium format camera, similar texture and details.
However I agree with Sid (another brilliant indian photographer who fortunatelly didn't follow Raghubir's advise), I don't see any reasons for your reddish toning. His WS does more justice to your brilliant photo.
Furachan (0) 2007-09-13 7:24
Yeah but it could just as easily be said to have an early Satyajit Ray bengali feel, ya know? His neo-real stuff probably inspired by Rosselini, De Sica and all those boys (early Visconti too).
In any case, it is a splendid compo. rare of you to slide into sepia... loks appropriate though.
Homerhomer (4080) 2007-09-13 17:32
don't mind the red tone, pur b/w is fine as well, I also don't mind the shallow dof, actually love how oof the foreground is, and reading the explanation to Luko I see you had no choice.
I am just really gonna have to agree with all the complements you got so far, simply as that.
faubry (35405) 2007-09-20 1:23
superb photo with a good light, strange color? good photo reportage
- Copyright: Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) (9089)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-08-26
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Leica M6, Summicron 50mm/f2.0, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Exposure: f/2
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Stylesheet [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 0:33