Night out in the market with Sandip. Sandip has got the skill to put strangers at ease, which helps him get very good photos. I had especially gone with him that evening, so that I could pickup this skill from him. According to him when you talk to your subject, make him at ease & then take his/her photo, you breathe life into the photograph.
We were in the night flower market inside Russel Market situated in Central Bangalore (now called Bengaluru). It was past 7.30 pm in this indoor market, being lit up by incandescent lamps in the shops.
"Chacha, kya main aapka ek photo le sakta hoon?" we asked in Hindi, following Sandip, meaning "Uncle can I take your photograph?" This brought a quizzed smile on the flower seller’s face. He must have been around his mid sixties, and perhaps he was wondering what on earth are these two small fellows with cameras trying to do inside the market & why do they want to take my photograph? But a faintest of nods with his head meant Yes, & I took this shot. When I showed him the picture on my camera’s LCD, his mouth opened a bit with a thin smile.
Tech details :
F length 147 mm,
Exposure time : 1/13 sec, Handheld
This is how Sandip saw this same man, called him "Chacha in Transition". Beautiful in B&W.
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mesutilgim (95380) 2008-02-16 5:47
What a wonderfull portrait, with such a nice background.
Very good pov and amazing compo ve nice warm colors. I like the light on the face of this old man (maybe not so old, only irritated by his bearth).
Anyhow very nice entry and nice notes.
TFS and have a nice weeekend
scalerman (26900) 2008-02-16 5:48
Angshuman: perhaps a bit dark, but I like your composition. Back with mild green later. regards, c
Valerka (8171) 2008-02-16 6:25
A very nice portrait of a typical man inhabiting the east off Europe.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-02-16 8:40
Well done. This is a splendid portrait of the flower seller in his environment. A little catchlight in his eyes helps to put life into your subject.
prumod (8300) 2008-02-16 9:49
very nice portrait with good colors and light... very balaced composition...
carper (96) 2008-02-16 10:36
very good and clear portrait Angshuman,
he can be proud on this well taken portrait very good light, good colours and a fine quality job, I like it too, well done, have a nice weekend.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-02-16 10:39
You have captured a nice glance, but this picture is very beautifull for the light you get on this man
axiotea (21651) 2008-02-16 20:38
I remember some of your shots from this market and here 'Uncle' ;) seems to be comfortable and looks quite relax in front of your camera! It is a bit grainy, but nonetheless, it's an interesting portrait. Is behind him a hair dresser?
Have a nice sunday
siolaw (38292) 2008-02-16 22:24
Trying some portrait in India! Good one here, with off center and this garland on a line of thirds dividing the picture in a nice way, the narrow DOF prevents the BG from being disturbing
Off to Phnom Penh after tomorrow....
batalay (38943) 2008-02-16 23:13
Hello "Mr. B,"
Your superb note reinforces a excellent portrait of the flower seller. The light management is very good, with an extraordinarily sharp image. the Leica lens on your camera has served you well. And I agree with Sandip and you both, it is highly desirable to have the subject relax photograph, and to offer a window to their soul.
vincz (19113) 2008-02-17 1:30
Excellent composition in beautiful light. The colours you caught here are remarkable. Great choice of depth. I like it a lot.
noborders (1010) 2008-02-17 7:22
This is a great portrait, Angshuman, I like the face expression of this man and the way you have framed him...
Compliments and regards from TN (for a few days more),
indoka28 (5261) 2008-02-17 21:24
Wonderful portrait..great expressions captured..its looking like he is saying something to you..A wonderful light falling on his face..just a bit grained bg..possibly because of the high ISO rest everything is superb...
emjleclercq (15780) 2008-02-17 23:18
Very nice portrait, with good light and sharpness. The flowers on the right are a nice adition to remeber of his actitivy.
All the best,
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2008-02-17 23:35
Excellent shot. The expression on the mans face is wonderful. Great shot
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-02-18 0:21
Thanks Sandip for sharing the tip on how to photograph a person to make them at ease. Superbly captured ... I like the casualness of the pose and the glitter on the man's eyes. Well composed with very good skin tone color. Excellent work! tfs
papagolf21 (102390) 2008-02-18 0:31
Bonjour, mon ami Angshu,
Très beau portrait de cet homme placé dans un environnement haut en couleur.
Image très bien cadrée et parfaitement valorisée.
Graal (102928) 2008-02-18 1:11
nice portrait, an interesting face of seller, well composed image, beautiful colours. Good work. I like it.
josepmarin (58359) 2008-02-18 2:59
This one is a great portrait of this flowerseller, in a capture inside the market very well realized, with a great game of the light and the shades on his face, and a few very beautiful colors.
It is a magnificent work, I like its life and its spontaneity.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-02-18 3:04
you can get more impact with a closer view IMHO
the colours are eyecatching,
pierrefonds (66903) 2008-02-18 4:03
A nice portrait of the flowerseller, the point of view is showing an expression of happiness of the man. The photo is clear and precise. When you ask the people to take their photo, are they cooperative ? Well done, have a nice day.
ChrisJ (114689) 2008-02-18 4:26
A superb portrait, of the bearded man, with excellent colour & sharpness. I like the fg lighting & contrast on the main subject, juxtapositioned against the shadowed bg. Tfs!
jafadabret (56501) 2008-02-18 8:47
Le portrait de cet homme est très réussi avec un regard qui parle et une bonne lumière. Ce qui l'entoure fait un excellent décor pour mettre en valeur le visage.
markstaples (15670) 2008-02-18 10:03
A well framed portrait where the man's body faces into the frame. Good levels of sharpness and exposure too. Well done.
pboehringer (770) 2008-02-18 10:05
nice work in getting the person easy to get an outstanding portrait. The inclusion of his product is a very good one. Portraits of working class should always be self-explanatory and you just did that. I wonder if using less F length (possibly in the range of 55mm) you could have achieved a more shallow DOF and blurred more the background with that other person. Just a thought!
leo61 (0) 2008-02-18 10:12
Maybe a bit too sturated,but I like the effect.A good portrait of this friendly looking man.Good placement and a nice background.
toto (0) 2008-02-18 14:33
Beau portrait de cet homme bien pris , bel ensemble, grande netteté, meme de ces jolies fleurs.
Merci de ce partage
crckt (7222) 2008-02-19 8:21
This is a really good portrait, I like the expression on his face. Very calm and patient look. Well done.
Stepan (27210) 2008-02-20 23:31
I remember that old serie from Bangalore...
He looks cool. He looks wise. You composed him well, in that square frame, with the flowers on the right. Well done.
PS : Probably my last critique before leaving Saturday for one weeK. I'll be back !!
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-02-21 5:14
Ola Angshuman ,
Que retrato fantastico deste homem , boa luz , o fundo e muito bonito e colorido , bons detalhes, parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Burberry1 (6041) 2008-02-22 1:59
A very powerful shot!
The POV, tones, exposure-all seems to be very good here.
I like his expression and the whole compo.
It is good to be back in your gallery Angshu.
marietom (34609) 2008-02-24 2:54
Superbe portrait, expressif, et entouré de plein de couleurs. j'aime !
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-02-24 7:00
You are very skillful when it comes to portrait. Excellent facial expression captured here in good sharpness and clarity. Well establish brilliance in the whole composition. Best regards.
riclopes (35577) 2008-02-29 3:24
Olá Angshu, very good straight portrait. It's allways nice to hang out with someone that works well with people. We can feel that he is confortable with you, which makes his look stands out in a natural way. The 1/13s doesn't deliver the best sharpness, but it's still quite good and the lighting is well managed. The framing is excellent.
p.s.- I've been out of TE and now I'm returning slowly, but I only will post something next week. I needed to give a rest to the addiction.
Merline (0) 2008-03-02 3:08
Hello dear Angshuman,
very good portrait of this man with lovely array of colors. The night lights and toning are well managed. I like it, he looks very naturally at you...At 1/13 its quite sharp, a steady hand you have!. But have you used Neatimage or alike to try to have less grain ? some of the textures, particularly on his face and beard look like that but of course I may be wrong. Personally, I would prefer more grain and not that slightly plasticky appearance. I am really interested to know.
TFS, Warm regards
sacavem (18620) 2008-03-04 8:03
This is one great portrait.
I like your sharp and good portrait. Good colours and well cropped and simple framed.
with My compliments,
CLODO (34546) 2008-10-18 5:56
Congratulations for the explanations and the result. this is a living portrait well framed, and we can hardly feel the flowers scent!
kschanna (6) 2009-02-10 18:10
I think that the composition is great with clever placement of the 'mala' to the right of the man and the photo is a testament to the good use of available light. I think with the iso this high, some noise was unavoidable.
Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56758)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/3.3, 1/13 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Night Out in the Market, My Pictures, My Favourites, CLODO's [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 5:41