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This fellow lives in a small village in a mountainous region of Northern India. I was particularly struck by what he was wearing. I think these are actually his work clothes. I think it is just a coincidence that it looks like the American flag. I just find it uncanny.

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Sep 12, 2023 at 07:41 AM
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charley5 wrote:
This fellow lives in a small village in a mountainous region of Northern India. I was particularly struck by what he was wearing. I think these are actually his work clothes. I think it is just a coincidence that it looks like the American flag. I just find it uncanny.

-Charles



A memorable portrait, uncanny in a number of ways. As you mentioned, the starred shirt, the unusual hat with religious (?) symbols, the modern and fancy wrist watch, the bare feet, the humble surroundings. Curious if you thought that a color version of this might have merit?

Steve



Sep 12, 2023 at 08:06 AM
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eeneryma wrote:
A memorable portrait, uncanny in a number of ways. As you mentioned, the starred shirt, the unusual hat with religious (?) symbols, the modern and fancy wrist watch, the bare feet, the humble surroundings. Curious if you thought that a color version of this might have merit?

Steve


Steve, here is the color version. I like the gritty B&W look, but taking a second gander at the color version, and I am thinking it also has merit.

-Charles









Sep 12, 2023 at 08:24 AM
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Both images are very well done Charles. I like both for different reasons. Sort of the "wormhole" from the past into the now.

Dan



Sep 12, 2023 at 08:58 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Both images are very well done Charles. I like both for different reasons. Sort of the "wormhole" from the past into the now.

Dan


Thanks, Dan. Yes, he is wearing a modern watch, but at least no cell phone to be seen.

-Charles




Sep 12, 2023 at 11:13 AM
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I like that you included some of his environment with this, Charles. To my eye, the color version is a bit stronger.
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douter wrote:
I like that you included some of his environment with this, Charles. To my eye, the color version is a bit stronger.
Douglas


Thanks, Doug. I am in my b&w phase, but appreciate the feedback!

-Charles




Sep 13, 2023 at 06:23 AM
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charley5 wrote:
Thanks, Doug. I am in my b&w phase, but appreciate the feedback!

-Charles



This is definitely a color photo. The thing with B&W is that you have to shoot it on purpose for B&W. Thereís a way to shoot B&W. This is not a photo that should be B&W. Itís like turning The Afghan Girl into B&W.



Sep 14, 2023 at 07:33 PM
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VailJohnson wrote:
This is definitely a color photo. The thing with B&W is that you have to shoot it on purpose for B&W. Thereís a way to shoot B&W. This is not a photo that should be B&W. Itís like turning The Afghan Girl into B&W.


Thanks for the info. I would disagree. I find the color distracting. The B&W emphasizes the kind of atmosphere I want to project. But what you say about shooting for B&W is interesting. I shall do more research on it.

-Charles




Sep 16, 2023 at 06:32 AM
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charley5 wrote:
Thanks for the info. I would disagree. I find the color distracting. The B&W emphasizes the kind of atmosphere I want to project. But what you say about shooting for B&W is interesting. I shall do more research on it.

-Charles



B&W is more abstract. I think this is a good video of tips.

https://youtu.be/3CiLTW2wg-Y?si=o5Hc8ifOz9cxHNM6

For me the best B&W is simple. Focuses on contrast (light comes into play), geometry, form, and textures. All together in one. Not necessarily the same things I look for when shooting color. Actually most of the photos I make in B&W look like B&W when Iím standing there in the moment. I couldnít be anything other than B&W. If I showed you the raw it almost looks B&W already.

I also look for minimalist simple compositions. Like when I took this for example. If you see the raw it looks almost like this. I took it knowing it was a B&W photo








Sep 16, 2023 at 03:48 PM
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VailJohnson wrote:
B&W is more abstract. I think this is a good video of tips.

https://youtu.be/3CiLTW2wg-Y?si=o5Hc8ifOz9cxHNM6

For me the best B&W is simple. Focuses on contrast (light comes into play), geometry, form, and textures. All together in one. Not necessarily the same things I look for when shooting color. Actually most of the photos I make in B&W look like B&W when Iím standing there in the moment. I couldnít be anything other than B&W. If I showed you the raw it almost looks B&W already.

I also look for minimalist simple compositions. Like when I took this for example. If you see the
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Thanks. That makes perfect sense. However it doesn't speak to my wider aim of capturing something more ephemeral in an image, a kind of atmosphere. It is a slightly vintage, and in the case of India, a more ancient feeling. The irony is that India is very colorful, yet for my purposes the colour distracts the senses, and I am trying to trigger something more internal. I don't know if I am making sense at all, but that is my view. On the other hand, I have seen colour images that can capture the same. Usually they are taken in soft light and have a more ethereal quality about them. Personally, I will only retain colour in exceptional circumstances, as you choose to retain B&W in exceptional circumstances.








Sep 16, 2023 at 06:57 PM







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