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Faces of Calcutta 9

Faces of Calcutta 9
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-18
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photos from heaven [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-21 3:06
Viewed: 2808
Points: 22
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Today - some of the boys who were clamouring to be photographed whilst I was in Calcutta a couple of days ago!! The lad in focus had been playing cricket when I was walking by and he was wanting to show me his best shots... All such friendly kids!!

RAW - NO PP, 1/180 at f1.4 and ISO500..

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Bom dia david
You have so good skills I will love to see more portraits of you.
Amazing eyes, you have choosen a very handsome young man. Great focus on,fine sharpness.The skin texture is so beautiful too.
Wonderful scene. The bg members make a great bg with a fantastic blur.
Love it.
Um abraço

Hi David,
It is great to see you change to a different style of photography. For me people are the most difficult subject I can think of. I like the intens look of the boy in focus but also the friendly look of the guys in the back.
I have to admire you for posting a photo only converted from RAW to JPEG. It shows the quality of the photo taken. But, I feel that a RAW photo always needs some tweaking to give the end result the full potential. In this case a little adjustment in levels and some noise reduction. (see my WS)

the contrast has improved a lot in this one david :) this picture reminds me of the movie 'american history x' :)

i love 85mm on DX sensors, not quite so on 35mm full frame... and i think the 85 1,4 is a very beautiful lens, having owned one, i can speak volumes about its qualities :)

the lens lost my love when i moved to the full frame d3, it began to seem too wide on 35mm for my taste, and therefore, i sold it to a friend.

am thinking of getting a 135mm lens up next, but am confused between that and the nikon 180 2.8 lens!

in a few days, i will (myself) alter my Mamiya RB67 camera to work as a panoramic camera, and i plan to use pure black and white film with it. the ISO speeds i intend to use will range between ISO 25 and ISO 100 :) should be interesting as i have never actually tried panoramic photography with black and white film :)

take care, good capture, well presented :)

muhammad muhsin

Very powerful portrait with amazing sharpness and colour! Love the expression of the boy with his mates in the BG. The noise in my opinion adds to the character of this shot and the composition is also excellent! Great work my friend and TFS!



HI David...excellent shot...great expression and composition...well done.


Again a great shot taking best advantage of that amazing Nikkor fix lens.
The focus is where it just needs to be, and not easy to do, I know that.
Do you use manual or automatic focus?
This is an outstanding shot in TrekLens and wherever you post it, this is photography! hahaha I love it.

Galder Jon

Hello David,
Nice blue tone of the BG in the eyes of the kid. We see he is waiting something, quietly. The smile of the two other boys and their position in the composition are not distractive but a + for the picture.
Kind regards

wow! i thought this photo came from a series of national georaphic images...this ia a very powerful photo...with the look of that young boy you will feel the impact on this image!!! i made a worshop on this one david (i cant resist to do so) hope you like it???




Hello David,

Three is such a good number for composition and it makes your shot nicely balanced as well as interesting.
The dof is really good with the focal boy sharp and with good eye contact, whilst his friends provide an interesting context.
Niek's w/s has corrected a few minor problems.
I have to agree with him though, faces are the most difficult subject.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Oh wow .. really National Geo. material here David!! Love this. The muted light and colors ... the beautiful shine in his eyes, are all great. And also the placement of the focused boy, and the out-of-focus boys .. really great work.
I've been a little sporatic on TL lately .. like to check in when I have time though. Good to see you on here more frequently again.

hi david
great capture of these happy children,good expession on the leading boy,excellent detail and dpf,

Merhaba David,çocukların ifadeleri çok güzel,arka plandaki neşeli olanlar ile öndeki ciddi duran çocuk güzel bir kontrast oluşturmuş.Gözlerdeki netlik mütjiş,ellerine sağlık :)

Dude! man! What a fine first-class, (pardon the pun), foto... Like an ad for Nikon, or even betta... NG! I mean... the eyes of the boy and the beautiful dof... that just falls off, is just simply lovely, lovely

spot on for the light... This is photography at its' finest!!! Nikkor... One of my favourite lens manufactuers... lil' known secret is that most Nikkors are based on Zeiss designs... from the late 1920's... The 85mili is a perfect fit here... Well chosen focal-length and it proves its muster for this haunting foto of conflicting expressions...

DM Brown

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