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Beautiful people of Kerala #2

Beautiful people of Kerala #2
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kerala Trip
Theme(s): reflections of life, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 14:16
Viewed: 3417
Points: 114
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beautiful People of Kerala...another photo of a simple Keralite man.

My first one from the same is here.

This person was selling fresh lemon juice and fruits outside one of the point I visited. Very small shop on road side.

Hard working people, simple in living.
Again I blurr the BG and converted to Sepia tone.
You'll see the color version in workshop.

People don't remember what you say to them, but definitely remember how you make them feel.

Fortuna, TheMystic, paweljg, lilimih33, Jens, Urfaust, Beger, AndroK, JohnTulip, kiwi_explorer, chrisJ, mbrito, lele, shelbeesmom, bizsu, Viking, Juliet, WMcK, denizler, Silke, Ramdan, Hendrika, Josine, milas, japiey, dareco, cinca, Refugee, NecipP has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To k-2: you are rightvandana2923 1 03-02 08:20
To Ramdan: Thank you Ramdanvandana2923 1 02-28 05:28
To WMcK: Hello Wandavandana2923 1 02-27 06:19
To JohnTulip: Dear friendvandana2923 1 02-26 05:18
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  • Great 
  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2008-02-25 14:21]

Hi Vandana,

Looked at the WS after seeing this one. WS is nice on its own as well but this one stands out a little more. Great PP-work, great sharpness and facial detail.
Nice one.

Best regards,


Hi Vandana,

Stunning portrait. Many emotions here we have... Great clarity and details. Nice play's with DoF. Very well done & TFS :]

Greetings from Poland,

Hello Vandana! Nice sepia conversion. Very expressive, loads of fine detail and good composition!

hi vandana, great classic composition and scene the color really helps the feel, good work, thanks scott

Hi Vandana

Nice superb potrait here.... compositions is great and you did it well sis

Amri HMS

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-02-25 16:08]

Hi Vandana
First great shot and great work. It is a stunning portrait, good light, superb sharpness with great details.
I like it very much.

eh.. a great portrait, Vandana!... i love the b&w effect in portraits.. usally is my favorite solution.. however the coloured version (original) was cool!! BG was perfect the same!! great capture.. intensity of his expression is so alive and comunicative!! excellent!!
ciao Marco

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-02-25 20:48]

Hi Vandana,
It is not easy to choose the color version or this B&W. Both are great. This portrait is timeless! Excellent off center composition . The light on the eyes is stunning! Very beautiful! Annie

Good portrait, but your post processing requires bit of polishing. Your gaussian blur technique requires some work too. It is evidant on the edges.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-02-25 23:51]

Great portrait...
Great expression...

Good new b/w portrait again.
You become an expert in this Vandana
Strong face expression.Well captured


Hi Vandana,
Very good portrait shot with fine details. I like the way you processed this image highlighting the interesting facial details of your subject. Well captured and composed with very good image quality and shallow DOF. Well done! tfs

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-02-26 0:50]

Hello Vandana,
I like very much this portrait, great in B/W, fine details. Good work, thanks!
Have a nice day,

Hi Vandana,
Nice black and white portrait shot..
...and great pp work done..
Well done.


Well detailed and presented photo Vandana, good use of shallow dof as well. I would have liked to see the empty space on the left hand side for easier viewing, nevertheless a beautiful shot, thanks


Hello Vandana!
Great portrait and wonderful PP work!
Nice perspective and lovely frame, too!
Best regards!

  • Great 
  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-02-26 5:26]

Hi Vandana

A good b&w portrait, with superb facial texture, & a marvellous tonal range. Well done!

an excellent street portrait vandana :)
details and tones look great
well done

added to theme


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-02-26 5:53]

Hi Vandana,
strong lines on the face,perfect clarity and beautiful portrait.Well done.TFS.Necla.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-02-26 5:56]

Hello Vandana,
Great portrait; the capture of the shine in the eyes is amazing. Wonderfull detail. A great b/w work.~
Congrats and regards, jmb
(Thank you very much for your apreciation in «Alcobaça...2, I've apreciated a lot).

merhaba dear vandana
wonderful interesting portrait picture.wonderful composition and interesting colours.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 8:31]

Hello Vanny.
Very good portrait of this nice face, Good composed too.
Will have a look at the ws.
Groeten van Jan
Ws looks even better than this one. I like the strong blue bg.

Hi Vandana,
Blurred BG works well here. Facial expression of man is very impressive. Congratulations...
Selahattin E

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-02-26 10:15]

ciao vandana...bello scatto...grande composizione..ottimo il soggetto e belli i dettagli...ottimo pov...complimenti per la scelta del bianco e nero...

Great photo
The sharpness id terrific and i like what you did with the background.
Very well done

Hi dear friend,
a life story in his eyes...
All my respects for this posting.
It's so meaningful... my words are useless.
Best wishes,

Blurring the background has worked well here concentrating the focus on the face which is full of care and concentration. However on my screen the sepia tone looks very purple (rather than yellow)


Very nice character shot here Vandana! I love your treatment! His eyes sparkle! Really cool tones here too!

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-02-26 11:08]

Hi Vandana,
Brilliant B/W photo. Amazing colour. Very good portrait. Great work.
Well done, Zsú

Bonjour Vandana,
Beautiful portrait of the people of kerala, well taken picture in B. & W. with good contrast, very well done.

  • Great 
  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-02-26 22:24]

Hi Van
Good picture in grey...composition and light welldone
Congratulations :-)


Hello Vandana,

The same beauty and quality of the first job of this wonderful series. The clearness is as much that is as if the man wanted to jump for of the photograph!

Great job, my friend!

Congratulations! TFS

on wednesday

  • Great 
  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-02-27 3:08]

Maybe the added blur is a bit "abrupt" but the portrait is great.

ps.I'll be back with points

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-02-27 3:27]

HI Vandana,
Excellent daily life captured. Well seen and good choice of colors to give this more effect. TFS Julie

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-02-27 4:12]
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What an interesting, character filled portrait, Vandana. The way his eyes show is very appealing. Your detail and the use of the light are perfect. Choosing sepia makes it even more appealing. I wonder what those eyes have seen.

Hi Dear Vandana,
Wonderful portrait.Very beautiful details and colours.Congrats!!!
Cordial Greetings,

Hi Vandana,
His eyes are wonderful...
Lovely portrait. Good job. Tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Vandana,

Very beautiful portrait in beautiful colour tones, excellent composed and realized.


Hi Vandana,
Great lighting, details and strong expression. I loved the result of sepia tone conversion.
Maybe a softer edge for a more natural look, IMHO.

  • Great 
  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-02-28 0:36]

Very fine composition and excellent PP work on the BG to make your subject stand out

Your right Vandana,

The blue of the tarpoline was reflecting on his clothes and skin. The colour as such I would not have mind.
So a good solution to present this portrait this was.
Beautiful work.


Hola Vandana,

Muy buen retrato y excelente tratamiento PP. Me gusta mucho el resultado de esta fotografía sin quitarle ningún merito la expresión del modelo.



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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-02-28 1:44]

Hi Vandana ;)
excellent portrait, nice light and expression, TFS
Best regards,
J ;)))

Well he ie not the most hansome man from India Van, but its sure a good photo.
The expression is well captured.
Great idea, nicely executed

  • Great 
  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-02-28 7:27]

merhaba myfriend Vandana...
Excellent shot, wonderful building, very sharp and great details, I like it...

  • Great 
  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2008-02-28 11:46]

Hi Vandana,

Great in effects and expressions.
Superb !!
All the best.


Hi Vandana, splendid portrait of this man with great expression, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Vandana,
great portrait and sharpness.
Nice facial detail with frame.
Well done.TFS.

  • Great 
  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-03-01 2:00]

Hi Vandana
Beautiful and fair portrait.
Gr Jos

hello Vandana

very interesting portrait
the position of the subjet in the frame is perfect and it has been isolated from the background
the details and expression of the face are very good and the person has a lot of personality.

the use of duotone works very weel in this picture


  • Great 
  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-03-02 1:43]

This mans face tells a story, I see years of hard work. Very beautiful! TFS

  • Great 
  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-03-02 8:03]
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Great eye contact and sparkle. Interesting expression. I looks like you extracted the head and then blurred the background -- is that right? TFS. K2

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-03-02 13:24]

Hi Vandana, intense expression you have captured in the face of this man, also enforced by the contrast with blurred bg. compliments!
Ciao, Cinzia

  • Great 
  • BigBen (30)
  • [2008-03-03 6:32]

Hi Vandana,

You captured many emotions with this picture. Great facial details and sharpness.

Best regards,

PS Thx for your comments on my first picture.

Hi Vandana:
excellent pp work here...
Good use of high keys and shadows in right proportions!!!
A very candid expression!

Hi Vandana, a wonderful portrait. Good detail, the conversion well done but as others said the blur could have been better. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Holy Trinity - old building sepia’

  • Great 
  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-03-05 2:52]

Hi my friend,

Great potrait with good details of the wrinkles and face features. Love the BW.



  • eMBeer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 237 W: 56 N: 2] (24)
  • [2008-03-07 3:34]

Good portrait with nice light. Good details. Interesting face expression.

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2008-04-01 14:13]

Hello Vandana excellent composition, great contrast and sharpness. Interesting expression caught tfs rgds Necip.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2008-06-03 7:56]

Hello Vandana
Thanks for the gaussian blur of backdrop that eases concentration on a "stolen" honest expression and a strong portrait.
A proof of know how!
Best regards.

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