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A Labour

A Labour
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Copyright: Manuj Mehta (manujmehta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1147 W: 79 N: 2778] (12360)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-25
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lica 35mm-420mm
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): UrFaust's favorite portraits, A Portrait [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-02 2:23
Viewed: 1924
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Their skin soaks up the heat
Leaving it as black as the midnight sky,
Their eyes wide, white, pleading
Begging to the passersby.

Hey Labour! where you live?

They litter the street
Half naked bodies,
Red and colouring their feet
Searching for an entrance
A door out of the circle of poverty.

Poverty means destruction
Destruction means fear
Behind locked doors we sit in early evening
Too scared to see a black face
Terrified of black feet crossing the threshold.
But why be fearful of your slaves,
Those you whip and beat
Treating like the dirt from the doormat
Where you wipe your feet.
where you wipe your feet?

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-06-02 2:35]
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ciao manuj...bellissimo lavoro..ottimo soggetto...ottimi i dettagli...grande compiosizione..

Hi Manuj,

I would suggest to set lower speed to get details of his skin . . Strong expression of him . . Hard worker . .
Lovely portrait . .


Hi my friend...
Excellent portrait...
Great expression...
Have a nice day...

Hello Manju,

A very strong expression!
The darkness adds forboding.
Yet, his eyes are not angry, the are not threatening, they have adeep sadness.
What a story to tell!

The details are superb.
My congratulations!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Manuj
a great shot
beautiful bronzed face effect.
great expression too.
Very very ethinic indian capyure.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-06-02 3:06]
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Bonjour Manuj,
Très belle intensité dans ce portrait, j'aime beaucoup ce BG qui tranche avec ces 2 couleurs.
Bonne journée


Salam Bro,
What a superb portrait.Great light, colours and details.TFS.


Hi Manuj,
great portrait, excellent face details,
strong and effective colours, my compliments!

Gave a nice day!

Namaste Manuj

Superb texture on the man's face. I like the minimalist colour. This image would make a stunning b&w sepia image, imho. Tfs!

hello Manuj bhai
kya baat hai!
what a Portrait, wonderful eyes
amazing texture and lighting on the face.
good work, interesting poem goes along with the portrait


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  • ralph Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 13 N: 255] (3807)
  • [2008-06-02 4:54]
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Well framed portrait Manuj, colours and expression also good.

EXCELLENT portrait here Manuj!! Love the details in his face! Very natural expression, although you can see the pain in his eyes! In a world as rich as this, povery should never be!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-06-02 7:33]
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HI Manuj
I am drawn to the sad looking eyes, and perhaps a look of discouragement, You have once again done an extraordinary capture.

Hi Manuj
Outstanding portrait.Just amazing!

Excellent close up portrait and a good description, impressive to read, thanks.
Regards from Jan

Hi Manuj,

One of the best portraits.
Wondrous !!!

All the best, dear friend.


Hello Manuj,
Breathtaking portrait He has a sad look.
Colors, sharpness and clarity aremarvelous.
Fantastic portrait.
Selahattin E

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-06-02 13:16]
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Bonjour Manuj,
Waouh ! Quelle force dans ce portrait !
Magnifique ! Tous mes compliments.
Bonne journée.


Powerful shot Manuj

Very strong contrast and saturation here but it creates an intensity, particularly in the darkness of his eyes and the glittering catchlights in there.

Composition could be a little stronger perhaps, but the background is striking and really supports the image you have captured.


hello manuj
how r u!

magnificent! marvellous portrait
very clear and sharp
great focus
expressive eyes

good note
congrats dear!

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-06-02 22:36]
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Another great portrait Manuj. Bring some more details in the shadow area and it will be better. personally I will brush the blue color to black. and maybe you can smoothen the burning brush on the highlight :D

Hello Manuj!
Great portrait! Wonderful details and colors! Excellent photo!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2008-06-02 22:58]

Great potret! The darkness is usefull and good!
Beautiful colours!!

Well done!

Hello Manuj,

stunning potrait shot of this man.. the line in the face is very detail.. you are good in in this kind of shot.. well done.

regards, terry

Hi Manuj,

Hope you are doing well.

What an impressive portrait you have created here. If you have a steady hand then you can probably go as far as shuttertime 1/30, that way you can really capture still more of the texture on his face.
The light perfectly fits your note.


Hello my dear friend,
i hope you are well:)
this is just an magnificent portrait indeed,
what a clarity and sharpnes,
what a perfect compo with beautiful colours,....
velldone Manuj and tfs,
:) tomorrow

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-06-03 0:52]

A very good note!! An exceptional portrait showing much emotion! The eyes are very expressive. TFS and have a great day!

Hi Manuj!
Amazing picture. Wonderful portrait. Fantastic face.

Hi Manuj,
This is a stunningly beautiful portrait, so powerful.
This should be in the pages of National Geographic, well done.

Bom dia Manuj

A perfect look to a world. Very beautiful composition. Great expression and bg. I love the skin texture skin. Superb.

My best regards


Hi Manuj,

Nice portrait of a hard working man.


Hi dear Manuj
Excellent portreit. Very dramatique lighting. Excellent details. This portret makes me sad. In his face I can see all troubles in his life.
Many wishes my friend

Hello Manuj,
A good capture here. The man shows a strong expression. Very clear facial details. A very meaningful poem that goes along so well with the image. This is really good.

Best regards,

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  • bazsa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 3] (2936)
  • [2008-06-03 4:36]

Hi Manuj,
Wonderful portrait. Expressive eyes. Congratulations.
Best Regards. -bazsa

Hello Manuj,
Excellent character portrait.
Very nice light on his face.
Lovely details and expressions. TFS

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-06-03 9:18]

Fantastic portrait, fantastic face, very intense, with great colours and a fantastic light and composition.
Excelent posting.
My regards, mb

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1627 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-06-03 22:00]
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Hi Manuj,

I don't know how you archive this, but it sure look good! Very strong contrast, powerful image and very strong expression! Excellent work my friend,

Have a nice day,


Hi Manuj,
The skin tone treatment here is just terrific ... visually striking. Clarity of details and overall contrast are superb. Well captured and composed with exceptional quality. Well done! tfs

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-06-04 3:54]

hi Manuj

Powerful portrait shot and very good pp work to produce this effect without overdoing. Good work

tfs, bill

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-06-04 5:51]

Powerful portrait and note. The light and color here are good and add power to the image.
His skin looks like it's got a lot of miles on it, as does the expression in his eyes.
Well done,

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  • strobe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 64] (1778)
  • [2008-06-04 12:34]

WOW fantastic portrait, I like the rich dark tones and the facial stare

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-06-04 22:08]

Hi Manuj,
Your portraits are really very good, this one is no exception. The light and detail is incredible. The focus on the eyes is well done. Great shot Manuj.

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  • dorian (68)
  • [2008-06-05 6:29]

Fantastic portarit! Congratulation!

Hi Manuj,

Wow.........haunting image, you have really captured a strong character here. Great exposure, love the detail you have. Great skin tones and expression.

Loved the note too,

Well done and TFS,


ciao Manuj
wonderful portrait!! a sight so.. effective, deep.. with something real inside!! excellent capture!! bravo!
ciao Marco
;) soon

Hello Manuj!
Fantastic this portrait!
I like your PP work!
Nice colours, perfect detail and clarity1
Best regards!

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  • ved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 102 W: 16 N: 12] (662)
  • [2008-06-09 3:26]
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not just a labour... a classic portrait by you...
the details are very impressive... and the overall snap is very strong.. makes a statement in its own...
great shot

Wonderful portrait! It has great expressiveness! Congrats!
Best regards,

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2008-06-10 2:57]
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HI Manuj
Excellent portrait,great photo.!!

Hi Manuj,

what a superb portrait with great colours & expression! very well done, friend.


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-06-12 0:30]
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Wonderful series of portraits, my friend !
Love the colors and contrast of this one.


Great portrait. Wonderful framing with amazing colours and sharpness.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-06-30 0:08]

Hello Manuj,
a really great people shot. Very clear and crispy portrait. Manifestation of great texture, mood and expression. Well composed photo and well taken


Hi Manuj,
very interesting capture of expression. The near chiaroscuro feel and sharpness are remarkable.
Best regards, Daniel

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