Monday, November 07, 2005

Blue door in India

This is a photo I took in India this summer of a family friend, Selvum. This is a building near a coconut farm where he works (the tool in his hand is used to cut coconuts down from trees).

I like this photo because it seems very complete to me, the lighting, the depth, the color and the composition all seem to work together.

I used a Canon 20D and a 50mm 1.4 lens and shot in AV mode with an aperature of 16 or so.


Anonymous verb said...

indeed you are right.nice shot.

3:46 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

The color is eye-catching. I like it, but I would also try b+w to emphasize the man.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comment. I have wanted to shoot more black and white but in this photo I was afraid it would look too dark, especially in the shadow of the doorway.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Emmie said...

color was the way to go (IMHO anyway).
It's not everyday that you get to see a turquoise (spelling - help!) door and its color looks even more beautiful in contrast with the gentleman's attire.
Furthermore, B+W would have spoilt the whole 'it's a beautiful day in india' mood that is so beautifully amplified by the man's smile...
Just my humble opinion...
What it boils down to - I love the photo, just the way it is...(Please take note that I am clueless when it comes to photography, but I can appreciate a beautiful image when I see one...)

7:00 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...


Thanks for your comment. I agree I thought the blue of the door was too great to convert to black and white.
Selvum is actually laughing because I told him to waive the 'axe' at me like he was upset.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Emmie said...

Now THAT'S funny!!! (
I think the smile works better anyway :-)
I would love to go to India one day... If I ever get there, I'll see if I can aggravate Selvum...

5:36 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...


I agree it did turn out better. The memories and stories you get from a photo are so much more interesting than the actual image (though I do like the photo a lot).

10:07 PM  
Blogger CHROMACRAB said...

I agree, this is a very "nice feeling" portrait. I think your friends' genuine smile adds to that feeling. Nice work.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous tetsu said...

Nice shot!
His face is so vividly!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments. This photo does have a happy/bright feel to it.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

The colo is definitely perfect here. Nice shot!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks Mari,
When the color is that bright and interesting I just can't switch to black and white.

12:24 PM  
Blogger aMyth! said...

nice works.. hmmm.. i should get my cam back from my mom :)

1:35 AM  

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