It was shot at in very very low light, and I wanted to catch her face well lit and brighten the background, so turned the shutter speed low.Faster shutter speeds can work, but with higher noise levels.If I turn the shutter speed high, i will loss her face, and may need to pull up the shadow regions in post, which leads to image deterioration especially at high iso. I have played a bit with the camera now to sort of guess what speeds work the best with maximum possibility of getting the right exposure, also I look at how the lightmeter in my view finder behaves in accordance to the lighting situation. Blindly trusting the lightmeter can be a disaster as well.
This one was shot soon after, but with higher shutter speed, look at the face of the autowalla which is not well exposed, but it works here since I did not want to get his face fully, i liked the side lit and back lit contours and lower speed means I will lose those back lit contours. Plus, there was so much of light pouring into the top right corner, the red lit area which I wanted to control, All this can be done in post too, with selective masking, but its always best to start of with a good exposure. Here I have not done any post processing apart from shifting WB a bit to the cooler side, as there was too much of yellow there in the shot.
Camera: Nikon D3S
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 12800
Manual focus ( too low light for autofocus to work, since i wanted to focus on his eye)
Thanks, i had to manually focus coz the light on her eye was so so so less, to try auto focus.
I took 2 shots, had no chance to go for any more. I was in an auto rickshaw and this girl came asking for alms. I never give alms, but had a burger with me that i couldnt finish at Mc Donald's, and wanted to give it to her after i click, so if i had messed more with the camera i wouldn't have been able to give it to her!
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I was in an auto rickshaw and this girl came asking for alms. I never give alms, but had a burger with me that i couldnt finish at Mc Donald's, and wanted to give it to her after i click, so if i had messed more with the camera i wouldn't have been able to give it to her!
TG, that explanation has touched me more than the photo itself. Until reading that, I was under the impression that it was a waiting child somewhere in the rail/bus depos. It made me think, how many such people pass infront of us on a busy day outside. Basic attitude is being a kind human which you have proved through that explanation.
I would never want to be in a situation where Pulitzer price winner Kevin Carter was in 1994. Everybody knows that, and it would have happend to anyone be it a professional, hobbyist or an amateur. Certain things in life are too sharp and bright in our brains, it just haunts !