December 11, 2009

Candid Photos from India #10

This is one of those “better to be lucky than good” shots. I was walking down the street and a cart was blocking part of the sidewalk and so I stopped and looked to my left. I saw this guy squatting in the street. I raised my camera and fired three shots off. To my eye, everything seemed to go together—his pose, the bicycle in front of him, the color combination and finally his expression.

I did not have any thought about this photo before and while I was taking it other than, “get the shot.”


Camera settings: Nikon D200, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 at 70mm shot at ISO 200, f/4.8 and 1/125th of a second.

Post Processing:

Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added clarity.


  1. The expression and composition of this photo is outstanding. This is what street photography is all about.
    The Professor

  2. I would have to agree with the Professor. You really captured the essence of this photo, his expression.

  3. Not sure how you could have captured India any better than in this photo. People just doing everyday things like setting in the street and taking a smoke. So typical.

  4. Nice work. You seem to have focus, quite successfully, on his eyes. I go right to them.

  5. I like this one. Lighting and expression are good.
    Charles M

  6. I like the man's pose and expression, but for some reason, the photo does not say much to me.