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    Default Beauty and her burden

    School children, even small ones, have to carry enormous heavy bags each day.

    I curse myself for being at f/6.7 when I should have been wide open. I don't know, though, if that would really have made the background less distracting.
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    I do not think the background is distracting. It adds to the picture by giving more location information. It is another interesting picture of India, as all of yours are.

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    I agree that the background adds to the composition. The young lady has the look of being pleased with the attention she is getting form the crowd and the photographer, but yet, isn't overly interested in anyone.
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    Thank you, halfwright and Jim. The child turned to face me when I took my camera out of its bag. I asked her to turn to one side and fired before she had turned into frozen reinforced concrete, a common event in such situations.
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    Hello payasam, I think the background is soft enough. Sometimes, you got get , what you can. My eye goes to the subject. Again, love your images from India.
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    I love to see your images of India, too, Payasam.
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    Thank you, Ken. Thank you, mco_970, for taking time away from the unending battles.

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    The only time a wide open lens is crucial in a documentary photo is when it's the only way of seperating the motive from the background. In this photo, the differences in light, and more crucially the layout of the composition, makes the need for shallow depth of field very irrelevant. And that's a lot harder than simply blowing away the background with a wide open lens.

    Not to mention the background adds to the picture, giving it an atmosphere.

    You know what I think of your work, so I won't bother to say what I think about this photo. You know what I mean.

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    Thank you, Simon. Over 45 years ago one of my informal teachers would say, "Isolate, isolate." That is what I did, and it is usually still my aim. It was fairly late in life that I began to see the advantages of showing the surroundings, the environment of the principal subject of a photograph. With respect to individual pictures, I can seldom decide what is best -- so I let others decide for me.
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