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Faces of Calcutta 2

Faces of Calcutta 2
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-11
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Children(2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 0:27
Viewed: 2645
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was just walking with my camera through the streets of the 'Salt Lake' area of Calcutta when these girls called to me and starting posing indicating that I should photograph them.
What fascinates me about India is that even though millions live in poverty they are still smiling!!

Cropped slightly, and a bit of noise reduction - had to shoot at ISO1600 because the light was very poor..
Sharpened after resize..

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HI David
These are the kind of photographs i like. Photo-Journalism type ones. Real people in the real world no matter how harsh it is. I have looked at a few of your India shots and yes, youre right, in admidst squalor the people are still smiling, and the picures show brotherhood, or sisterhood. It must be cool having such willing subjects too!

I get the same impressions from Philippines David. The smiles, the laughter - far more so than one would see in the richer suburbs of the "first world."

A nice honest shot, beautifully sharp and well composed.


Hi, David,
These two Indian girls are adorable.
Yes, the Indian smiles are nowhere else to be seen. Amazing, right?
I like their individual facial expressions.

hello David
how are you doing friend?
you have captured happy faces, they love to get clicked by you.
nice sharpness and clarity with fine details
nice shot of the village, it tells us so many things like this child is going to get water from the distance and one is wearing sllepers and another is barefoot.
i like the rich colourful dress of this child.
lovely expressions.
good work friend
Manuj Mehta

lovely story telling pic....
I like the happy kids here!!


Hey WK,
I wished my camera produced images as clear and noise free as this at ISO1600. Good diffused lighting, nice and sharp, and beautiful innocent subjects, who are happy without the latest game console or ipod.
We make our lives so complicated, owning widescreen tvs, cars, etc and take it all for granted. We create our own stress and unhappiness, worrying because we can't afford the latest phone or whatever. No wonder these people still smile readily!

Great slice of life candid here David.
Beautifully captured with perfect focus.
A tender scene. Well done.
- Vincent

Hi David..I like this shot..well composed...nicely detailed..nice poses from the subjects.


Yes David you're right , they may be among the poorest but still smiling seems to be an every other minute occurence and for a photograph it's pure delight as in this great image , well aren't they lovely ! Great expressions ,
Iso 1600 ,,, nice job with the noise reduction !
Bravo ,

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  • ronnyho (108)
  • [2008-07-21 10:24]

Very nice streetshot. Great colors and natural posing. I think theres something we are missing in the rich parts of the world, we forget to smile and be happy....

HI David,

I bet the family would be honored to have such an adorable shot of these girls. It's too bad that it's impossible to share them sometimes.

I love their sweet expressions and the one gir's arm around the other. Very sweet.

~ Lisa :D

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-09-07 17:54]
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What happy little girls they are David.
They look so natural and very pleased to have their photo taken too.
Seeing they are walking to the left, I would have cropped off a little from the right side so there was more space in front of them 'to walk into'. Then they wouldn't bee so centred.
Still it is a well captured photo, and I like it.

lovely girls and a good street-shot
like it very much

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