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Two Boys in Rural Cambodia by Bunny Laden

September 2020 - Two Boys in Rural Cambodia

September 2020 - Bunny Laden


About the Image(s)

Due to California wildfires, I’ve been evacuated from my home. Without my color-calibrated monitor, I decided to pull out a past image that I never post-processed and try out some post processing.

In Cambodia, I was with a local guide who took us off the beaten path to a village some distance from Siem Reap. We encountered several groups of children along the way. I tool this photo with my prosumer Panasonic DMC-FZ200 (zoom, fixed lens). In Lightroom, I cropped the image slightly and did a bit of selective dodging and burning using the radial and gradient filter tools. I also adjusted highlights and shadows.

7 comments posted

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Good two boys, one father and smaller and at an angle. Good contrast range. An alternate would be to crop more but I like it as it is providing context. Was this at some kind of ruin?   Posted: 09/07/2020 13:14:42
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
This is at a temple ruin near Siem Reap. I visited many minor sites in addition to Angkor Wat. The vendors outside a ruin brought their children who would play and hang out while their parents worked.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:41:17

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
Yes... I understand. The fires are horrible. I think your decision to post processing this image as a BW was a great choice. You did an excellent job.   Posted: 09/15/2020 17:25:38

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Interesting story telling image. I liked the composition. To me, the original looks better. May be some vignette will be better than adjustment of the shadows.   Posted: 09/18/2020 11:28:57
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Yes, that would certainly tone done the overly bright tree in the original.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:42:26

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Bunny, do sorry to hear about your evaluation. I applaud you for taking the time to submit your image under the circumstances. You truly captured the heart and souls of these young boys. The choice of black & white makes it even more effective. I do however think the contrast in the original makes it a stronger image. I have taken the liberty to make a few changes to your original you may want to consider:
Added space above the older boy
Cropped out some of the background allowing us to center more on the boys first and then their conditions
Added a vignette

  Posted: 09/20/2020 13:23:23
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Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Looks better.   Posted: 09/20/2020 13:46:43


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