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Adulthood: On the Edge

358. Adulthood: On the Edge
Photo By: Basu Dahal
Posted Date: May 5th, 2009

As we grow old, we are under constant risk of physical weakness and frailtys. As our physiological condition gets bad we are not able to earn a living like in our younger days. However, the adulthood also means growing wisdom, improved judging skill and confidence. Seen in the picture is an old man of Ghalegaun (Lamjung) making a new traditional bamboo basket (doko) and enjoying the company of the young goats around. Even at this age he seems to have
continued his daily work the best he can which is really commendable.

10 thoughts on “Adulthood: On the Edge

  1. What I imagined in my second comment, seems real from Basu’s perspective (the person on the spot ;-)).
    Thanks for summing it up perfectly…

  2. Thanks Lenscape, Shutterbug, suresh, DreamSky for your inclusive descriptions and insights about the pic and thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I’ve always loved and enjoyed your comments in EU.
    And yes when I originally decided to take this picture from the stone paved path where I was standing, it amused me while he was weaving the bamboo string to build doko. I was also pleased see a little kiddy in his lap. May be it was his favorite pet.
    About vertical shot: Had I taken the vertical shot, I now feel that the pic would be focused more on ceiling (seen part of it now) and the stone pavement and less in him and his doko. This could outframe his surroundings on sides. While reframing with few steps left, I could capture the front face of the old man which I think would get his vivid facial expression but that would outframe that little guest in his lap which I was loving to have it in my frame. Unfortunately, this was only the picture that I took at that moment.
    And yes I felt the bright white log distracted the viewer from main subject and the wood logs being new, bright and fresh acted negatively in the picture … 😉

  3. Yes, Lenscape we are on a same ‘boat’ sharing same slogan, “Long live Everest Uncensored.”

    I agree some ‘pictures’ are simply unique because of the moment it has documented within the frame which could be of rare value. No photographer with any best camera in the world can take another shot in the same spot with that rarity. Even I don’t dare to comment if it is a picture with such rare value. However, there are some ways to improve quality of picture technically but it is impossible to get same feeling and emotion of that moment when it got captured. I mostly focus on doing comments through photographic perspective which might be handy to other interested photographers here in EU and it’s pleasure. Even I do learn more while commenting.

    Let’s keep fostering this ‘commenting culture’.

  4. Yes its tough for “me and you” both to visualize our views, at least when we only have a 2D image of the scene. Yes, cropping and transformation only will not be enough to give a complete idea (hope u agree). I appreciate what you tried to support your view of vertical composition.

    But again, eliminating something (cropping in this case, the horizontal part) also means something extra is added (shown by the black strip in the reconstructed picture). We cannot assume that the extra part will not be distracting… I guess I had clearly mentioned about that in my comment above (again to avoid the wood logs completely …….).

    Also u didn’t put light on if the vertical composition (with some steps to the left) will affect the exposure of the grip of fingers (which I again repeat is important from my perspective and the picture caption), and goats perspective.

    Dear Shutterbug, I am in no way trying to lengthen this discussion, but just wanted to say that: There are some pictures which needs no improvement because of the feel it captures within, it just that another good picture can be clicked in the same spot.

    Its fun and privilege sharing views with you. This is what I like the most is some of the EU people (u are one in the some), who comment with the spirit of improving EU. Lets keep commenting and sharing…

  5. Dear Lenscape,
    Thank you for responding and facilitating this mood of discussion where others people can have this opportunity to get explained. Keeping different opinion I guess is not a matter of refuting or verifying of wrong or right thing, it’s about exploring ideas for better result and encourage EU photographers to make good use those ideas we discuss here in LIN by practicing the art of photography.

    I wish we both could be on that very spot to try my ides of vertical composition. Since this is no possible, what I can do is try my best to explain it in words and reconstructed pictures, how it could be possible to avoid those wood logs behind. Copy the picture in your pc and try crop tool in Photoshop vertically. I have done and posted just to give you some idea. Click here to see the result.

  6. The reality behind is very impressive. An old man at work early in the morning (7:05 AM). Ya when seen at large, there are many lives in the picture.

  7. Yep…the vertical shot would have been superb coz that captures the top edge of bamboo strips.

  8. Dear Shutterbug,

    I agree with what you said, regarding chit chat and greeting. This makes the picture more lively!!

    I am not refuting to what you said regarding the vertical composition, but when I imagine the angle u mentioned, I feel its a bit Over the Top (OTT), Please don’t mind.

    Moving to the left (few steps – means 3-4 steps, i guess) may expose the face, that is agreed. But the wood logs will still be there (may be behind or to some right of the old man depending on the few steps). Again to avoid the wood logs completely u need to go to more left, and in this case we can’t predict the background… because we cant see it (it may be the wooden pillar, door, roof lining, wife of the old man standing behind..).

    Also, we will not see grip of hands that clearly (for me this seems important), for which the old man is busy. Again moving to the left will make the goats perspective poor. May be the black goat will hide some parts of the one that is in the lap of the old man, and we will miss the fun+emotional part of it.

    This is just what Imagine right now, am not an avid photographer, so my views may be non-technical…

  9. What description stated in this lovely picture is true. We ‘human’ go through different phases of life and as we grow older our physical strength diminishes but we grow wiser and intellectual. Ageing is a natural phenomenon and an inevitable process and we ‘human’ can choose better ways to deal with that phenomenon resourcefully. And for an example here’s this old man who’s engrossed in weaving ‘doko’ (Bamboo Basket) making his retire life more productive. Indeed it is commendable and also heartwarming.

    Unfortunately ageing is considered a problem in our society and old people are even considered as burden for family. I would have preferred to give positive caption like “Wiser Adulthood or Creative Adulthood.

    Being a Shutterbug I feel, Basu Dahal could make this picture much pleasing by opting vertical composition because lines created by wood logs behind take away viewer’s attention from it’s ‘subject’. He should have moved few steps to the left to make this old man’s face more visible. May be he didn’t intend to disturb him and take it as a candid shot but personally I feel that sometime the best option to capture wonderful portrait of people are to start small chitchat or greeting with your ‘subject’ before pointing camera straight away. This picture could be a beautiful portrait of smiling old man from Ghalegaun. Light is so perfect for portrait shot.

    Try these options next time you go out.

  10. A Picture larger than LIFE!! Got to see many images in this picture when I went to view full size.

    Nice Capture!! Keep Posting, as these kind of Posts really help EXPLICITLY define “Life in Nepal”.

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