traditional umbrella, membuat payung fantasi

by Prakarsa Rarindra

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Gallery: The Workers III

Tags: old craft indonesia color colour umbrella seeking critique

Category: Journalism

Published: Friday 16th of October 2009 04:02:01 AM


Comments

Piet Flour
nice story, great light, briljant colors, perfect composition. Piet

Drago Cerovsek
Excellent capture and nicely composed...lovely colours...very impressive... best wishes

Alex Elias
You always have a way to turn the ordinary daily live into a work of art. Your use of lighting is masterful and this is the prime example of it. Congrats Alex

Bill Symmons
Masterful Rarindra. The shaft of light on the person is perfect, the colours of the umbrellas move the eye around the picture, the darkened lower corners "ground" the image and the green umbrella is a brilliant placement. Superb!! My compliments, Bill

Linh Dinh
Excellent documentary shot! with exceptional light and beautiful color tones! Very well done! Best regards, Linh Dinh

Javed Chawla
May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. Best wishes for a Happy Diwali

Rarindra Prakarsa
Thanks for everyone... (kalo mau siaran ulangan kudu beli payung dong?)

Francesco Pessolano
Perfect. The framing, lighting, colors. 7/7

Ruud Albers
Beautiful colours and lighting, Rarindra!

Kallol Majumdar
Wow! Stunningly beautiful...jem of a composition...what a vibrancy in colour...great shot...very very very well done... best wishes

Elemental Images
Incredible, one of the best I have seen here on PN. Well done.

Anuar Patjane
:) Perfect composition.Regards!

Ramon Monegal
Nice composition and very good lighting. Regards, Ramon.

Martin M. Gatti
A visual delight. Lovely rich colors, thought provoking depth of field, and a curious rhythm too boot. Keep up the creative work. I'm looking forward to when you will post new work. Cheers

Raymond Borg
Beautiful composition and great lighting. Superb colours. Well done.

Sebastiano Rametta
Great light, great midtones ... and the colors as well! Great work.

Orhan Köse
Hi Wonderful composition and light!

Daniel Hristescu
Hello Rarindra Fantastic your pictures also this . Beautiful colors , light and shadows . Regards Dan .

Janice Rickert

Your photo is on the front page, Rarindra. That's no surprise to me. It is beautiful: with so many bright colors and perfect composition.

Prem Anandh
Colourful

This is a wonderful image full of colors & beautifully composed. I could feel that there is not much of light in the scene & your usage of the light is good here. I feel the cut out umbrellas on the right bottom, left bottom & top are a bit distracting my viewpoint. Also the extra light coming through the left side which exposes the wrinkles on the BG cloth is a distraction too. Still this is an excellent capture.

Luís Gonzaga Batista

Great colors and light

J Kilgo

Beautiful...congrats on your POW honors...well deserved. 

CheyAnne Sexton

this is just amazing.  Love the colors, the light, the beautiful girl hand painting  these amazing umbrellas.  I was first drawn to the yellow red combo and then to the detail of the actual image and that's when I followed the light and it brought me right to the girl painting, very intent on her work.

peace n abundance,

CheyAnne

Zdenek Dockal

Impressive and well done, a wonderful sense for the color, good composition, thanks.

Luís Gonzaga Batista

Great colors and light!

Clark Crosby

I love the color, composition, and exposure!

Patrick Hudepohl
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Please note the following:

JDM von Weinberg
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I love both the color and the lighting. The elves have chosen well this week.

Diane Hooper
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Ditto! To my untrained and certainly unprofessional eye, I think this is nearly a perfect picture. The color, the lighting, the composition... My only wish is that it could be viewed larger to enjoy it more.

Kaushik Chatterjee
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This is truly fantastic. The color and the strong ability to playing with light are the main keys of Rarindra Prakarsa. Congrats.

Ken Thalheimer
traditional umbrella, membuat payung fantasi by Rarindra Prakarsa

This is a very well done environmenal portrait. The composition of where she is placed in the frame. The expression as she goes about her meticulous work. The DOF is deep & should be. The spashes of color add a vivid quality which just pops this photo to life. Deserving of POW

Stephen Penland
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This is a wonderful portrait, apparently of a craftswoman at work creating umbrellas. The light is wonderful, the colors are striking, and the composition is nicely done. I'm not sure that this is truly an environmental portrait but rather a studio portrait. It appears there is a cloth draped behind the woman, her hand is creating a shadow on the area being painted, much of the working space is dark, and the umbrellas in the foreground are arranged in a manner that I might not expect if this were a shop for creating umbrellas (unless, perhaps, it's necessary for the paint to dry). I just get the feeling this was an arranged photo; as Rashed said, the composition is so well engineered. This is not a complaint, and all of the positives I've described are still relevant. It's just that a feeling of a more spontaneous photograph of a craftswoman in her natural surroundings would have added even more to the entire photograph for me personally (keeping in mind that I may be incorrect and this may be her true working environment).

John A
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There is not a lot to add here that hasn't already been said. I think this image is well done and the arrangement of everything, as Stephen has suggested, hints at more of a studio approach than one that is completely environmental--or maybe one might say it doesn't look "as is". I take this hint not only from the spotless floor and surroundings and the purposeful arrangement, but also from some of the others in this grouping. There seems to be a similar "canvas" backdrop in at least a couple of others and the working areas all seem a bit too sterile to be "working" environments. Then, of course, the lighting is very purposeful and appears artificial, indicating a fair amount of set up rather than being just spontaneous images.

As Stephen suggested, these observations and comments are meant in anyway to diminish the images but more to characterize them as something much more set up than just spontaneous. They are all well done and have a bit more of a commercial feel to them than one might expect if the photographer just happened on the scene. The entire series makes a nice set for showing the various occupations of this locale.

Nicely done work.

Dave Snay
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I love this image! The colors are fantastic and the arrangement leads you right to the artist.
Having said that, isn't there something more recent that could have been chosen as POW? This was apparently originally shared on photo.net in 2009.

Rajat Poddar
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Impressive processing. Great colors, like in all of Rarindra's images. I agree with the foregoing observation about the unusal sterility of the working area. It does seem an idealized, unreal world, but not an impossible one. The hijab seems so impeccably draped around her head and shoulders. I like that she is immersed in her work and seems unconscious of the camera. The kind of work she is occupied in would require very good lighting but it is unidirectional - I wonder: wouldn't shadows impede her work. It's a beautiful photograph that serves the umbrellas very well. I have no idea whether it would have been possible but I personally would have liked a closer view, revealing a little more of the little stool on which she seems to be perched. It's impossible here to know whether she was sitting on a cushion or just a hard wooden base. The image serves to give me an over-all view of the umbrellas with their gay and vibrant colors but does not enable me to appreciate the finesse of the work done on them. Nor does it enable me to deduce much about the craft in the making of them. Still, a beautiful image...

Indraneel Majumdar
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Another beautiful image in Rarindra's unique style! The POW was long overdue but it is strange that an image without children was chosen.

Alex S.
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It is a nice tourist shot. But that is about all. Given the saturated colors of the umbrellas it would be hard to go wrong color-wise. Yet, I feel this composition is about half a stop too dark. The artist, who ought to be the subject of the composition is pushed to the background and her or his face is half blacked out by heavy shadows. The composition would have been better with more of the artist and less of the umbrellas.

This is the sort of photograph that is best shown to impress Aunt Dixie, who has never been out of Iowa and thinks Iowa City is exotic. I think this photograph is boring.

The biggest problem is the near non-emphasis of the artist and the over-emphasis of the umbrellas.

Hugh Croft
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Well arranged scene, nice colours, would make a great shot for say, a tourist magazine. Referring more to me than the photo, I miss dramatic tension, something which takes an effort to understand and makes me want to come back to it.

Alex S.
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Tourist magazines are pretty demanding. The dead dark space in the upper right would turn an editor off, never mind the static nature of the composition as a whole.

Alex S.
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I think that if the photog has developed some sort of rapport with the artist, he might have produced a better photo.

Fred G
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Many of subjects of photos don't have to be front and center and can occupy a smaller percentage of the frame and be more demur in their appearance and relationship to what else is in the picture. Often, artists and/or craftspeople consider themselves and are considered by others to be overshadowed by their work itself. Showing an artist somewhat dwarfed by but nevertheless with a strong presence among their work doesn't seem like a bad approach, especially as done in this case. The lighting seems to lead my eye to the person and I am happy to discover that person in the frame rather than be met by that person immediately. There's a sterility about this photo which I don't particularly like and which loses my grip rather quickly, though it makes sense that a photographer would want to handle this photo in that way. What I get from looking at Rarindra's work is a very idealized and somewhat formal view of the world, neat and orderly. This photo seems consistent with that view.

Alex S.
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Yes, the subjects do not need to be front and center. This one is practically off-stage. The rule about not being close enough applies here. See if the below is any better. I've lightened the POW and given it a slight crop. The dark and dead space in the upper right is still a problem.

Bob Bevan Smith
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This is certainly a stunning use of colour. I don't care whether it is a set up scene - it is a beautiful image. The darkness of the unlit side of the artist's face adds mystery and a sense of melancholy, the struggle to make a living. However, I think a closer approach, slightly emphasising the face of the artist, would add strength. The brightly-lit point of the red umbrella on the left distracts attention. Just cropping 12% off the left side, and 15% off the bottom, lifts the image significantly. That makes a strong diagonal line from the green umbrella at top left to the dark blue umbrella at bottom right, passing through the artist's eyes. There is probably another photo that could have been made here - a vertical image, just including the artist and the umbrella she is working on.
Bob Bevan Smith
Wellington, New Zealand

Ken Thalheimer
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Alex, if this were shot for a tourist magazine the chances are largely it would be in a vertical instead of horizontal format. The space being left for text. Editors prefer untouched photos. They prefer doing the editing

Stephen Penland
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I think Fred G. said it very well. If I'm wanting to depict some aspect of the culture rather than a person, this is the type of composition I would probably choose. Rarindra's photos are often readily identified by his control of or manipulation of light. From that point of view, I don't see the dark corner as a "problem:" it helps to set off the artist and especially the umbrellas. His methods are striking, and I can often identify one of his photos just from the thumbnail. They often are stylized, "happy" views of an idealized world (or at least Indonesia). I think Rarindra is exceptionally skilled at his type of photography.

Fred G
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This one is practically off-stage. The rule about not being close enough applies here.

We just see this differently. I think the subject has presence and, more significantly, a kind of presence whose strength is in its subtlety. I also think the "subject" here is something other than but including the person. A lot of great portraits are.

I'm not aware of any such rule that you cite.

John A
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I am feeling somewhat of a disconnect with the comments regarding the placement of the person and the "dark" shadow on her face. Just looking at what appears on my screen as about a 3x5 inch image, the person is prominent and I can fully make out the darker side of her face (which I don't even consider important necessarily).

Fred's comment about the art dominating or defining someone is correct, but including context even in other situations can make for a much more rich image than always focusing on the person. In fact, that can tell a more complete story than any up close and personal image. or this...

Andrew Harto
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Wah, pak Prakarsa, saya sangat kagum dengan foto ini dan juga dengan portfolio anda! Apakah bapak seorang komersial fotografer di Indonesia? Salam.

Alberta P.
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Love the photo, don't care if it was staged, just wish it were larger.
Cheers ~
Alberta

Gianni Spini
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Stupenda armonia di colori e di luci; grande espressività della bambina!
Veramente eccezionale!
Buona sera da Gianni

Simon Crofts
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The RGBY colour scheme is striking, though I also find the image a bit sterile. It has the feel of a generic travel picture rather than something personal and original. The problem is it doesn't really tell me anything about the subject except that she makes umbrellas, and it doesn't tell me much about the photographer either.

I don't think it would be better if she were larger in the frame. If anything, it might work better if she were a much smaller figure, perhaps showing more of a (hopefully interesting) interior. A small lost figure in a dark interior, perhaps surrounded by dozens of umbrellas, might have a lot of impact.

Fred G
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Really nice and observant comment, Simon. Thanks. Very helpful.

Simon Crofts
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Cheers Fred! :)

Lech Dobrzanski
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All umbrellas are arranged towards camera. The blue one being processed is aligned as well. The result of this set up is that painter looks at canvas at unnatural acute angle. Everything is explicit here as a story told to the child.

Celso Bressan
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My first impression was also of the kind of "sterility" even though the composition is quite striking. I definitely think that it was neatly arranged prior the shooting plus the fact that it was post-worked a lot as well.
This picture seems not to intended to be placed as magazine cover but has enough and strategic room to place texts.
All in all, it seems to be neatly arranged.
But, let's pay close attention to the word "neatly": appart from the shooting itself, the arrangement is the key of this scene as the light, the colors and the setting of the umbrellas all lead to the young woman working there. My eyes stop there and I start to look the way she is sitting there, the sandals, the outfit.
My final word is this: not everybody does this work so nicely as it is done here!
Compliments to the chef!
Bressan

Kristina Kraft
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At first sight I was attracted by the triangular arrangement of the colorful umbrellas and the craftswoman in a composition. Although it does look like a studio shot, but I think the picture was done in a real tent on the street, because there is some light coming from the lower left corner of the picture that seems as a real light. The picture is done with so much care.
Kristina

Andrew Harto
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Simon Croft:
I don't think it would be better if she were larger in the frame. If anything, it might work better if she were a much smaller figure, perhaps showing more of a (hopefully interesting) interior. A small lost figure in a dark interior, perhaps surrounded by dozens of umbrellas, might have a lot of impact.

Contrary to Simon's opinion (respectfully), I think the composition of the present image is well thought-out. There is quite an uncanny balance between positive and negative spaces, with the negative spaces (the foreground path/floor, as well as the dark fabric background) and positive (umbrellas) marching the viewers' eyes effectively to the lady umbrella maker. Whether or not the shot was set up is a whole different discussion, but the composition as it is is very effective, imho.

Eduardo Agustin Carrasco
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beautiful, very nice colors

Michael Raddatz
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Consistent with Rarindra's masterful story telling via photography. Contrast and contrasting, composition and composed. I especially like how he has worked to use the same light the umbrella artist is using as the primary focal point of his work.

John Rowsell
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Nice shot. That's about it. There seems to be a lot of emotional attachment to the photographer expressed here rather than to the photograph. Rashed set the tone and others followed.

john mallery
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Very nice composition. Well done.

Jeff Lear
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The colors are pleasant, the composition well-conceived, the exposure is beautiful and idilic. I can't disagree with any of the positive opinions expressed. So why am I left wanting? I think it's because her environment is completely devoid of the tools of her trade with the exception of what she holds in her hand. There are no racks of pigment, no cups with brushes, no paint dripped on the floor, no rinsing cup... it falls somewhere between studio and street which leaves me conflicted and unfulfilled. The colors are beautiful, the arrangement of the umbrellas intriguing and leading, the technical aspects precise yet somehow, this photograph will not stay with me beyond this writing.

On a side note, I feel compelled to once again implore Alex to invest in a monitor calibration tool! :)

Rob Wilson
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It's technically excellent and beautifully processed, but rather leaves me shrugging my shoulders. It's the kind of image that will be well received on PN as it is striking, but I find little meaning to infer from it. It strikes me as a bit of a modern day 'Family of Man' image.
Rarindra takes beautiful photos, no doubt about it. They are joyful, happy and, as has been said above, give a somewhat idealised view of Indonesia. I don't think Rarindra makes any bones about the type of photo he takes, so I certainly won't criticise him for that.

Rarindra Prakarsa
Making Umbrella Many thanks for your time.

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