Back Street Legend

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© Etan Doronne
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UploadedAugust 4, 2010
TakenSeptember 21, 2007
ModelCanon PowerShot SD600
Exposure1/60 sec at f/2.8
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode
Focal Length5.8 mm

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OK. This IS a photoshop collage... and the story behind it is what made it be.

Staying in Bhagsu in northern India, the life was good. Good as in fat and lazy. Most of my trip I stayed away from these 'famous' places but once in a long while, mainly to become anonymous again, blend in the crowds and taste some western foods I would check into one of the touristic loop destinations.

Well, this was such a time.

One day, I sat in the internet cafe working on editing a Tibetan massage clip from footage I took in the class I enrolled in, down in McLaud Ganj. The sun was setting outside and I would probably not even notice unless there was some unusual activity outside.

I stepped out and saw the neighboring grocery store owner, a peaceful man in his late 50's getting a bit more exited then usual and he was chatting with the internet cafe owner.

I asked what was is it about and they said that Muhamad Kef had just passed by in the alley on his way down to the sacred stream that surfaces by the temple over there.

Obviously I had no clue who Muhamad Kef was, but apparently that was equal to ignorance at this setting. Soon enough I learned he was the previous captain of the national cricket team.

The people gathering around were debating of weather to approach him and maybe get a photo with him, but it seemed they were hesitant.

I had a slow day and I guess I was up for some excitement, so I volunteered.

We waited in the dimly lit alley and after about 20 minutes someone came out of the dark and said that 'He is coming'.

I stepped forward and when I noticed the silhouette emerging from the night, I went closer and asked Muhamad (which I had to have pointed out first..) if I can take a photo with. He was easy with it and even chatted me up.

Well, that photo became the talk of the tailors and guest house workers, in other words my local friends (see the Dal Bati story posted here for the details).

And here comes the photoshop part....

Every one wanted a photo with Muhamad Kef... so guess what we've done.

My friend Rais, showing here on the photo, was snapped, as you can see, at his tailor shop, then we Had digitally blended him into the scene.

Another friend asked to have his photo with Muhamad Kef and I took him the next night to another dark alley so we can take his photo in similar lighting, then we blended him into a collage of his own.

My India: Where every village is home - Experience !

In the story Back Street Legend.

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