A dramatic image by Narayan Natrajan has won the August edition of The Hindu Shutterbug contest. The theme was ‘Push-carts’, meant to include the small traders of this city.

Mr. Natrajan has won dinner for two at ‘The Kitchen’ in Raintree, Anna Salai. Ten other finalists have won gift vouchers from Poorvika Mobiles Ltd.

That’s not all. Participate in the Readers’ Poll at www.facebook.com/chennaicentral and pick your favourite from among the finalists. This winner gets a Landmark voucher worth Rs. 1000.

The finalists in this edition are – Anand Kingsly, Arnold Revant, S. Bharath, Gautham, Geo Damin, Kowshik Vasudevan, Vinoth Ramanan, Minu Joy, R. Vishnu and J.V. Rakesh.

The Photo Editor’s take

There is an element of mystery in the photograph that makes you take a second and third look at it.

A single lantern illuminates the contrasting expressions of a young vendor and the lady.

The exposure is balanced to produce details in the heavy light; the highlight on the faces to the deep shadows.

The photographer has chosen an angle which emphasises the smoke or vapour from the boiling peanuts aided by a slight breeze and isolates the subject.

The stray light in the background of the lady's head and the boy's hand breaks the monotony of the otherwise black background.

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