© Rakesh Syal


Paul E. Earl 9/5/2005 12:46:28 AM

Another one of your fine people photos!! I love how you compose these shots. They are so full of mood!! #305406

S J 9/5/2005 12:48:32 AM

A WINNER in my view, Rakesh!!! Oh I just love the lighting on this outstanding capture!!!! Wow!!!! #1802777

Jenny Bosmans 9/5/2005 12:52:17 AM

Wonderful work again, Rakesh!! You're a master at this!! Love it! #1802788

Paul Sikora 9/5/2005 1:00:58 AM

Rakesh, don't you get tired of producing these exquisite images each and every day. Just when I think you have reached the apex you come up with something better. #1802798

Robyn Mackenzie 9/5/2005 1:42:11 AM

Excellent capture, Rakesh! Have you ever thought of a career as a photojournalist?? #1802829

Bonnie C. Lackey 9/5/2005 2:39:57 AM

The lighting is so amazing in this fantastic image, Rakesh. What a gift you have... #1802852

Kirsi Bertolini 9/5/2005 3:21:07 AM

Great shadowplay and arrangement. Very moody. #1802880

Candice C. Calhoun 9/5/2005 3:25:05 AM

Compelling and deeply meaningful photo, Rakesh! Sensational monthly theme photo!

ccc #1802893

Paul Michko 9/5/2005 3:31:12 AM

I love how this shot tells a story, Rakesh. Terrific job. #1802906

Carolyn M. Fletcher 9/5/2005 3:38:25 AM

Outstanding!! #1802926

Kerby Pfrangle 9/5/2005 3:48:22 AM


Love your people images. This is wonderful. Nice detail and love the mood to the shot. Kerby #1802959

Debbie Hartley 9/5/2005 3:49:21 AM

Excellent Rakesh! #1802962

Donna K. Kilcher 9/5/2005 4:08:14 AM

This is an excellent capture! #1803015

Daniel Diaz 9/5/2005 4:35:53 AM

Very dramatic shot Rakesh, amazing composition, it actually looks like a secret arms deal!!! LOL!!! #1803072

Elisabeth A. Gay 9/5/2005 4:43:25 AM

Terrific Rakesh! And a very clever title
Ann #1803089

Marsha S. Smith 9/5/2005 5:00:13 AM

This is magnificent, Rakesh. Very moving! #1803148

Mary L. Graham 9/5/2005 5:08:57 AM

Beautiful shot Rakesh, Great composition and lighting!! =) #1803180

Melissa A. Mannon 9/5/2005 5:41:03 AM

Beautiful shot. There is so much to read into this. I love the glow of the paper, which help emphasize your title. #1803278

Rakesh Syal 9/5/2005 5:52:08 AM

Thank you so much dear friends for your encouraging comments! #1803326

Joy Rector 9/5/2005 5:58:13 AM

wonderful shot #1803350

Claudia Kuhn 9/5/2005 6:00:11 AM

Wow Rakesh, love the silhouetting and lighting! Very powerful image. #1803357

Marvin H. Gohlke Jr. 9/5/2005 6:16:28 AM

This is nothing short of fantastic!!! Your pictures invite me to study them. You combine such great lighting, composition, and framing, with such awesome subject matter. Your work really inspires me!!! #1803411

Jessica L. Richard 9/5/2005 6:24:18 AM

wow, this is an amazing shot! #1803437

Anderson D. Co 9/5/2005 6:31:24 AM

Very beautiful lighting captured and also the mood is very nice. #1803468

Brian Cassar 9/5/2005 6:53:25 AM

Wonderful work of art Rakesh. Outstanding lighting and perfect mood capture. Keep shooting this type of images rakesh. Well done again! #1803538

Barbara Helgason 9/5/2005 7:03:37 AM

Great lighting Rakesh, I love the way these people images tell a story. #1803566

Donna W. Neal 9/5/2005 7:57:11 AM

Strong composition and amazing camera work. #1803803

Karen Engelbreth 9/5/2005 8:00:12 AM

Another fantastic image, Rakesh - love it! #1803817

Laura Clay-Ballard 9/5/2005 8:11:58 AM

awesome image! #1803858

Kate Jackson 9/5/2005 8:30:36 AM

Oh my Gosh Rakesh!! What a story you are telling! Amazing light and feeling! #1803920

Shelly A. Van Camp 9/5/2005 9:47:25 AM

Super! Love the whole picture, story and lighting~ :) #1804214

Janet Williams 9/5/2005 11:27:30 AM

This is just breathtaking Rakesh! I don't know how you do it. Can't finds words to do this justice - it is just amazing in every way! #1804454

Ermanno Radice 9/5/2005 12:31:29 PM

Wonderful atmosphere, fabulous image, excellent composition, Rakesh! #1804577

Laurence Saliba 9/5/2005 12:58:41 PM

This is another great candid with a story Rakesh!!! #1804625

Opal Cross 9/5/2005 1:38:17 PM

I love the way you bring these people into your photo, instead of them bringing the photo, if you know what I mean. What a capture. #1804730

Pamela Shane 9/6/2005 5:33:16 AM

Love the mood, & lighting in this shot Rakesh! #1806126

Amanda Price 9/6/2005 7:14:24 AM

Wonderful story-telling shot! #1806446

Rakesh Syal 9/6/2005 9:11:06 AM

Thank you very much friends, For your kind remarks! #1806647

Jill M. Flusemann 9/6/2005 11:37:20 AM

Your photos are so provacative and meaningful! Another well-done job of telling us your story! #1807084

Terry L. Ellis 9/6/2005 11:44:57 AM

Very striking story-telling image, Rakesh! Gorgeous light! #1807116

Gail Vitikacs 9/6/2005 7:27:30 PM

You are a brillant "story teller" Rakesh! I look foward to your new entries daily! #1808528

Rakesh Syal 9/6/2005 9:01:29 PM

Jill, Terry and Gail, thanks for your kind response! #1808655

Marcie A. Fowler 9/7/2005 6:09:01 AM

Very dramatic and thought provoking image! So well done!! #1809712

Marcie A. Fowler 9/7/2005 6:09:42 AM

Very dramatic and thought provoking image! So well done!! #1809718

Susana Ms Heide 9/7/2005 8:43:37 AM

Another COMPELLING masterpiece Rakesh!! #1810377

Rakesh Syal 9/7/2005 9:01:07 AM

Thnks Marcie, Susana, I appriciate! #1810457

Marla A. Lehr 9/7/2005 10:39:23 AM

Dramatic and museum quality. #1810756

Claudette Foote 9/7/2005 10:39:35 AM


Judy S. Fung 9/7/2005 11:13:11 AM

Wonderful lighting and capture, Rakesh! #1810864

Rakesh Syal 9/7/2005 11:49:01 AM

Marla, Claudtte, Judy I appriciate your comments!!! #1810973

Dorann Weber 9/7/2005 1:43:42 PM

Wonderful photo, I am lost for word's.I am amazed at you talent and in awe of all you photo's..You are a great motivator and inspiration.. #1811225

Rachel Rocket 9/7/2005 3:09:56 PM


The lighting is perfect. This one really draws you into the scene. The man wearing the darker clothing has the bearing of a professor and the postures of the two bring to mind a deep interesting conversation. The man in the red coat looks as if he wants to be part of it, but is outside of it. Very creative use of the smoke to further seperate the two "worlds".

Rachel #1811433

Ken Grooms 9/7/2005 6:45:24 PM

You are Steve McCurry! #1811970

Anne D. Eigen 9/7/2005 6:51:40 PM

Amazing lighting and positioning of the three people, Rakesh! An image that provides abundant food for thought! #1811987

Susan T. Evans 9/7/2005 9:28:36 PM

Outstanding capture Rakesh, it reminds me of a Norman Rockwell. I love the lighting!!! well thought out and I love the title!!! #1812343

Jim Kinnunen 9/7/2005 9:58:16 PM

Wow, what a story here!!! Excellent image, Rakesh!!! #1812431

Diana R. Lemieux 9/9/2005 8:47:11 AM

Amazing mood and light. Really excellent work! #1818332

Dan McConoughey 9/9/2005 4:58:40 PM

Rakesh, I look at your images and learn more about the craft and art of photography with each new image you post. Thank you!!! I really like the train car in the shadows it's another point for the mind to ponder, who among the three has arrived and who is leaving. Did this conversation start on the train or here where the men are?
And so many other questions like these.
Your capture of the light is superb.
Sir you are truly a master. #1819469

Jill Flynn 9/9/2005 7:14:52 PM

Your work blows me away Rakesh. The lighting is incredible! #1819773

Katherine K 9/9/2005 9:02:54 PM

Stunning, magnificent and amazing!!! As always-- I agree with all the compliments and remarks and THEN SOME! Let's all get together and you lead a class okay??? #1819998

Rakesh Syal 9/11/2005 9:19:14 AM

Thanks Dorann, Rachel, Ken, Ann, Susan, Jim, Diana, Dan, Jill and Kathrine for wonderful comments!!! #1824397

Lori Carlson 9/12/2005 6:49:43 PM

This makes me feel as if I am watching a movie! What presence and feel this has Rakesh! Very impactful!! I too just love your work! :0) #1829948

S P Mukherji 9/13/2005 11:31:47 AM

One of the most dramatic lighting I have seen. The mood, the story and everything else in the photograph are so strong and compelling. A winner all the way! #1832735

Rakesh Syal 9/13/2005 12:34:50 PM

Thanks Lori and Mukherji! I appriciate! #1833003

Photographer 9/14/2005 12:09:58 AM

Great job Rakesh ! Wonderful lighting, love it! #1834663

Cathy M. Gromball 9/15/2005 9:39:11 AM

Excellent capture, Rakesh!

Cathy :) #1840804

Rakesh Syal 9/15/2005 1:22:01 PM

Thanks Reine, Cathy, love your comments! #1841735

Photographer 10/21/2005 1:30:15 AM

Congratulations on this well deserving finalist Rakesh ! #1975408

Evy Johansen 10/21/2005 1:52:47 AM

Many congratulations on your well deserved Finalist, Rakesh! #1975454

Marla A. Lehr 10/21/2005 2:58:21 AM

Congratulations, Rakesh on such a fine and deserving image. #1975562

Hendrik Storme 10/21/2005 3:27:01 AM

Congratulations,Rakesh! #1975658

Pamela Shane 10/21/2005 6:19:30 AM

A big congratulations on this finalist Rakesh!! #1976572

Debbie Hartley 10/21/2005 6:35:33 AM

Congratulations Rakesh! Well Done!! #1976661

Kirsi Bertolini 10/21/2005 6:48:29 AM

Another winner for you! Congrats! #1976762

Barbara Helgason 10/21/2005 7:45:05 AM

Congratulations Rakesh! #1977304

Wendy Stevenson 10/21/2005 8:12:31 AM

Excellent artistry in this evocative image!!!! I love it!! #1977565

Carla Metzler 10/21/2005 8:13:34 AM

Congratulations, Rakesh! #1977574

Chris Macer 10/21/2005 8:16:29 AM

Another wonderful finalist, Rakesh! #1977593

Gail Vitikacs 10/21/2005 8:43:45 AM

Bravo and CONGRATULATIONS! #1977809

Cathy M. Gromball 10/21/2005 9:16:54 AM

Congratulations, Rakesh!

Cathy :) #1977978

Sylvia Rossler 10/21/2005 9:37:55 AM

Congrats on your finalist Rakesh :O) #1978087

Dominique Declerck 10/21/2005 10:20:54 AM

Great!! congratulations, Rakesh!!! #1978337

Rakesh Syal 10/21/2005 10:44:39 AM

Thank you all very much friends for so much and so big support! Love you! #1978461

Sergio La Spina 10/21/2005 12:26:37 PM

Congratulations for your fantastic photo finalist!!!! #1978943

Ermanno Radice 10/21/2005 12:50:42 PM

Congratulations on this well deserving finalist Rakesh ! #1979119

Deborah Sandidge 10/21/2005 12:53:51 PM

Dramatic capture, Rakesh, congratulations on your outstanding finalists!! #1979143

Terrill Province 10/21/2005 12:58:14 PM

Wonderful image, Rakesh! So moving.


Janet Williams 10/21/2005 1:10:34 PM

FANTASTIC NEWS! I always loved this one Rakesh - it is just overwhelmingly and breathtakingly stunning. So glad you got it a finalist and I hope to see it again real soon. Well done! #1979301

Terry L. Ellis 10/21/2005 1:42:59 PM

Congratulations, Rakesh, on this wonderful finalist! #1979542

Judy S. Fung 10/21/2005 2:28:39 PM

Congrats, Rakesh! #1979788

Karen Diaz 10/21/2005 2:49:34 PM

Big Congrats my friend, This is one of my faves from you ever!!! Good luck in the next round! #1979963

Stephen Zacker 10/21/2005 3:15:08 PM

Wow.. powerful image. Congratulations #1980117

Susan T. Evans 10/21/2005 3:36:06 PM

Congrats Rakesh, not surprised to see this, such a fantastic image! #1980225

Donna W. Neal 10/21/2005 3:56:50 PM

So glad to see this one again Rakesh.
Congratulations!! #1980369

Elisabeth A. Gay 10/21/2005 4:20:40 PM

congratulations again Rakesh!
Ann #1980512

Melissa A. Mannon 10/21/2005 5:40:28 PM

I"m so glad to see this one made it. congratulation Rakesh. #1980944

Marsha S. Smith 10/21/2005 6:32:20 PM

Amazing image, Rakesh! Congratulations again! #1981280

Navin Talwar 10/21/2005 7:41:11 PM

You deserved it. #1981662

Susana Ms Heide 10/21/2005 8:35:15 PM

The back lighting on this is STUNNING!! And so is the rest of this image!! Another masterpiece from Rakesh!! Congrats and good luck #1981846

Lori Carlson 10/21/2005 10:04:38 PM

Congratulations Rakesh!! :0) #1981984

Jim Kinnunen 10/22/2005 12:47:44 AM

Absolutely subperb image and finalist, Rakesh!!!:) #1982416

Leanne M.E. Boyd 10/22/2005 4:18:22 AM

Congratulations on both your finalists, Rakesh! Good luck on the next round! #1982730

Debra Booth 10/22/2005 6:41:58 AM

Congratulations on your September finalists, Rakesh!! #1983324

Gena A. Tussey 10/22/2005 7:05:39 AM

wonderful ambience and lighting, and what a great statement! Congrats and I KNOW I will see this in the winners circle! #1983427

Jill Flynn 10/22/2005 7:39:41 AM

Congratulations on this OUTSTANDING finalist Rakesh! #1983578

Souha Dooly 10/22/2005 9:00:26 AM

Congratulations,Rakesh!!wonderful shot!! #1984011

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 10/22/2005 12:24:45 PM

Interesting human study with good composition and dramatic light. #1984671

Goshka G. 10/22/2005 12:29:43 PM

Congrats on both your terrific finalists, Rakesh!!! #1984691

Donna J. Taff 10/22/2005 1:38:04 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist win, Rakesh!!! #1984947

Daniel Diaz 10/22/2005 2:21:31 PM

Same as my wife above Rakesh, this one's BRILLIANT, classic shot!!!! #1985062

Danilo Piccioni 10/22/2005 2:32:12 PM

Rakesh dear friend! I just don't have a clue, how in the world I missed this masterpiece?
Congratulations! #1985109

Jill Odice 10/22/2005 3:57:57 PM

I'm with Danilo, I don't remember seeing this and really love it and the message it brings with it. Congrats Rakesh on your well deserved finalists:-) #1985352

Rachel Rocket 10/22/2005 10:21:42 PM


Congrats on the finalist! This one still draws me in, and I wish you the best of luck in the contest.

Rachel #1986481

Stanley J. Contrades 10/22/2005 11:09:14 PM

Excellent, Rakesh, and CONGRATULATIONS!! Good luck to you in the next round with all of your Finalists!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1986528

Jill M. Flusemann 10/23/2005 7:24:08 AM

So deserving of a finalist! Good luck in the next round! #1987571

Barbara Helgason 10/23/2005 10:46:51 AM

A very big CONGRATULATIONS on this very well deserved WINNER Rakesh!!! #1988275

Susan T. Evans 10/23/2005 11:22:30 AM


Karen Engelbreth 10/23/2005 11:35:27 AM

Congrats on your second place win, Rakesh! #1988489

Dorann Weber 10/23/2005 11:40:27 AM

Congratulations on your win Rakesh.. This is an amazing photo! #1988505

Terry L. Ellis 10/23/2005 11:50:52 AM

Rakesh...CONGRATULATIONS on this marvelous second place win!!! #1988551

Pamela Shane 10/23/2005 11:56:03 AM

BIG CONGRATULATIONS on this well deserved 2nd place win Rakesh!! #1988589

Jenny Bosmans 10/23/2005 12:02:15 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful second place Winner, Rakesh!! Super!! :) #1988637

Hendrik Storme 10/23/2005 12:08:01 PM

Congratulations on your winner!!!
Well deserved!
I'm also a second in the same categorie ;o) #1988658

Cathy Stancil 10/23/2005 12:10:04 PM

Congratulations Rakesh !!! Bravo !!! #1988669

Ermanno Radice 10/23/2005 12:11:55 PM

Many congratulations on your well deserved second place win, Rakesh!! #1988680

Julie Gamicchia 10/23/2005 12:13:32 PM

Congratulations Rakesh! #1988694

Paul E. Earl 10/23/2005 12:30:37 PM

This was one of my favourites! Congratulations on a well deserved win!! #1988806

Nicole Kessel 10/23/2005 12:38:39 PM

Excellent job, Rakesh! Congrats!! #1988846

KHAWLA Haddad 10/23/2005 1:22:37 PM

CONGRATULATIONS On wonderful second place Winner!!!! #1989010

Marla A. Lehr 10/23/2005 1:28:47 PM

This is such a wonderful interpretation of the theme and worthy of the recognition it has recieved. Hearty congratulations. #1989045

Sylvia Rossler 10/23/2005 1:35:55 PM

Congratulations Rakesh !!!!
a beautiful second place winner !!!! #1989081

Daniel Diaz 10/23/2005 1:37:14 PM

Big congrats on your win Rakesh, I LOVE THIS IMAGE!!! #1989089

Candice C. Calhoun 10/23/2005 1:53:13 PM


ccc #1989157

Leanne M.E. Boyd 10/23/2005 2:01:35 PM

Congratulations, Rakesh! #1989185

Jill M. Flusemann 10/23/2005 2:44:02 PM

Congratulations, Rakesh!!! #1989261

Jill Flynn 10/23/2005 3:22:53 PM

Congratulations on your win Rakesh! Way to go!!!!!!!!!! #1989386

Debbie Hartley 10/23/2005 4:00:41 PM

Congratulations Rakesh!!! Awesome! #1989515

Laura E. OConnor 10/23/2005 4:02:58 PM

WONDERFUL IMAGE! Powerful message! CONGRATS RAKESH!! #1989527

Stanley J. Contrades 10/23/2005 4:04:55 PM

Well done, Rakesh and CONGRATULATIONS on your Second Place win!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1989535

Claudia Kuhn 10/23/2005 4:08:23 PM

Big congrats on your win Rakesh!!! #1989542

Bonnie C. Lackey 10/23/2005 4:12:55 PM

I'm so pleased this won, Rakesh. It is like watching a play with bated breath. Congratulations... #1989554

Susana Ms Heide 10/23/2005 5:40:58 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Rakesh on this winning image!!! So glad to see it get some gold!!! #1989770

Dan McConoughey 10/23/2005 5:46:32 PM

Rakesh, Congrats on your win. I can't don't understand the 2nd place though. This is first place material. #1989788

Mary Timman 10/23/2005 6:01:15 PM

Great image. Congratulations. #1989821

Peter Mantione 10/23/2005 6:48:04 PM

Rakesh, I am so happy for your win and your beautiful Image.

Best Wishes, My Friend!!!!

Peter Mantione #1989908

Evy Johansen 10/23/2005 8:01:27 PM

Big congratulations on your well deserved win, Rakesh!! #1990284

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 10/24/2005 4:26:36 AM

Congratulations on your win Rakesh!!! #1991338

Kim Helmick 10/24/2005 5:31:13 AM

Congratulations on a well deserved win Rakesh!! #1991618

Shiva 10/24/2005 5:38:34 AM

Congratulations Rakesh.. It was an excellent photo. #1991660

Danilo Piccioni 10/24/2005 6:20:13 AM

Just what I thought!!!!!
Congratulations Rakesh!!!!!! #1991841

Judy S. Fung 10/24/2005 10:11:17 AM

Congrats on your win, Rakesh! #1992852

Dr Silly 10/24/2005 10:57:19 AM

Congratulations on your gold Rakesh. :o)

Sandy Landon 10/24/2005 11:05:23 AM

Wonderful!!! Congrats!!! #1993166

Deborah Sandidge 10/24/2005 11:16:07 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding win, Rakesh!! #1993240

Laurence Saliba 10/24/2005 12:58:39 PM

Congratulations Rakesh!!!!!!!!! A beauty!!!! #1993638

Marsha S. Smith 10/24/2005 4:53:40 PM

Congratulations, Rakesh! This one is so DEEP! And so wonderful! #1994616

William C. Raco 10/24/2005 4:54:53 PM

Wonderful photo, Rakesh!

bill #1994627

Cathy M. Gromball 10/24/2005 5:04:07 PM

Congratulations, Rakesh!

Cathy :) #1994704

Rakesh Syal 10/25/2005 3:16:58 AM

Thank you friends for your good wishes and your big support! #1995704

Donna W. Neal 10/25/2005 7:08:14 AM

Congratulations on this well deserved winner Rakesh #1996647

bob cornelison 10/25/2005 9:41:50 AM

I appreciate all your support on my shots and now I get to congratulate you on a win!!
Well deserved on this very dramatic shot!
~:O) #1997166

Lori S. Aschbrenner 10/25/2005 9:53:27 AM

CONGRATULATIONS, Rakesh!! What a great story-telling image. #1997214

Rakesh Syal 10/25/2005 1:22:43 PM

Thank you, Donna, Bob and Lori! #1997850

Lori Carlson 10/25/2005 7:54:07 PM

You rock Rakesh!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :0) #1998903

S P Mukherji 10/27/2005 6:21:17 AM

I am very glad that this picture has won the second place Rakeshji! Congrats! #2003593

Claudette Foote 10/27/2005 8:53:24 AM

Your gallery is magnifecient as always..CONGRATULATIONS!!!
So sorry not around as much ( long story) but you know how much I love your images. I don't have a ps program anymore... problem with cp... so I will just be looking for a while... have a great day Rakeshji #2004183

Cora Miller 10/28/2005 7:36:36 PM

Mystery, intrigue, and dramatic lighting a sure fire winning combination! Congratulations on this most deserving win, Rakesh! #2009943

Bill Houghton 11/25/2005 7:44:32 AM

This is a beautiful image Rakesh. Great shot. #2119086

Mary K. Robison 11/28/2005 7:30:49 PM

There's a 3-D feeling to this stunning composition, Rakesh. I join with everyone else in saying your gift with lighting is marvelous ~ it's as if you can see their auras...
CONGRATULATIONS! A truly splendid winner. #2132566

Pat Gamwell 12/1/2005 10:05:10 PM

I missed this one the first time...wasn't a member yet. CONGRATULATIONS...the judges certainly know a winner when they see one! The only problem is...everyone of your pics is a winner! #2143905

Rakesh Syal 1/23/2006 9:18:09 AM

Lori, Mukherji, Claudette, Cora, Bill, Mary and Pat, thanks a million for such wonderful words! #2326340

Jimmy Bhogal 2/24/2006 6:38:49 AM

Perfect entry for this theme! Way to go on your win! #2461417

Rakesh Syal 6/16/2006 3:53:03 PM

Thank you Jimmy and Pat for your incredible words! #2905460

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