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We visited Anand Bhawan in Allahabad the ancestral home of Mr Nehru the first Prime Minister of India which is now an interesting museum.

Whilst walking round the gardens I came upon this wonderful orderly colorful queue at the entrance door. After mingling amongst the millions of people at the Kumbh Mela and experiencing the chaos in New Delhi and everywhere else I'd been in India, this sight just seemed so unusual and out of place at the time! - I just had to get a shot of it.

I thought the diagonal line would make for good composition and I've cropped in closely for more impact.

I'd be grateful for any constructive critique.

Thanks

Elaine Smile

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Feb 2013 - 11:05 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Colorful Queue
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:22 Apr 2013 - 9:55 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 10:25 AM

A find set of rather distinguished and finely clothed ladies and gentlemen. The diagonal perspective allows you to capture as much of the scene as possible without being obtrusive.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Deep_Bhatia
22 Apr 2013 - 10:31 AM

Right you are.

Deep

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 10:34 AM

So many different ways of expressing polite impatience... This is excellent travelogue, the human face of the country. I like your diagonal, and the tight crop - except that I'd like to see the bottom of that gentleman's walking stick. That's a minor quibble though.
The light was quite gentle and subdued here, I think they did at least have the benefit of queueing in the shade! It's given very harmonious colours - I think you've reduced saturation a bit here and it's worked well.
Moira

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Apr 2013 - 10:37 AM

Hi Nathan,

They were very friendly too and a number of them wanted to have their photo taken with me afterward.

Thanks for your nice comments.

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Apr 2013 - 10:54 AM

Hi Deep,

We went straight to Anand Bhawan from the Kumbh Mela on the same day, so you can imagine the contrast between the scenes of the two places.

Visiting India was one of the best experiences of my life, and witnessing the many facets of Indian life is something I'll never forget - I loved it.

Thanks

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Apr 2013 - 11:12 AM

Hi Moira,

Thanks for your critique. In the final version I'll alter the crop to show the bottom of the walking stick. I agree, it doesn't look right being chopped off like that.

Yes, I was careful with the saturation - with so many bright colors it's easy to go over the top - I'm glad you feel I've got it about right.

Thanks for all of your help Moira.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 6:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice shot. Youre doing well to control that saturation urge!


The one comment I have is about white balance. This has a slight blue/magenta tone, and as the day was clearly very sunny, with shade where the people are standing, white balance should be quite warm.

You can use curves or levels to synch the white balance. with either use the white dropper, and click on a area you know is neutral, either white or grey; if white, use a slightly shaded part of the white area. This corrects white balance in most cases. And you see an immediate improvement in colours, without touching saturation!


Thanst the mod Ive uploaded. Mod2 is a reflection just for fun.



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 22 Apr 2013 - 6:02 PM

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
23 Apr 2013 - 8:49 AM

Hi Willie,

Great mods - love the reflection............it did make me laugh Grin

I've adjusted the white balance on my original now and it looks a lot better. There was something about the color that was niggling me before I uploaded, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
I'm useless at spotting color casts.

Thanks for your valuable guidance. I read you had surpassed 2k constructive critique comments - congratulations Grin

Cheers

Elaine Smile

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
26 Apr 2013 - 9:05 AM

Hi Stu,

Thanks for the mod - love the color and tones.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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