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Two ladies on their way to the Sacred Sangam (the place where the three rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical underground river Saraswati meet) to bathe and wash away their sins and to be freed from the cycle of rebirth.

Another of my shots from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in February. The ground was so dry and dust was swirling everywhere many people covered up when it got too bad.

Similar to my other shots from that day - bright harsh sunlight. Again, I've held back on the saturation slider.

Would appreciate any comments or suggestions.

Thanks
Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Feb 2013 - 10:17 AM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Covering Up
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:18 Apr 2013 - 11:22 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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JacopoR
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18 Apr 2013 - 1:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think that the composition is great! but I'd increase a bit the saturation or the contrast at the bottom...because the faces have a good saturation and contrast. To give more depth and expressiveness maybe is also a good idea to use a low pass filter.

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18 Apr 2013 - 2:17 PM

Just uploaded a mod, nothing major, I had a little tweak with the colour saturation in the ladies garb, I hope you approve.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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banehawi Critique Team 10876 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2876 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2013 - 4:40 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It would be hard to do better in such difficult conditions. The eyes of the woman on the right are mesmerizing.

Your description of the conditions are very helpful in assessing the shot. The contrast is light, and its likely that the blowing sand caused this, - nothing you can really do at the time, but you can in post processing. Addressing low contrast, which has a lot to do with ensuring that black is actually = black helps, and it also has another side effect, - it saturates colours!. So well done on not using the colour saturation adjustment, - it sorts itself out using the contrast adjustments.


You can of course leave it as is, simply as a record shot of two women in a sandstorm, and it works well.


To bring out the eyes and expression of the woman on the right, contrast, and enhancing the existing catchlights by lightening just a little works.


Its in the mod, - please view it large, as it appears over-saturated and too contrasty in the small version, and looks as intended in the large.


Well done, another fine image in very challenging conditions.



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 18 Apr 2013 - 4:40 PM

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18 Apr 2013 - 4:53 PM

Ive also uploaded a very different mod, making the blowing sand more obvious.


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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2341 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Apr 2013 - 10:41 PM

Hi Jacopo,

Thanks very much for taking the time to offer your advice. I like your mod very much. I haven't used the low pass filter before but I'll definitely have a try to use it and see what it can do.

I'm glad you like the composition - this was a quick grab shot so I'm pleased it worked well.

Thanks for your advice - it's much appreciated and has helped me a lot.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2341 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Apr 2013 - 10:43 PM

Hi Nathan,

Your mod is great and shows how I could tweak the saturation up just a smidgeon. I'm never sure how far to go with that particular slider, so seeing mods like yours really helps.

I hope you're keeping well - thanks for taking the time to help me.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2341 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Apr 2013 - 11:01 PM

Hi Willie,

The adjustments you've made to the eyes of both ladies in the first mod are great - especially the lady on the right. I think what you've done improves the shot one heck of a lot. I'll replicate (well, try to replicate), what you've done for my final image - love it.

The second mod is so clever, and reminds me exactly of what it was like at times on that day.

Thanks for your great, helpful and valuable critique.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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