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We sailed two days down the River Ganges and camped on a large wide open sand bank. As the sun came up two of the tribesmen who traveled with us rowing our boats, putting up our tents and cooking delicious food for us, rose early to light the campfire.

With this shot I wanted to show the gorgeous morning Ganga light that I'll never forget. I also wanted to try and create an atmospheric image.

I've struggled with the processing and this is my third attempt. I've tried to be careful with the color saturation having made mistakes with earlier images that I've uploaded.

Thanks for looking - any advice would be appreciated.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Feb 2013 - 2:36 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Morning on The Ganges
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:17 Mar 2013 - 9:00 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 9:30 PM

This really is a quite extraordinary image, almost ghostly. The intense gaze on the left, the shrouded face on the right. (I use the word shrouded deliberately.) The filter of smoke, the limited palette of just grey shadows and apricot light.
There are a number of dust bunnies/blobs/whatevers in the sky top right. Get rid of them and you have an absolute gem!
I should have added on your last one - you're interested in the world, you love people. That matters.
Moira

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 10:03 PM

This is a wonderful image and very well processed. I agree with Moira about the dust bunnies etc, but an outstanding image! GrinGrinGrin

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 10:03 PM

Elaine I love this shot, it would be so easy to over saturate the colours and lose the ghostly qualities mentioned by Moira above. I can almost feel the chill in the air which will soon give way to the heat of the day. Clean up the dust bunnies and you have an excellent snap-shot of Ganges life.

Was this a once in a lifetime trip or are you a seasoned world traveller?

Erik Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:39 AM

This is very effective indeed. Lots of effect and feeling. Very well done. It just takes seconds to shift the blobs and you really should do that, but they must be huge on your sensor as they should hardly show at f5.6. Try shooting a white wall at f22 and look closely at the image, you may get a nasty shock! You are very careful changing lenses I hope, as the situations you are showing us will be laden'd with dust. I never have a lens off the body more than a second - literally.

Paul

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Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:53 AM

Lovely morning light and feel to your photo, I do like the bloke sitting on the right he gives you that little bit of impact to your shot.
Have uploaded a Mod with the Dust spots cleaned, also the horizon straightened.
Mike.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2013 - 8:29 PM

Hi Moira,

Thanks for the great critique...........it makes all the time spent trying to present an image in the best possible way worthwhile.

I loved meeting the Indian people - it was the highlight of my trip.

I thought the dust bunnies were birds!!! but I've checked the original shot - definitely dust. Thanks for your advice....I'll clean the image up.

Thanks for taking the time to comment and help me Moira.

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2013 - 8:34 PM

Hi Alda,

Thanks for your support, I'm glad you like the shot and the processing - I got frustrated as I couldn't get the right feeling in the image.....I'm glad I persisted now.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2013 - 8:46 PM

Hi Erik,

Thanks for your encouragement........initially I did over saturate the image but it didn't look right and I had learned my lessons from earlier uploads in the CG and held back on the sliders a bit.

My trip to India was my one-off "Adventure of a Lifetime" (I think I've caught the bug now though and can't wait to go back). I wrote a blog about my experiences.....if you're interested here are the links to 3 of the pages which describe the sailing and camping days.........please don't expect too much from the photos in the blog - I uploaded them whilst in India straight from the camera without the benefit of photo processing software!

http://www.ageordieuptheganges.com/peace-perfect-peace/
http://www.ageordieuptheganges.com/camping/
http://www.ageordieuptheganges.com/sunrise-on-the-ganges/

Thanks for you help and taking the time to comment Grin

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2013 - 8:48 PM

Hi Paul,

It's great to know you like my shot. Thanks for the tip about checking for dust bunnies.....I was in some very, very dusty places in India and changed lenses regularly..........oh dear - goodness knows how bad the "dust bunnies" will be!

Cheers Paul

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2013 - 8:51 PM

Hi Mike,

Thanks for taking time to work on a mod for me and upload it. It does look better with the "dust bunnies" removed and straightened a little.

I'm glad you like the shot and getting nice critique like this is very encouraging for me.

Now.............I'm off to try and clean my sensor!!

Cheers

Elaine

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ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 10:27 PM

Elaine I had a look at your blog and you really need to load image 3 from peace-perfect-peace.

This image is absolutely wonderful and deserves to be praised.

Erik Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Mar 2013 - 6:37 PM

Hi Erik,

Thanks for taking the time to have a gander at my blog. I'm really pleased you like the shot of the boat sailing past that wierd tree. I'll work a little bit on it (don't think it needs much more that a crop, contrast adjustment etc), and upload it soon.

Thanks again for the encouragement Erik,

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 6:49 AM

I love this shot, it's incredibly atmospheric. It does need the dust spots taking out and a straightened horizon but that's easy enough.

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