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Queues of people waited to be blessed by the ash covered Nagas at the Kumbh Mela. It was fascinating to witness these intimate moments.

I wanted to concentrate attention on the Naga and his devotee so have cropped and cloned.

I've uploaded the original before any processing was carried out, and would appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking

Elaine Grin

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 - 7:28 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Priests Blessing
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:3 Jun 2013 - 9:35 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 3:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Elaine.

Youve done what you set out to do, and focused only on the interaction between the two men.

For me, compared to the original shot, the mod is too bright, and excludes too much of the environment. The colour is a little bleached, and Im sure there some sort of significance to the green birds.

You can see a neighbour Naga on the left plying his trade, - why not leave it in, and more of the atmosphere to convey the scene more fully, than simply the rubbing on of the ash? The light through the orange/yellow canvas imparts a nice warm tone too thats best left I think.


Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.


A nice shot with good timing.

regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2013 - 6:55 AM

A good effort but the final colour is a little pastel again. It's a slight lack of contrast that causes this giving a drop in colour intensity.


Paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
5 Jun 2013 - 11:50 AM

Hi Willie and Paul,

Thanks for your advice. I agree Willie that your mod tells more of the story, which will be more interesting to the viewer.

I'll add a touch more interest Paul, thanks for the advice.

Cheers for your help both GrinGrin

Elaine

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