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I took this shot of one of the friendly Sadhus at the Kumbh Mela festival in India. I raised my camera enquiringly and he smiled at me indicating that he wouldn't mind his photo taken.

Looking now at the exif, and learning from comments on my previous Inidan Adventure uploads I know that I could have reduced the ISO as I didn't need quite so high a shutter speed. I don't think the high ISO spoils the shot though.

I've kept the saturation down in the processing, when we visited the Kumbh Mela it was in the middle of the day and the sun was very bright and harsh.

I like the pose and the sideways glance of the eyes.

I'd like to know your opinions.

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 - 10:28 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sadhu
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:15 Apr 2013 - 3:37 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 4:10 PM

Nice Portrait - Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 4:35 PM

Thanks Bill, it's nice of you to take the time to comment.....I'm glad you like the shot.

ElaineGrin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2894 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 5:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its another good shot. The ISO does make a difference at this size, though the larger file may look better. The difference it makes is its visible in the background, and limits the ability to sharpen without enhancing the noise. But still good work.



The colour appears natural. I am drawn to the person behind on the right, - seeems to be a very large person! I did remove his head in the mod.

Also, used Noise Ninja to reduce noise and sharpen; cropped space from top and left for an A4 aspect ratio; brightened his eyes a little; increased contrast slightly. The noise reduction program did a decent job.



Good work,


regards


Willie

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 5:09 PM

I think Willie's comment say's it all really, the contrast difference in his modification makes all the difference IMHO and has given the image a lot more punch and clarity.

Ade

Last Modified By Ade_Osman at 15 Apr 2013 - 5:09 PM

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 5:26 PM

A lovely portrait & even better in Willie's Mod.
Ju

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7453 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 6:11 PM

It's good to see another upload from your travels, your processing has improved by leaps and bounds. The saturation is much better controlled here.
I rather like the blurred background figures, they add to his sense of inner calm amid the bustle of the world.
Moira

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rontodd
rontodd  5 Northern Ireland
15 Apr 2013 - 6:54 PM

i would crop just below the beads, keeping all of the beads in,below that is a distraction, the whole picture is the sadhu's face and turban
IMHO...very nice picture..............Ron

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 6:59 PM

Hi Willie,

Thanks very much for the mod..........I can see how noise reduction and more contrast have improved the image. You're becoming a really good surgeon on my images - last time you reconstructed some guys kneecap, now you're performing surgery to remove another guys head GrinGrin

Thanks for all your help.

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 7:02 PM

Hi Ade,

Thanks for your opinion - I agree with you and can see from Willie's mod how the additional contrast improves the image.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 7:05 PM

Hi Ju,

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your opinion - much appreciated. I'm glad you like the shot.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 7:12 PM

Hi Moira,

It's good to know that you think my processing is improving - it's all down to great advice learned in the Critique Gallery, so thanks to you and everyone who takes time to advise and help me.

I don't mind the background figures - the official estimate was that there were 10 million people at the Kumbh Mela on the day that we visited, so seeing a busy background reminds me of just what it was like to be there.

Thanks again

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 7:15 PM

Hi Ronnie,

Thanks for your suggestion about the crop.

I've just tried it in elements and............yes it does look good. Certainly something to consider for the final version of the image.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Apr 2013 - 10:34 PM

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the mod. The background looks better with the desaturation that you have applied and the eyes have more impact too.

Thanks for the great ideas for improvement.

Cheers

Elaine GrinGrin

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