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Sailing down the Ganges at Varanasi I spotted these men walking towards the burning ghat - I think they must have been on their way to attend a cremation ceremony due to their clothing as, for Hindus, the traditional color of mourning is white.

I followed their progress along the ghat and took the shot when they passed below the sari blowing in the wind.

The shot was taken in bright, harsh afternoon sunlight and I applied some selective levels adjustment to the white clothing to reduce the glaring, burnt out look.

Thanks for looking and any advice on how I could improve the shot would be appreciated.

Thanks

Elaine Grin

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:11 Feb 2013 - 9:00 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Walking on the Ghats
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:20 Apr 2013 - 6:16 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom952 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2013 - 6:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Best composition so far from your travels, I love this! Timing plus very precise observation. You've used those two steps at the bottom as a very solid, stable baseline, and I sense that you have composed for the washing hanging out to dry as much as for the figures. That white M&S shirt is so wonderful, against the richly coloured fabrics.
You've caught an almost cinematic moment (I'm actually seeing conspiratorial senators following after Julius Caesar, their knives hidden in the folds of the robes... )
You've also judged the saturation adjustment just right.
I'm going to do a quick Mod, simply to flip horizontally- because I think the mood of the image will change. The Mod is to demonstrate why this rather downbeat, reflective direction works so well!
By the way, I seem to remember seeing that you have had health problems since your return, I hope that you are well.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 20 Apr 2013 - 6:53 PM

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NDODS e2 Member 32810 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2013 - 7:14 PM

A very well observed and captured image, for me the composition is wonderfully balanced with both charm and interest in abundance. The mood certainly changes with Moira's modification and I feel makes the image more appealing.

I too have uploaded a mod and I have also carried out a flip, furthermore I have used a graduated filter to add a little warmth to the image, this in turn has also lifted the whites slightly.

I hope that you approve

Regards Nathan Grin

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
21 Apr 2013 - 9:20 AM

Hi Moira,

Thanks for your great and very informative critique. I feel really pleased when one of my shots sparks someone's imagination. It's amazing how just flipping an image horizontally can dramatically change the mood - it's a small change with a big effect....................thanks for that great tip - it's a good one to know for the future.

Thanks for your good wishes. My recovery is very slow and I'm spending most of my time in bed at the moment - for someone who usually rushes through life at breakneck speed, it's driving me nuts!! Thank goodness for Ephotozine though Grin

Cheers

Elaine SmileSmile

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
21 Apr 2013 - 9:25 AM

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for your ideas and uploading your mod.

I think that the shot could benefit from warming it up a tad.

I love how flipping the image changes the mood so much.

Thanks again and take care Nathan.

Cheers

Elaine SmileSmile

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2013 - 10:31 AM

I like this too. A well timed capture.
I done a mod which may not show an improvement just an alternative approach.
Crop to 16x9 format which does two things, removes the white shirt and concentrates eye on men a little more.
Slight tweak in levels and sharpening.
regards
Ian

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
21 Apr 2013 - 6:51 PM

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the mods - the crop is definitely another option to consider. I like your second mod, the brighter one.

I can see where you're coming from re: focusing the attention more on the men.

Great advice Ian.

Cheers

Elaine SmileSmile

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