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Covering Up

By WeeGeordieLass
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

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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JacopoR 2 1 Italy
18 Apr 2013 1:53PM
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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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 2:17PM
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
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
18 Apr 2013 4:40PM
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
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
18 Apr 2013 4:53PM
Ive also uploaded a very different mod, making the blowing sand more obvious.


W
18 Apr 2013 10:41PM
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
18 Apr 2013 10:43PM
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
18 Apr 2013 11:01PM
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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