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Daily Chores

By WeeGeordieLass
The bright orange sari popped out against the grey Varanasi ghat steps and caught my eye as we sailed past.

I managed to isolate this young lady with my lens from the other women doing their daily chores, washing their clothes and pots and pans in the Ganges.

I'd appreciate your opinions on my processing and have uploaded the original before any processing was carried out.

Thank you as ever for looking.

Elaine Grin

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 5:48PM
Willie's Mod has darkened this a little, which gives her a more substantial feel. But I rather like your processing, it conveys the light. Unusual composition, and enterprising use of portrait which is something that I appreciate. I think I'd have gone for greater depth to the reflection, rather than height for the wall, but I'm a sucker for reflections. I see that you have extended the reflection downwards already. Wink I'd also place further to the left and allow more space for her washing. But from your comment about isolating her I suspect that there were impediments to both those suggestions!

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
8 Jun 2013 5:57PM
I think the processing is overdone.

When i look at the original, i see a woman lit from behind and above. The Sun has her face in shade. She is engaged in washing clothing.

So the environment for me is evening or morning, with warm light, and natural darkness in shaded, dark skin. So Im less inclined to lift the face shadow, - I did just a little, but not a lot. Its not a portrait were after here, its all about the setting and the daily chores. I would not remove any of the washing, even the one at the side of her head. I dont know if its hers, but is very clear what it is, and is not an extension of her head. So while in other mods youve preserved the atmosphere and mood, I think less processing is the way to go.

Mod loaded as an example.


Hi Moira and Willie,

Thanks both for your honest and helpful critique.

I need to think again about this one...............I like my processing but think you both have some valid points that I need to consider for my final version.

Thanks for the mod Willie, it shows me an alternative to what I've done, and has given me food for thought.

I also like your idea Moira of a deeper reflection.

I'm off to try some different versions of this shot............Smile

Thanks for your time both.

Elaine Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 6:35PM
Elaine, one further point - if you try again adding more canvas space at the bottom and cloning in reflections, be careful not to create a regular pattern. There's no need to add further depth to the blue reflection, that's of a small item, and the orange reflections would need to dance around irregularly, and echo the outline of the woman above, not carry on straight down. It's tricky to achieve!
Thanks Moira, I'll bear that in mind. I've got another version with more space on the right hand side so am trying again with that one Grin
Hi Both,

I've had another bash taking bits of advice from each of your crits. (I chickened out of trying a deeper reflection - started it then quickly realised I was making a hash of it!:Sad).

Have loaded my revised version as V3 in Versions.


Elaine Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 9:41PM
V3 works for me. The balance is right. What I'm noticing for the first time really is that leg trailing in the water.
And you've added on a bit at the bottom very neatly... Wink
Thanks Moira. I'm glad you like V3 Grin

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