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Fishing on the Ganges

By WeeGeordieLass
I took this shot as the sun was going down on the Ganges. I think this fisherman has such a lovely face.

The light was gorgeous and I hope my processing has not made the scene too harsh and spoiled the quality of the light.

I managed to reduced the ISO for this shot to 400 and hope it's sharp enough.

Thanks for looking - your ideas and comments would be appreciated.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
3 Mar 2013 9:30PM
Hi Elaine.
I rather like this but I think there's a red/magenta cast to it and (almost uniquely for me) I'm going to recommend cropping it to a third(ish.)
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've tweaked the colour, cropped and smart sharpened it slightly.
All done with CS6.
Hope this helps.


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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 9:56PM
Nice candid. Warm lighting and obviously low, looking at your EXIF. Sharp enough at this size. You do need a crop to take him to the left to balance the composition. Cropping and composition will always be an issue. It's what looks right to the eye of that particular viewer. Another line is to record and keep exactly what the camera sees, pure record or creation?

3 Mar 2013 10:48PM
Great eye-contact, natural tones and use of dof to isolate your subject yet retain clarity where needed. In terms of composition I finfd the fisherman a bit too central in the frame without the left hand third contributing anything to the image. Perhaps you could consider a square crop from the rhs. This would place his face roughly on the top lh third intersection and gives the composition a bit more balance imho.
Excellent capture.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 11:12PM
An image which drew me in to look.
Great character to capture and Jestertheclown has done a great modification.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3528 Canada
4 Mar 2013 4:52AM
Another nice shot with that gorgeous light.

You didnt over do this at all, youve retained that nice light very well. You ask is it sharp enough, and thats a question that needs a little exploration. If you mean is it sharp enough here on the site, I would say just about, but it can be sharpened a little more; if you mean the original shot, - only you can tell.

To me, it looks like your shutter speed was a little too slow for the shot at 1/320, whereas 1/500 would be better insurance for reducing loss of sharpness to due to any movement blur. But, I think youve got away with it, and it responds nicely to sharpening.

Cropping from the left works as it moves the man closer to a third, and as far as exposure is concerned, it just a touch underexposed, so the mod will appear brighter, and a little sharper. I used noise reduction to both reduce noise and sharpen. A square crop would also work. The mod is a 10 X 8.


iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 9:47AM
Another great Ganges image. In my view this is the best so far. Like the woman this shows life in/on the Great River which is probably what your trip was about.
I go with all the comments and advice above. I see where Bren coming from. His mod make the fisherman stand out more but maybe loses the golden light.
It's fine as you posted but I've done a mod too. I've flipped the image and sharpened. The western eye reads from left to right and tends to enter a photo at the left. My thoughts were that the boat would lead the eye to the main subject.
You are seeing a few variations of the processing of these photos. When you decide what you yourself like best it would be best to start again with each RAW image to get the very best end result.
Hi Everyone.

I've finally managed to find the time between my 12 hour working days (the ramification of taking a holiday and no-one picking up my work) to reply to your great comments. Sorry I couldn't reply sooner.

Bren - I'm liking the crop very much. The sharpening worked very well too. Thanks for taking the time to upload your mod, and your help.

Paul - Thanks for your critique - the lighting was lovely, and I'm glad I've managed to portray a little of how it actually was to be there.

Alun - Thanks for taking the time to comment and I like your advice about the crop and placing the fisherman's face on a third. I'll definitely crop the final image in that way.

IrishKate- I'm pleased you like the image Kate - thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.

Willie - Thanks for the mod Willie - it's great. I'm glad I haven't overdone the processing this time. That light was beautiful I didn't want to spoil the effect. Yes I think that I can sharpen the image a bit more for my final version. Your cropping suggestions are great and I'll experiment to achieve the look I like the best.

Ian - Thanks for your mod and great advice. I like the flipped image. Your advice about taking each of the RAW images I've processed so far and starting again bearing in mind advice I've been given in the CG is much appreciated and I'll take it on board.

Thanks again everyone the advice you are all giving me is great, and will help me to process my images to the best of my ability.



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