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Rakher Upobash-2

By mmz_khan    
A boy is covering his face to scape from the smoke. When all the devotees light the lap all together it become little difficult to bear the smoke. But even then they do it every year.

Rakher Upobash is a Hindu religious festival. Itís also known as Kartik Brati. Devotees fast day and pray to God. They gather and sits with Prodip in front of Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram temple. They light the prodip (lamp) after sun set.

Lokenath Brahmachari was an 18th Century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. He is also called Baba Lokenath. It is said that He had in-depth knowledge of all major religion.

Shri Shri Lokanath Brahmachar Ashram temple is located at Barodi, †Near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Tags: Bangladesh Bengal Hindu Dhaka Portraits and people ashram baba lokenath barodi kartik brati lokenath brahmachari prodip

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Excellent! I think this is a wonderful photo the way it is. Perhaps just a very little cropped off the left and even less off the top would do more good than harm to it.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2015 2:58PM
Well done in very difficult conditions. It's an extraordinary image - face to face with a blank face. Intimate and anonymous at the same time - that's a combination that I like.

He may be suffering from the smoke but he seems very calm, dignified.

Your photo journalism takes me into a different world, things that I have never tried to photograph. I've uploaded a modification, I've just made a couple of small changes. I cropped a bit tighter, sides and top, keeping your original ratio. I wanted to concentrate on the boy and the background figures on the right, framed by lights.

Then I lightened very slightly and used the dodge and burn tools very discreetly on the boy, to give him a bit more physical presence, bring him forward. I think this conveys the light shimmering through the smoke a little bit better. But I wouldn't want to fiddle with this too much.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
21 Nov 2015 3:53PM
partly, this depends on the things Moira has talked about. That's the content.

And partly, it's the triangles in here - and the lights almost following the outline of the boy.

The receding lines of people behind and the lights give this a formal structure that is solid, definite. The unchanging nature of religious ceremonies...
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2015 5:21PM
Without knowing what this is about, by your informative narrative, the image lacks the impact that a face and eyes can give. On the contrary, it contains intrigue.
I feel that the boy can see through the material because he appears to be looking in your direction. If you have some material close to your eyes, it's possible to see through the threads. However, the viewer doesn't have the ability to see his face or expression.

From a journalistic point of view, it works well, and I like the way you have the people and lights behind him nicely blurred, but we still know that he is a part of the ceremony.

The smoke gives the scene a lack of contrast but, like mist or fog, that is the way it is, and it creates its own atmosphere. I might be inclined to make the boy a little clearer, though. That's all.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2015 7:32PM
As part of a set I can see it. As astand alone, whilst you have done well technically, I strugglewith the content. iIt needs at least the eyes to have amore general impact on viewers.

26 Nov 2015 4:33PM
Thanks all for your comments.

Thanks Moira for the mod.

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