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Yawning in the Awning

By WeeGeordieLass    
This was taken at the Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad. On the day we were there, estimates were that 10 million people had attended. I'd never seen so many people in one place in my life. Over the 57 days of the celebration the estimates are that 65-70 million people will attend!

There was a fantastic atmosphere, and even though there were masses of people everyone was calm, relaxed, happy and friendly. There were some fantastic characters there - all happy and willing to be photographed.

We seemed to be the only westerners there and we were allowed into the huge tent, by the Mela Police, where the Sadhus and Holy Men received their meals.

Again, I just took my chance and snapped away, there were rows and rows of Holy Men all dressed in bright orange and yellow, and I didn't see the yawning sadhu until I reviewed my shots later in the day.

I've reduced the saturation and have uploaded another version. I'd be grateful if you'd let me know your opinions on which version you think is better. I like the brighter version but it may be too bright for some people.

Hope you like the shot.

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chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Feb 2013 9:32PM
I think the colours in V1 are enough,V2 looks a wee bit over saturated to me.
The main point of my focus is the fab chap yawning but he seems lost in the middle of a busy scene,I would like to have seen him isolated a bit more.
Reckon there is a cropped version to be had as the very top of the image isn't adding much to the scene & the bottom is quite messy,I'll have a bash at a mod in that direction,just a suggestion mind you & another person's take on the subject.
The light looks difficult to cope with & I think you have done ok,just a tad dark on the RHS & I think if you lift it any more there will be the horrid noise factor to have to cope with.
Slightly soft but as a record shot of a great scene it is priceless....wish I had been there to see all those wonderful people & the fab colours !

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Feb 2013 10:18PM
Elaine, there something wrong about how youve re sized this image. I cant sharpen it at all without significant JPEG artifacts appearing.

The white balance is also not quite right, so the only mod I can do, until we see if there a re sizing issue, is white balance, which is loaded as Mod2, mod1 is the original file loaded in error.

I used the white paper cups as a white reference for WB in ACR.

Try, with the large original: Image>size>set ppi = 72; set length; save as, as MAXIMUM file size. Opne new filem sharpen as needed, then upload it as either a mod, or if you have E2, as a version.

Its a really nice shot btw!

OK, - hold on. Your V2 does not have the same issue at all, and sharpens without artifacts. This is because you re sized it exactly as I outlined above, using 72 ppi, and the V1 is 240 PPI and a smaller file size.


banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Feb 2013 10:49PM
Did a mod of V2, which worked out a lot better. I used a combination of iris blur in CS6, a vignette, and a crop, and added border to fill in the cropped space. Still figuring out the difference issue, - it looks as I said, but suddenly, after Bridge indicating 72PPI for V2. when I open Image>size in CS6 it said 240 ppi, and then back to Bridge, which has changed its mind!

Hope the mod works,


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 10:03AM
Interesting content. I would crop the top slightly, but the whole image looks a touch under exposed, needing a little brightening. Quite sharp, but could be crisped up a bit. You are pushing your luch with fical length and shutter speed with respect to camera shake. I would up the ISO a stop, but you could have come diwn to f8 too.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 2:19PM
A wonderful insight into a life that I no nothing of...

Regards Nathan Grin
2 Mar 2013 2:50PM
Hi All,

Sorry I couldn't reply sooner but work priorities have stolen my time!! ggrrrrr!

Hi Janet - Thanks for the mod. I really like the way you have made the yawning Sadhu stand out by applying what I think may be a vignette. I think you're right and the RHS should be a bit lighter. I'm not too sure about the crop though............I think I prefer the larger scene. Thanks for your help. You would have loved the scenes and the people if you'd been there. It was amazing and something I'll never forget.

Hi Jat - Yes I do like your mod. The RHS of yours looks a lot better than mine, and I'll try to do this is my final version.

Hi Willie - Great Mods. I'm confused about the resizing problem. I just cropped as I usually do and the only difference between the two versions was that I reduced the saturation. I particularly like your last mod with the border round it. Love the way you've blurred the outsides to concentrate attention on the yawner. Thanks for your time and efforts to help.

Hi Paul - Thanks for your advice. I didn't have a lot of time to get the shot and just fired away. I did feel lucky that the shot wasn't ruined by camera shake when I reviewed the settings later.

Hi Nathan - Thanks for taking the time to comment - it was a wonderful opportunity for me to visit India and witness the fascinating activities at the Kumbh Mela.

Thanks for your help everyone - it's much appreciated.



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