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Rangoli

By IshanPathak  
My second satisfactory ( i hope ) shot in low light photography.

This is a Rangoli ( A traditional Indian decoration consisting of various patterns usually made up of Ground rice, Suji ( I think it is called semolina in english ) and various colors, which is generally made during Festivals and in this case Diwali.

I did my best to prevent any hand movement at that shutter speed, and i think i was successful. ( Correct me if i'm wrong )

Any CC gladly taken Smile

( PS Which category this pic comes in? )

Tags: General Rangoli Flash and lighting

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Comments


Shaji84 5 4 India
25 Oct 2014 10:19AM
Love what you've done here.. If this is a crop, you could consider rotating the image a bit to the right prior to cropping - thus bringing the leading lamps in the right to hit the center. Now that are more towards the upper right. That way you'look be able to get rid of lil of the abrupt ending platform too. Again great detail for a handheld shot at low shutter speeds!

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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
25 Oct 2014 12:39PM
Thank you Shaji for your advice, No this is not a crop, its just a straight out of the camera shot, but ill try straightening it a bit.

Cheers
Ishan
dudler Plus
16 977 1536 England
25 Oct 2014 6:14PM
Yes, this looks decently sharp for 1/13 second, Ishan!

I've done a mod using the clone tool to remove two distractions - a small blue spot on the top left area, and the edge of the background on the right.

I'd like to have shot from somewhere on the right, if that was possible - looking up the stem of the flower, rather than down it.

And yes, semolina is what ground rice is called in England.
26 Oct 2014 6:13AM
Yes, its a diff situation , but U have done so well.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2014 12:42PM
Very nicely captured, Ishan.
You are handling low light situations very well. The lights of the candles are nicely defined, with very little glare.

I am always amazed at the beautiful patterns made with the food and showcased in this folk art for festivals of light. I see the traditional lotus flower is being used here.

I feel that your shooting angle and composition could have been given a little more thought, for a bit more dynamism and impact. Having the design on a diagonal would work well. You were obviously limited by the edge of the wooden base but, as has already been suggested, had you moved to your right, I think you could have avoided that edge in the top right of the frame.
An alternative would have been to choose a lower viewpoint. You probably wanted to just show the patterns from above them, which is fine for a record shot, but the viewer would find a lower angle more aesthetically pleasing

I have done a modification where I rotated the image, and the first mod shows that rotation. I wanted a diagonal line with the base going into the bottom right corner..
The second one shows some included shadows around the rangoli. I made some adjustments in Levels. I didn't want to brighten the image too much, and spoil the atmosphere. I think the graduated light created by the candles is a nice feature.
I also removed a few stray grains in order to keep the patterns clean.

Choosing the correct category for your picture is often frustrating, but I think you chose the right one.

Pamela.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
26 Oct 2014 2:16PM
Thank you Pamela for comment. I agree i should have given more thought about the composition, and used a lower viewpoint.

Your both mods are great, thank you so much Smile

Ishan

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