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Fortunate People

By WeeGeordieLass    
Sailing down the Ghats at Varanasi I just managed to catch this scene before we'd sailed past too far and the words were obscured by the two men.

This image tested my patience with the processing as I just couldn't produce an image I was happy with. I've produced a few versions - I think this one is the best.

I've uploaded the original and would appreciate any feedback to let me know if I could have done things better.

Thanks for looking

Elaine Grin

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 4:15PM
Interesting image, your processing looks good to me.
The image works well within the context of your presentation, as part of a series on the Ganges and your adventure. On it's own it says less.
I guess the two men are on a boat, or maybe on the river bank. i can't tell. lLeaving me with the words on the wall which are thought provoking in their own right and are really the main message although the men could be considered fortunates.
So as an image it is interesting and thought provoking, therefore another good one.
I'm enjoying you pictures of India, keep them coming,

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 4:16PM
Very well worked in V1.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 4:26PM
Thoughtful, intelligent work in V1. Good work to magic away the third man, though I think I'd have cloned in a hint of hard dark line rather than the softer paler line in the masonry. Maybe also a crop on the left, to concentrate attention on the relationship between the text and the men?
The main thing I'd like to do is to give the two figures a bit more presence, bring them forward in the frame. I think the burn tool would come in handy.
Nice and level in the original, no need for any adjustment there!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 4:40PM
I've uploaded a Mod, based on V1 - well you had done all the spadework... Wink
I haven't done a lot, I cropped a bit at the sides, redid the cloned area - I think it looks more convincing, see what you think. Then I did some dodging and burning on the figure, and burned in the lettering very slightly. I see that Willie has got in with his Mods, will go and check them out.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
24 Apr 2013 4:44PM
Looking at the original, you have done a very good job.

I took the original, and re worked two mods. Mine look different to yours, as the colour is more intense. This is not done with saturation. Its done by looking at the wall, and the figures as two different images, and post processing each individually. I also cloned out the bottom person by using brickwork from the left side of the image as a source so it appears random.

I use the threshold tool in Photoshop CS to identify the start of black on the wall, which is top of the L in people, and the start of white, which is "elbow" on the white paint upper left. Setting these two points gives a very good contrast and colour to the wall. The mean are treated differently, and mainly its lifting shadows on the faces.

V2 is cropped at the top, and has added space on the right.

So well done. Try either or, a contrast increase, or a sat increase ( just a little, as sat alone will not produce vibrancy)

Hope this helps,


derrymaine 5 17 Greece
24 Apr 2013 5:08PM
Love the first version, awesome shot Wink
24 Apr 2013 6:26PM
Hi Ian,

Thanks for your critique. I feel the words convey the importance of the Holy River Ganges in the lives of Hindu people, and I was lucky that, as we passed by, the two men were stood in a great spot for me to get a good shot and give more emphasis to the message on the wall.

I'm glad you're enjoying my uploads Grin


Elaine. Smile
24 Apr 2013 6:29PM
Hi Lynne,

Thanks for taking the time to comment and your positive critique.


Elaine Smile
24 Apr 2013 6:40PM
Hi Moira,

The mods great. Agree totally about my cloning - I need a lot more practice in that particular skill.

The dodging and burning is an improvement too. Thank goodness the horizontals were level lol Grin

Thanks for all the tips to help me improve Moira.


Elaine Grin
24 Apr 2013 6:51PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mods. I like the v2 crop.

I'll experiment with the contrast/sat increase (just a little) as you suggest.

Thanks for all your help.

Elaine Smile
24 Apr 2013 6:54PM
Yia Sou Eleftheria,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my shot and your nice comment.


Elaine Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 7:33PM
A very pleasing image which has had both great feedback and fitting modifications

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
24 Apr 2013 7:39PM
Glad you like it Nathan Smile I agree the feedback and mods are great.

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