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Lord Buddha in Sarnath

By TOTON2017
This is a picture of Buddha Temple near Sarnath.

Tags: Deity Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2227 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2019 8:12AM
Hello again. We see so much of the world's culture through this site, I guess that this summarises how I see Buddhism from afar. Intense, beautiful serenity, surrounded by extraordinary clutter.

I like the way that you kept this straight, formal, symmetrical. No fancy tricks. You used shutter priority, which is my reflex reaction when the light is dodgy, I know how slow I can go safely and I guess you work on that basis. You got away with 1/25 second, with perhaps something nice and firm to lean against. I would prefer to increase ISO a bit further. The image is underexposed, but there's a very good quality image here, it responds to some work. The little lamps are the difficult areas, they were always going to skew exposure...

There are dark vertical folds of curtain in the background, underexposure has minimized their appearance, I tried to keep them in darkness while adding some light to the sculpture and ornamentation.

I also cropped off the bit of wall that appears on the right. Without it the image is symmetrical, with the Buddha centrally placed.

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2139 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2019 3:30PM
I looked at this yesterday and tried to do a modification, but wasn't happy with it, Toton.
So, today, going back to my failed effort, I amalgamated today's and yesterday's and have come up with something I'm happier with.

Just like Moira, I like your formal approach, and your straight horizontal lines.
So I went for a square crop in my modification, with the middle of the Buddha completely centrally placed. This cuts off a few bits on either side, but is more compact, and has closer detail as a result of the crop.
I brightened the image because it's a bit dark, adjusted contrast and sharpened a little.

I felt that the backdrop (curtaining?) added to the image, but of course it isn't easy to enhance without altering the Buddha itself. Hence my amalgamation. The revealed curtain fills in the blankness in the background and, to my mind, enhances the picture.

This is a lovely golden Buddha, and the hands are doing the talking. I also like being able to see the things and offerings surrounding it.

I don't know what is beneath the bottom edge of your frame, but I keep feeling that I'd like to see a bit more of what is there. It feels a bit "cut off" to me, especially the base of the tiny Buddha on the right.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2019 7:56PM
This is a pictorial record - erring towards pure record. As such it does a perfectly good job and, not being there, we must assume this is how it looks.


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