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The Sleeping Buddha

By TOTON2017
Buddha Temple in Sarnath.

Tags: Landscape and travel Religious icon Buddha statue

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
13 Jan 2019 9:16PM
This is a nice image with very good detail.

There not a lot I can suggest to improve it as it is.

I did crop and rotate a little, and reduced the light behind the figure in the mod.

Well done



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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2227 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 8:26AM
Fascinating. Did you take any more pictures, I wonder? Space may have been limited but I wonder why you shot from this angle, which puts the emphasis on the top of the head rather than the face.

I would have wanted to stand immediately in front or a little to the right. Plus, most important - I would have wanted to get down lower, to the same level as the face.

With figurative sculpture it's worth thinking of the subject as if it was a real-life portrait. How would you photograph a human lying in this position?
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 8:39AM
An effective image and the lighting has helped that a lot. I would just clone out that light coloured square area, centre top as a distraction.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2139 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 4:36PM
That's a beautiful figure with lovely grain in the wood, and the Buddha looks completely relaxed. I like the way the light is falling on the figure, and notice you weren't tempted to use flash (though it may not have been allowed anyway).

In my modification I have cropped, and placed the Buddha's third eye exactly on a thirds intersection (see the Rule of Thirds ). I know.....rule of thirds and third eyeSmile! This draws the viewer's eye to the face rather than the top of the head (as Moira mentions). The crop also concentrates attention on the Buddha because it eliminates some of the background. I also cloned out some bright parts in the top background because they draw the eye away from your subject.

I slightly brightened the image, deepened shadows, reduced highlights, adjusted with Levels, then sharpened.

salopian 8 3 28 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2019 5:04PM
A beautiful and restful image bringing out the grain and rich colour in the wood.
It seemed, to me, impossible to improve upon and then I saw Pamela's mod which is really gorgeous , emphasising all the attractive elements of subject.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 675 England
14 Jan 2019 8:47PM
You've captured the ambient light very well.

I'm with Moira and would like to have seen this taken a step or two to your right. I appreciate that access may have been limited, but if not it would have been worth exploring different viewpoints.
That said, going lower would put you on a level with the Buddha for a stronger image and it would avoid that white object in the background which is a stong distraction. It can be cropped here but that makes the main subject very tight in the frame, or it can be cloned out. Always try and minimise such distractions in camera at the time of capture as it's much quicker and easier than having to work on an image (or series of images, lots of work!) later.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
17 Jan 2019 8:29AM
This is a beautiful shot, and the much higher technical quality (despite similar settings) shows how good it is to be able to take your time in making a picture. Rush leads to vibration, to errors. Here, the calm of the Buddha has seeped into your technique.

Moira's suggestion about a different view is good: and it is well worth while, iwth this view, doing soemthign about the distracting light areas in the background - cloning, burning in, or cropping.

But - and this is important - there's a sense of the serenity of the figure coming across very strongly. I am struck, first and foremost, by the calm of the Buddha and the gentleness of the light falling on the figure - note that harsher light, or light in a different place might destroy the mood. You took this at just the right time.

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