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Connecting with the Nagas

By WeeGeordieLass    
As the two Nagas chatted with my traveling buddies I took the opportunity to take this candid shot.

I hope I've managed to retain the atmosphere as in yesterday's upload. Original uploaded before any processing was applied.

I'd love to know your thoughts.

Thanks for looking

Elaine Grin

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Diggeo 5 13 Greece
7 Jun 2013 12:45PM
A nicely executed candid shot. I like the way the two Nagas look at something outside the frame, giving some interest to the image. Nice colors and well exposed with the exception of the sky. You have cropped out some overexposed aereas, but still the bright sky and the poster are distracting. I think that another point of view, which would not include the sky and the metal fence was more appropriate here.
All the best,

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 12:46PM
Again I am struck by incongruities and contrasts. The two Nagas seem so jolly and sociable. The one on the right reminds me of a neighbour leaning over the garden fence for a chat. Their tent contrasts quite strangely with the corrugated iron roof behind.
You've rotated the original a bit for V1, I wonder if you have taken it a degree or two too far, but I guess this is an image without any real guide as to true vertical!
I'd maybe burn in the detail in the foreground a bit, otherwise I wouldn't change it.
Edit - George has mentioned the sky. I wondered about a crop on the right, but I think it's important to give them space to look out into.
7 Jun 2013 5:44PM
Yia Sas George,

Thanks for taking the time to give me your critique - it's much appreciated.

I agree that the sky and poster are distracting - I thought about cloning them out but decided not to in the end.

I agree too that the scene would look better taken from a different point of view, and I wish I'd thought about that at the time of taking the photograph.

I'm glad you like the shot in general though.

Thanks George

Elaine Grin
7 Jun 2013 5:50PM
Hi Moira,

These two Nagas were very friendly.

I love your observation about the standing Naga - each time I see my neighbors having a natter over the garden fence I'll think of this guy now!!

I think I have rotated it slightly too much - I'll give it a tweak and also burn in the foreground a bit.

Thanks for all your help Moira.


Elaine Grin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 6:19PM
Two relaxed and happy nagas, Elaine, who look as if they are communicating with someone to the right.
I find the background very distracting and so have replaced it with some sky in my modification. I'm not sure if you will approve, but it takes away those distractions. I also adjusted levels for a bit more contrast and ran the burn tool over the foreground bits and pieces. I allowed my levels adjustment to darken the interior of the tent because I feel that you lifted those shadows and it has developed a lot of noise in there. I feel that it's acceptable to have a dark interior, and there isn't much within that darkness that is important to be revealed. The blue flare was still evident along the line of the tent and so I also used the burn tool on that. I also cropped the top and left a little.
An alternative would be to cover the background poster with more of the corrugated fence on the left, and even fill the white area with it as well. On the right side, you could extend the orange material into the white space, too.
8 Jun 2013 4:01PM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for the mod. It shows me that the background definitely should be replaced - it looks better.

I may try filling in the area with the corrugated fence (minus the poster).

The burning in and levels adjustments look good too.

Thanks for taking the time to do a mod to help me Pamela.


Elaine Grin

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