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Early Morning Laundry

By WeeGeordieLass    
Following their morning worship to the rising sun on the Ganges the ladies began their daily laundry.

Colorful saris were plunged, doused, pummeled, wrung out and then laid on the ground to dry. I watched these ladies with admiration as they expertly washed clothes in their holy river, and I couldn't help but be struck by the difference between my life with, it's modern appliances, and the peaceful, simple scenes being played out before me.

The morning light was delicate and I hoped to show that with this shot. I cropped to place the lady off center and was careful with saturation levels.

I wondered if the shot could do with warming up a tad, and I'd be grateful for any constructive critique and ideas on how this shot could be improved.

Also I feel the background may be a bit noisy - should I try to reduce the noise?

Thanks for looking
Elaine Grin

Tags: General Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 12:01PM
As I see it a really well taken and composed travel image that continues the delightful series of images you are creating.

Could you have come down on the ISO to reduce the noise, which is not intrusive but visible?

Colours look natural and well saturated and I think it would be personal preference whether to warm the image up. Does it reflect the scene as you saw it? For me it looks and feels like a morning shot as you state it was.

Background is not distracting and the muted blues and brown of the land and water compliment the subject as well as show the environment.

As a viewer I am intrigued as to what has caught her eye. What is she looking at with that determined expression? Also, and difficult to say as not having been present, would there have been a different composition with the subject and her full reflection in the water, ripples and drips distorting her reflected image? This is not a criticism of the image here which I like a lot and for me works very well but what else was available to re-compose and shoot to squeeze out other options from the scene in front of you.

Really enjoying the series. Next please : )

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
4 May 2013 12:51PM
An excellent image nicely captured.
4 May 2013 4:24PM
Hi Paul,

Yes I agree the ISO could have been reduced. For a lot of my India shots I kept the ISO unnecessarily too high as I was lacking in confidence and wanted to avoid ruining potentially good shots with camera shake - I think I'll be a bit more adventurous with ISO in future.

Thanks for your thoughts on trying various compositions of the scene at the time of taking the photograph - I'll bear your advice in mind.

I'm really glad you're enjoying my Indian photos. It's wonderful being able to share my memories on Ephotozine.................and get some great photography advice at the same time Smile

Thanks for taking the time to help me.


Elaine Grin
4 May 2013 4:27PM
Hello Dr Sharma,

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on my shot, it's much appreciated and I'm glad you like it.


Elaine Grin
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
6 May 2013 10:55AM
Composition is spot on, very well placed in the frame. The reflection is nice. The timing was good with her looking (at something)and the water dripping. I think it good she is not looking at the camera or you, this works as a 'snap shot' {an insight} of a moment of her life
You could warm a little although the viewer can see the images was made in warmer light. This is a matter of taste. If Willie was around to comment he would advise warming for sure! It looks good to me on my screen. If you are going to print try a small size first to see how it looks.
If I was you I would make one of those photo books of the trip.
The background looks just fine.
Can't really suggest any improvements or changes.
Another good one.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
6 May 2013 2:42PM
Its very good Elaine. The white balance is as near to right that makes little difference (see mod). I see a lot of noise, so I assume this was cropped from a larger image? The timing, position, all spot on.


7 May 2013 6:53PM
Hi Ian,

Thanks for your great assessment of the shot.

I like the idea of creating a photo book - it'll be a good project for me to produce the final images. I've had some great advice on how to improve my original uploads from the very helpful folk in the CG.


Elaine Grin
7 May 2013 6:54PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for your thoughts - I'm glad you like the shot, and feel the white balance is ok.



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