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Morning on The Ganges

By WeeGeordieLass    
We sailed two days down the River Ganges and camped on a large wide open sand bank. As the sun came up two of the tribesmen who traveled with us rowing our boats, putting up our tents and cooking delicious food for us, rose early to light the campfire.

With this shot I wanted to show the gorgeous morning Ganga light that I'll never forget. I also wanted to try and create an atmospheric image.

I've struggled with the processing and this is my third attempt. I've tried to be careful with the color saturation having made mistakes with earlier images that I've uploaded.

Thanks for looking - any advice would be appreciated.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 9:30PM
This really is a quite extraordinary image, almost ghostly. The intense gaze on the left, the shrouded face on the right. (I use the word shrouded deliberately.) The filter of smoke, the limited palette of just grey shadows and apricot light.
There are a number of dust bunnies/blobs/whatevers in the sky top right. Get rid of them and you have an absolute gem!
I should have added on your last one - you're interested in the world, you love people. That matters.

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Alda 5 70 30 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 10:03PM
This is a wonderful image and very well processed. I agree with Moira about the dust bunnies etc, but an outstanding image! GrinGrinGrin
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Mar 2013 10:03PM
Elaine I love this shot, it would be so easy to over saturate the colours and lose the ghostly qualities mentioned by Moira above. I can almost feel the chill in the air which will soon give way to the heat of the day. Clean up the dust bunnies and you have an excellent snap-shot of Ganges life.

Was this a once in a lifetime trip or are you a seasoned world traveller?

Erik Grin
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 8:39AM
This is very effective indeed. Lots of effect and feeling. Very well done. It just takes seconds to shift the blobs and you really should do that, but they must be huge on your sensor as they should hardly show at f5.6. Try shooting a white wall at f22 and look closely at the image, you may get a nasty shock! You are very careful changing lenses I hope, as the situations you are showing us will be laden'd with dust. I never have a lens off the body more than a second - literally.

Mike43 7 18 21 England
18 Mar 2013 8:53AM
Lovely morning light and feel to your photo, I do like the bloke sitting on the right he gives you that little bit of impact to your shot.
Have uploaded a Mod with the Dust spots cleaned, also the horizon straightened.
18 Mar 2013 8:29PM
Hi Moira,

Thanks for the great makes all the time spent trying to present an image in the best possible way worthwhile.

I loved meeting the Indian people - it was the highlight of my trip.

I thought the dust bunnies were birds!!! but I've checked the original shot - definitely dust. Thanks for your advice....I'll clean the image up.

Thanks for taking the time to comment and help me Moira.

18 Mar 2013 8:34PM
Hi Alda,

Thanks for your support, I'm glad you like the shot and the processing - I got frustrated as I couldn't get the right feeling in the image.....I'm glad I persisted now.


18 Mar 2013 8:46PM
Hi Erik,

Thanks for your encouragement........initially I did over saturate the image but it didn't look right and I had learned my lessons from earlier uploads in the CG and held back on the sliders a bit.

My trip to India was my one-off "Adventure of a Lifetime" (I think I've caught the bug now though and can't wait to go back). I wrote a blog about my experiences.....if you're interested here are the links to 3 of the pages which describe the sailing and camping days.........please don't expect too much from the photos in the blog - I uploaded them whilst in India straight from the camera without the benefit of photo processing software!

Thanks for you help and taking the time to comment Grin

18 Mar 2013 8:48PM
Hi Paul,

It's great to know you like my shot. Thanks for the tip about checking for dust bunnies.....I was in some very, very dusty places in India and changed lenses regularly..........oh dear - goodness knows how bad the "dust bunnies" will be!

Cheers Paul
18 Mar 2013 8:51PM
Hi Mike,

Thanks for taking time to work on a mod for me and upload it. It does look better with the "dust bunnies" removed and straightened a little.

I'm glad you like the shot and getting nice critique like this is very encouraging for me.

Now.............I'm off to try and clean my sensor!!


ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
18 Mar 2013 10:27PM
Elaine I had a look at your blog and you really need to load image 3 from peace-perfect-peace.

This image is absolutely wonderful and deserves to be praised.

Erik Grin
19 Mar 2013 6:37PM
Hi Erik,

Thanks for taking the time to have a gander at my blog. I'm really pleased you like the shot of the boat sailing past that wierd tree. I'll work a little bit on it (don't think it needs much more that a crop, contrast adjustment etc), and upload it soon.

Thanks again for the encouragement Erik,


Elaine GrinGrin
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 6:49AM
I love this shot, it's incredibly atmospheric. It does need the dust spots taking out and a straightened horizon but that's easy enough.

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