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By WeeGeordieLass    
I took this shot of one of the friendly Sadhus at the Kumbh Mela festival in India. I raised my camera enquiringly and he smiled at me indicating that he wouldn't mind his photo taken.

Looking now at the exif, and learning from comments on my previous Inidan Adventure uploads I know that I could have reduced the ISO as I didn't need quite so high a shutter speed. I don't think the high ISO spoils the shot though.

I've kept the saturation down in the processing, when we visited the Kumbh Mela it was in the middle of the day and the sun was very bright and harsh.

I like the pose and the sideways glance of the eyes.

I'd like to know your opinions.



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richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
15 Apr 2013 4:10PM
Nice Portrait - Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

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15 Apr 2013 4:35PM
Thanks Bill, it's nice of you to take the time to comment.....I'm glad you like the shot.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
15 Apr 2013 5:00PM
Its another good shot. The ISO does make a difference at this size, though the larger file may look better. The difference it makes is its visible in the background, and limits the ability to sharpen without enhancing the noise. But still good work.

The colour appears natural. I am drawn to the person behind on the right, - seeems to be a very large person! I did remove his head in the mod.

Also, used Noise Ninja to reduce noise and sharpen; cropped space from top and left for an A4 aspect ratio; brightened his eyes a little; increased contrast slightly. The noise reduction program did a decent job.

Good work,


Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
15 Apr 2013 5:09PM
I think Willie's comment say's it all really, the contrast difference in his modification makes all the difference IMHO and has given the image a lot more punch and clarity.

JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 5:26PM
A lovely portrait & even better in Willie's Mod.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 6:11PM
It's good to see another upload from your travels, your processing has improved by leaps and bounds. The saturation is much better controlled here.
I rather like the blurred background figures, they add to his sense of inner calm amid the bustle of the world.
15 Apr 2013 6:54PM
i would crop just below the beads, keeping all of the beads in,below that is a distraction, the whole picture is the sadhu's face and turban
IMHO...very nice picture..............Ron
15 Apr 2013 6:59PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks very much for the mod..........I can see how noise reduction and more contrast have improved the image. You're becoming a really good surgeon on my images - last time you reconstructed some guys kneecap, now you're performing surgery to remove another guys head GrinGrin

Thanks for all your help.

15 Apr 2013 7:02PM
Hi Ade,

Thanks for your opinion - I agree with you and can see from Willie's mod how the additional contrast improves the image.


Elaine GrinGrin
15 Apr 2013 7:05PM
Hi Ju,

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your opinion - much appreciated. I'm glad you like the shot.


Elaine GrinGrin
15 Apr 2013 7:12PM
Hi Moira,

It's good to know that you think my processing is improving - it's all down to great advice learned in the Critique Gallery, so thanks to you and everyone who takes time to advise and help me.

I don't mind the background figures - the official estimate was that there were 10 million people at the Kumbh Mela on the day that we visited, so seeing a busy background reminds me of just what it was like to be there.

Thanks again

Elaine GrinGrin
15 Apr 2013 7:15PM
Hi Ronnie,

Thanks for your suggestion about the crop.

I've just tried it in elements and............yes it does look good. Certainly something to consider for the final version of the image.


Elaine GrinGrin
18 Apr 2013 10:34PM
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the mod. The background looks better with the desaturation that you have applied and the eyes have more impact too.

Thanks for the great ideas for improvement.


Elaine GrinGrin

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