The Temple of Bayon:
I had spotted a nice shot of Avalokitesvara's face framed through a doorway. As I readied myself, a lady (tourist) suddenly entered the frame from the left. She looked at me and froze. By that time, I had already pressed the shutter. This picture is the outcome.
I thought that I erase the lady from the picture. But on second thoughts I kept the picture intact, except I desaturated it …and hence the caption.
Your comments welcome
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orcha (190) 2006-02-15 4:28
I Angshuman Nice photo black and white really brings out the shadows
droonsta (423) 2006-02-15 4:54
haha i didnt even realise the lady was there :) great photo very sharp indeed
andante (7092) 2006-02-15 7:17
I'd call this one 'a face on the edge', very good use of the window to frame the composition. The face on the bottom left corner add that classic touch of curiosity... the observer been observed... well done,
anew (582) 2006-02-15 12:42
The picture is really good. Maybe you should've clone-stamped her away. Nevertheless, it's a great shot.
On second thought, what if you didn't mention the lady at all, I don't think many would notice she was there....Hmmm
pastadog (13111) 2006-02-15 17:42
Hi Angshu, well, that's a dilemma, isn't it: when there is a "surprise" in the photo - to tell in the note or to leave it to the viewer to discover by himself/herself? Anyway - I believe that this shot in B&W is excellent (with or without "the lady") and with that light enhances the details of the face in stone. Cheers! Daniel
arnabchat (7233) 2006-02-20 9:10
Hi Angshu, i can't still say "yeah" to this one, a nice attempt though! the face of Bayon still dominates and the woman creates a marginal impact owing to the obstruction on the fg!
anyway, i still feel the big face creates enough impact by itself. see the workshop.
tcht (7565) 2006-02-27 11:57
Very interesting picture. Agree with Arnab about the domination of Bayon's face and I find that woman making this a very interesting composition. Personally I'd probably wait for the woman to leave - or maybe include more of the woman, other than leaving only her head coming out because I find that quite strange. But the result of your image works very well thanks go the great textures & patterns of this gigantic face captured extremely well in a black and white setting. I like your pictures of Cambodia and am looking forward to seeing more!
pranab (5354) 2006-02-28 3:58
one of your best shots. i love the b/w effect and the details in this photo is just great. nicely composed.
shiva_sg (600) 2006-03-02 1:15
This is impressive, the details are great here. The lighting is good, and I like your idea of framing this with the window. Also you have presented it perfectly in BW. TFS.
lu_muratori (618) 2006-03-13 13:56
Hello Angshu, I love the B&W and also the Avalokitesvara's face, very good work with light and shadow. But I want the lady out, she does not belong in your beautifull shot, I wish you would have taken her out, but it cool that you made a note explaining the whole affair. The good thing is that because the pic is big I can just open it in a way that she is not showing on my screen, just the beautifull carving...
david (3992) 2006-03-19 23:13
hey angshuman, this is a good black and white. the contrast works well here. perhaps you could have cropped the lady out and put in a nice frame! :) but the shot works well. good photography!
clic (14108) 2006-04-05 15:21
Ancesters should have use anti-age ointments to preserve
such precious facial sculptures!!
Fine details rendered by side lighting.
elmec (12210) 2006-04-25 17:17
Very good shot!
I like the composition with the girl!
Very good is black and white there!
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-05-09 15:44
Hehe, good capture of the faces :). One of stone and the other live. Interesting objects ;).
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-31 11:30
Hi Angshu -in this rare instance I'm glad you kept the woman, it's difficult to get an original shot at a very populkar tourist attraction, but that candid glimpse works for me here.
triptych2003 (1534) 2006-06-01 3:39
this is probably your best shot by a long way.. even with the distracting lady there, this photo the details and light have been captured very well.. congratulations on a fine composition
pierrefonds (54890) 2006-06-15 8:36
A good POV of the face of Avalokitesvara, the photo is sharp and clear. The desaturation is giving more details to the photo. Thanks for sharing.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-07-04 20:26
Very, very good composition and impression! Fantastic statuary! Thank you, nice days,
markstaples (15670) 2006-09-05 5:20
You captured superb detail in this shot. It's sharp and has wonderful details and I think that the black and white was the right choice. Well done.
prezntime (3946) 2007-01-07 20:33
I really like your B&W treatment here...there is much punch in those blacks and highlights. Very well done keeping the face of the lady in the shot...it really makes the whole scene very interesting. What wpuld be cool as well would be to burn in the womans face a little. I figure that is something that could be done when printing from film, so it is justified here with this digital conversion.
subhendu_bagchi (25243) 2009-11-23 7:33
Dear Angshu da,
beautiful framing of this sculpture. Nice sharp picture. The unwanted presence of the woman is nicely suited here with black and white mode. Excellent light. Well done. Tfs.
Have a nice evening.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (54703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Theme(s): My Pictures, My Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-02-15 4:13
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