I took this shot at Gangasagar Mela. These women were warming their hand with fire to get relief from winter.
About Ganga Sagar:-
Sagar Island lies on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. It belongs to the Republic of India and is governed by the State government of West Bengal. The island is large with an area of around 300 kmē. It has 43 villages and a population of over 160,000.
This island is a famous Hindu pilgrim place. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (mid of January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer puja in the Kapil Muni Temple.
Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair is the second largest congregation of mankind after the holy Kumbha Mela. The latter is observed once in four years at alternate locations in north, central and central-west parts of the country, Gangasagar fair and pilgrimage is held annually on the Sagar Islands southern tip in the Ganges delta atop the Bay of Bengal. That makes Gangasagar all the more distinctive.
In 2007, about 300,000 pilgrims took the holy dip where the Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. For the rest of the year about 500,000 people come to the island. Almost five-hundred thousand pilgrims thronged Sagar Island in 2008.
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daddo (26534) 2013-08-09 0:40
Namaste Indrasish. Not sure how much relief they will get from such a small and brief flame but the shot is dramatic with all the bangles, brass receptacles and a hint of bright clothing. Excellent exposure and gestures. Regards. Klaudio.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-08-09 1:54
beautiful moment!I like the uniqueness and the mood of this scene.Itīs excellently close-up and framed and has also superb light management.
Original and having unique charm scene!
Have a nice day
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-09 2:06
Good moment capture, nicely composed and framed..well taken..good clarity and details.
Have a nice day!!
ikeharel (69213) 2013-08-09 2:10
A fine camera set, the flame looks superb on mid-pic., as light was measured best.
Hands, I looked at each and came to think what a great mingling of women around the fire you had collected.
Taken in winter, I reckon, a good one.
Have a nice weekend,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-09 2:36
This is something most of us can relate to Indrasish, finding a little warmth. Here I think it is not only the flame that brings warmth but also the closeness and camaraderie shared by these people. A beautiful moment and so well composed and managed. Warm regards Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-09 3:44
an evocative and expressive shot this. It is so original and beautifully executed. It tells a story and is eye-catchingly effective. Visionary imagery, well done.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
jhm (150788) 2013-08-09 5:18
The shot is dramatic with all the bangles, maybe have to bangles make a lot impression on the minds
Colours and presentation be superb.
Excellent composition, good notes too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
lousat (89200) 2013-08-09 7:42
Hi Indrasish,i thought that thia were a religious ceremony...ehhee....a very nice capture looking for the hands details on the fire so well exposed,i like this pic from he last winter,great idea and perfect result whit fine details and bright colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-08-09 8:56
dear brother, just envy you for this frame. Ki korechho! Love this close composition. Can feel the warmth... Great colour tone. Superb clarity. Everything is very good in my eyes... Khub bhalo chhobi bhai... I enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-08-09 9:57
It's so sad a small fire from what looks like papers to provide warmth for all those hands. Nicely captured with enough lighting to show their hands. Good details. Well done, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (30119) 2013-08-09 10:45
Your posts are always full of wonderful surprises, and this is a great example. Such a simple human scene, but it makes a powerful image. Excellent to see this scene and catch it so perfectly clearly.
As ever, best wishes from Ireland
macjake (66604) 2013-08-10 6:03
another fine photo from India, I really like this one.
even the border is attractive.
excellent crop with the hands and arms extending inwards, and the dark lighting is also very attractive.
wonderful photo for its unique view and quality
delpeoples (57266) 2013-08-10 17:54
Namaskar dear Indrasish
This is very artistic, beautifully composed and wonderfully illuminated. The warm tones, the different hands, their jewellery and decorations all contribute to an original, beautifully conceived and executed photo. it leaves me with a very happy feeling.
Miguel82 (27670) 2013-08-11 5:47
This is a nice capture showing people of India warming their hands with wood fire
I like the colors and this is a good inspiration
All the best