Through Malda town runs the Mahananda River. For a lot of residents of the town use its waters to bathe. Just before noon that day, I saw these people at various stages of their daily ablutions.
Cropped and contrast raised.
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AnimeshRay (9087) 2006-02-16 16:12
I think you are embarrassed to get closer, but do get closer, stay there for some time, pick up a conversation about the water--is it too cold? Get down and touch the water and play with a bit, if needed get into it up to your ankles or knees, laugh a little, talk to your companion so you become part of the scene, while all the time looking for the opportune moment and the right angle. Keep you lens fixed to ~35mm equivalent wide setting (don't fidget with the zoom, its not worth it). Then whip it out under your chador and shoot smoothly, without even looking through the viewfinder, take a few shots by moving the camera a bit this way or that, but concentrate on the angle at which the lens is pointing but, most important, on what the subjects are doing. You have the luxery of a digital, so you can quickly turn around, look at the replay to see if you are getting the correct angle, then switch back to the shooting mode, turn around and again wait for the composition to happen. Shoot again, while talking to your subject or to your companion. If your subjects are female, being an Indian yourself you don't have the luxery of unfamiliarity (thus, of transperancy). So you might find it useful to have a woman accompany you on your shootings: ask your wife or daughter if you can. Sure that's asking for trouble at home, but that is better than the trouble you migh avoid outside. Don't be shy. I think it is mainly your shyness that is preventing you from taking the decisive moment. Hope you don't mind my rants and exhortations.
RADEEH (2802) 2006-02-16 20:29
Wonderful tip by Animesh Ray, I am fully excited by his suggestions.About your picture i liked your attempt. This is an intersting view of indian side
pranab (5354) 2006-02-17 2:47
i have to agree with animesh, of course i saw boudi in some of the shots, i don't think she'll have any problem with it.
good composition. one of your older shots. it has some noise , good color though.
xuaxo (6846) 2006-03-16 21:02
Very interesting daily life scene, despite the image noise.
arjun_das (1851) 2006-08-19 2:01
very candid shot indeed. i complete;y agree with animesh that a closer view would have better result. also it appears that you increased the contrast level too much. did you sharpen it too? thanks for sharing such a lovely pic on daily life of people of malda.