I had left India in one rain-filled Summer of 1979. Since then this is my first July back in India again. Surely it had rained most of the days in my years abroad, but the warm hard rain that pours out of the sky in Bengal's July is like nothing I had seen elsewhere.
[egged on by George and Hugh, I was persuaded to do a PP which is in the workshop, but I couldn't bear to crop the shadow on the right myself...so, see Hugh's workshop for the crop.]
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delnaja (2054) 2007-09-03 8:09
I like the mood here... like in most of your photos... Some would say that the white is overexposed but I think it is beautiful... great scene captured and well composed.
sagar (2410) 2007-09-03 8:36
Chandannagar seems to be your native land.I must say you have quite a few great shots in your album.I can say only one thing about your shot-the curtain of water you have shown here is exquisite and wonderful.
Loved the scene of the hard rain in Chandannagar,which happens to be my hometown as well.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-09-03 8:47
I strongly believe it's a material for a great photo.
Not without some PP involment... That is: Skilled PS' finishing...
Cropping, contrasts, balancing the main motives of this miniature is a 'must'.
I have the impression that it is not YOU who made the picture, but your camera with all its imperfections and limitations...
Allow me to give a point for Leica for doing her job...
That awful, frilled double frame around !!!
Like if this picture needs any decorations (??)
bombilla (3406) 2007-09-03 9:07
I agree with George that the frame doesn't add much, and that you could use some post-adjustments. I'd also try to deal with that shadow on the right. But I don't agree with George when he says that it was the Leica that took the photo. Your eye, your instincts, your refined aesthetic sense are behind this poetic work. And they have all worked together harmoniously. Great work. (I tried a workshop to see how it would look with the aforementioned issues addressed.) Thanks for sharing this Bengali memory. Best, -Hugh
kensimage (8557) 2007-09-03 12:34
This is nice but what I really like is the upper right photo in your "scrapbook" workshop. There, the white tarp and the black on the right emphasize that the man is hiding from the rain, patiently waiting, waiting it out.
Here, there is some of the same mood but I find the white cloth overwhelms the man behind it. But I don't have too much problem with the black on the right.
nirajsinha (855) 2007-09-03 22:07
Nice BW presentation of rain in Chandannagore. Man looking from inside the plastic cover is probably waiting for a break in rain. I wonder that in heavy rain how did you managed to take this snap....
chc (1468) 2007-09-04 2:18
I like the direct relation created with this man looking at us. I always find rain difficult to shoot (may be because I live in a place were it doesn't rain a lot...), here it is really well captured.
Furachan (0) 2007-09-04 3:47
Yeah, we can nitpick this image to death, Animesh. The frame doesn't add much some will say, what's that think sticking into the scene from the right? Isn't the entire look a little pale? But I tell you what - there is something so intensely moving about all your recent uploads from India, something so transparently VALUABLE about them that I wil not nitpick but simply say - let's see the next one...
This one was not born to please ;o) But it is a damn fine shot just the same, communicating as it does the implaccability of the monsoon rains and the infinite patience of those who sit through it...
prantik (1136) 2007-09-04 12:24
I like all the elements and subjects in this picture but still something is not working right and that's frustrating. I still like it though.
- Copyright: Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) (9083)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-07-26
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Leica M6, Summicron 50mm/f2.0, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Exposure: f/2, 1/16 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 7:49