At the entrance of a receding tunnel winding to the Ganges and near the Nepali Mandir sat the serpent charmer. The ambient light had just started it's morning march through from one end of the tunnel to the other.
An Indian cliché by now? These hapless elapids are de-fanged and then probably force-fed milk for the duration of their show-biz days.
ISO at 1000 and focal length at 48mm. The f/2.8 was still struggling with the limited light.
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testmaniac (13508) 2008-01-05 5:26
Hi Caleb, very nice and colorful shot. I like it very much! Perfect photo quality and great moment!
TFS and regards,
emilbo (22616) 2008-01-05 5:26
Très intéressante cete photo de charmeur de serpents qui semble écouter quoi? je ne sais pas.
Les couleurs de terre sont merveillleuses surtout le orangé. Bonne composition et qualité d'image.
jovenol (199) 2008-01-05 5:36
Very good and specially photo. Lights are perfect. The man, with his lose looking and the serpents looking him, are a perfect composition.
indoka28 (5261) 2008-01-05 5:36
the famous snake charmer photographs from India..!! But this one is special...and thats because unlike all the normal snake charmer pics..this man is not even looking at the hooded bicellate Cobras..!! The expression has been very well captured by you with very good clarity and focus..!! I loved the light also here..!!
Gustaw (21670) 2008-01-05 6:41
I very like your photo. Good quality. Good composition. Very exotic for me. I never been in India. But I hope... Well done.
manub (920) 2008-01-05 6:53
A kind of indian cliché for sure, but the picture is amazing... Great atmosphere here, especially the look of the man (well, maybe he'd better look at his snakes...)
I'm very impressed how you manage to get such a sharp picture with the difficult light conditions and no noise even at ISO 1000.
Morac (27723) 2008-01-05 7:42
Très intéressante cete photo de charmeur de serpents.
Les couleurs de terre sont merveillleuses surtout le orangé. J'aime la composition de cette image les sepents semblant sois le charme de leur charmeur
kibele66 (3087) 2008-01-05 8:50
This looks like from the fairy tales we had listened during our childhoods, or from the Oriental Paintings of serpent charmer. Very interesting composition, colors are great, but most of all the details of the snakes are almost perfect.Congratulations!
laroze (965) 2008-01-05 8:54
Very nice shot of the dairy life.Good colors and light.The face of the man is very expressive and tne snakes also.
Happy new year 2008.
SamB (1948) 2008-01-05 9:12
Great work here, the composition is very strong--you created nice tension between the open space at left with the man looking to the right, but also using the foreground cobras to keep the foreground full. The dark, receding tunnel gives a very mysterious feel to the piece, and the finishing touch is the look of concentration in his eyes. A good, meaningful note, as well.
Dionysos (1234) 2008-01-05 10:10
Although it is an over-photographed scene, your photo has an artistic value with its sharpness, light and composition.
delic (6735) 2008-01-05 11:07
Remarkable sharpness accentuated by the limited depth of field at f/2.8. I guess the man could have been caught doing something more interesting but the snakes more than compensate for that. Love the colors, too. Great work, Caleb. Regards,
Eraldi (0) 2008-01-05 11:32
A wonderful and expressive image, perfect compo, lights and colours. You have captured a great moment, of man and snakes.
limule (4176) 2008-01-05 12:19
Hello Caleb, What a magnificient scenery.... I do not think at all that this is cliche. I mean maybe it is a classical way of presenting india, but such pictures gathering in the same time a good light, a good sharpness, nice eyes, a nice dressed person and then...the tip at the top, the 2 snakes... nothing is missing.
I am not sure, but I think that sharpness might be a bit too high, and consequently, highlighting skin defects on the guy face. I do not understnad that ISO was at 1000. TFS. Geraldine.
smarcell (19963) 2008-01-05 12:26
A perfect shot. Colors, the scene, the light.
CaptainJack (0) 2008-01-05 17:15
This has to be one of my favorite shots among all those you have taken in India. The placement of the man with his distant look off-camera, and the light to dark shift we see across the scene is perfect. Amazing how clear this all is, at ISO 1000.
hispic (9652) 2008-01-06 1:06
Light is really beautiful ! This is the Caleb's composition with high definition, as always.
Best wishes, Hisashi
faubry (35405) 2008-01-06 1:13
hello Caleb, superb composition with wonderful warms colors, il like because he dont see you.. greatwork
indraajeet (1912) 2008-01-07 3:11
1000 iso works wonder. very natural both in colours and concept.
AmiBe (6042) 2008-01-12 2:51
Helle great traveller,
you've uploaded a lot of very good pictures but this one is surely one of the best.
Three strong elements here... and superb light and colors.
snowfalken (1116) 2008-01-15 1:51
What an exotic shot for someone who has never left Europe! I like the composition and the vivid colors which make Indian pictures so beautiful! Well done! Thank you for sharing!
With Friendly Regards,
Sharee (312) 2008-01-20 16:35
another fabulous shot. The POV is perfect and the colours as in all your pictures is beautifully saturated - the light is also wonderful.
yaya13baut (3344) 2008-08-21 5:16
nice, the snakes' charmer watching in another direction, not afraid with the snakes at his feet
pticaruh (276) 2008-08-22 12:14
Very good moment with the charmer looking dreamy in some direction, while the snakes staring at him sharply.
CLODO (32220) 2009-01-03 7:21
1 year (- 2 days) after your post; I just discovet it.
I like the low POV and the framing leading to the man whose clothes are in accordance with the general hues of your picture.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-10 8:39
Great moment. Good use of light and you shoot this picture perfectly.
- Copyright: Caleb Colman (scalerman) (26900)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-11-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L US, RAW, B+W UV
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): CLODO's [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-05 5:14
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