Varanasi, Benaras, Banaras or Kashi
Sunrise over the Holy Ganga....Ripples spread across the glassy surface from bathers cleansing their spirits in the waters, a gaggle of colour and motion.
A lone priest performs Puja to the rising sun, a burnt orange ball slowly emerging from the haze of mist, cow dung fires and funeral pyres clinging to the city. Like an ochre bindi (a forehead decoration), the sun blesses the Ganga with a streak of ochre light rippling slowly on the surface.
The shore is scattered with boats, still, silent, bearing witness as humanity awakes to the city on the edge of the world. The boat in front of mine glides gently along the river.
The sun is nearly too bright to look at now, as it emerges from the dawn blessing. The remnants of last night still graced the Assi Ghat: packets, matches, cigarette butts and innumerable fragments of human consumption that packed the Ghat. A goat eats rubbish off a table, the sweepers perform their daily ritual, soon to consecrate the rubbish through fire to join the bodies drifting heavenward from the fires.
Took this picture as my boat neared Assi Ghat, an important ghat of Varanasi traditionally constituting the southern end of conventional city. Numerous References about this ghat are found in early literature The Ghat sits on the confluence of Rivers Ganga and Assi & hence the name of the Assi ghat.
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bantonbuju (51789) 2011-03-30 2:35
a moody, intimate photo...
what i'd perhaps do - i'd go for a deeper DOF...
CLODO (32992) 2011-03-30 2:39
I like the general warm color of your shot which enhances the red and blue boat, inviting us to visit the ghat.
npecanhuk (72028) 2011-03-30 2:46
Special regards to the chosen pov and composition! I love the inclusion of the blurred boat in the lower left corner!
Management of light and colors are excellent too!
TFS - congrats,
dta (72999) 2011-03-30 3:00
Hello Anshuman ,
A great composition , a superb light , a strong mood ...
Well done .
yquem46 (38750) 2011-03-30 3:06
Assi ghat ! I always go the hotel there and walk all day long back and forth to Dasashvamedha ghat and even further towards the bridge
You can imagine easily how my feelings wake up, seeing this post !
Nice sunrise light on the palace and the traditional taxi boats
have a nice Angshu
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-30 3:18
A nice shot with a nice view of Varanasi. The colors are superb at sunrise. I like the red and blue color of the boat.
pierrefonds (61884) 2011-03-30 4:57
The distance between the boat and the shore is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the buildings on the shore of the river. The sunrise has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (70578) 2011-03-30 5:05
Un petit tour de barque et ce dévoile sous nos yeus une belle lumière en diagonale qui éclaire ce très beau rivage. La composition est superbe.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-03-30 5:46
Ola Angshuman ,
Linda esta linha de terra com estes edifícios , mas gostei muito da luz dourada do nasçer do dia , bom primeiro plano com este pequeno barco a remos , bonita a tonalidade da agua em tons de prata, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siudzi (34141) 2011-03-30 5:58
This is very nice shot taken during a sunrise in Varanasi. Love the soft light and warm tones on the buildings. Pleasant view, well done.
emka (89347) 2011-03-30 6:51
Hi dear Angshuman,
Unforgettable early morning in VAranasi. Like you, I also went by boat to see the pilgrims coming to Ganga.
Nice POV, wonderful view.
nirajsinha (857) 2011-03-30 8:56
The spiritual morning mist at Assi ghat is very well taken Angshu da.. I Like morning light falling on the old building. You have nicely composed the shot by placing boat at right place. I also love to see one shot in which boat is focussed and structure on background is slightly out of focus...
Bournazel (0) 2011-03-30 9:22
what a fantastic view of this famous place. I love the perspective and the boat enhances the pictures and makes it well balanced
Longroute (19396) 2011-03-30 9:32
The light of early morning is like a benediction here!
The ghats and the river are vibrating with golden light and the whole scene really looks like a place of One thousands and one night! This is the perfume of ancient India!
A masterful composition - IMO - where the boat balances that temple to the right creating a diagonal. But above all a very atmospheric picture.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-03-30 11:10
Very very nice capture...
A splendid result.
adores (42241) 2011-03-30 17:39
That must be a magic place at any moment of the day, a place I would really like to visit! I really like this pov and especially the morning light reflecting on the buildings. Good moment!
PaulVDV (25571) 2011-03-30 22:43
Beautiful shot of the Ghat taken from on the Ganga. The composition is excellent with the red boat in front of you. The morning light is wonderful and leaves a warm red glow on the walls.
Best regards, Paul
jafadabret (56501) 2011-03-30 22:59
La lumière du matin sur cette pierre dorée des édifices est sublime.
J'aime cette atmosphère de paix et de sérénité.
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-30 23:11
Hi Angshu, this is lovely, especially with the low level sunlight on the buildings and the row boat. nice contrast in colours.. It possibly could have been a little sharper .. overall a lovely pic.. Bet you werer happy with the cricket yesterday? Rich
Graal (101108) 2011-03-31 0:13
an interesting view and informations. Well composed image with the boat left. Fine mornig light, here's a bit misty effect in BG. Pleasant peaceful mood. I like it.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (93116) 2011-03-31 0:22
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Ce n'est plus un simple album, mais un livre d'or que vous nous proposez à travers toutes vos photographies.
La beauté des images nous emporte chaque fois davantage.
pablominto (53746) 2011-03-31 0:53
A beautiful light is blessing the buildings...!
The contrast with the boat enhances the effect, creating a strong imaginary diagonal...
In short - the composition works very well, drawing attention to this dynamic image!
mkamionka (33661) 2011-03-31 2:42
fantastic composition. I like the multiple layers here with the beautiful architecture being in the center of attention. You have added an attractive foreground with the boat, as well as a pleasant background providing some context.
josepmarin (58087) 2011-03-31 5:46
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
I like the atmosphere created by the low light of the sunrise and by its warm tones, that they illuminate the stones of this holy place, heightening the forms of its interesting architecture on the banks of the river.
The smoke increases the a bit mysterious and mystical sensation of this place.
An excellent work with the exposure, you have obtained an image with a high quality, and great sharpness.
The touch of color of the boat and its passengers is fantastic.
Fis2 (92139) 2011-03-31 6:45
Good composition and frame.
Photo has climate.
sacimar (26205) 2011-03-31 8:09
beautiful sunrise, I like the weak light of the morning here, the place is impressive, good perspective and details,
abmdsudi (48759) 2011-03-31 9:51
The scene looks fabulous. Excellent morning light, beautiful colors and very high photographic qualities! There are lots of gems in this awesome image. Lovely golden color of the buildings, the ghats, people's activities and the depth creating such a great visual effect. To me the magical atmosphere is the most attractive element truely reflecting the charm of Banares. A great photo works. Brilliant capture. Congrats. TFS
Have a good wkend
vasilpro (41187) 2011-03-31 11:11
Wonderful composition, beautiful town view through the sea, interesting architecture in BG, lovely warm light and colors, excellent POV, TFS!
Warm regards, Vasilis.
pajaran (56578) 2011-03-31 12:57
Lep jutarnji pogled ...
Lepo mesto i prikaz dobrim trenutkom snimka, lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, jutarnje svetlo naglasilo je lepotu arhitekture, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
A beautiful morning view ...
Nice place good times and display image, beautiful colors and photo.
Good work and composition, the morning light highlighted the beauty of architecture, my congratulations on the good work.
All the best.
ciakgiak (30423) 2011-03-31 13:43
I love this image, the light is magnificent and create a warm atmosphere.
I like a lot the composition with the boat on the left, the colors are splendid.
Congratulations and TFS.
dip (23888) 2011-03-31 22:54
very nice capture of the morning atmosphere at Ganga,the sunlight gives beautiful warm tones to the buildings and the boat in the foreground is the eye catcher in the composition,
tusharkmandal (3173) 2011-04-01 1:25
Reminds me of a few weeks back. And again my heart is pumping fast to go again. The golden light is very beautifully captured. The boats and the ghats with the high steps are essence of benaras. Very nice composition.
Have a nice time
Didi (59678) 2011-04-01 10:03
Good position of the boat in a strong point of the frame.
Interesting diagonal between the boat and the top of the temple.
This is a good frame quality
Bartleby (13552) 2011-04-01 12:52
what a light, what a scene! it seems i'm there looking at it as well...love it! The golden light, the blurred boat, they all make a very soothing atmosphere.
bukitgolfb301 (38514) 2011-04-01 14:45
Hi my dear Prof.Angshuman
Wonderful shot indeed, that makes me remind the greatness of deep and proficient your country, India.
So marvelous presentation by very considered framework and tasteful warm color by using light morning light.
The delicate color description is so remarakable and beautiful.
Thanks for your sharing fine work and have a good Weekend!
Takero from Tokyo getting warm
Nard (6972) 2011-04-02 4:05
Beautiful morning light and colors of Varanasi. I like the warm and golden atmosphere. It brings back to me good memories. Well done
sacavem (18620) 2011-04-03 3:47
His capture is really beautiful, you were in the right place at the right time.
Your point of view chosen is really good to compose this superb view over the Varanasi, very good details and light management.
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2011-04-03 5:18
it's an excellent shot. The soft light of morning is superb. Great composition with very nice exposer. Great depth and sharpness. Excellent work. Tfs.
Waylim (25444) 2011-04-05 0:00
Not one of your best shot, the foreground of the people on the boat are blur, perhaps due to the fact that they are moving and the low light, the midddle ground of boats and temple are much better but still not as good as your other shot. The light is beautiful though and composition is good, the air seems hazy and perhaps that is the cause of everything to look this way.
kordinator (20337) 2011-04-07 7:28
Fantastic point of view for this wonderful cityscape composition,perfect framed.
Nice blured boat and river in the foreground give excellent depth of field.
Nice town in the background under ideal light.
Colors are beautiful.
Great job with fantastic informative note.
Atousa (7131) 2011-04-16 6:31
The nice chosen pov gives the sense of sitting in a boat.. good lighting on the shore n I like the inclusion of the boat in the FG.. well done.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
korbee (6617) 2011-05-08 5:12
Theres that typical morninglight on the ghats,I stll remember the silents magical mood in the early morning,in this unique town.
There is only one Varanasi in the world....
danos (92568) 2011-07-15 22:03
nice morning snapshot with the morning fog to makes the scene dreamily. The baot is placed perfect in the frame as the moment of sunrise to found the bathers, cleansing their spirits in the holy waters.
mayjayne (5140) 2011-11-01 9:16
Yet again another interesting note to an equally interesting composition. There is a feel of early morning in this scene, but the sunlight lends a burnt orangish glow to the buildings.
GiovanniG (3064) 2013-07-03 9:09
You have an excellent portfolio which is so impressive to me. Your accomplishments are extraordinary and I hope to learn from your accomplishments. I chose this not for a technical reason but because to me it expresses what India means to me. The format and timing of the capture are ideal as well as your light management. I love your narrative which has good gravity. Well done my mentor!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56740)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-20
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Benaras - A Photographic Lesson
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-30 2:13
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