Among the most beautiful and happening places in the city of Kolkata is the Hooghly riverfront. People throng to the waterfront from very early in the morning - to take a holy dip, to worship, to catch a ferry, to get a full body massage under the sun or simply to catch some fresh air. I was there today with a different purpose - to bring back and share some memories of the beautiful waterfront with my TE friends. Here a fisherman readies his net as he prepares to go fishing. This one was captured from the jetty.
The Hooghly River is a distributary of the Ganges River. It splits from the Ganges near the city of Baharampur, and runs south through West Bengal, past the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah, to empty into the Bay of Bengal. The river is an essential lifeline for the people of Kolkata. The fish from the river are important to the local economy. The river's presence is one of the reasons chosen by the British to settle there. Several bridges run over the Hooghly at Kolkata; the Howrah Bridge, the Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu bridges.
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mkawalec (544) 2006-07-23 1:06
Greay colors. Awesome scene. Good timing. Nicely coposed with the boat positioned sideways and cropped in the middle. Good job.
Albatros (338) 2006-07-23 1:12
Very nice colors. It gives the whole shot an impression of 'stillness of time', allthough it is obvios there is a lot of movement.
I like the different shades of the water above and below the boat (a casted shadow, I presume).
Framing is very nice, also.
hamidazhari (238) 2006-07-23 2:51
your all works is excellent. I like all
neslihan (181) 2006-07-23 3:02
Very nice colors.
P-S-I-G (25536) 2006-07-23 3:08
Great shot. Very well composed with the fisherman and his boat. Very sharp. Nice colors. Note interesting. Excellent work...once again.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-07-23 3:21
Hi My friend
Nice POV on this fisherman.
Nice brown colors in all the composition.
faubry (35405) 2006-07-23 3:57
bonjour Sabya, again a very nice picture with strong colors and contrast like usual from you.. i like this boat placed at the left side, beautiful differents colors of the water! bravo
bantonbuju (51789) 2006-07-23 3:57
excellent work, i smply love this pov, and composition making use of the boat's shape;
just think that cloning away that yellow thing on the left side would help a bit, what you think?
best wishes, j.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-07-23 4:03
This is a very good composition. The picture is very sharp and the colours quite good, even if they appear to be a bit saturated. Thanks for sharing a nice shot.
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-07-23 4:19
Excellent compsition with the man in the boat. Excellent framing, POV, well saturated colours, I love the atmosphere here, very pleasing.
roamermark (1592) 2006-07-23 4:34
Different kind of photo from you today Sabyasachi. I like it very much. Nice POV and great detail inside the boat. Cheers
oochappan (16355) 2006-07-23 4:44
Well framed Sabyasachi, the boat piercing from aside in to the frame in the light gradiant textured water, a fine warm colormood, maybe his face could be slightly lightened up and putting the man in the corner here with more space in front of the boat could bring him to a strong point of the golden cut but that are only rules hé. The hard burning to dark is a matter of personal taste 'degustibus et coloribus non disputandum' and gives a more baroque feeling.
naxius (16685) 2006-07-23 5:11
I like the yellow tone you have find here with your post process...
The light is good too.
What I find good here here the way the boat and the man are located within the frame, very good.
delnaja (2056) 2006-07-23 6:02
excellent POV and composition. Nice colors also. The water is fascinating...
veve (4189) 2006-07-23 6:10
I like the colors and the composition equally!
sined (4523) 2006-07-23 6:28
like a bird flying above ,waiting for a fish ...
What a beautiful vision you offer to us
feather (51130) 2006-07-23 6:58
It's not often we see this view of the fisherman and his boat; we get a view of all his equipment as well as a glimpse of his activity. I like the way you have composed the shot with the front of the boat pointing into the frame.
lucasdasilva (557) 2006-07-23 7:13
I have never seen so fresh photo. Taken this morning and for us? Oh thank you so much. Veri good composition with the angle catching my eye and strong colours. Good note about your city.
Ulishna (2268) 2006-07-23 7:20
It's really great image. Saturated colors are very well!
imrek (4) 2006-07-23 7:55
wow...great photo with good colours and contrast and POV is very well choosen...great work!!!
jinju (14265) 2006-07-23 8:02
the colors in your photos are amazing. Super string. Alsways on the edge in terms of contrast and saturation too. Love the textures and the tones here. The composition is beautoful, showing essentail stuff, and only that.
marietom (34609) 2006-07-23 8:33
superbes couleurs, pour cette composition vu d'en haut.
Bravo, j'aime beaucoup.
Cretense (68695) 2006-07-23 9:15
Great POV, Sabyasachi! Your composition is perfect! Great choice to leave half of the boat outside the frame. This way we focus on the "subject". As always, wonderful, dense and warm colours. What's most important about your work is that it is "recognizable". It is very important and very dificult for a photographer to have his own style and you have managed it perfectly. Congratulations!
Best regards from Greece,
s10001in (0) 2006-07-23 10:04
Very well done.
You got detail critics from Rafal.
No more to say.
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-07-23 10:28
nice picture, I like how the boat only makes up one side and the rest is water. you have captured it at a good time.
P.S. Seeing you have been to Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Assam, Do you think Sikkim (Gangtok,nearby areas) and Assam (Kaziranga, Guwahati) would be possible in upto 7-8 days? Which did you like more, Assam or Sikkim?
john_c (24666) 2006-07-23 11:27
A well chosen POV to discern all the fine details of this fisherman preparing his net. I like the difference in hues in the water, the man's steadiness of purpose, and the graphism with the angle of the boat, the cross support pieces of the boat, and the oar. Good clarity and exposure level. Well done.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-07-23 12:15
Great brown tones dominating the whole scene, excelent framing, well captured
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-07-23 12:38
I always enjoy reading your notes as they contribute so much to my appreciation to your excellent photos. Beautiful composition and colors. Congratulations.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-07-23 14:42
another beautiful image from India.
Appart from Varanasi it is Kolkata where I would love to go some day.
Good to see that appart from urban life there are also peaceful aereas.
Nice framing, colours and composition.
Fis2 (92195) 2006-07-23 15:58
Your work is great. I like this Daily Life shot. Good composition and colours. Very impressive picture.
avigur_11 (22087) 2006-07-23 17:40
I really like the view from above, Sabyasachi. I like the muddy water background and the way brown color dominates the scene. I like the way his shirt breaks this all-brown image. I think that you should crop theyelow jerrycan on the left, it is distracting. But it is a very good shot, my friend.
pranab (5354) 2006-07-24 4:28
i like the fact unlike many people you don't call the ganga but hoogli river.
here your pov makes us look down and pay attention to the fisherman on the boat and the details surrounding him. good color contrast and saturation.
carper (96) 2006-07-24 6:52
very good photo Sabyasachi,
the composition is nice and the pov is great here, a very good composition from the high place, very good quality, good job.
arjun_das (1851) 2006-07-24 7:51
Another wonderful shot from you on a river which does not lose its charm even if you take hundreds of shots. Every shot will certainly have different POV from others. The drak lower part, a characteristic of your photos, creates lots of contrast with the lighter upper part. Where from did you take it? Thanks for sharing such an well seen and well captured shot.
sunilshukla (844) 2006-07-24 12:50
Good one Sabs, you have workd wondrs wit this composition. Very dynamic. I like ur POV lookin down at the boat.
Angshu (56740) 2006-07-24 23:48
I like the natural colours of Ganga..good view with the boat pointing towards the right. The textures of the water is fantastic & hightened by your POV. Great shot
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2006-07-25 1:20
Hi Sabyasachi, this is very nice, I guess it' your treatment taht makes it a bit dark, but the composition is very good. The dark frmae gives the idea that w are looking down through that frame to the fisherman.
tcht (7565) 2006-07-25 1:38
Amazingly beautiful picture. The colours are good and I like the textures even more. Good contrasts of color of water and boat. Excellent pic all the way.
abulafia (4900) 2006-07-25 3:43
Great cropping, this is something im not good at, i would probably try to include the whole boat, and then discard the shot because the mood wasn't right.
But what you do here is pretty simple, and works brilliantly.
sayan (2617) 2006-07-25 7:04
Wonderful POV. I like the colour of the water which is perfect colour of Hooghly river. This is certainly a different angle amongst thousands of other posts on Hooghly river.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2006-07-26 5:53
Even simple scenes can look great if composed and captured by a master like you. Excellent!
cam (9043) 2006-07-26 20:30
Simple presentation but powerfull.
I like this crop showing the tip of the boat,while the fisherman is busy readying its lines.Very simple equipement he has.
The colors are rich and warm with a good contrast against the water.
Xplorator (667) 2006-07-27 1:20
More than anything the towering point of view is what I think is guilty for this excellent composition. I also like the crop, is essential yet not minimalist, combines all elements water, boat, fisherman and tools of trade. It has a certain melancholy of far distant and timeless place.
Silke (3027) 2006-07-27 9:58
Coming in late in the day (or week:)), I can see why this shot has already won high praise from so many others, Sabyasachi! Colours, POV, dof, and composition are all excellent. More importantly, it tells a story, both in actions and body posture.
Quite phenomenal all around
alper_ayhan (581) 2006-07-28 0:53
You have great pictures here and even more importantly very well-prepared and precious explanatory notes.
Now you are one of my favourites on this site, what more can I say?
agbonavita (0) 2006-07-28 11:51
I like the dark area! Good composition!
starky (1616) 2006-07-28 16:51
Hi Sabyasachi.Wonderful picture with beautiful specter of colours.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-07-29 7:02
Nice composition, excellent colours and lighting.
entrelec (8328) 2006-07-29 8:58
Nice compo, the framing is a good choice.
thanks for your info about my picture, I knew that, but was wandering if there was not some other meaning.
jafadabret (56501) 2006-07-30 11:27
Sabyasachi, c'est une photo bien construite avec une contre-plongée sur la barque et le pêcheur. Les tons sont en harmonie entre le bateau et l'eau. Une photo bien agréable.
Lukasso (645) 2006-07-31 3:39
Well, I won't tell you anything you wouldn't know. The photo is just great with its simple and eye-catching composition and deep, well saturated colors. Great photo!
jmhullot (0) 2006-08-01 11:10
Very good picture Sabyasachi. I really love the colours you catched here. You were able to make us share a very special atmosphere here. Thanks.
dolin (15703) 2006-08-01 15:25
J'aime beaucoup la tonalité de couleurs dans cette photo.
C'est sombre, peut-être un peu trop, mais d'un autre côté ca lui donne un contraste intéressant.
POV et cadrage qui donnent leur effet.
celinaconroy (717) 2006-08-06 14:29
I like this picture because it defies the accepted norm of thirds as a perfect proportion for scenery. Although the colours are perhaps rather dark, the beauty lies in the proportion and especially the subject matter of the lone fisherman at his daily task. It is quite moving.
tifah (836) 2006-08-07 10:26
i really like the original affect created by the angle you chose for photographing this boat man. a lovely shot out of the many excellent ones you've taken. thanks for sharing all these inspirational shots
Flavia (10352) 2006-08-08 21:03
Strong POV from above, reavealing to us all the contents of his boat. The different tones of brown and the light shadow on the river water is beautfull.
RADEEH (2802) 2006-08-26 12:49
I love this one for the PoV. It allows us to fully feel the troubled waters and the hard life of this man.The atmosphere is well created in the frame. The colours are very stong and powerful. The slice of the small boat and its details are very intersting. Great work TFS
MIG13 (0) 2006-08-27 16:12
Hi, Sabyasachi! What an original and "full of peace" pic! Unusual and very good POV, strong colours and sharpness! I like it very much! TFS! Regards! Miguel.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-02-19 7:39
Excellent genre photo. I like the expressive composition and the suggestive atmosphere. Details are talkative and interesting. Very good shot. Thank you, nice days
sreeharig (211) 2007-07-23 10:06
Very nice effect. better yet, your explanation. great effort with good results. Hats-off.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19773)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 1:03