I tried to do something different here...
Since I am not so adept with portrait shots, I tried one on a subject, something static, but something supremely beautiful…the unorthodox bright red face of the idol of Ma Durga.
Also experimented with framing using DOF...the two OOF objects are small bells which were part of the décor in the pandal. The bells are made of metal & the reflections (of daylight) on them maybe a bit jarring to the eyes, though I did try a bit of softening (of these bells only) in PP. The red colour of the idol is exactly just as it was.
I have posted a WS of a part of the pandal so that one gets an idea of how the small metal bells look in a larger context.
I’m not sure whether you would like the experiment & the effect. If you don’t, please do let me know…would definitely help my learning.
In yet another WS I have dabbled with PP - partial desaturation with Picassa..
For Kolkatans this is the idol of the Puja at Selimpur Palli.
F= 248 mm
Critiques | Translate
Graal (92108) 2006-10-19 2:35
amazing view, unusual mask, interesting note and WS. Fine document. Good job.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-10-19 2:38
I am surprised I am first one to comment.I like oof bells but with 1/60 secI find swing is much.was it longer exposure?
I like lovely colors of Ma
arnabchat (7233) 2006-10-19 2:55
thanks for this post. It is indeed nice to see the unusual red color for the Durga. To me this image is a bit too colorful. What I like here is the nice framing with the bells in the fg OOF.
kermit350 (9012) 2006-10-19 4:16
Hello Angshu, this red marked cannot pass unperceived, as for the die saturation partial of this idol it is great art, sincerely
binita (464) 2006-10-19 6:22
good saturated colour. very unusual kind of it. however, superb shot.
pierrefonds (50930) 2006-10-19 7:53
A good portrait of the idol of Ma Durga, a lot of details can be seen. The photo is sharp and clear. It has a good composition and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
prumod (8300) 2006-10-19 8:05
this "oneman show" of red is very beautiful... i feel that my monitor is bleeding!
pablominto (53744) 2006-10-19 8:58
I find this portrait beautiful and well done!
However... There is a tiny sceptisism concerning the blurry bells, I have some problems seeing they add something to the composition..?
Otherwise there are great details in this most colourful capture!
photographer123 (6246) 2006-10-19 9:17
WELL SHOT.GOOD COLOR,BUT I THINK THERE IS SOME PROBLEM IN FRAMING,THERE SHOULD BE MORE SPACE IN RIGHT SIDE CAUSE DURGA"S LOOK IS TOWARDS THERE,FACE IS ALMOST MIDDLE OF THE FRAME,BELL SHOULD BE MORE SHARP IN 1/60,OTHERWISE ITS A GOOD TRY..BEST WISHES..SUBIR..
feather (51128) 2006-10-19 9:32
The startling red colour and the detail you have captured is very good but I really can't decide about the bells. I know there are a lot of people who like bokeh, but somehow I don't feel it works here. I can see your dilemma from looking at the wider view in the WS, and using a framing device generally is something that appeals to me. I think it is the colour of the bells that disturbs me; something black may have been less obtrusive, but every time I try to concentrate on the idol's face I am distracted by the bells. The partial de-saturation in the WS is a good attempt to address the problem, but still I am distracted by the bells. Did you try a shot with a wide DOF to have the bells in focus? I wonder if that would be better. I sense from your note you are not convinced by this either. I admire you for experimenting and posting this for opinion.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-10-19 9:39
This is a very nice and spectacular artwork detail! Its a mysterious mood and fascinating spectacle. Beautiful and decorative details. Its an excellent cut and superb POV. This is an expressive and effective artwork photo!
Thank you, nice days
andreng (265) 2006-10-19 9:44
I quite like this shot of yours of yours but I am not sure of how to comment about the bells. If you did not mention that they are bells I may not have known. For me I think the bells are too blurred out. A little bit more clearer may make the picture stand out differently. Normally for myself I would like to know what I am looking through to see the subject.
josepmarin (56467) 2006-10-19 12:04
fantastic colorful! Dominant the red one is impressive, and the details of this idol can be seen perfectly, the photo is very clean.
The spots that form the bells in foreground are the turn out to experiment with the depth of field, and their so clear tones distract a little. These experiments help us to perfect our technique.
vincz (19099) 2006-10-19 15:12
This is certainly the most supremely beautiful pciture of the idol of Ma Durga among all the ones i saw recently. This red, this gold, these eyes.... truely fascinating. Now there is the bells issue. They were not getting in my way when i did know what they were, now that i know I feel my eyes trying to adjust on some concrete form I know while before it was just some light aberrations palying with the idol. So i prefer not knowing and stay with the beautiful idol surrounded by divine lights. Great job my friend!
clic (12465) 2006-10-19 16:05
To answer your state of uncertainty, I should say that I would have try, if was possible, a much lower point of view to avoid completely the bells.
Anyway I'm not bothered that much by those artifacts in front, the icon itself being sharp and colourful.
Rare document of greater interest.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-10-19 17:31
Lovely portrait :). Maybe it shouldn`t, but it it funny face for me. Good capture and interesting details.
emjleclercq (15778) 2006-10-19 18:38
I am not fully convinced by the two bells, but thered idol was really worth your picture. The red color (including the surrounding flowers) is rellay omnipresent in the image with a rich and warm tone. And you managed avery good sharpness.
All the best,
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-10-19 20:39
amazing red tones ... I like the way you set the focus and the bells out of focus.
Nice to bring us near the colourful India.
I like the POV and the frame. Good composition.
MIG13 (0) 2006-10-19 23:02
Another impressive Durga, Angshu, rich in colours and mood! Well done! Regards! Miguel.
plimrn (21344) 2006-10-20 0:21
Great first potrait!! I love it!! I'm with the crew that thinks the partial desaturation is stunning. Ma's face becomes more of a portrait and the details of hand and the costume are clearer in B & W. Many of the critiques seem to assume that you could avoid the bells; I thought you couldn't avoid them so you made the best of them. In the desaturated version, they are no problem.
berek (32051) 2006-10-20 4:51
powerful traditional face. power of red my friend . well framed picture. thanks. have a nice day.
my overall evaluation -> ****
sayan (2617) 2006-10-20 11:15
Hello Angshuman da,
Nice experiment. Nice colours and I really like your idea here. The idea of keeping the bells OOF is effective, also it does not hamper the view of the face. Each of your WS are unique, giving a complete feeling for the place.
prezntime (3946) 2006-10-20 23:55
The red of the idol is quite dramatic...almost on fire. The bells just aren't working for me. I think maybe just a little more narrow of an aperture to make the bells just a little more defined might help my eyes. I'm not sure.
Yeah, I think that's it, more crispness to the bells would make a very nice in frame...well, frame. The overall picture is very well done, the framing of the idol and the colors etc...Big cheers for experimenting and letting us all take a look and have an opinion. To take a risk and let others look on is the best way to ones personal improvement.
ChrisJ (91132) 2006-10-21 6:36
A striking image, with intense red colouring & marvellous symmetry of the 2 out of focus bells. Tfs!
axiotea (21647) 2006-10-22 5:10
Somehow, I like the blurred bells which create a special atmosphere in your compo and contrasts well to the vivid red color. The eyes of Ma Durga make an effect of hypnotism.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-10-22 14:49
This is a great photo, very powerful and very well shown!!
I just love the atmosphere of the photo and great quality!
Stepan (27210) 2006-10-22 16:26
That's really excellent, even one of your best !
Colors are so deep, dof is perfect and sharpness impressive despite hard conditions. Very well composed and realized.
fabio_ts (13694) 2006-10-23 2:32
Hi my friend, a great impact shot here, the red mono-tone makes it really fashinating and the out of focus bells are a nice bonus, really well done, compliments!!
vinicio (23415) 2006-10-23 3:00
Fantastic portrait Angshu, the image have great force and colors are very strong, I like also the big DOF of the image, compliments.
Have a nice week
zeca (19762) 2006-10-24 22:52
This is strong, beautiful, very well captured!
capthaddock (28790) 2006-11-04 19:20
Hi Angshu - the deep red immediately grabbed my attention, very exotic (for me at least) portrait, though I do wish the (bells?) were at least in better focus
riclopes (35567) 2006-11-15 4:16
Olá Angshu, I need to visit some very good works that you have from this festival. This one is quite impressive, with a 248mm of focal distance. And one can apreciate better your photographing skills, after looking at the altered image #1, taken with the whole scenery. This could never be a quick snap shot. It's a studied one and with an excellent result. I really love the way you frame the hypnotic red idol, bettween the OOF bells and the way the same red dominates the image, with nice golden details here and there. After read everything that was pointed out in all the critics written, I still like it very much, so it will to my favorites.
Have a great day,
anjan (1086) 2006-11-20 2:44
A difficult one 2 judge with bells and I can see thre has been some discussion goin on around it but I like the effect. I appreciate the original framing idea.
pastadog (13068) 2006-11-24 8:35
Hi Angshu, the idol is so strong, the red so amazing, details so beautiful and sharp that I'm not sure the OOF bells are needed, although they might be giving some depth and they've certainly made this post a really interesting one, being a trigger for the discussion that has been going on here, that's great; it's always refreshing and enriching to find experiments and posts like this one in this site, so T a lot FS; cheers :) Daniel
sagar (2410) 2007-10-24 5:23
Probably this is THE shot to comment upon!!!! I havent seen such a strange but adorable color of the Godess before. Extremely beautiful shots, and I dont feel the bells are causing that much of a distraction.Fantastic eyes. I'm sorry I cant give more than a smiley, but this one is much beyond that,this is really superb.
hispic (9619) 2008-05-12 2:29
Vibrant red overwhelmingly grips my eyes, awesome! Large blurs of golden bells in the foreground are very effective.
Best Regards, Hisashi
smarcell (19963) 2008-08-03 6:53
So eye catching, and the out of focus things in foreground actually make the picture more inetersting.
The eyes of the idol are two magnets !
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52878)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-30
- Categories: Festivals, Artwork
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/3.3, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Durga Puja in Kolkata - The Art of Creation [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-18 23:29
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