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photoblog image Along the Hooghly

Along the Hooghly

On our boat ride down the Hooghly River we started at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and went about 20 minutes down river and to the other side where we disembarked at the Belur Math. This incredible complex is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and it was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It was built in 1898. As you can see here, the ghat is quite lively as visitors and disciples go down to the Hooghly river to bathe.

Unfortunately, no picture taking was allowed inside the complex, but at least our boat went by close enough for me to take a few shots.

I would also like to thank Armando for his technical advice yesterday. This photo was completely washed out because the sun was so bright and the sky was filled with dust as it is all around Kolkata in the winter. This was my first attempt to alter a photo in PS. I changed the contrast and also cropped out the top of someone's head on the boat in the bottom corner. I then did some fiddling with just the sky to make it more blue. I am a tad afraid that I might have made it too blue. If anyone has any other technical advice I would be very appreciative.

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Along the Hooghly

On our boat ride down the Hooghly River we started at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and went about 20 minutes down river and to the other side where we disembarked at the Belur Math. This incredible complex is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and it was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It was built in 1898. As you can see here, the ghat is quite lively as visitors and disciples go down to the Hooghly river to bathe.

Unfortunately, no picture taking was allowed inside the complex, but at least our boat went by close enough for me to take a few shots.

I would also like to thank Armando for his technical advice yesterday. This photo was completely washed out because the sun was so bright and the sky was filled with dust as it is all around Kolkata in the winter. This was my first attempt to alter a photo in PS. I changed the contrast and also cropped out the top of someone's head on the boat in the bottom corner. I then did some fiddling with just the sky to make it more blue. I am a tad afraid that I might have made it too blue. If anyone has any other technical advice I would be very appreciative.

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comments (33)

I love the buildings,some people have a great detail for art,when it comes to great building,this is a very nice shot,lots of hostory here.
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 21 Jan 2010, 01:29
This is an amazingly beautiful scene, Charles. I don't think you need any technical advice beyond this. Great composition and an excellent framing.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 04:31
Amazing architecture. I can't even imagine such a place.
  • Dulcie
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 05:18
This is a a fascinating place. Glad you went for the shot in spite of the dust. Good 'ole PS. It is invaluable for basic adjustments like contrast (levels) and sharpening. BTW, thank you very much for visiting my photoblog!
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 21 Jan 2010, 06:17
Une image empreinte d'une grande sérénité.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 21 Jan 2010, 07:18
twiddling is half the fun Charles and the more you do the more addictive it becomes, the basics for most of my shots are levels, curves, sharpness and cropping. Sometimes very little is required and l do next to nothing. This image looks fairly natural to me
I love those soft pastels and wonderful sense of scale in this lovely composition!
Twiddling is not my cup of tea but I must say that the result is quite convincing! You did well.
A lovely capture Charles.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jan 2010, 08:43
Such incredible architecture! I'm glad you included lots of brightly coloured people too Charles
Its a great building, and your twiddle works very well, nice capture.
Nothing wrong with this Charles..nice capture.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Jan 2010, 12:14
Great photo It"s a pain when you see the sign "NO PHOTOS"
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 14:30
Nice composition.
Beautiful shot. The people on the steps really up the color content.
I wish I could travel and photograph these amazing places. Nice work.
  • Scarabaeus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2010, 16:55
The vibrant colours are excellent
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 21 Jan 2010, 16:58
Beautiful shot of architectures, beautiful colour, bravo!
Great view! Lovely buildings!
This shot is gorgeous...even after the processing....I love the steps down to the water and the buildings are something I've never seen before. Wonderful shot!
excellent view ans framing
Only those who are traveling, it can make beautiful photos.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2010, 17:29
It's a very different world from what I know. I'm unlikely to ever visit so thanks for sharing. You've done a good job on the editing. The only thing to watch with the sky is that if significant areas show through trees, for example you have to try and colour match. Sometimes it's easier to clone in more tree over the offending hole!
  • Oyapoke
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2010, 17:48
Nice trip through India thks to your pics. Good mix of colors, people, architecture, culture, atmosphere.
  • Bruno F
  • FRANCE
  • 21 Jan 2010, 18:31
Beautiful point of view ! Great shot !
I think you have done a good job. I don't think I would have realised this picture had been altered. Because the sky is still fairly featureless it might be worth cropping it by about half and perhaps just a little off the river too.
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2010, 19:16
I found the perfect contrast. To heaven, it is very difficult to change the color, especially when there are no clouds .... Maybe make a framing panoramic reduce the height of the sky ... Have you tried playing with the exposure setting? The result can be interesting.
Know that your photo is a beautiful picture. The colors of your characters are superb.
Soon, Charles.
Asia has a different scale. It looks good in this picture.
How beautiful are the trees.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 20:11
lovely scene, well composed
You've changed a good shot to an even better one Chalres with just a few simple changes, well done.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jan 2010, 21:32
Amazing picture and the people show the scale in which the buildings are in.
It must have a great experience to have visited this place.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jan 2010, 23:19
It doesn't look obviously photoshopped and the people add a nice bright touch of colour. I think though, that perhaps you have got just a little too much sky.
Ingrid
I love it! Wonderful!
The people are of great effect here, they give life to the image with their colourful clothes.

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