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photoblog image Along the Hooghly

Along the Hooghly

During my boat ride from the Dakshineswar Kali Temple to the Belur Math on the Hooghly River I saw an incredible amount of river life, from old, run-down temples to the numerous ghats (the stairs going down to the river) with people bathing. This particular bit of architecture really caught my eye. It appeared to be a very old, crumbling ghat, almost a sort of ruins. That in itself I found rather incredible, but the old man going down to bathe really made the scene for me.

Along the Hooghly

During my boat ride from the Dakshineswar Kali Temple to the Belur Math on the Hooghly River I saw an incredible amount of river life, from old, run-down temples to the numerous ghats (the stairs going down to the river) with people bathing. This particular bit of architecture really caught my eye. It appeared to be a very old, crumbling ghat, almost a sort of ruins. That in itself I found rather incredible, but the old man going down to bathe really made the scene for me.

comments (58)

Beautiful, like a golden dream!
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 27 Jan 2010, 00:58
The scene itself looks so amazing. But the add up of the old man on the stairs makes this shot so full of life and it's religious value.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 01:09
A beautiful scene with the prefect light.
Excellent composition. Wonderful light.
Beautiful warm tones in this shot! Well seen and captured! ;-)
i agree with your description Charles, it was obviously something special at one time looking at the brickwork, lovely shot and light
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 02:20
Beautiful shot. Good job.
  • Claudia
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 02:26
Oh, what a perfect composition and I love all the gold tones here!
  • Anupam
  • India
  • 27 Jan 2010, 02:34
Beautifully captured an awesome image. In eastern part of India people grow with these rivers, ponds and ghats. They still use this centuries old tradition of taking a bath.
But image is amazing
A very interesting scene. Love the color saturation.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 27 Jan 2010, 03:58
Nice rich color that you have captured here. I love how the ghat ("new word of the day" for me) gives this photo not only a lot of width, but depth as well.
  • SOUL AFLAME
  • Nestled in Mother natures ample bosom
  • 27 Jan 2010, 04:46
A wonderful scene, and as you say, the man brings a new dimension to an already fabulous frame. The colours sing to me and bring the scene alive. An excellent photograph
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 04:55
An amazing scene. I love that beautiful warm light on the stones.
Great composition and color. His white clothes set of the gold very nicely
This is a fantastic composition for being on a boat ride along the river! Great work and details - the aged stone work is quite visually interesting and the man on the right hand side tops it off nicely!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jan 2010, 06:04
I totally agree, Charles. It's really an image to stare at.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jan 2010, 06:05
The man appears to be the Last Survivor in this picture. Excellent lines.
a nice view!
  • Zing
  • 27 Jan 2010, 07:24
Lovely shot, great composition and light!
Super shot made by the old man who looks a bit undecided!
  • jpla
  • St Barthélémy d'Anjou
  • 27 Jan 2010, 07:36
Comme un rêve ! Bonne journée.
JP
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Jan 2010, 07:36
You're quite right Charles: the figure makes it all work
Totally dreamy. You are very right, the old man gave the picture a unique feel. Good work.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 27 Jan 2010, 08:07
Great colour Charles, the old man is the star though
Wonderful composition. Light and tones are superb!
The old man does make the scene, in a lovely image.
  • Sarito
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2010, 09:10
It is amazing how people's life depend on the river.. a great shot..
nice panoramic size
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 27 Jan 2010, 10:04
Beautiful composition, beautiful colour, beautiful, good day to you.
  • Tolu
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Jan 2010, 10:08
Shot just in time. This image is surreal.
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2010, 10:54
Lovely limited colour shot. Agrre about the person making the shot
A superb composition of the photo ! Beautiful !
I like this because of its cultural content, and I also like ruins and temples. Without the old man it would hard to relate to this picture.
The floating man bathed in this golden atmosphere is really special.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 27 Jan 2010, 11:25
Great image...superb colors and scenery.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 27 Jan 2010, 11:42
Wonderful
It would have been a good shot anyway charles but the man being there is a very good bonus.
L'ensemble est magnifique et j'aime cette attitude...
Bonne journée à vous
Marine
  • martie
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 14:36
Wonderful shot! The lighting is fantastic!
Great scene with the figure there Charles..Well done.
beautiful lighting. Great shot.
very rich in color and nice angle. well done
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 16:18
Old architecture meets aged man, lovely capture
  • don
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 16:33
I like the distinctive pattern the stairs present with the arches underneath. The action of the old man makes the shot come alive. Fine work.
That is a grand flight of steps.
  • tede
  • France
  • 27 Jan 2010, 17:24
Hello, a beautiful scene, this old man who will take his bath is a symbol of purity with white clothes. Superb shot. Good day.
Amazing image. Very well captured!
excellent framing, colors and scenery
  • Scarabaeus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2010, 18:09
This looks like a painting, incredible!
Very nice warm glow in this image! Makes you wonder about the person.
The warm colors are very nice for this shot
  • MARIANA
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 21:16
A wonderful picture . This man brings a new dimension. Fabulous frame .
great toning! very thoughful capture adn full of stories!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2010, 02:40
with how this old man's legs blend with the surroundings, i first thought that it was a spectre floating there.. smile very nice capture.. grin
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2010, 04:11
..just amazing image! Wonderful composition and light! Has a great feel and story to the image...besides reading the comentary which I thank youwink I am looking forward to following your space here and images wink)
Fabulous! Your composition is perfect
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jan 2010, 02:07
Superbe décor qui sied si bien au personnage.
excellent composition!

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