Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA, QPSA  

Pongala-Community cooking by Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA, QPSA

September 2020 - Pongala-Community cooking

September 2020 - Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an image of 'Attukal Pongala - ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice by women'.Attukal Pongala is a 10-day festival celebrated at the Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, during which there is a huge gathering of millions of women on the ninth day. These women prepare a divine food made of rice in earthen pots and offer it to the Goddess of the Temple. The festival is marked as the largest annual gathering of women by the Guinness World Records. This image is in front of my apartment.

Camera FujiFilm FinePix Real 3D. ISO-100, f/3.7, Shutter speed 1/170 sec. Trimmed the image and adjusted levels, saturation in Photoshop and denoice in Topaz.

For details about Attukal Pongala please see the following links


6 comments posted

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Dr. Nair, what a great capture of a very special moment. I do love the strength of the colors and appreciate your wanting to include as much as possible in your final image but I am wondering if a different crop and editing out the cars in the background might help with the telling of the sacredness of this story.

I am also thinking that there are several images within this image (maybe just the pots) that would also be a strong story telling images.   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:04:50
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Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Yes, I could have trimmed the image more. But, I wanted to show that this function is held even in roads. The main function is within the grounds of the temple. Since the space is not sufficient, people do it in the roads too (5 miles radias of the temple.) Complete city is blocked during this period.   Posted: 09/07/2020 04:52:02

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Good converging lines. Perfect increase in saturation while remaining realistic. I like the haze to emphasize distance. Interesting description and history. Nothing to change.

  Posted: 09/07/2020 13:13:25

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This image tells a very interesting story and is extremely well done. The added bonus is your own story describing the festival. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 09/13/2020 13:47:41

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
The technical aspects of your post processing is excellent., however, in your efforts to convey what impacts you from an emotional point results in an image that puts too much emphasis on the pole, which I find distancing. I like Terry's crop better but this is my perspective.
I appreciate yours. I see how the last 3 ladies on the right side are an important part of the story.   Posted: 09/15/2020 17:11:59

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Amazing that you can see this in front of your apartment. That is so special. I like your crop and see from your story that the cars are part of it. I like that you increased the vibrance, making it a very pleasing scene for the viewer.

I would select the pole and make it the least distracting color possible, maybe gray like the other poles.

And 2 nitpiks:
1. In the lower right, I would remove the small remains of the person who was standing there.
2. Under the red sleeve of the lady on the far right, I would remove the white line that outlines the bottom of it, probably from sharpening.

  Posted: 09/18/2020 15:20:22


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