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Nohkalikhai Falls by Krishnandu Sarkar

January 2021 - Nohkalikhai Falls

About the Image(s)

This is the same falls as my Dec 2020 entry. As I mentioned on my Dec 2020 entry due to fog and mist it's hard to get a glimpse of Nohkalikhai waterfall throughout the year.

However, with several failed attempts, this time too, I was feeling down as when I reached the spot, the waterfall was completely covered with clouds with no visibility.

Even though after waiting for 30 mins or so, I couldn't see any ray of hope. I was sure of packing my bag and returning back, however, a senior friend of mine (whom I consider as my mentor) suggested me to stay for a while and have a cup of coffee to warm ourselves up.

Suddenly we could feel a strong cold breeze and as a result, soon the fog started to move around. It was around 5 PM around that time and the sunset has already been started.

Due to the fog around, suddenly a ray of light was directed towards the falls which made our day. It was a historic moment for anyone who was present there. Thus I named this image of mine as "Nohkalikai Limelight". May be I could have named it "Ray of Hope" as I was lacking that for sure!

The scene was hardly there for a minute and I didn't waste my time to document this moment which I can cherish forever. Well, I can't thank my friend of mine enough to make me stay back to experience this.

Lesson Learnt: Well, calm down, hold your breath and don't rush through it. I wouldn't have gained anything by returning back early anyway. However, staying for a while gave me a life's moment which I'll cherish forever.

This was shot at f/2.8, 5s, ISO 100 @ 24mm with Nikon D750 + 17-35mm f/2.8D.


8 comments posted




Richard White   Richard White
Krishnandu, truly a wonderfull photo. You were lucky to wait until the sunlight came through. However, I found the sunlight over powering, I cropped your photo and I believe it is better, but that's my choice.   Posted: 01/01/2021 18:00:40
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Krishnandu Sarkar   Krishnandu Sarkar
Hi Richard, Thanks for the sample crop. I like this more than the one I posted. Thanks a lot for your suggestion.   Posted: 01/15/2021 22:46:20



Michael Jack   Michael Jack
This is an incredible scene. I like the warm color, the smoothness of the waterfall, the "V" shape of the sun ray and waterfall and the placement of both in the scene. For me, Richards crop is better because it removes the bright white spot at the bottom of the image and the artifacts at the top edge of the cliffs (post processing issue?). It just could be my monitor, but the image appears to have some noise in it. I would have considered an aperture above f2.8 to have more of the image sharp but you may have made an artistic choice to narrow the area of focus. It really is an amazing scene.   Posted: 01/02/2021 12:32:10
Krishnandu Sarkar   Krishnandu Sarkar
Hi Michael, Yes I too like Richard's crop more than the one I posted. Yes, I'd have also liked to shoot at a higher f-number, however, I was trying something else and suddenly this light appeared out of nowhere and lasted for like 10 sec. Thus I just didn't want to fiddle with my settings and just get the shot whatever it is out of excitement. This is another learning for me that I need to control my excitement on spot and calm down and make the best out of any situation.   Posted: 01/15/2021 22:51:15



Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I've always been of the opinion to look both in front of your and behind you when you get sunrises or sunset opportunities and to NEVER leave the scene until it is truly completely over. You were fortunate and thus able to capture a once in a lifetime image. The power and drama of the scene are undeniable. I like the composition and the angle of the light but I feel torn while viewing the scene.
The falls is impressive but the sunbeam overpowers the falls because it is the brightest part of the scene. Thus I offer several suggestions.

To keep the eye on the stars of the scene, the light beam and the falls, I would clone out the yellow spot at the bottom so as not to lose the vegetation on the bottom edge that is needed to enclose the frame, then I would crop the bright area from the top of the frame. I do not feel the little bit of sky adds to the composition. I would also crap just a bit from the left to let the sunbeam slash into the scene from the corner and and thus hit the left fixation points better. Like Michael suggested it would have been better to shoot at a higher aperture to sharpen up the image. Since that was not done I added clarity and texture to add some punch to the landscape. Then I dimmed the intensity of the sunbeam so that the falls became more of the star and not a secondary visual element.

There is nothing wrong with your grand image, it depends on how you want to show the scene. Exactly what is your intent. The sunbeam or the falls, or something entirely different. The image can stand as it is. My suggestions are just that, mine. As the maker, your decision is all that matters.

I've attached by crop for demo purposes only.   Posted: 01/02/2021 14:55:43
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Krishnandu Sarkar   Krishnandu Sarkar
Thanks a lot Larry for taking your precious time out to guide me. I agree with your points and that of Michael's and Richard's.

As I mentioned on Michael's comments - "I'd have also liked to shoot at a higher f-number, however, I was trying something else and suddenly this light appeared out of nowhere and lasted for like 10 sec. Thus I just didn't want to fiddle with my settings and just get the shot whatever it is out of excitement. This is another learning for me that I need to control my excitement on spot and calm down and make the best out of any situation."

I really loved what you have done to the image and thanks a lot for explaining each and every step you have taken. This has definitely encouraged me to sit again with the image and follow your process and of Richard's. Thanks a lot again :)   Posted: 01/15/2021 22:55:46



Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Really great image! I agree with Larry about cloning out the bright spot on the bottom, and I do see his point about not cropping out the sky and the left to the sun beam, the image does actually seem more powerful with that treatment.   Posted: 01/15/2021 02:18:22
Krishnandu Sarkar   Krishnandu Sarkar
Hi Bill, Yes. I'd also like to process the image the same way as Larry suggested. Thanks, to Larry again for taking the time out to explain every step you have taken.   Posted: 01/15/2021 22:57:27



 

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