Sunil Mehta  

Dust & pollution… by Sunil Mehta

May 2022 - Dust & pollution…

May 2022 - Sunil Mehta


About the Image(s)


Camera : Fuji Film X-E1

Lens: Zoom at 55mm

Exposures: 1/420 Sec; f/6.2; ISO 200

About photo: Documentary photo, shows how much damage is being done to the environment and health of people. I was in a car front seat and there was so much dust and pollution that the visibility was just a few yards, taken in India on a midafternoon in the summer.

Post process:

Crop and some correction in PS

6 comments posted

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Super reportage image Sunil.

I put this into Camera Raw and used Dehaze to bring up the figures slightly without losing the dust. I tried B&W (as I'm sure you did) but it doesn't have the same impact.

Nothing else to change.

  Posted: 05/03/2022 06:41:27
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Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Sunil, I really appreciate this image. Nothing to add photographically - it captures the essence of the what we are (not so) slowly doing to our planet. Heartbreaking to watch. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 05/04/2022 09:20:49

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I love the image with the 3 modes of transportation. The composition is great. A minor suggestion is to clone out the 2 upright "poles" from the background.   Posted: 05/06/2022 06:04:26

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Such a shame to see such pollution. I didn't notice the three forms of transportation until Jim mentioned it, but I think that's really interesting! I also like Jim's idea of removing the poles.

One of your great monochrome images.   Posted: 05/06/2022 19:02:54

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Love this shot Sunil! I have found that I have had more success in competition, with this kind of shot, if it is in mono rather than the original colour.
I have posted a mono for your appraisal. All I did was crop, straighten (ever so lightly to nearly straighten the poles), Topaz de Noise. Then convert to B&W in Photoshop 'Gradient map'.   Posted: 05/17/2022 05:24:12
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
That haze makes for a great photo but a sad commentary on the environment.

I do like the vibrancy of the color version, especially the red scarf against the green trees.

Though a B&W version is not a bad idea for an alternate version. I find that Helen's version draws attention to different things, like I didn't really notice the person walking in the background till the B&W version.   Posted: 05/22/2022 09:27:23


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