Hema Narayanan  


Comes in whole circle by Hema Narayanan

June 2021 - Comes in whole circle

About the Image(s)

Shot in Banaras aka Varanasi, the ultimate place considered sacred for the Hindus for achieving salvation. This is a ritual a man is offering to his departed dear one as a final rite. This is a place of confluence of Birth and Death, both celebrated in it's own rights.
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16 comments posted




Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
I like the way that you have gone right in and concentrated on the hands, pot and the flow of water. You get the feel of the symbolism of the motion.It is lovely and sharp on the main areas of interest.
I do find it a bit red and took the liberty to take a copy and desaturate it a tad in H&S and I think it looks better?   Posted: 06/04/2021 16:11:21
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Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thank you for the comments and the edits. The extra orange is because this city is known for use of saffron Color. Hence thought it maybe apt to retain the orangish reddish hue.   Posted: 06/08/2021 11:43:29



Brent Doornbos   Brent Doornbos
I love the pic. I don't know if it is too saturated. I think the "lushness" of the color pays tribute to the ritual. I do feel like the index finger could be slightly more sharp. I am just drawn to that. Its a lovely shot.   Posted: 06/07/2021 21:02:50
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thank you so much Brent. This is almost like, Drops of Reverence. Glad you liked the feel of the image. Yeah the colour emphasises the ritual.

The shot was taken at a fast pace from atop a boat, guess I missed the sharpness of the forefinger. Thanks again   Posted: 06/08/2021 11:46:00



Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Hema, an interesting shot. Having the explanation makes a world of difference. How honoring. But looking at it without context, the meaning does not come out to me, and the orange color and tight crop does not appeal to me personally. Some of the bright spots are distracting. Maybe a different post-processing technique would appeal to me, and I would look at Topaz impressionism, and see if a painterly more abstract rendering would be more to my liking, but that is my personal taste.   Posted: 06/08/2021 09:19:51
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
I agree Randall. For someone who has seen such images it's perhaps easier to relate without context. But yeah maybe otherwise it's tricky.

Not used topaz at all. Would you, time permitting, take a stab at making the edit and posting it here ? Would be nice to see indeed. Thanks for the comments.   Posted: 06/08/2021 11:48:01
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
I would be happy to. I will need the jpeg. You can send it to my email at rgusdorf@live.com.   Posted: 06/08/2021 12:39:12



Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Sure Randall I shall send it to you today. Thanks again   Posted: 06/08/2021 22:12:43



Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Here is what I was able to create from coping the image from this website and then taking it to topaz. This is one variation I thought was successful.   Posted: 06/08/2021 22:15:45
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Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Looks very different and very effective. Like way the water is standing out so much more.   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:56:29
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thanks Randall for the attempt. It looks like a painting. Would be lovely if you can send it to my email hemana@gmail.com.   Posted: 06/20/2021 22:23:26



Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
I really like the tones in this image as well as the depth of field, which keeps the eye on the hands and flowing water. I do also like Randall's Topaz version.   Posted: 06/09/2021 05:59:25
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thank you. Somehow to me all the elements in the original image seemed to work together   Posted: 06/20/2021 22:24:20
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thank you. Somehow to me all the elements in the original image seemed to work together   Posted: 06/20/2021 22:24:21



Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
Very powerful and interesting shot, Hema! I was glad for the explanation, also! I find the three bright spots in the background a bit distracting as it takes away from the water drops. I like the colors and perhaps if those spots were toned down a bit it would make a difference. Just my thoughts.   Posted: 06/20/2021 13:50:51
Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Thank you. I guess you are referring to the bright bokeh spots. Sure I will try to tone it down and see if I can post it back here   Posted: 06/20/2021 22:25:45



 

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