483. Chhath Festival
Photo By: Shutterbug
Location: Rani Pokhari
Posted Date: 16th November, 2010
A Hindu woman waits patiently for Sun to appear during the Chhath festival at Rani Pokhari, Kathmandu on November 6, 2010, Saturday. The rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days. They include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water, standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prashad (prayer offerings) and aragh to the setting and rising sun.
Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to Surya (the Hindu Sun God, Surya). The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. In Hindu mythology, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.(Info: Wiki)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 12-24mm at 12mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4
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Thank you all for taking time to comment on this post. I am happy to have these honest feedbacks.
That’s true the quality of this picture is poor because of nasty grains. If it is not importance of the festive moment, I might not be willing to contribute it here at LIN. Yes I am also not happy with this visible grains in the picture and my experience is same as xsrave said, ‘grain mostly gets prominent when we try to correct exposure’. In this case, I’ve used to treat RAW file (Adobe RGB) in non-calibrated monitor (my mistake and result is more greenish effect) and pushed its brightness by +50 and contrast +25. I always treat my RAW images in Nikon’s Capture NX. This picture is 2 stops underexposed and I had to compromise it since I was there without tripod otherwise I don’t defy hand-held rule. And this unsatisfying result of grains I see even at ISO 400 is one big reason why I am planning to upgrade my camera. My eyes are set on Nikon D700. 😉
i beg to differ here for the following reasons:
– too much post-processing
– 3 distinct elements; the diyo, praying woman and the reflections make it harder to focus on anything at a glance.
the angle is well composed though. maybe highlighting one of the element( i would go with the woman) and repressing others slightly during post-processing would have made this shot more attractive.
I totally loved this shot with respect to its angle, composition and capture of most of the crucial elements.
Awesome capture Shutterbug. Keep posting!
Definitely a well composed shot .. Diyo, Woman holding the prayer offerings, Rani Pokhari (Temple of Lord Shiva) on the backdrop. A perfect shot that resembles the whole meaning. Once again a great shot, thanks for sharing. One question though, why is there so much noise in 400 ISO? was there any re-touch/post-process to add up some light in the image? Just so curious to hear from you, as i try to do it at times using “Fill Light” of LR3.0.
Well composed shot & nicely balanced lights…… GREAT!!!