Birds Eye View by Clive S


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A Boat on the Ganga in Veranasi, India.

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ISO 640, 75mm, f/10, 1/80 sec
PP in PS Elements
Single frame HDR in Photomatix

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Oh Clive – I love this one! Super processing makes it look like a beautiful delicate painting. Sure fire fave for me. Proves that less is more!

  • Thanks so much Bob. So glad you like it. It does have a painting-feel about it, doesn’t it.

    I was not sure about whether or not to crop the right hand side of the shot – and deliberated for hours over it. I still don’t know if cutting off the chaps on the water bank would help it, but my counter argument was that I would be cutting the little boat out as well and I also quite liked the off-centre of the main boat.

    – Clive S

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...over 3 years ago

    What an intricate and beautiful picture!

  • Thank you so much for your ongoing support Laureen and thanks for the lovely comment..

    – Clive S

  • Vickie Burt
    Vickie Burtover 3 years ago

    Great photo & processing Clive! Bob is right, it does look like a painting!

  • Thanks so mich Vickie. I am so glad that you like it :)

    – Clive S

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Crop or not to crop – that is the question! However, my view is that do NOT crop – the figures on the right contribute atmosphere and interest to the shot. If cropped the boat would overwhelm the whole vista.

  • That was my feeling as well Bob and I think you have convinced me! Thanks.

    – Clive S

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Jason.

    – Clive S

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 3 years ago

    Don’t crop! It would be too centered and less interesting .. .and the fellow adds a lot to the ‘story’ … as well as some sense of scale. Just love the processing.

  • Ok – more convinced :) Thanks Rosalie.

    – Clive S

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 3 years ago

    What a fantastic capture. Definitely don’t crop. Love India and have been 8 times .Have been all over from the North to down South . Regret not going to Varanasi. At work people kept saying " Why do you keep going to India " and my answer was" Because it’s fantastic." Hoping to go to Kerala in February. Another regret is that I wasn’t digital then.

  • Ok – definately convinced! LOL. I can understand your comments to people at work, as I feel exactly the same.

    This was my first experience of India and I went, thinking that it would be interesting, but not a chosen holiday destination, persé. My experience was not what was expected and I have truly fallen for India.

    Varanasi is a must, but possibly a once-off, although having said that, I am definately going to return.

    Kerala is on my list, as is Ladakh. If you would like to see some more images from this trip, please go and have a look here

    Hope that you make Kerala and get out onto the backwaters. Be sure to take a kettuvallam for a day or two. It looks amazing. And together with your digital camera.. perfect combination!

    – Clive S

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 3 years ago

    Stunning Clive. Excelent. The tonemapping really brings out the fine detail. Exposure is just beautiful.

  • Thanks for your kind words Don. I was really happy with the processing of this one.

    – Clive S

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 3 years ago

    Hi Clive we have already been to Kerala and done a 5 day spice tour there and in 2009 we had 3 weeks in Kerala and 2 nights on a rice boat it was wonderful. This time I want to go to Munnar up in the hills. My husband will go anywhere so thats fine.

    Did you go to Kanyyakumari at the southernmost tip of India in Tamil Nadu . It’s the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea and the holiest of places for the Hindu religion. On the way there is the only Hindu Temple that non hindus are allowed into. We had travelled so far and when we got there it had just closed for the afternoon so you can guess we were none to pleased . We tried to plead with them to let us have a look but it fell on deaf ears. lol In April on full moon day you can see the setting sun and the rising moon on the same horizon. Amazing.

  • We didn’t make Kanyyakumari, but it needs to be put on the list, from the sounds of it :) Thanks so much for taking the time to write and for your comments.

    – Clive S

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 3 years ago

    Very fine work Clive

  • Thanks Yani. So glad you like it.

    – Clive S

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