Pinaki Sarkar  

Varaha at Khajuraho Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), India by Pinaki Sarkar

February 2024 - Varaha at Khajuraho Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), India

About the Image(s)

F4,1/100,ISO 1400,14mm, No flash. Metering Pattern.
Processed though Nik collection and Lightroom to bring the mood.Porcessed through Topaz Denoise.

Wiki Links of Varaha for anybody interested in the background information

This round’s discussion is now closed!
14 comments posted

Tom Tauber   Tom Tauber
I am guessing you had to reach in over the banister to get this shot. At 14mm you got a fair amount of distortion. Some, but not all, could probably be corrected.   Posted: 02/11/2024 17:04:53
Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
A photograph is not a snapshot.There is no contract to represent the reality as it is. So why not absorb distortion as it is. As such, no photograph is is a copy of reality rather a versions of the photographers viewpoint as he sees it , as he decides to show it.   Posted: 02/13/2024 13:21:05
Tom Tauber   Tom Tauber
Our eyes do not have wide angle lenses, they compare to 50mm lenses in full frame (35 mm film format). A shorter focal length takes in a wider field of view than our eyes and also distorts it. The PT definition says images should look natural. A photo taken with a 14 mm lens does not. However, it is always the photographer's prerogative to do what they want. It's up to the judges to determine if the image meets the definition, and to what degree.   Posted: 02/13/2024 13:33:15

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
Pinaki, besides the comments about distortion made by Tom, I think this illumination conditions would have been perfect for an HDR sequence.   Posted: 02/12/2024 07:30:48
Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
In travel photography there is hardly time for doing a HDR sequence. Most of the places you will need special permission to take stand.   Posted: 02/13/2024 13:22:29
Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
Pinaki, I do it all the time with no problem, Just hold your camera steady.   Posted: 02/20/2024 14:15:19

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
I think you have a unique perspective in showing the Varaha statue as well as the ceiling which has a unique pattern and design. Probably if you had corrected the distortion you may have lost the ceiling pattern. I agree with Isaac that HDR might have corrected the exposure in the window areas.   Posted: 02/13/2024 18:28:47

Laurie Bergner   Laurie Bergner
This was a tough one to take. The statue is really cool and the roof is nice , but the statue's head gets lost against the roof - there's hardly any difference in color and tone between the two. Perhaps a different angle where the statue has only sky behind it might have worked better.   Posted: 02/17/2024 17:40:43

Carolyn Todd-Larson   Carolyn Todd-Larson
Very interesting statue. I played around with Camera Raw highlight and white sliders to help with the background. John has a "one-shot HDR" solution that you can do in post-processing as well. Ask him about it.   Posted: 02/18/2024 13:51:41
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David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
It is a beautiful and unique statue. Unfortunately, the distorted image may not fulfill the PT requirements.   Posted: 02/23/2024 18:38:09
Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
Agreed with your comments David. Now being the 'Rebel with a Cause'... Rules need to change ...Modern day cameras can do a lot...for example I love my Insta 360...which can take cool photos. These rules apply to old days of film photography. These rules I think should apply to Journalism where truth matters...taking cool photos is a part of the fun of travel...not documentation of reality.   Posted: 02/24/2024 07:04:16

John Larson   John Larson
Some interesting comments. This group is documentation of reality. There are other groups for "cool" photos. Working with modern cameras to overcome their shortcomings is what we do. This is what make HDR, Focus stacking and other tools so popular. This along with PJ and Nature are "REALITY BASED" groups and will stay that way for the near future.   Posted: 02/25/2024 09:07:02
Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
John, well said. Agree 100 %   Posted: 02/25/2024 17:23:55
Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
Well constructed but more of a managerial statement. I might not agree 100%, HDR and focus stacking I feel are really not documentation of reality. Lastly who can predict, maybe there will be a critical mass of people who might decide to deconstruct and reconstruct. You never know. Life itself is unpredictable.   Posted: 02/27/2024 14:59:42