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Bangladesh : Catch the Dream | by Shabbir Ferdous
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Bangladesh : Catch the Dream

Alright! For people who think taking a picture from a camera is good enough! Think again. This picture is 50/50 of camera and post processing. I would never post the real one for sure.


How it was shot

With a gun ofcourse, lol. Ah just messing! I was in this park and this guy was waiting with his net. He was trying to spot a big fish and catch it with his net. I don’t know if you guys know this procedure , but it’s very tricky and needs skill. However in short he was trying to catch a fish and I was trying to shot him in action which I did ofcouse as you can see. Shutter speed was 1/400 and aperture 7.1 in focal length of 70mm(I was very close to him).


Post Process

Now at this point this is just another shot in raw format. 1st thing what I looked is to check the colour difference. This has so much green in it and very low brightness since I shot it in ISO 100 because I didn’t like the grain it generates in high ISO. However I decided to check in Linear contrast which gave the image nice eye catching night glow colour as the image was already low in brightness. I was editing this in Digital Photo Professional(this came with canon camera) and from there I transferred it to Adobe photoshop.


In adobe 1st thing I did was to give it a very tight crop clearing out the plants and few surrounding tree leaves. In this process this old man lost few parts of his elbows and almost all part of his fishing net. Now I wanted to see how it looks in black background as flickriver shows. I then added a black background and it looked amazing(atleast to me, at this point I don’t know how you guys would like it).


Now since the original picture is darker and edges are poorly visible, I had to correct it. This correction then gave rough tone to it. I got rid of that by adding a blurred layer on top of the picture for a softer look.


However, something was missing and that was the dramatic effect of lighting. I just used a spot light from the filters and got this final result.



Most of the pictures in flickrs with big wows and comments have gone through some post processing. This is not a bad thing but personally I would want a picture without any need of post processing :”)


Lens: Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi

Location: Dhaka Botanical Garden, Bangladesh


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Taken on June 16, 2008