I took this picture many years ago in Benares, or Varanasi as it is called now. This is a picture shot using black & white film. Still my first love in photography.
We were on the boat at sunrise.
I had lost all my old film stuff, and retrieved it a few years back when I was living in Singapore. The films had travelled across India, China and Singapore with me, and I had no clue. I scanned all my old stuff for safe keeping, and took a back up. I had already lost two years of photography because my disk collapsed.
Here,for this shot, I adjusted the levels and brightness/contrast to create a clean background. Very little curves correction. I then reduced the noise, and finally tried to remove as many of the scratches and film blemishes as possible.
I did very little Photoshop work. You will still see some of the blemishes on the photograph. I could not remove them all. I am not that expert yet.
The idea when I took the photo, and made my slight adjustments, was to create an atmosphere of calm. Did I succeed? You tell me…