The Rule Of One Third With Boats In The Smog

Boats In The Smog
Boats In The Smog

I took this photograph of fishermen’s boats moored at the banks of the Ganges near the Chunar Fort. I shot through the smog. We have way too much smog in India, which is why my friend, “Barack” has started monitoring air quality in Delhi.

Anyway, have I broken the rule of thirds? Maybe not. I do have another composition of these boats where I have placed them bang in the centre

The original photo was dull, so I tweaked it by adding a graduated fog filter. I reduced the opacity, changed the angle, added a polarising effect. Finally, I boosted the contrast and increased the structure.

A final twist with the curves layer,

No noise reduction or sharpening.

Boats in the fog…. Or, boats in the sfog!

17 Comments

  1. I like this shot, Rajiv. Your eye is drawn along the curve of the hill and the river bank. The fog/smog really adds to the “dreamy” look and mood. I think your “tweaks” in post processing heightened the effect. It all works well together.–Patti

  2. Where is Chunar Fort?
    “I reduced the opacity, changed the angle, added a polarising effect. Finally, I boosted the contrast and increased the structure.” What is that in English Rajiv?

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