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Shingon goma ceremony[edit]

Shingon Buddhist monks often perform a homa ceremony in the morning with offerings of wooden prayers.

Hi, I took this picture, it isn't the greatest picture in the world but the goma ceremony is usually performed behind closed doors so this one was a rare opportunity. Let me know if there is anything I ought to do to touch it up.

Creator
Shii
Nominated by
Shii (tock) 04:49, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
Comments
  • It's backlit so unless you are going for some artistic contre-jour effect, I think this will be regarded as a mistake -- background is over-exposed, highlights blown on the table, the foreground somewhat muted due to the lighting. The monk is also obscured by clutter in the foreground; I wonder if standing to the right of, or behind, the fire you would get a better view of what the monk is doing, and get a better exposure. It's also rather noisy, as you can see in the large continuous black regions, such as the monk's robe and in the corners. I understand it was a rare opportunity, but I doubt this would get selected as a FP. Fletcher (talk) 14:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
    • I am not aiming for a FP necessarily-- the lamp in the middle is probably a red flag-- but if there is any Photoshop work that could make this picture more comprehensible I would much appreciate suggestions. Shii (tock) 00:29, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
      • Try a shadows adjustment in Photoshop. It will reduce the overexposure. Muhammad(talk) 12:27, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
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