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Potters at Sultanpet [Jul. 10th, 2007|12:49 pm]
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Done/Undone

Done/Undone: potters home at Sultanpet, near Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

A sunday morning shoot around Nandi hills by the BWS group had a temple and a cemetery in the agenda. The temple turned out to be one which a few of us had visited earlier. Heading towards Sultanpet, we did find the cemetery by the road on the left; while the history of the cemetery is interesting, there was nothing much to shoot there. But right next door was a potters place which all of us found more interesting, so we spent some time there before going up Nandi Hills for lunch. There were five people working on their wheels, all of them making pots, starting with a huge lump of wet clay on the wheel, then literally carving out many pots before they had to put some more clay on the wheel. They said the pots are sold in Karnataka and are sent to Andhra Pradesh also.


12 Walking on walls 11 From my wheel 10
9 Enlightened 8 7
4 3 2 SurltanPet
1 Style

6 Preparing the clay 5

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[User Picture]From: anushsh
2007-07-10 07:38 am (UTC)
Lovely as usual :-)
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: bchandan
2007-07-10 08:06 am (UTC)
Main pic : Amazing composition
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, I especially liked the impressions the pots have left on the floor.
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[User Picture]From: shivakumar_l
2007-07-10 08:33 am (UTC)
mindblowing collection - the lighting the exposure the composition - uff you are unbeatable
My fav - Walking on the wall and Enlightened :)
I am guessing these were shot on b/w film
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 10:18 am (UTC)
Thanks!
They are digital, shot in raw, some curves adjustment, converted to BW with the channel mixer and an unsharpmask applied :)
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[User Picture]From: shivakumar_l
2007-07-10 12:46 pm (UTC)
wow cool - the reason why i told film is that i didnt find the exif for the images in the flickr page so thought u would have shot it in your bw film and got it scanned.
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 12:48 pm (UTC)
I am using UFRaw with GIMP for RAW conversion and PP, the EXIF details are getting lost with this workflow :(
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[User Picture]From: sakthiyuvaraj
2007-07-10 04:48 pm (UTC)
I will be happy if you can write/share your work flow with UFRAW and GIMP.
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-11 05:50 am (UTC)
Very simple:
-UFRaw can be used either as an independent application or as an plugin for GIMP, I use it as a plugin, just drag-drop the raw file into GIMP and it opens UFRaw
-Adjust the WB, usually the setting used in the camera when the photo was taken works
-Curves, to being out texture
-UFRaw applies these settings and opens the image in GIMP
-Resize, BW conversion if needed, using the channel mixer
-UnSharpMask, sometimes multiple times.
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[User Picture]From: sakthiyuvaraj
2007-07-11 09:31 am (UTC)
neat. thanks for the shortie hope I can get started with this!
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[User Picture]From: tilak
2007-07-10 08:53 am (UTC)

Nice

:) I thought, sultanpet was close to RT nagar !!
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 10:18 am (UTC)

Re: Nice

It is :)
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[User Picture]From: deponti
2007-07-10 11:10 am (UTC)
Excellent Deepsan. Somehow the B/W effect is stunning, more telling than with colour..don't know why that should be so...
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks Deepa. BW sometimes lets you concentrate on the content and the texture and not be distracted by the color, maybe because we do not see in BW.
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[User Picture]From: debbieann
2007-07-10 12:02 pm (UTC)
love these, especially the ones with hands working the clay - 5 and 8. would love to go see that. Having tried to throw pots like that makes it mean even more for me. Great photos, you have such a great eye.
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-10 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, there are a few potters left in Bangalore, you can see them at work at Pottery town, it is close to Ulsoor and Frazer town.
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[User Picture]From: anjali_ar
2007-07-10 01:07 pm (UTC)
Lovely as always. There was an interesting article given in DH about the cemetery recently.
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-11 04:57 am (UTC)
Exactly, the article(which is linked from this post) had us stopping at Sultanpet.
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[User Picture]From: praveenkumarg
2007-07-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
Excellent pictures
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-11 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: sakthiyuvaraj
2007-07-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
The boys portrait is really good.
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-11 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: mkrishna80
2007-07-13 01:57 am (UTC)
the B & W photos gives the environment a real rustic feel :)
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[User Picture]From: deepsan
2007-07-13 05:14 am (UTC)
Well, it is the way pots have been thrown for ever :)
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