Photographing a Resting Yogi, Kolkata, India

Black and white portrait of a yogi resting in the grounds of a temple complex by the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India

A yogi is the name given to a wandering religious ascetic in India. I met this yogi in the grounds of a temple by the banks of the River Hooghly on the outskirts of Kolkata (i.e., Calcutta). He was a gentle soul and I was happy he allowed me to make this portrait.

It's All About Light

The light was fading fast and I had to move quickly to make the photo. He was already sitting, so it was a simple matter to ask him to turn so that the low angled sun illuminated his eyes and the top part of his face.

One Advantage of a Full Frame Camera

Can you see how the line that separates light from dark is basically following the line of his beard. Composition is important to me and a full frame camera, with it's larger viewfinder, makes it easier to both identify important compositional elements and control their placement within the frame.

What's There and What You See

But even with a full frame camera it's still possible to miss important details. The photo was made quickly and I moved on. It wasn't until processing the image when I realized that what looks like a tail coming out from his lower back is, in fact, a very long ponytail. Incredible! 

New India Photography Collection

If you haven't yet seen it click to see my new India Photography Collection. The only way to appreciate the photos is to see them nice and big on a decent sized display. So I recommend looking at them on a tablet or, better still, a large screen monitor.

Enhanced Viewing Option

By the way the same is true for any of the photos appearing on my blog. I make them as large as I can, but I also have to allow space for text and extra information on the site's sidebar. Clicking on any of the images in my regular blog posts will enlarge that image onto a blank, black screen where it can be viewed large and without interference. I recommend you do this whenever you see a photo that you like.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru