On a dark night in a Jaipur park we attended an incredible Sufi music festival with whirling dervishes.
It was too dark to take photos so I decided to at least record the amazing sound. In the process I discovered that the ‘video’ mode handled the darkness a lot better than the ‘photo’ mode. However my camera didn’t do high-def video, so the best stills I could get were low res (480 x 690 px), slightly out-of-focus screen grabs.
In my attempt to do a post on this festival on my travel blog I wrote, ‘Note to self: this poster is the only decent photo of the event; all the rest are poor quality video – I’m starting to think that perhaps I will have to draw the images which means that this post can’t be done right now.’
Still, I like the movement.
Then I wondered if I could combine a couple of shots in Photoshop and at least make the image a little bigger.
Here is the final panorama – still out of focus but fractionally bigger.
My next step was to run the shot through some photo apps to take the edge off the out-of-focus and turn it into the mystical night it was – this is Stackables formula ‘Shady Portrait’.
More of Nancy Merrill’s a Photo a Week: Music.