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Subject: [Leica] Seen God
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:39:40 +0530
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Thanks to everyone for looking and commenting. This is going as my
monthly submission for a Digital Black & White Print Exchange I belong

The equipment used was a Nikon D300 with AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
lens at 70mm. The settings were 1/350 at f4 at ISO 200. The RAW file
was processed in Adobe Camera Raw. Some cropping, contrast adjustments
and a little colour balancing were done with Photoshop CS4; conversion
to black and white and the toning were done with Nik Software's Silver
Efex Pro, and sharpening was done using Photokit Sharpener.


On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Montie Talbert <montoid at> 
> Just superb, Jayanand! ?Do you mind sharing some tech details,
> camera, lens etc? ?Thanks!
> Montie
>>On Aug 20, 2010, at 12:26 AM, Jayanand Govindaraj <jayanand at> 
>> I had gone into the rainforests of the Western Ghats mountain range,
>> at a place called Valparai in Tamil Nadu (the state which I belong to,
>> and stay in), mainly to see the endemic flora and fauna (including
>> leeches!) during the monsoons. At a beautiful view point - the day was
>> very wet and overcast, so the landscape shots had to wait for another
>> day - I met this man, Velu, who claimed to have seen Murugan, one of
>> the Hindu pantheon of Gods at this spot in 1983. Since then, for the
>> last 27 odd years, he has been coming to this spot at 11am to extol
>> the glory of God. This has become a part of local folklore, so much so
>> that the spot is nowadays officially called "Seen God". Here is Velu
>> explaining to us the circumstances under which he saw Murugan. There
>> are psychological connotations as well - "Vel" means spear in Tamil,
>> and Murugan is always depicted with a spear in traditional religious
>> iconography, and Velu is a popular name for the God. He seemed
>> slightly unbalanced in a peaceful sort of way, but he spoke good
>> English as well as Tamil, which probably shows an educated background.
>> C & C always welcome!
>> Cheers
>> Jayanand
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