Blooms on blue

Blooms on blue
I own a top in a beautiful blue color, with small white flowers and leaves embroidered on it. I’ve always loved this top, but it’s only when I clicked a macro of it for this SL-Week theme (Blue) that I noticed that the fabric’s texture looks very much like knitting! Macros just show so much more of the world, don’t they — all the stuff that we never usually notice. Because I too knit, my love for the top has now doubled. 😉

The title ‘Blooms on a bed of blue’ passed through my mind for this post, but that’d be way too much alliteration, right? 😛

What’s inside?

Container
It’s almost themed-MM time again, and this month, Leanne has given us the word ‘Closed’. For this theme, I clicked a macro shot of this small container that lies in my cupboard. Extremely glittery and adorned all around with glassy / plasticky trinkets, my mom received this along with a gift that is usually given to guests at some kinds of religious ceremonies in India.

Wonder what’s inside?

It contains kumkuma (kumkum), a powder that is applied on the forehead. Because the container catches the light and glitters when I open my cupboard, I end up using the powder now and then. Maybe that was my mom’s intention when she placed this garish piece in my room. 🙂

Faces

Faces
One (no, three, actually 🙂 ) of the serene faces at the Bayon temple at Angkor Thom, Cambodia. These faces are carved on all four sides of the towers of the temple. They look at the tourists in solemn silence, as we look upon them captivated by their gentle smiles..

Beside the Door of the Prince

Beside the Door of the Prince

At the Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain.

This cathedral has multiple entrances, and the one we (all tourists, really) went through was the Door of the Prince. While I stood just outside the entrance, I looked up and clicked a quick few shots. I turned those photos into a monochrome HDR, but kept the upper part slightly blurred to emphasize the height of the structure. Some split-toning brought out the contrast between the higher, brightly lit sections and the lower, shaded parts.

For themed Monochrome Madness: Straight.

Temple trees

Temple tree
Temples in India, at least ones that have a courtyard around them, have trees in the courtyard. I clicked this tree at the huge courtyard of the Lepakshi temple. Of course, the picture doesn’t do justice to the size of the tree — it extends far beyond this frame, but the view of the tree through the pillared frame, in turn leading to glimpses of sky (and the temple) through the tree’s branches, was too good to resist a couple of clicks! 🙂

For SL week: Trees.

Temple

Temple

This is at Banteay Srei, Cambodia. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is built of red sandstone, which gives it its beautiful color. I experimented with HDR for this picture, and though I’m not usually a fan of HDR that is at the extreme end, I can’t believe that the more extreme version was the one I liked for this temple! I still don’t really dig the way it looks at the upper edges of the temple. The sky made the edges jarring, and further processing made it seep into them; I retained the seepy version. (I think I should take a tripod with me on my next vacation. Or maybe I should inlay my own sky. 🙂 ) I’m blown away by the details in the rest of the structure, though.

Eventually, I tried this HDR version on a few other architecture photographs that I brought back from that vacation; I liked some, and some I didn’t. I’m still experimenting…

The lions of Pre Rup

Lions of Pre Rup
During my recent vacation to Cambodia with friends, we visited quite a few historical / archaeological sites; Pre Rup was one such temple. From what I learned, the Cambodians apparently associate this place with cremation rituals, though not much is known about why that is so. What I found interesting here is the presence of pairs of lions that flank stairway entrances — these are supposed to be guardian lions. I think they still look majestic, and couldn’t resist clicking their pictures whenever I could see them while strolling around the temple’s perimeter!

This is a processed version of one of those photographs, which I’ve submitted to Leanne Cole for her Monochrome Madness weekly series. (Do visit her post if you’d like to see some fantastic monochrome photographs.)

Courtyard

Temple prahara (courtyard)
I’d been on a day trip last weekend with girl friends — we visited the historical temple complex at Lepakshi, just 120km from Bangalore. It was fun, and we clicked (and posed for) a lot of photographs in the serene place. I’ve still not processed most of the photographs that I clicked, and feel guilty that I’ve not shared them with my friends yet — especially since one of those friends has very promptly shared the ones that she clicked. I’ve just not been able to catch up with things this week; even this post is delayed and I’m writing it in a hurry. I’m hoping that I’ll get to it in the next couple of days.

So this picture is (the only) one that I did process — a part of the temple courtyard. It’s a panorama that I converted to monochrome, with some split toning to add that additional depth. It goes without saying that I’ve submitted it to Leanne Cole for this week’s Monochrome Madness. 🙂