Foggy morning

Foggy morning fun
Clicked this on a foggy morning at the Half Moon Bay. There were people having fun running around, and I was having fun clicking them..

The photograph itself was grainy, and when selectively blurring some areas didn’t make it better, I decided to retain, and add on to, the graininess. I kinda like the resulting effect…

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The Lake

Lake
This lake just outside the Preah Khan temple at Cambodia. It was the middle of morning when we passed beside it, but then, I was playing with the colors in the picture later, and I absolutely loved it when I tinted the blue with yellow. This golden sky makes my heart soar with joy in a way that the original blue sky wasn’t able to, and I just don’t feel any shame or guilt for tampering with the colors so! 🙂

For SL-Week: Reflection, and Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant.

Wedding

Wedding
A traditional South Indian wedding. The priest runs the couple through a series of rituals, while the relatives of the bride and groom shower the couple with blessings.  get together, catch up on gossip and try to pair up ‘eligible’ singles they know. Weddings everywhere are the same, I guess…? 😉

I applied some blurring and solarization effects to the photograph, mainly because it was a slightly old, low-resolution image with not-so-great colors, and also because it was fun playfully distort the picture while still maintaining the spirit of the ceremony. Distorted picture or not, the bride is the most eye-catching person at a wedding!

For SL-Week: Wedding.

Rowing woman

Rowing woman

Clicked at Kompong Phluk, Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia.

Kompong Phluk is a ‘floating’ village built on stilts, and tourists can pay to be taken around on a boat ride through the place. I was not a huge fan of the experience; the village certainly does not seem to reap any benefits of the money paid by visitors. Anyway, here is a photograph of a local woman rowing about going about her chores nonchalantly. 🙂

This picture was kinda blurred, but I didn’t want to throw it away — I really love the half-turned torso of the subject. To make the photograph usable, I decided to make the background monochrome and apply a selective blur, and highlight the woman and her boat in the foreground. However, the varied blurriness required of the elements made my first attempt look weird and unnatural. So I started working with the boat and the woman separately. Frankly, I’ve forgotten the myriad effects I played around with. I remember going crazy with the Colors tool for the boat, and using edge detection and softening and various blend modes and transparencies for the layers. The final changes I made were smudging, shading and healing the subject to make her blend in with the background.

For SL-Week: Women. Happy Women’s Day!

Imitation

Imitation
Vacations are for fun and dancing. This is one way the both can be combined, I guess — My friends imitating the dancing Apsaras carved over the lintel of the door behind them at Preah Khan, Cambodia.

I wanted to attempt one of those paper-tear effects for my friends’ torsos, showing the photo ‘tearing off’ revealing a differently processed version of the same photo below the torn portion — but decided to post something simpler until I get better at the paper-tear one. This photo still has a differently processed version in the middle. I’ll call this Stage-1 of paper-tear effect. 😉

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…

Festivals and food

Festival food
Festival season is in full swing here in India, what with Navaratri recently concluded and Diwali around the corner. Most of these festivals have religious backgrounds and overtones to them, but one thing they all have in common is the food. Sweet treats, savoury treats, I’m looking forward to them all! 😀