Rajiv Chopra

A Gypsy, Bismillah & Esmerelda The Spider Sit With Yama At The Vaitarna

Urban

Urban

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Okay… I leave you with this one, before I disappear again for a few days.

Since I posted one on Monochrome Madness, and the Urban theme, I thought that I would just call this one “Urban”.

Seen from my balcony one evening,

The Magic Frame – Relevance

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A disclaimer: I said that I would be back in a week, and I will…. after tomorrow

I have not gotten into this one for some time. However, a few moons ago, I spoke about “Isolation” and “Simplicity”. This is what many photographers recommend when composing a photograph.

I often believe that simplicity is a metaphor for life. However, that is a philosophical topic for another time. From a user interface perspective, two of the best examples of simplicity are Apple products and the Google landing page. I am speaking of the user interface here. There is a lot of complexity behind the simplicity, but what you see is minimal and simple.

Similarly, a well composed photograph often hides the rather complex thought behind.

Simplicity and isolation are critical, but they are incomplete unless all the elements of a photograph are relevant and balance each other.

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If I look at this photograph above, it is simple. The main elements have been isolated. Yet, in some ways – could you describe this as empty? Perhaps yes, and perhaps no.

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Now in this picture, there is more than one element. There are two. However, in my view, they are balanced and show a relationship between the two men. The introduction of the second man is entirely relevant to the picture and, to some extent, lifts it.

This is a short enough post. However, when a photo tells a story, the elements and composition should be simple. The key elements should be easy to isolate and they need to not only be relevant to each other, but they need to balance each other.

Good Evening!

Good Evening!

Good Evening!

Good Evening all ye Merry Folk!

It’s been awhile since I posted. Give me a week, and I hope to become more regular again…

That picture was taken an hour before I posted it

One Four Challenge: August Week 4 Review. Dead Flowers

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This is the last version of “Dead Flowers” that I am putting up. The greens don’t show so well on the WP page, strangely.

The version you see does not employ any third party filters. I have, however, used about 10 layers. I took away all saturation, added back yellows, added a red adjustment layer, two curves, and then added in a texture from a photograph that I had taken, of a tree trunk!

Hope you like it.

What sort of effect do you think that I have achieved?

Dead Flowers. Week One

Dead Flowers. Week One

DeadFlowers-Week2

Dead Flowers. Week Three

Dead Flowers. Week Three

Dead Flowers. Week Four

Dead Flowers. Week Four

AWOL!. A Week Of Driving. Mobile Phone Photos. AWOL again!

I have been AWOL… Life has been busy. And,  I must submit my income tax returns by the end of next week.

I will be AWOL till the end of the month. Apologies.

However, I was away, driving, for a week. I have to download the pictures, write about the experience, and see what i can do about it.

Over this week, I drove 1,650 km – alone. And, I took pictures. I was in a part of India that has been notorious for bandits, murderers, kidnappings and the like.

I was also in a part of India that most of India has forgotten about. I met some really nice people, and I realised once again, what a beautiful country we can have. For Takami – I also drove through a tiger reserve, and loved the songs of nature.

Till I process my stuff, I am attaching some mobile phone photos. By the day.

Don’t blame me if you yawn through them all!

Day 1. 13 August

Bike At The Dhaba

Bike At The Dhaba

Hut In The Fields

Hut In The Fields

In The Fields

In The Fields

My car at the dhaba

My car at the dhaba

The Highway And The Winds

The Highway And The Winds

Day 2. 14 August

oops! I forgot to download photos of Jhansi Fort

Country Road And Stream

Country Road And Stream

Country Bridge

Country Bridge

Hotel Pathway

Hotel Pathway

Day 3. August 15

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Orccha

Orccha

Orccha

Orccha

At Lunchtime

At Lunchtime

Day 4. August 16

Khajuraho

Khajuraho

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I forgot to take mobile phone photos of the waterfall I visited that day

Day 5. August 17

Pandu Falls

Pandu Falls

At The Top Of A Different Waterfall

At The Top Of A Different Waterfall

Kalinjar Fort

Kalinjar Fort

Village On The Way

Village On The Way

Lunch At The Village. 5 pm

Lunch At The Village. 5 pm

Day 6. 18

Local Eatery

Local Eatery

In the Country

In the Country

Bricks, Country Road, Green & Stormy Skies

Bricks, Country Road, Green & Stormy Skies

Country Roads

Country Roads

Rain

Rain

Open Jail For Bandits

Open Jail For Bandits

Driving Through Panna Tiger Reserve

Driving Through Panna Tiger Reserve

Duster At The Dhaba

Duster At The Dhaba

Chai Amongst Friends

Chai Amongst Friends

Day 7. August 19

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Tar

Tar

Lunch

Lunch

Squelch

Squelch

Disappearing Ravines

Disappearing Ravines

Lunch

Lunch

Nearing Home

Nearing Home

One Four Challenge. Review. August. Week 2. The Eagle

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For this week, I decided to stay with the base of the original edit that I had done in Week 2. I had used a Topaz filter, and I liked the textural effect of the filter.

To this, I added a low-key effect using the Topaz B&W effects. I felt that it added a slightly sinister effect to the eagle.

The earlier edits – they are below for those who would like to compare.

Once again, I must thank the Delhi Street Artists

The Eagle. Week One

The Eagle. Week One

The Eagle. Week 2

The Eagle. Week 2

The Eagle. Week 3

The Eagle. Week 3

The Eagle

The Eagle

 

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