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The white symbol in the centre is the Sanskrit word meaning "Om" which, to Hindus, represents both the unmanifest and manifest aspects of God, it's a sacred symbol of paramount importance. The red swastika dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation of ancient India (33001300 BCE) and the meaning of the symbol for Hindus is good fortune, luck and well-being.

I've uploaded the original and any constructive critique is most welcome.

Thanks

Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Feb 2013 - 8:26 AM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Two
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:13 May 2013 - 3:43 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 3:59 PM

Interesting and your v1 is a big improvement. I find the text mildly un-nerving as it appears to go from right to left? Possibly sanskrit does that, I have no idea, but that is what I sense. Not a reversed image, is it.

Paul

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cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 4:35 PM

Super find Smile
She's walking a stately 3 paces behind...mmmmmSad

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 5:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The Om is the right way round.

I'm not sure this wouldn't be better with the top script cropped out. To me, there is a lot of busy script attracting my attention, but the couple should really be the focal point, and as such, I'd prefer to see them not cut into the lower text, and perhaps be bigger in the frame. Maybe also slightly more off-centre. Part of the problem, I think, is that the script extends off each side of the frame and drags my attention away. I'll do a mod and see if it improves it.

Nick

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
13 May 2013 - 5:29 PM

Hi Paul,

I'm glad you like my improvements.

I think that the writing on the top wall may be Hindi which is in the Devanagari script and, if it is, then it's written left to right.

No this isn't a reverse image.

Thanks for your critique.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
13 May 2013 - 5:40 PM

Hi Jeff,

Glad you like it Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
13 May 2013 - 6:56 PM

Hi Nick,

The mods are great. I love the version with the background in black & white.

How did you do this please..........is it called color popping? - I'd like to try it.

I have Elements 10.

Thanks for your great critique.

Elaine Grin

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 7:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Elaine, Yes, some call it colour popping. I prefer the old-fashioned name of selective colour.

Make sure you do this with a copy of the original file.
The easiest way to do it is to create a duplicate layer, then carefully select whatever it is you want in colour on the top layer (using selections - magic wands, lasso tools etc). Erase this selection, checking carefully that the edges are feathered and don't look too "cut out", allowing the lower layer to show through. You can "hide" the lower layer to see more clearly what you are doing. Now change this upper layer to black and white and adjust tonal contrast as necessary (in this I emphasised the blue and green to make the lettering more prominent). When both layers are visible, the colour should be showing through where you erased the black and white layer. Flatten the image to a single layer then you can save as whatever file type you want. If you retain the layers, you can't save as a JPG.

You can also do it the other way round - ie select your subject, inverse the selection and delete everything else but your subject on the layer, then change to the lower layer and convert it to black and white. The colour part will then effectively be "on top" of the black and white layer, as opposed to "showing through a hole in it" like above.

Either way works, you just have to be very careful about your selections - zoom in to make sure the edges are where you want them (you can add to a selection by holding "shift" and subtract from one by holding "alt" on a PC). You can also modify the edges by feathering etc to make the cut out less sharp and more natural looking.

Nick

Last Modified By Sooty_1 at 13 May 2013 - 7:42 PM

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
13 May 2013 - 8:35 PM

Hi Nick,

Thanks very much for taking the time to let me know the detailed steps. I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

I haven't tried it before, but your instructions seem very clear and will help me a lot.

Cheers, it's great that you've helped .

Elaine Grin

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1072 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 10:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

V1 is heading in the right direction, focusing attention on the couple, cutting out the distractions. I love the body language that you have captured, the very formal, upright, determined gait; the 'walk six paces behind me' aspect; the synchronised steps.
I also like the relationship with the wall behind them. For me this is crying out for portrait format. It's all about reading the image up and down, from the lettering down to the figures and up again - not left to right, as landscape directs us to read.
OK, time for a quick Mod...
Moira

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banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2945 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 1:19 AM

V1 is a major improvement on V2 Elaine, - youre doing something right!


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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

Thanks Willie GrinGrin

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kel55 e2 Member 2kel55 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2014 - 5:03 PM

unusual image , like it

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