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Lost Childhood

By AkashdeepSaha  
a popular game among the children in kinda lost in this generation of advancements..thanks to those in the villages who still keep this amazing fun alive.. Smile

Tags: Greyscale Monochrome Black and white India Childhood Old days

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4253 Canada
16 Jul 2016 5:55PM
Its like magic, isnt it.

Spinning tops of various types have been popular around the world, even in the West for many years, but sadly have faded away.

This is quite a nice shot just as it is.

Ive uploaded a mod that a different interpretation of this, not as an improvement, just a different way to process it.

Well done


pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
16 Jul 2016 6:12PM
I would dare to say this is a global game.
Yes, there are places where children may not know it, but this is an endless fun game.
I would have gone for a colour version so if you have the original you can upload it too.
I remember one which was yellow on the top and the stripes were green, blue, orange, red.
It should be better on the general gallery, it's very good.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2016 6:36PM
It's an extremely good image - can I compliment you on the shutter speed, 1/125 second was perfect to convey the movement of the top, the calm stillness of the hand.

I wonder which came first, the image or the message? It is difficult to come up with a picture that carries an overt polemic without appearing to dictate to viewers, to tell us how to respond. It's an important message, but I'll admit that my immediate feeling on opening this was to see the top as the world spinning in the child's hand, the child in control of his or her destiny. So a much more positive interpretation.

I see the logic for b&w, but I'm seeing marked banding in the background, perhaps due to the processing. Could you upload the colour original please, so that members here can try their own b&w conversions?
16 Jul 2016 8:25PM
original version uploaded Smile
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2016 7:53AM
Yes, like this. There is wasted space on the left and I would remove some of that, and the logo. also a sliver from the top. Interesting and, for once, I like the mono.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2016 12:57PM
Thanks for adding the original, I can see how the banding has occurred. I think with strong but out-of-focus background shapes the best options are to go with the shapes and not try to play them down; or to get rid of them totally.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
17 Jul 2016 2:27PM
There's an awful lot to like here, and the end result is marvellous.

And it's possible to quibble and say what ought to be better, too.

You made life hard for yourself with the original background, which led to needing a lot of processing to isolate the subject. A plain dark background would have made that simple.

The shot doesn't depend on sharpness for its quality and appeal, and yet it wouldn't detract from it if the image was sharper. Let's just say that shooting with a 250mm zoom setting will have made life technically more difficult in several ways. A long lens is good - if you had a free choice, a 105mm macro lens would be near to ideal.

So I've said all the negative things: and I still really like the shot!
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2016 1:49PM
A wonderfully simple image that's beautifully effective Smile It doesn't really need anything else - the hand, the spinning top and (for me, anyway) that bangle are just perfect on their own.

From the thumbnail I could see evidence of work around the hand itself, because of the halo. Understandable, don't get me wrong, because that background was too present and distracting for me.

But I think Willie's mod is the way I'd want to go with this image - that slight change in the angle of the hand adds a certain dynamic feeling that I didn't think would be possible. And the shadowing and burning in around the edge completely focuses the attention on the top itself.

Well done - it's very good!

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