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Indian Arches

By WeeGeordieLass    
These are the arches at the Red Fort in New Delhi taken on my first day in India.

I used my telephoto lens to create the illusion that the arches were closer to each other and to create more impact. I love these shapes and thought this view was perfect for a b & w conversion.

I've uploaded the original shot before any processing has been applied, and a color version after processing with a different crop.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking

Tags: General Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 6:26PM
Good move. Even before opening the versions I knew why you had converted to b&w - that green foliage really drags the eye away from the architecture! You've produced a strong image from a much less interesting original.
Minor quibbles - I think you were standing just a tiny bit to the right of the centre of the walk-way, and you have maybe adjusted a bit for that. I might have a play with Skew, just to see if I can produce symmetry - this sort of image really needs to be absolutely true or significantly off-centre.
I think slightly blurring the foliage would also help, just as a greater contrast to the cool, crisp lines.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Jun 2013 9:13PM
Its a matter of personal preference really, but I dont think works well at all in mono, and that partly due to the foliage at the end, right in the centre.

There are of course some geometric challenges here with not only level, but horizontal offset, as you werent standing dead centre. Some are easier to deal with than others. Some best not dealt with at all.

Anyway, my offering is a colour mod.


iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 1:56PM
Good one, I'd thought you had exhausted India.
I too would go for the colour. For me the BW is drab whilst the colour is rich and strong.
Had a go at making the image symmetrical but as Willie says you were not in quite the right spot.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 8:21PM
Beautiful shapes, Elaine, and I love the colour version.
I looked at this yesterday and had quite a few attempts at symmetry, but nothing seemed to work to my satisfaction. Even when I felt I had achieved my goal, the centre line wasn't true. I applaud anyone else who has had success. It's worth a bit of effort and tlc because of the shapes and detail you have captured so well.
1 Jul 2013 10:38AM
Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't had time to reply earlier.

It seems opinion is divided on this one. I like the color version but think the black & while version works a treat, as I think the conversion emphasises the beautiful shapes. Thanks for all you mods all three are great and the symmetry looks a lot better than my effort.

Moira - Thanks for the mod. The adjustments you've made have improved the image. I think it's easier on the eye.

Willie - I like you color mod. Yes, I needed to have stood a bit more to the left - it's a shame I was stood in the wrong place as I haven't made the most of this composition I think.

Ian - Thanks for trying to rectify my careless composition. I've not made it easy for people who wish to help by standing in the wrong place. You've made a good stab at it though. Haven't quite exhausted India just yet..........I took loads of shots, although I think I've uploaded the best ones I've still a few left that may be interesting!

Pamela - Thanks Pamela, I'm glad you like the color version, and the shapes and the detail. The Red Fort is fabulous. I took some alternative views so may upload another shot later.

Thanks for your help everyone, hopefully if I'm faced with a shot like this in the future I'll remember your crits........and stand in the right place!! GrinGrinGrinGrin

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