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The Colonnades

By WeeGeordieLass    
Taken in the Sikh Gurdwara (Temple) Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. These were the colonnades that surround a huge pond thought to contain holy water called "Amrit". The atmosphere throughout the whole complex was very spiritual, with the constant repetition of beautiful sounding hypnotic devotional chanting filling the background. We visited the amazing kitchens where the volunteers working there felt very privileged to prepare and serve free meals to thousands of people every day, irrespective of their race or religion. This was my favorite place I visited in New Delhi and I felt very humbled by the Sikh philosophy of helping their fellow man.

If anyone's interested in reading my blog account of my visit there here's the link.

I thought this one would look good in black & white. I've uploaded the color version too.

I'd appreciate any constructive comments on the b & w conversion and the image in general.

Thanks for looking

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 6:09PM
After all that hot colour you spring a surprise on us! This is good - it has the sense of cool, calm shade, respite from the midday sun. Lovely clean, precise b&w conversion.
Composition-wise maybe I'd have allowed a bit more space at the bottom, less at the top? I'd love to see the diagonal at the base of the columns extend a bit further left. I like the line of fans, those trailing wires are not beautiful. But it was a moment to capture because it would not be repeated and you timed the lady's movement perfectly.
I do like the little cameo in the background too - the couple sitting quietly watching you.
I might try a Mod, to recompose this as I'd like to have taken it, but this is how you saw it and it's a very fine image.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
30 Apr 2013 6:34PM
This is a nice shot and well timed. Exposure is good, if a little low in contrast. Its that light, not the camera!

I think the original has such little colour, you made a choice to go with mono, and it does work.

However, after all that advice Ive given about holding back on saturation, this is the one that I would suggest the opposite. The colour version, with the usual contrast adjustments Ive done before, can stand quite a bit of saturation bost, as well as vibrancy, and I think it looks terrific.

The Mod1 is the colour veriosn adjusted, and Ive cropped from the left to avoid that Palm frond peeking in.

The mod2, is mod1 with a duo toned effect.

Hope this helps,


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 6:47PM
Been working on mine - and I see Willie has come up with a very similar composition. Great minds... Wink
30 Apr 2013 7:12PM
Hi Moira and Willie,

All 3 mods are great.

I love how Moira's crop, losing some of the ceiling, brings the lady forward in the scene and gives more prominence to her. I can see clearly now thanks to both of your cropped versions that there's one colonnade too many in my version!

Willie's boosted saturation, vibrancy and contrast in the color mod looks lovely.

Thanks both for all of your help and ideas.


Elaine GrinGrin
Mike43 7 18 21 England
30 Apr 2013 8:29PM
Great lesson in composition, and timing maybe a little weak on the contrast which you will see from all 3 mods, but still a fantastic photo.
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 5:21PM
Agreed super shot
1 May 2013 6:33PM
Hi Michael and Jim,

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my shot - I'm glad you like it. I've learned a couple of good tips with this one.


Elaine GrinGrin

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