An Enticement.

There was I, sitting in the Seminar hall, an listening to an interactive lecture about ‘Graphics’ and Digital Image formats. As a little background, I like these sessions in the lecture hall, the teacher is the epitome of a ‘teacher’. Jolly, interactive and taking a reasonable amount of time to explain the concepts fully, allowing us to grasp all of it’s meaning to the ‘roots’.
Now, back to where I was, in the Seminar Hall. The teacher placed a little fun challenge for one of us ‘eager ones’. He showed us a picture of a mosque’s wall (in Lahore, Pakistan) and described using quite an expressive vocabulary that what an art piece that wall was. The geometry blends perfectly, it’s a beautiful coalescence of Math and Art.
So, me being who I am, I got to have my raised. I accepted the challenge. And this is what I had to ‘enhance’
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Well, weekend came, and I got to do my usual relaxing. And, yes I did turn ON my copy of Adobe Photoshop and worked on it for some time.   I started by splitting the image into smaller parts, then altered the values (brightness, contrast, curves) till the major parts of that split looked vibrant and fresh. The smaller images were merged back and the differences between the colors removed. Next, I manually painted the blue, green and yellow parts. I kept the brush settings to low intensity and use ‘Darken’ mode to preserve texture, as I wanted to preserve that rustic feel. Since, a few parts of the old ‘picture’ became overlapped by the new ‘colors’, some parts were rebuilt, the parts ‘grafted’ from other parts of the image.
And here, is what it turned out to be.
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Time Taken:- about 45 minutes ( loose estimate, as I Facebook-ed along the way, total productive time is about 25 minutes)
Adobe Photoshop CS5-Extended
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For Comparison:
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Thanks for taking a look. ^_^

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The Aging Cracks.

Yesterday, I found this amazing image by Neelma Mumtaz on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/114737827344994308501

Yesterday #MacroMonday was trending on Google+, and although I found many amazing shots of nature, flora and fauna. But this one captured me the most, as the person who shared it considered it just another amateur shot. But I feel that a very strong message  is being conveyed via this image.. Not exactly a message but an observation. 

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 I feel that the aging, dried bark in focus relates to aging process as a whole. As that, all things natural do get old and never say in their same original state— things do change…

So, Tell me that what do you think when you look at this image/