The ancient town of Bijapur was the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty. This portrait was taken at the doorway of Ibrahim Roza, the Tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shahi II. Captured in colour, the image was desaturated with PP work to give it a distinct look. This is the first time I have done this as part of my experimentation. I would welcome any suggestion and critique.
Now more about Bijapur : The foundation of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukayan Dynasty of Kalyani between 10th and 11th Centuries. They called it 'Vijayapura' or the city of Victory from which comes its present name. Bijapur came under Muslim influence, first under Alauddin Khilji, The Sultan of Delhi, towards the end of the 13th Century but it prospered as the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty. The city has many places of historical, cultural and architectural interest. Most famous among these is the Gol Gombuz, the second-largest tomb in the world. 44 m in diameter, the interior of the dome is mysteriously unsupported and has a whispering gallery under it, whose acoustics are superb.
To the edge of the city is the Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb with artistically laid out corridors and interconnecting buildings with richly decorated walls and wooden doorways. This is where I clicked this portrait. This mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal in Agra. I have posted this Tomb separately as a WS.
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entrelec (8328) 2006-05-28 3:37
Connivence with this woman allowed you to make a sensitive portrait of her.
Do you know her?
Usually, i don't like very much manipulated pictures; but your processing is a good one, giving a nice touch.
goodwill (4879) 2006-05-28 4:05
Just a simple bindi can change the entire outlook -is visible from this shot,one of the best shots ever seen. A blend of old and new, black n white, emotions and pleasure.
This is completely different from your trademark of frames.
Personally I feel one should never stick to a particular style.
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-05-28 4:25
I totaly agree with Rajeev, magnificient shot. Thanks for sharing! :)
battousai (827) 2006-05-28 4:29
I like this portrait very much, but I would love to see the original version. Reddish left part doesn't very appeal to me. Could you post it to workshop? Best regards and TFS.
lucasdasilva (557) 2006-05-28 4:47
amazing portrait, veri stong and evocative. i like veri much. combination of colour and BW is amazing.
greeting from Lucas
anjan (1086) 2006-05-28 5:07
Just three tones red, black and white combine superbly to give a new meaning to this portrait. It would be interesting to see the original image though, just to have an idea what kind of PP effort you have put in.
keithl (4) 2006-05-28 8:37
Have to say this one doesn't work so well for me. I think the raw material is there for a good photo but the desaturation doesn't help her skin tones and it makes the bindi look like a red blob on the screen. I do think this could be a good picture, and I'm all for experimentation, but I dont' feel this is the best treatment here.
sunilshukla (844) 2006-05-28 9:13
This picture simply stood aprt from the thumbnails. It seems there has been quite a discussion on this portrait already. I like the you have posted all the relevant images for us to compare and comment. I like the experimentation you have done with this image, it certainly has its own merit. But the best thing is, the debate it has sperked off. How much of a liberty can you take with an image, how much of PP work is ethical? Well, well...as long as one likes the end product..i am all for it.
Thanks for giving us the platform for this debate Sabasachi.
vascao (192) 2006-05-28 10:25
What a portrait, Sabyasachi. A very nice use of desaturated colors! Her expression is also perfect, bravo!
partha (14020) 2006-05-28 10:27
Nice PS work. Anyway it is a very nice expressive shot.Good sharpness as well.
The originalis also a very good one.
avis2avis (4264) 2006-05-28 12:25
This looks like it was nice enough portrait shot originally Sabyasachi though you really went overboard with the post processing.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-05-28 12:31
Hi again sabyasashi, i love your last picture, great post productions effects such as passage in BW for her face, and just this red point on her head ... then big contrats between high tones and shadow for the door makes it a good picture.
ramthakur (1516) 2006-05-28 14:36
You seem to have a good hold over graphics as an art from, Sabyasachi.
I like what I see here -- a fine portrait of a very articulate face with a faint smile in the eyes and on the lips. Mona Lisa!!
Wonderful work! Do more of it.
Nice note on Bijapur.
elmec (12210) 2006-05-28 17:51
This is great, very originalportrait!
I like Your style there!
sayan (2617) 2006-05-29 2:08
A wonderful one! I like it very much. The original portrait in the WS is also great, but I love the tight cropping, the PP you have done. I really like it. You seem to have mastered over doing PP work! Great! I appreciate your work and hope to see more like this from you.
neelkaak (458) 2006-05-29 2:32
This is a very nice portrait. You captured the straight, naive expression in her eyes very well. But the red dot on her forehead (is this the 'bindi' that some one mentioned?) looks very much imposed/planted. Placing it on a different layer and changing the blending modes might have brought out subtle details/textures of skin under the red dot, darkened it a bit and hence made it look more part of the photo.
The original one is very good, too.
thaprem (2554) 2006-05-29 6:22
A wonderful Portrait!...
A beautiful face enhanced by the spontaneous smile!..
I like the Idea, but not the Bindhi...That takes the identity out!....
That is not what is the Good Photography is all about..It is about bringing out the beauty from the originality( which is there already ) and not to introduce your influence on it!!...
blue-velvet30 (6524) 2006-05-29 16:05
Great portrait. Excellent composition and POV. Well done!
thanks for sharing
s10001in (0) 2006-05-29 20:06
Sabyasachi, Amazing work,
nika (0) 2006-05-30 5:35
Good evening Sabyasachi!W
What a sweet, expressive portait of this beautiful woman. I like her smiling face! The lighting is really nice.
Thank you for sharing!
Sorry, i am out of :) but i like your photo so i leave my comment!
saigon (6443) 2006-05-30 5:57
starbug (6924) 2006-05-31 4:38
i personally like the effect of desaturation- except for the red spot (the tilaka -is that the name for it?)which looks too artificial, otherwise it;s a really well composed portrait of a beautiful girl. i think that the original looks really good, although as i really like b&w portraits i do feel that complete desaturation would suit here too- the girl has a very disctinct face with strong features and b&w (seen in your photo) enhances them.
erdna (5707) 2006-06-02 17:24
Very impressive composition and desaturated technique. Putting full saturation on the red dot, on the forehead is very effective graphically. I can almost peel the dot with my fingers! Nice job Sab.
Nikofan (1090) 2006-07-05 17:26
Very nice shot!
All my congratulations...Master!
ramanvij (195) 2006-07-06 9:19
its a nice portrait..browna could have been used instead of red on the pillar..it would have gone with the look of the picture
nivas37 (662) 2006-07-10 11:54
Amazing portrait Sabyasachi,
the increasing sharpness of the side frame while still maintaining the natural beauty was a good idea... and ofcourse the wonders of a bindi that captures the attention of every onlooker!
This picture is going into my favorites.
Rgds / Nivas
aydindoruk (167) 2006-08-05 10:12
very nice portrait. really.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-08-18 16:49
This photo is all of beauty and life!Fascinating mood and details are fantastic!Amazing portrait, again!
Thank you, nice days
Angshu (52956) 2006-08-29 23:38
This is one of the earlier gems & I like it immensely. The pose of the lady (tomar bou ki?) is like in the movie of Satyajit Ray...Excellent effect of desat here except on the Bindi makes the red so pronounced. Excellent compo. here
PS : Tomar last chhobita haoa hoye gelo ki kore?
ardni (86) 2008-06-21 1:57
Its flawless.You have done it perfectly. Great.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19769)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-27
- Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): "black & white" in colors [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-28 3:26
- Favorites: 3 [view]