These are the remains of the Sultan’s Water Palace in Yogya (pronounced, and sometimes spelled, “Jogja”). Back in the day this was where he housed his harem. There was a secret tunnel connecting it to the main palace (the “Kraton”) so that he could come and go undetected. When it pleased him he would come to watch his girls in the court filled with pools and fountains, and if he felt lonely he would summon one.
These days it is a wonderful ruin of crumbled stone. The area has been reclaimed by the populace, as simple homes have been built upon the grounds. Local children are almost always playing here, giving new life to an old building.
Post-pro: converted to b/w, contrast increased with levels, a slight blur was added to a second layer and that layer’s opacity reduced to 50%.
This is a reposting of my 1st TE upload. The main change is to resize the photo, which was quite small because I couldn’t figure out how to post a large pic under 200 kb at the time. Other than that I cropped off a bit of the left to make the subject more centred, the slight blur. Basically, I started this one from scratch based on the colour original.
This is one of three pics taken on the same day in the same area. The other two are:
Age of Innocence
Mau ke Mana Miissterrr?
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Edwin (188) 2003-12-03 17:57
I really like how you used the sceneries environment and turn it into a frame. It pulls the viewer to your picture's center. Love the motion blur of the boy on the right. Good work Alex!
amanda (226) 2003-12-03 20:04
Great shot. Love the framing & it works well in black & white
fotofreak (1677) 2003-12-03 22:37
This one is so much better. Now you can actually see the details. Like I said in the smaller version, it's a great photo!
The framing and the actions of these little children playing are great. Works really well in B&W. Nice contrast. And the anticipation of the boy in the forground just waiting for the ball was captured just at the right time.
snsk (796) 2003-12-04 5:05
its a great photo offcourse i also like the way of framing, i corp a bit from the corners posting .see WS,
dob_31 (0) 2003-12-04 7:58
Lovely shot that shows that "Good always come out bad things" in some strange way sometimes. A playground is way more important than a Harem!!! You're picture is well framed and the way it's light brings out the dramatic aspect. Well seen!
Opus (0) 2003-12-27 14:13
Nice use of the silhouetted walls to add [unch.
choucas (234) 2004-01-13 15:38
Great shot, nice framing and composition... It looks a bit dramatic but I love it !
Isabelle (9046) 2004-02-15 5:56
lovely shot and great notes.
thanks a lot for sharing :))
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3071)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-05-07
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC20, 35-105mm, Digital
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Your own most Favorite photo ! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-03 17:15
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