Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/12/31

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Subject: [Leica] Meditation
From: tedgrant at (tedgrant at
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:59:39 -0800
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Jayanand Govindaraj  showed & said:
Subject: Re: [Leica] Meditation

Hi Jayanand,

Even though Larry feels the "Golden Temple" might be a tad too hot and I had 
mentioned it hits you in the eye, my initial  comment shouldn't be taken in 
a negative context! This latest version really is smashing in catching the 
eye, as do most "colours of India!"

If this were my photograph I don't believe I would change anything and 
certainly live with it  as we see!

Your initial posting just sat there in a "Ho-Hum" kind of state and the 
gentlemen in meditation sort of looked like a kind of tag on character! I 
mean he didn't do anything for the scene at all.

Now in the latest  photo as we see it, he adds a human figure for scale and 
a better context. Also in colour with the "Golden Temple" seen as Golden, it 
takes this photo up to an  entirely different level of meaning and 


> Larry,
> Thanks for looking. I did not do anything with the temple, that is the
> natural colour. I just desaturated everything else.
> Cheers
> Jayanand
> On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM, Lawrence Zeitlin 
> <lrzeitlin at>wrote:
>> Jayanand writes:
>> Another variation on the 'Meditation' shot I posted a few days ago. I
>> tried
>> to experiment with another shot I had in the horizontal format - in this
>> shot the devotee is seated right with respect to the reflections, but I
>> lost
>> the interesting sky. So I desaturated all the colours except yellow, to
>> accentuate the Golden Temple as well as get a muted morning feel in the
>> rest
>> of the frame:
>> - - - - -
>> Possibly you accentuated the Golden Temple too much. It knocks you in the
>> eye, just as Ted says. I feel that it is better in color than in B&W but 
>> a
>> bit more subtlety might be in order.
>> Larry Z
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In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Meditation)
Message from jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj) ([Leica] Meditation)