Playing catch up (once again!) with the theme from way back in June.
There were quite a few military and armed forces inspired images from the Singapore National Day Rehearsal that I thought of using for this particular theme. A number of them would have conveyed the essence of the theme quite well without any additional editing or processing.
Instead I chose to use an image that would need some processing to make the cut. The structure in the image is St. Mary’s Cathedral near Hyde Park in Sydney. A magnificent structure, the cathedral attracts tourists from all over and is a hot spot for photographers especially the wedding and prenup specialists.
However I felt that the imagery could be manipulated to render this holy building into a tad more unnerving and well hostile. Since it was overcast the day I shot the image, the skies above the cathedral gave me the idea to darken the skies with a little desaturation and the gradient tool. The end result makes the holy cathedral look a little like the Bates Motel! Well at least a “hostile” haunted cathedral.
It’s been a while since my last post. Blame it on the move! My wife and I relocated to Sydney, Australia in the last month and the last few weeks have been filled with apartment hunting, Bank accounts, IKEA furniture assembly and the usual moving in chores and tasks. Not to mention my trusty Mac Mini was out of commission for a bit (long story, maybe a worthy entry in my other blog)
Coming back to the weekly challenge, this entry is playing catch up for an earlier week (first of many). The images I post for the catch up entries maybe backdated but were taken AFTER each week’s theme was announced and so have been shot keeping in mind the theme of the week. Although I will be aiming to work on the current week’s challenge, there will be additional entries each week to help me catch up on the previous weeks.
This year on August 9, celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary as a nation. Although I was not in Singapore for the big celebration, I was lucky enough to capture the rehearsals from a spectacular vantage point during my brother and his family’s visit, their hotel room on the 40th floor!
The aerial spectacle that is choreographed and executed by the Singapore Air Force for the National Day celebration is simply awe inspiring. This particular sequence stood out from the host of shots I took. The image to me conveyed a sense of honour and service that the armed forces have towards their nation.
I wanted to accentuate the National flag in the image so decided to play around with the image in Lightroom to isolate the Reds and render the remaining image in a monochrome flavour.
So there you have it. My take on the theme of Service.
This week I am visiting my folks in the city of Pune in India. My father, who’s savoring a much needed self imposed sabbatical, enjoys mornings tending to his rooftop garden. He planted the seeds and saplings over a decade ago and has been religiously nurturing them ever since.
Apart from absolutely colorful and fragrant flowers he also has a few vegetables and fruits that he tends to passionately. The rooftop today is flush with greens, yellows, reds and purples. Certainly a sight that brightens up anyone’s day.
Undoubtedly the garden my father has grown over the years is his pride and joy (apart from his two successful sons of course!). And seeing the fruits of his labour make all of us equally proud as well.
I shot this particular blossom because of the striking color and the almost regal position it seems to have taken with an upward glance to the heavens. The flower seems as proud as my father!
Since I am traveling sans my trusty Fujifilm my weapon of choice was the trusty hand phone, the fantastic iPhone 6Plus. A little post processing with Lightroom Mobile(for hues, saturation and luminance) and Moldiv(for watermarking) and voilà.