नमस्ते = Namaste

by Heike December. 18, 2018 2320 views

I bought this little sculpture years ago in Bali. It's made of wood and I still like the aesthetically pleasing shape, it has. I placed it on a window sill and a few weeks ago, when there was heavy rain outside, the window was full of water drops. I thought, that might give a nice bokeh and grabbed my cam to take some shots. I wasn't very satisfied when I finally looked at the photos. It was just a nice sculpture in front of a wet window with a boring grey background...all together a bit too boring for my taste...So I just stored the photos on my pc and forgot them. Last weekend, while searching something else on my notebook, I stumpled upon them again and played around with the below photo in LR and the Google Nik Collection. I was quite surprised by the results, because I didn't really expect much when I started the editing. I really like them very much now.

And now I have the problem, that I can't decide between the 3 different versions. I would like to give the picture as a photo-print (40x60cm) to a friend who has a yoga-studio, but I'm not sure, which version I should take for the print.

Would be helpful if you could tell me, which one you like most. Provided that you like one of the versions at all...lol Thanks! 🙏

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Rajat Bhushan 1 year, 6 months ago

Namastey....#3 is my choice

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Rajat Bhushan Replied to Rajat Bhushan 1 year, 6 months ago

cz its like welcoming the sun

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Ros Mercury 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't remember if I commented on this one, but I consider it to be worthy of a museum for the world to look at and reflect on it's minimal beauty but effective eye capture.  Thank you for sharing this work.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ros Mercury 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm flattered Ros!! blushThanks!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Leon Linder 2 years ago

Don't know why but I feel real emotion in #1 and not so in the other 2. 
I am new to your blog but must thank you for opening new vistas and insights to me.

2 years ago Edited
Heike Replied to Leon Linder 2 years ago

Thank you Carl. Glad you like #1. Whenever I look at them , I waver between #1 and #3smile

2 years ago Edited
Abe Jackson 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm just discovering these images because you made a comment on my post. Number 2 has that triangle under the eye that I was studying in the Rembrandt Lighting article. Bravo.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Abe Jackson 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks so much, Abe! I didn't notice the triangle. Pure coincidence, I fear. smile Thanks for passing by.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Varsha Arun 2 years, 5 months ago

WOW! 
None of the photos look like they are of a sculpture, they look like movie posters! #1 is brilliant..

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 2 years, 8 months ago

I like 2&3 equally well for opposite reasons (ones almost silhouette and the other isn't)
The lighting is perfect!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 8 months ago

smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 2 years, 8 months ago

Fabulous!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Laurie. Much appreciated!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
G B 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh what a magical shot! I personally like the last one because of the warm tones...I also like the way the light hits the sculptures silhouette giving it an almost human quality..and I especially like the bokeh in the background!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to G B 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you very much! Glad you like it. (Raindrops work really perfectly as bokeh.) smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Francesc 2 years, 9 months ago

Excellent art shot

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks (sorry for the late thanks....I didn't noticed it, Francesc) The last three month were a bit turbulent for me...grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Petr Macek 2 years, 9 months ago

I like the first version most, but all are good!

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Petr Macek 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you very much! I'm happy that my friend selected #3, so I could keep the print from #1. smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Shutterjitter 2 years, 9 months ago

I am not sure if I am in time, but if yes, I'll go in for #3
btw, do you know Hindi?

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Shutterjitter 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you! I printed both and my fried decided to keep #3. So I kept #1. No, I'm not talking Hindi, I know the meaning of Namaste from my Yoga workshop. smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Rachel The Introvert 2 years, 9 months ago

I think 3 Heidi! I love them all but 3 seems like it would be the best one for a large print clearness wise. I love the story behind it 😊

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Rachel The Introvert 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Rachel !

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ho Kim 2 years, 9 months ago

At a first glance the #1 looked good but considering it should be printed to be hanged on the wall, I'll go for #3. I'd like to see what if you increase the sharpness of face. Anyhow it should be too late to adopt my opinion, I guess.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Ho!!! I always was torn between the versions #1 and #3. I printed both and my friend decided to keep #3. So I kept #1 for me. smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ho Kim Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Good for you. Both are too beautiful as to decide only one to pick up. smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

1&3 for me! Lovely work!

ps. thanks for "liking" & "adding" my silly Santa series!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Jay!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Always a pleasure!
Best Wishes & Prayers for great health, safety, love & prosperity, in the New Year, for You & Yours!

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Greg Blaney 2 years, 10 months ago

Heike, what an interesting piece of art. And you've got to love the NIK collection with their fabulous group of presets - they can take an ordinary photo and make it exceptional. My personal favourite of your three photos is the last one - #3. As Bethany states, it's the warmth of the light that appeals to me. It think it's print and frame worthy and would likely look really good hanging on someone's wall.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks so much Greg! I totally love the NIK collection! Especially when I want to have an artistic touch in the photos. I was so happy, that google decided to give it for free to the public. I think, I let #1 and #3 print and let my friend decide, which one to keep for the studio. (I keep the other one smile) And I will give Russell's idea with a triptic a chance. But for that I need a bit more time, because I need more knowledge of how to do it. But the idea appeals to me.
Greg, I wish you and your beloved a beautiful christmas time and : Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Heike and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too and : dass 2019 alles ist, was Sie sich wünschen (I hope that translated correctly)

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 2 years, 10 months ago

Tough choice! I like that I can see a few more subtle details in the sculpture in #1, but I really love the warmth of the light in #3. Whichever one you decide on, it will make a lovely gift for your friend!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Bethany ! My belly told me, that #1 is my fav - but at that moment I look to #3 - my belly tells me...hmmmm or is that the better choice ? smilesmile You are so right, it's really a tough choice.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 10 months ago

I love all three versions if I had to pick one #3 is my favorite because it has a nice play between warm and cool in the colors. Have you thought about a triptic(sp) ?

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Russell. What a cool idea with the triptic! I didn't think of that at all, but I will definitely give that a try!  
Thanks!!!!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 2 years, 10 months ago

Joining the apparent majority, I'd go for #1 smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much, Björn!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

I scrolled up and down because all three are very intriguing and beautifully done. But I think I will go with #1 only because it was the first one to grab my attention and really grab it. Well done! tThat is the main reason I don't purge the so so photos, somehow I believe when and if I come back, my frame of mind will be different than the first time and I will look at the photo differently, as you have, since you were able to create something beautiful from something that in your mind was "meh".

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Camellia! Hehe, I have thousands of photos on my disk, where I know, I would never publish them the way they are, it's sometimes really a bit foolish to keep them all. But sometimes I feel or see some magic when I take a photo, which I don't find anymore in the final pic, and than I keep them in the hope, that one day I find it again, ...maybe with a little help of an editing software. grinning

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte 2 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful shots, all three of them. That’s the photographer’s dilemma - which one to choose?! grinning 
Personally, I like #1 the most, followed by #3; #1 because it’s very intriguing with fine nuances.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Julia Laporte 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Julia. Yes, I agree, to choose between different versions of the own photos, it's always a hard challenge. smile    Thanks for your comment and help !

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tsao T-F 2 years, 10 months ago

Good, all of them.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Tsao T-F 2 years, 10 months ago

smile Thank you, Tsao!!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 10 months ago

Beautifull work of art. And you captured it well, the effect from the raindrops is something to remember. My fav? A combination from #1 and #3 would be nice. The details on the body in 1 are very good, in #3 you just see an outline of the eye what in #1 is not so visible. Overall it is #1 for me, but a mix of the two would do it I think.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Peter. I know what you mean concerning the eye. I will brighten it minimal in #1. That was also a point, what I liked more in #2 and #3. Thanks again!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

First of all, I love the editing. I prefer #1 - more mystery, it conveys more inner thoughts. Last one reminds me more of a saint with the hallo thereof. #1 goes to my favs too.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Antonio! #1 was also my secret fav, but always when I looked to the others, I became insecure. smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
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