Suby & Sins House

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Sorrow and Joy

Sinems in the house..

The greatest sorrow in the world is to be alone in crowds and to feel your heart breaking into pieces when the world seems to be tapping away to the rhythm of joyful tune.

Eyes fixed somewhere in space, anxiously biting her nails, a woman stands alone amidst the crowd, the laughter, the fun surrounding her. What is the cause of this sorrow written all over her face? What darkness is it that has taken her prisoner? We will never now...

All we know, on the path of life which winds through deep, dark valleys and green, lush oases is that, life goes on, even if we stay put, relentlessly, cruelly, ferociously goes on...

 “About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or
Just walking dully along."
W. H. Auden / Musee de Beau Arts

Words and photography by Sinem

Editing by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis."

....................

Sorrow and Joy

Sinems in the house..

The greatest sorrow in the world is to be alone in crowds and to feel your heart breaking into pieces when the world seems to be tapping away to the rhythm of joyful tune.

Eyes fixed somewhere in space, anxiously biting her nails, a woman stands alone amidst the crowd, the laughter, the fun surrounding her. What is the cause of this sorrow written all over her face? What darkness is it that has taken her prisoner? We will never now...

All we know, on the path of life which winds through deep, dark valleys and green, lush oases is that, life goes on, even if we stay put, relentlessly, cruelly, ferociously goes on...

 “About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or
Just walking dully along."
W. H. Auden / Musee de Beau Arts

Words and photography by Sinem

Editing by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis."

....................

comments (33)

cool!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks!
Nice one!
Suby & Sinem: Thank you, Ashish!
  • Fraser
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2006, 00:59
Or she may be pensive, thenking "OK, that million was easy; how do I make my next one?" Or possibly, "What's the name of today's guy?" Or "There has to be somewhere around here to pinch a penny." Meanwhile the woman on the right has the tune of "O Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz" running through her mind. Good shot and great postprocessing.
Suby & Sinem: Tut tut tut, such naughty thoughts, Fraser!
Brilliant photo - I think its one of my favourites that i have seen in a long while - really stries a chord with me - especially all that talk of being alone in a city or in crowds -

I posted a picture with a similar sentiment - although not as good as this one I have to say -

see http://infinityimages.blogspot.com/2006/04/solitude.html
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, Adam, I guess this is one of my favourites of all hundred something photos I took on the same day this was taken.
great imagesmile perfect match of colors and bw...beautiful hilight and reflectionsmile
Suby & Sinem: Thanks a lot.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 26 Apr 2006, 08:48
Very clever treatment to express the sentiments. Nicely done.
Suby & Sinem: Hunter, you always read my mind with what I do with my photos. Thanks for visiting! Still can't get the camera off Suby sad
  • jlc
  • 26 Apr 2006, 09:19
poetic picture wink

and hard textures.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks.
Brilliant shot and nice words to go with it.
Suby & Sinem: Thank you, Navin.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 26 Apr 2006, 09:42
its always nice suprice to check this site. man...first its always nice photos but all words are so contemplative and deep. i love the way how you describe this shot. and --W. H. Auden--- NICE!
Suby & Sinem: Glad you like my writing - thought Auden's words on personal suffering could be a nice finishing touch. smile
  • Vidya
  • Singapore
  • 26 Apr 2006, 09:53
Nice capture of the moods !
Suby & Sinem: Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2006, 11:12
Great capture, very well spotted by you.
Suby & Sinem: I am good at spotting intense emotions - high EQ I suppose! smile
  • micki
  • 26 Apr 2006, 11:29
It is your wonderful feelings and thoughtfulness that makes your photos work so well, you create a story with every image!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, Micki, much appreciated as writing for me is as great - if not greater - a passion as photography. smile
  • Subomi
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Apr 2006, 11:41
Me Likey, reason why Subster likey? I was there when this shot was taken, however I only saw the shot of the girl watching the toys on the shop window. I did not for one second see the opportunity to add the girl to the left into the shot. Sinem did. (you go girl).

Also Sinem's choice of desaturating the background leaving the central characters in colour was a good idea. After the shot was taken I still did not see anything fantastic about it until she had enhanced the shot in CS2. Good job Sinem.

Now for me, here is a very good example of how one can use Photoshop to enhance an image and not create a totally different shot.

One thing that erks me every time I look at the shot is that ever soo annoying ELBOW bottom left.. Grrrrrrrr. However, the opportunity to clone or crop out just ain't there. Darn Good good shot.

Suby

P.s
To those confused, Suby/Subomi/Suby all one and the same smile
Suby & Sinem: See told you there was a good shot there - you know how much I do not like saying 'I told you so'...but I told you so!
Thanks for the vote of confidence and sharing your baby - oh sorry, camera - with me!
YOU'RE SO NICE, YOU'RE SO SWEET!
Nice pic capturing expressions. Would prefer in one colour however!

As photographs, all these selective colouring that i'm beginning to see far too much of don't really cut it for me im afraid!

However, it works, if part of a graphic for an advert etc!

let photos be photos and graphis be graphics!
Suby & Sinem: Mr Skee, if this was a dig at Suby's post-processing, selective colouring was my idea. Why? Please do refer to Hunter's comment, he seems magically always - as street talk goes these days - "get me".
You get me?
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia Colony ,Americas
  • 26 Apr 2006, 12:26
You guys are right on the cutting edge of what's cool in here. No wonder so many people read and look at your stuff. Great post today....as always.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks a lot, digitalmike, we do aim to please smile
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 26 Apr 2006, 13:09
Wow! What an expression of sadness!
I agree with skee about the color. But it works also the way you processed it! I am quite conservative in my taste. I guess I should be a bit more adventurous.
Suby & Sinem: To be honest, the photo in full colour or full b&w didn't do much for me, as I really wanted to highlight the contrast between the two faces. So I took a chance. And voila! Glad you like it.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2006, 13:37
Poignant words for a poignant photo. Lovely.

Selectively coloring photos is nothing new in photography. The method of doing it has seriously changed and the look has certainly changed. But I have seen photos of my mom from the 1930’s and 1940’s that had portions of them “colorized” while the rest of the photo remained B&W. For example her cheeks, eyes, and lips were colorized in a B&W photo portrait of her when she was young. In another she is holding a bouquet of roses, and only her eyes, lips, cheeks and the roses are colorized.
Suby & Sinem: Thank you, Laurie. Great feedback on selective colour by the way.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 26 Apr 2006, 13:48
Excellent shot, it really brings out the message you wanted it to!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, Veloran, if my aim's achieved, I am happy!
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 26 Apr 2006, 14:47
Not so sure about joy but there is a very clear contrast of emotions here. Not really a fan of the selective colour treatment though. I think the image is strong enough for the viewer to interpret for themselves without the extra visual cues. Great shot.
Suby & Sinem: Denosha, thanks for the comment but as the guy is in the centre of the picture and the reflections on the glass window are really strong, in full colour or full b&w the expressions weren't as poignant as they are now - hence the choice of selective colouring.
  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 26 Apr 2006, 18:11
There are a lot of comments here so I didn't read most of them. Appologies if this has already been stated.

This photo doesn't do it for me. I find that the girl on the right is completely distracting me from the main subject (the girl on the left). Because the girl on the right is looking up at what the gentleman is doing, I immediately do the same. When I do, I am then confused as to what those things are on the glass.

All the while, I am ignoring the girl on the right. Perhaps that is partly the point. It might have worked better if the girl on the right was not in colour. Sorry to be cruel...

Cheers.
  • hodari
  • Spain
  • 26 Apr 2006, 18:30
Wow, what a contrast between the expresions of the two girls. Great color treatment.
  • tbyte12
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2006, 23:08
Nice shot (would have loved it even better had everything been in B&W)! However anything beyond 2 or 3 colours in a pic is too much (as the americans will say "too busy") in my opinion. Your pics are improving though. keep it up!
Again, there is something cinematographic that i like, your post processing really work for the contrast but i'm not a big fan of the selective color. It seems like an artifice which is for me external to the photo, but this is only my point of view wink
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 27 Apr 2006, 14:05
Hmmm....it's a very interesting shots because you captued both oposite emotions in one shot - but the fact that the sorow lady is blurred (I know both can't be focused at once it's not your fault) kind of spoils the photo for me also because the B&W fellow is much sharper than her.
  • Holger
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2006, 16:39
Nice composition.
I like the contrast between the two moods: that is excellent. But I like the mirrored hand of the man in the middle even more: it enhances the contrast between the two women. Well done!
  • mari
  • United States
  • 27 Apr 2006, 19:04
I love this capture. What a great observation. And your color/bw treatment accents your message.
  • shaped
  • Switzerland
  • 27 Apr 2006, 20:58
like the way you've post processed this. well done.
  • Legabal
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2006, 16:18
A magic gesture with the hand of the man a ritual stranger that indicates a number the this woman enchanted with an expression of happiness.What secret agreement has photographer fixed? A great moment. Fabulous work.
  • Imran
  • Singapore
  • 30 Apr 2006, 19:23
Wow.. this is nice.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 1 May 2006, 01:03
I love this picture. The composition is so natural and the quality of the photo is amazing.

Also the selective desaturation was/is a very nice touch.

I would like to know how you came out with that tint of blue that you have replaced with a plain ol' black. If you would rather not share, I understand.

-Reza
Suby & Sinem: Sorry just seen your question. It was achieved with curves on the individual colours. Do you have CS2? Go to layers, adjustment layers, click on ok. play around with the RGB colour, then create another layer in curves, this time click on options and check mono... and then okay and paly with the individual colours with curve.
Trying to remember this off the top of my head, will make sure I gave you the correct info when i get home smile Suby
  • Ioannis
  • Manchester, UK
  • 4 May 2006, 11:08
Very nice post processing on this one. Good work.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Sep 2006, 16:54
9/10....one of the best photos on the net....

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