The Creating Process

Normally i only post pictures with a small explanation of what is to be seen. For this one i like to share a little bit more, cause i had fun in the process of creating this image. Since i’m interested in Buddhism, i already knew a little bit about mantra’s and stuff. But i never expected to have a Singing Bowl with which i can work creatively. And of course being creative also means taking photographs. Yesterday it was raining and yet i felt like photographing. So i put on the macro lens and starting scanning the room for interesting objects. The Orchids from yesterday were amongst them. After some initial trial and error, i found that i needed more light for a picture of the center of the singing bowl, so i waited until today. If you want to hear the Singing Bowl ‘sing’, I’ve uploaded a video with the pictures you see here below:

Singing Bowl

This is the original picture with the Tibetan syllables OM AH HUNG (from left to right)

So far so good. I wanted to focus on the text, because i couldn’t get a nice and sharp picture with the whole of the surrounding circles on it. So after straightening, i knew i wanted to make it into a panoramic size, so i could really work on the syllables. After i’ve done that i tried a little bit of experimenting with the colors, giving me the following result:

A little bit reddish in color, nothing like the original color lol

A little bit reddish in color, nothing like the original color lol

I liked the touch of it, but it still wasn’t what i was looking for. I felt it should become something more golden, with the circles removed from the image. So i started again with the original picture and did an extra cut out. Using the Vignetting tool in Photoshop Elements i could emphasize the text and it started to feel i was getting somewhere.

Vignetting added, yet still a bit dark

Vignetting added, yet still a bit dark

I played around with the colors using the Orton Effect and the Saturated Slide Film Effect and the golden colors were really coming forward. For my final touch i’ve used the Zoom Burst effect. I really wanted to emphasize the text, so i had to use trial and error as to get as little background noise as possible. After this was finished i actually started all over with the zoom burst, but i couldn’t get the nice golden shining light i got on my first attempt. So after i re-edited the image in Lightroom, using a Radial Filter to increase the contrast, i ended with this picture – nothing like the original photo 🙂

Enhanced version with golden light shining through the syllables

The final result!

You can find many video’s on Youtube, where this mantra is being sung but i think its enough to give a small explanation on what the text actually means; i found the following quote on This site:

The syllables OM AH HUM have outer, inner, and “secret” meanings. At each of these levels, however, OM stands for the body, AH for the speech, and HUM for the mind. They represent the transformative blessings of the body, speech, and mind of all the Buddhas. Externally OM purifies all the negative actions committed through your body, AH through your speech, and HUM through your mind. By purifying your body, speech, and mind, OM AH HUM grants the blessing of the body, speech, and mind of the Buddhas.

Hope you liked the post; Blessings to you all!

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