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Flamingo Strokes
Going back to Khadir, here is an image of flamingo strokes. A little slower shutter to blur the ones in foreground just a bit might have added here I guess. Would love to know your thoughts.
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:17 pm
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:02 pm

Yes, slower shutter panning would have added more surely....but this too is working fine for me.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:08 pm

What I love about this series is the seamless blending of the water with the sky Ganesh! The flamingos bring in a sense of visual life to an otherwise visually characterless landscape. The scale of the setting is uncommon for somebody from down south to imagine. This image rides well on the transformation theme, with the flying birds in the top appearing little more than dashes and defining themselves into flamingos by the time the dashes progresses to the bottom.

Lovely conversion as usual



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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:12 pm

Harsha, those strokes are stationary flamingos in water, thats why they got rendered as strokes. I agree the scale is something I have never heard of let alone seeing. A very special place indeed. Probably one can do life time worth of work there..

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Commentby Manjunath on Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:17 pm

this one works very well for me because we usually see birds in flight blurred with the stationary birds non-blurred.. this one is exactly opposite :).. an even slower shutter speed would have probably taken away some of the punch.. tfs Sir..

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Commentby nirlep on Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:47 am

Hi Ganesh,
Your deft handling makes the birds look strung from invisible threads. Te other notable feature is as Harsha says "seamless blending of the water with the sky". dashes on birdless foreground water do well to fill it up.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby AratiRao on Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:38 am

Such a delicate image, Ganesh. in Urdu there is a word for an image like this... "nazaaqat" -- there is no English translation that can do it justice. I have to learn BW processing - how you get such a beautiful feel is beyond me.

One thing in the image makes me uneasy... the left exit of the flamingos! maybe it is a very traditional view point, but if they were flying into the frame, i'd breathe a little easier. this one makes me hold my breath a bit! :)

thanks,
a

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:56 am

Ganesh, slower would have added as you say.
Now it is hard for me to imagine such images with kind of blurs we like (as it is in this image) to be printed large - large as in say 6' x 4' or even larger. Have you tried printing such images (we discussed this when we visited Tasveer)? Couple of prints i printed very large with blur (more than what you have here) were worth just about minutes before i gave them to my son for his origami planes :)
-RD

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:58 am

Arati, thanks for your thoughts on exiting flamingos, yes it does not work with me either ! but I kind of like the rest of the appeal of the frame. That said, of late I have been making 'exiting out' compositions by purpose. Here is one and here is another. To me they seem to break the monotony in my compositions and some times gives "leaving" mood. When done by design they look much interesting. When done by accident like this one it does not appeal at all ! Thanks for your thoughts.

RD, print as you know is a different ball game. Often we need to print and see whether it works :) Sometimes other way round is also very true. Some of those uninspiring images on screen may look excellent on the paper too.

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Commentby Radha on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:11 pm

This is a breathtaking frame Ganesh...

As soothing and peaceful as it is, it stirs up something, it makes me breathless :)

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:27 am

I have been looking at this image since the time you poster Ganesh. It feels really magical. It is just not about making this image on field, bringing the feel of what you saw and visualised onto the frame and present it in front of the viewers. Masterfully processed!

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Commentby Sravan Kumar on Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:35 pm

This is just too good for me in execution. When I see this image, I started seeing this from the horizon.
I like the abstractness turning into reality from the horizon towards the bottom and also the abstract flamingos are in "line" with the other flamingos flight.
Liked the lines and compo. Thanks for sharing.