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We (Nilanjan & me) spent lots of time under this tree for a couple of days late in the evening enjoying and watching these blue tailed bee eaters return to their home (for roosting) ... Probably a we could have spent a week just making different perspective of these bee eaters.
Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:27 pm
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Commentby sriram janak on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:20 am

very nice ganesh.....am learning a lot....
thanks for sharing

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:40 am

Absolutely Ganesh !!! Interestingly while I was rushing to this place from the watch tower on the other side of Dhikala, I was FORCED to stop as a tigress nearly blocked my gypsy close to the Dhikala grasslands. The tigress was just about 10-15 feet away from me and was on a hunting spree, the lone gypsy which was standing there had been making a video of the tigress jumping and chasing cheetals and then barking deer etc for the last 30 minutes or so. As soon as the tigress gave me a little space, I rushed to reach this tree as it was already time for those hundreds of bee eaters to arrive on this tree :-). Now we know what we need to do to make some better images right ??? May be Abhisek and Kiran's gypsy can help us next time with multiple passes along the tree ....:-). Undoubtedly, we can spend at least a week here and then may be get a few interesting shots.....I still could not make the image I had in mind.....next time Ganshi..... Some folks asked me after my return that they heard that I left a tigress which I got to myself within a few feet to shoot bee-eaters :-), even my guide was perplexed.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:43 am

Sorry forgot to comment on the image :-)hehehehe, Ganshi it was a great choice to actually focus on the bird and let the defocus work on a gradient leading to the tree. Outstanding image here, am sure it will take a while before the nuances of such image making become a popular visual.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:54 am

Yes Nilanjan, it was a great opportunity. I too made some mistakes which I realized later. Another point is I wanted larger flock arriving or departing but I could not get that opportunity. May be next time, not sure whether they will still use that tree as a roosting place..

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:17 am

Ganesh, I liked your other image "Dream of wings"from stopping by woods series than this image.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:22 am

Appreciate you honest feedback Shankar. Can you help me articulate why other looks better ? I too think so but I would like to hear your thoughts !

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:49 am

Ganesh, I meant more than this image :-). To my taste hint of focused tree branches, symmetry, supporting horizon in the other image. Visually I feel vertical gradiation in defocussing is nice for eyes unless there is more uniform pattern to support horizontally. Most of elements in nature grow vertically we would like to see things in that fashion. Some things can not be explained easily. Or it's just my taste and an unexplained instinct :-)

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks Shankar, appreciate your thoughts !

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Commentby ashish parmar on Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:47 pm

Wow.. This is superb.. Great work here Ganesh ji.. :) Would it look better with all the three birds in focus??

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Commentby Adithya Biloor on Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:31 am

I liked this image Ganesh. After seeing two images several times I will go with this image. Do you think a few more pixels on the right side of the frame and cropping a few pixels from the left would add to the image? Curious to know the reason to choose non- traditional border. I didn't like the border.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:14 am

Adithya, I do have a space on right in the original image. I spent good amount of time cropping/uncropping to see and settled down for this. What happened was with a little space on the right the birds on seem to get a little less visual attention. I thought the frame itself is made by those birds so had to settle down for this.

Regarding the non-conventional border, initially I added thin 4 pixel black border (traditional) then I felt it did not go well with top and right side due to higher intensity levels in those regions. But it went well with other two sides of the frame due to darker pixels in those edges. So thought of trying this non-conventional border. I have not seen border only on two sides of a frame, so just tried experimenting with it :)

About my own preference among these two frames - I kind of inclined to choose the other one. I see a slight tinge of artificiality in this frame which I think is absent in the other frame. The other frame looks just abstract (to my eyes). While this one too is predominantly abstract I think (in retrospective) I should have left a little more structure in the frame to ground it in abstraction (only). Lots of it I am sure is personal preference though. Thanks for your thoughts, candid views and questions !!

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Commentby Adithya Biloor on Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:05 am

Yes, the other one looks perfect and that is why I like this frame Ganesh !! This image has something which I can't express in words that make me think more and more.
I am still not convinced with the border :(.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:22 am

I am still not convinced with the border

Adithya, noted !! :)

Some how it seem to work for my taste buds - not being different for the sake of being different. But it subtly seem to bracket the image with some novelty.

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Commentby nirlep on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:18 am

Hi Ganesh,
Your series from Corbett has got me baffled to be honest. It is deeply evocative, meditative and quiet. The scapes turn a new leaf in presentation of the the spatial. I feel the blurring replaces the usual cartesian depth with something that eludes me still. Right now I'm simply taken in by the transformation as presented.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby Adithya Biloor on Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:20 pm

Ganesh , I remember you wrote
"Each one of us will/may find our own. Our creations may become far more subjective. But the key is to make images which satisfies our own hunger, if it touches others too then it becomes bonus, else we need to respect the subjectivity of our creations and move on enjoying what we create..."
I think this is very true and important. i am very happy that we have a topic to differ.

On another note, If I can compare, your recent images are like Rehman's music. At the first look they look simple. But after repeated visits one gets addicted to that!!
I am really enjoying "stopping by woods" in each visit.

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Adithya Biloor
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