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Sriharsha Ganjam
600 pixels of life!
The upper regions of the Greater Himalayas is a dry, cold and bleak world. Life exists there, but its no picnic. Its hard and unforgiving !!
We spotted this Urial sunning itself on a high rocky ledge late one evening. From where we were, we had absolutely no chance of making a decent closeup of this elusive bovine on that day. But I still liked this perspective, showing the Urial in its true habitat. Having the Urial occupy just 600 pixels in a 427,200 pixel image, in my opinion showcases the vastness of its habitat and the challenges involved in negotiating and conquering this huge barren wilderness. I liked the frail trace of life showcased by the tiny silhouette in an otherwise lifeless world.

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Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:34 am
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:50 am

Love this image Harsha ! I would consider closing down to eliminate details in the darker region and present it as a complete silhoutte.
What is interesting is less than 1% in the frame but eyes go straight there ! Hope you have a nice trip to Leh/Ladak. Looking forward to see more of your creations ! Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:27 am

I was thinking may be it would look very good in black n white. Eagerly waiting to see Ladakh through your lens. :)

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:46 am

:D Harsha, you are still confused! ;-)

This is the Urial ( Ovis orientalis vignei ) and not the Bharal. I guess you have seriously started to peck my nostalgia! Massive hangover here!!

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:01 am

fantastic image Harsha! Loved the presentation. I would have gone with Silhouette and boosted the blues a bit. As presented the sky asks for a bit more contrast. But what a frame you have! Thanks for sharing this...

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:52 am

Beautiful Composition.
Agree with others on closing down the details in the foreground. I love to see this image in just two tones or colours. However beautiful presentation and liked the title !

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:45 am

Thanks for the clarification Pramod, I have made the correction :)

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:04 pm

Ah what an image. Small is really beautiful and I think this small space takes centerstage in this image. I wish the clouds weren't there and it was all blue then the impact would be much more. I feel bad that my batchmate and friend was DFO Leh for close to two years and imagine the chances of shooting. Ladakh continues to enchant. Lets see more.

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Commentby nevilzaveri on Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:16 pm

great graphical image with just enough sized subject to feel the space, harshaji. loved the silhoutte feel, but seems playing a bit with levels and wb will enhance it much further.

regards.

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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:26 pm

After having seen this image for close to 3-4 hrs now since morning i am back here to comment that i will go with the image as it is. The hit of details in the shadow region gives a sort of mystery feel.
The subject so small in the frame but has the maximum impact on the viewer.
Looking forward for more of your unique visions from your trip.

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Commentby nirlep on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:51 am

Hi Sriharsha,
How a passive landscape suddenly wakes up with just one presence. For me landscape should have elements of presence for they make it look "lived in". This one does just that and even though the picture has been closed by its boundaries , eyes go beyond the point where the convexity ends. Anticipation begins at this point on the left vertical and all the excluded space becomes the turf for this image.
Looking forward to seeing more from your Ladakh (La-dakh, the land of passes) sojourn.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby nirlep on Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:08 am

"...the frail trace of life"...wow I love the line in your description. I guess the poignance with which one feels gets reflected in the image. Once conceived as "Urial sunning itself on a high rocky ledge" the image frees itself from definition after its birth and moves on to address more than the perceiver wished to signify. The image now floats on the coceptual levity of un-meaning stirring a different sets of emotion in different minds.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:34 am

The image now floats on the coceptual levity of un-meaning stirring a different sets of emotion in different minds

Very true ! and nicely put Nirlep. Your views stand as very good examples of how an image critique can be written. I try to caerfully read your views on every image and enjoy them. Often I would keep a dictionary beside me however :)

It is evident that you enjoy writing critique. Why don't you share your thoughts as a small article on writing image critiques ?

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