Falls through the woods...



Falls through the woods...


Ashwini Kumar Bhat
Falls through the woods...
Magod Falls (near a small town called Yellapur) in the Western Ghats has been photographed many times but all with only couple of types. Its very challenging to portray this falls in any different way as people are restricted to view from the pre specified path and there is no way to go around looking for a different angle.

On our last visit couple of weeks back we (Pramod, Shiv and self) were thinking how we can capture differently. After about 30min of searching we got an idea which was something like this. Took the tree in the foreground and lit it gently using Nikon SB600 flash (fired remotely, Thanks Shiv for holding it!) and keeping the view of the falls in the gap between this tree and the other.

Magod is a beautiful falls for the tourists and it is worth visiting. You may find most of the photos of Magod something like -

Your views are welcome and thanks for viewing.

Magod, Sahyadris
D300, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, SB600
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:02 am
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Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:38 am

Ashwin, a great effort to look at it differently. The idea to frame the falls by these two trees was a good one. I wish you could light both the tree as the back one almost merges with the BG. I know, easier said than done. TFS.

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:44 am

Thanks Rameshji! That's already in my TO DO list for my next visit! :) As I had only 1 flash lighting the other tree by keeping the same lighting on the right side tree was very tough. Will try some other technique next time. Thanks for your view.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:55 am

Going brave and breaking the rules, is what this image is all about. I loved the idea. I also have to agree with Ramesh, on illuminating the second tree

Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:58 pm

Seeing matters mate. This one is just the result of such new seeing.
I am in love with this. Wish we had two flashes with wireless trigger - so that we could have illuminated both the trees.
Beautiful framing here.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:13 pm

I know how long you shot this! Super framing here and I agree with others about more even lighting. I will be waiting till next year for your further work :). Great seeing here.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:20 pm

An interesting perspective here Ashin. I would think leaving some space between falls and tree would have added further in terms of balancing the weight between falls and tree - Just my thoughts.. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:37 am

Ashwin, I liked the idea of lighting the tree. Not sure if it was possible in the field to keep just one tree trunk in the frame (one of them). Besides I am not much into flash photography, but just wondering a warm light on the tree would have given more natural feel. I like bit warm light from flash (not white light) but I do not know how to get it.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

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