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Shivakumar L Narayan
Me and My World | First attempt towards remote photography
To see others do is one part of the story and to go ahead and making an effort to do is another big story !

This is my small and very first effort in remote photography. After having influenced by Ganesh over the last few months I decided to give it a shot this morning at TGHalli. First attempt was to set up the camera ( with tripod ! ) near the kingfisher point - apparently the setup was so evident that the kingfisher never bothered to even turn towards that regular perch where it used to sit always and even many times today morning before i set this up. So based on Ganesh's suggestion i went ahead and setup the camera at the lizard point. Until the point we set up the camera there - we were counting anything like 3-4 lizards at that point and after we set up it got reduced to 1 :)

This image above is one of such frame which i got to make during this experiment where the lone lizard obiliged to give all sort of pose for my experiment.

Though the lizard appears very small in the frame am pretty much happy with the frame as it gives a sense of "Me and My World" feel to it ( i guess its just me ). Personally i felt the clouds and the complementing waterbody pattern make this image for me along with the posture of the lizard. Anyways this is not the end of the world - this is just the begining of seeing the world differently.

Some of the key lessons learnt

a. Lesser the footprint ( evidence ) of the setup - better is the opportunity to expect something.
b. Composition plays a really crucial role in such setup.
c. Focal length selection for making the image.
d. Better quality wireless triggers - farther you go - better is the opportunity to expect something to come and sit in the place where you do the setup.
e. Last but not the least "PATIENCE" - its really not easy to sit few mts away from the setup and wait for something to happen so that you can fire the shutter. Backup camera and keeping our-self engaged in shooting or some music can make a lot of difference :)

Would love to know your views on this.

Until next time - Keep Smiling
-Shiv
Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:03 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:14 pm

I was just curious to see what you got, browsed your macro gallery could not find it - here it goes !! (BTW, you need to make a "New images or latest" gallery to help us find your recent ones !).

Stunning image here Shiv, love the color and perspective here. I think stone/agama is slightly over sharpened (I have not calibrated my display for more than 45 days however, so may be my screen issue too). BTW, I did not like the stilt image I made today so have not processed it still...

Great start, good luck for future experiements. Thanks for sharing your learnings, I am sure it will be useful to those who are interested..

ADDED LATER : Now assume you had a kestrel there :)

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» Last edited by Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:26 pm; edited 1 time in total

Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:26 pm

Thanks for the encouraging words Ganesh.
Infact i havent uploaded anything to website yet :) - Just processed couple of images one of them is above and the other one is from the KF perch where i seem to have caught something flying during the testing time :)

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:47 pm

Baap re !!!! What a start Shiv :). I too agree with Ganesh here, am finding it a bit too over sharpened as well. Superb composition. Which lens did you use buddy ?

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Commentby nevilzaveri on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:04 pm

great scape of your world, shiva, every inch interesting! really, helluva start.

regards.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:35 pm

Shiv, I am speechless. The color of the sky and water is so delicious man, that it makes the Blue Current ice cream go bland! The texture and placement of the rock makes the wafer go soggy and of course the Agama makes the cherry on the ice cream just like a casual topping. Sorry for the poor comparison, but I just got back from a rather lavish dinner party and I could not stop myself from admiring the Lovely ice cream they had there, but that was only till I saw this picture. All in all its a very delicious picture and I cant stop drooling :-P

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:38 pm

So you missing a backup body huh? Still interested the 350D with 18-55 (and Marumi of course) ;-)

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:58 pm

Excellent execution....the dominating blues in the frame really give a very nice feel to the image... Good to see your effort in remote photography.... all the best mate...

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:50 pm

This is a fine attempt, Shiv! The blue of the sky and the water contrasted with the neutral greys of the rock are simply breathtaking! The streak of cloud in the sky and the S-shaped pattern in the water are nice touches. And going by the image quality, it must be shot with your 5D. :-)

The obvious things that I wish for are: 1) a 'wider' angle of view, that is, more super-wide-angle-like effect and 2) the subject to be larger in the frame. But considering that an agama-sized creature poses major challenges to both these objectives, you've done very well and since you've just begun, I'm sure you'll better this through the many more opportunities that I'm sure you'll create. All the best for Ganesh's kestrel to enter this frame soon. :-)

Commentby Mahesh Devarajan on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:02 pm

Great image Shiva and great start. Loved the scale in this image and the rendered colors. Even the thumbnail for this image is striking. By any chance did you try using flash for the lizard and getting a more under exposed background ? That also seems interesting to try out.

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:25 pm

A very fine beginning. I really know the pain of a setup and waiting endlessly for something to happen. I really liked the blues in this setup, the mirroring of the sky over water is nice and the agama sitting there on the rock watch the world go by is really interesting. I think we are now seeing a clear shift in really putting a lot of effort behind the scenes to get an image. I think in this case I would like to add a couple of things.
1. Leave a natural looking rag in a bundle at the spot in one weekend and next weekend use the bundle to camouflage the setup. There will be less panic from the wildlife.
2. The best tripods for this setup is the Gorillapod.
3. Time we got some natural looking fibreglass moulds done to mimic natural things. Like a rock boulder, a heap of clay or dung to setup things naturally.

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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:53 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement. I will redirect all credits to Ganesh for inspiring me on this.
@Nilanjan - its a Canon 17-40F4L
@Harsha - next time let me mix it up with some fruits :)
@Santosh - i did try 17mm but it looks way too wide and the subject "might" have become even smaller - thats one big challenge with wideangle remote photography. This i guess is at 40mm
@Mahesh - apparently as this is the first try - no use of flash or what so ever - just used a polariser to cut the glare off the rocks and get some rich colors.
@VMR - answers to your question
1. Leave a natural looking rag in a bundle at the spot in one weekend and next weekend use the bundle to camouflage the setup. There will be less panic from the wildlife.
<SK>Camo cloth is something we need to look out for. Here i used a couple of plants to cover lens and tripod.
2. The best tripods for this setup is the Gorillapod.
<SK> Picked up one just last week but didnt get to use it for this one as i had to remove the lens plate to put it on the gorillapod
3. Time we got some natural looking fibreglass moulds done to mimic natural things. Like a rock boulder, a heap of clay or dung to setup things naturally.
<SK>Myself and Ganesh did discuss about it during our "waiting period" while something turned up. We did have reference to the BBC Dungcam, Bouldercam, Trunkcam stuff.

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Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:19 pm

very good attempt shiv...excellent image too.....once the craft is learnt we need to push our limits more to gain a bit form regular stuff....the art of seeing the image comes to place then..

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:52 pm

All said and done, I will sit back and admire your effort for a long long time.

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