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Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:37 pm
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Nilanjan Das  Joined CNP On 23 May 2008    Total Image posts 223    -   Total Image Comments 1742    -   Image Post to Comment Ratio 1:8    -   Image Comment Density 86     -     Total Forum Posts 95

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:48 pm

Nice play of light and beautiful setting here Nilanjan. If you have burnt (vignette) this at 3 sides I think there is a scope for you to better it still. I think it could have been milder. If you have not burnt/vignette then I would consider opening the 3 sides very lightly. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:21 pm

One of your nostalgic series and beautiful. I would avoid little bit of sky on top.

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Commentby Trivedi Ashvin J. on Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:53 pm

Amazing image! Very nice feel. I liked the composition & the B&W conversion. Thanks for sharing....

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:33 am

Ganesh, I have not done anything except converting to black and white, no burning etc. Can vignetting be done manually ? means during processing ? Need to learn so much. Now as you suggested opening the 3 sides, how do I selectively do that ? How do I select the grass ? Can you kindly do it and show how the result looks. I would appreciate a lot. Thanks Shankarji and Ashvin. My mind too was telling me to crop a little bit of sky, but then I posted the image as it is. I am more and more getting convinced that Kaziranga can be a heaven for those who have interest in black and white photography. Such beautiful tree formations.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:51 am

Nilanjan, burning and dodging are considered part of traditional B&W techniques and is being used a lot from generations (Ansel Adams seem to have mastered these techniques). In Nik's Silver FX Pro there are separate controls for doing this just check those out. Vignetting can be done either using optical filters or digital
filters (or put DX lenses on FX body at wider settings). Both PS and SilverFX has tools for doing this. As far as opening the 3 sides goes just use the levels tool to open up the shadow region a bit. Hope this helps..

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Commentby Adithya Biloor on Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:04 am

Excellent image. Beautiful conversion also. I agree with cropping a few pixels on the top.
About vignetting- In CS3 go to Filter>distort>Lens correction. There you can add/remove vignetting. Also you can correct the distortion.

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:02 pm

Liked the setting Nilanjan.
I would have sharpened a bit more than this, but that would be of my taste. I would have avoided the sky or cropped it to get a wider perspective.
You have been "serving" us a great series, thanks for sharing.
best regards,
-RD

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:06 pm

Thanks again Ganesh, Adithya and RD :), looks like PS is one thing I would hardly be able to manage :). I downloaded a few tips from the internet on how to use the dodge and burn tool in PS and was lost for sometime to find out which brush to select and then finally when I started doing it, ended up getting streaks of dark lines in the images :). Looks like it needs a lot of practice. Silver FX I have to see. But at the end of the day I felt so nice as so many of my friends, those whom I have not even met, trying to help and lift my standards. This is why I simply love being in this forum. CNP rocks and thanks friends once again from the bottom of my heart.

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Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:18 pm

excellent image sir....i too feel the sky is slightly distracting....without the sky the subject gets more focus....vignetting is done general for subjects at the center to create more visual interest to the composition[thats just a rule and rules are to broken]...you can check old b&w portraits where this technique would have used very effectively .....

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:32 am

Thanks a lot Praveen. This info really helps. Frankly I must admit that I did not know this rule and if there is any breaking of rule in the image, it is unintentional or accidental :). However, since am getting so much of interest in black n white nature photography, it is very important for me to know the rules so that I know what I need to break and by how much. Appreciate.

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Commentby shreeram on Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:19 pm

Stunning shot! I went to Kaziranga with a very similar shot in mind. Hasn't happened yet :(


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