Solitude - my experiment in tonal range

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Solitude - my experiment in tonal range
HI there, i was intrigued by the threads in Rajkumar's tree trunk image and then in Ganesh's Clipping tonal ranges image, and wanted to put this forth.
I worked on it using methods from the link Nilanjan posted, but am not sure i achieved anything :) What i am looking for, i guess, is a method to this - rather than my trial and error. Pointers are hugely appreciated.

About the image:
Well before the sun pierced the morning awake, a fog hung over a muddy river shrouding almost all, but a solitary egret.

Borneo | 2010
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:56 pm
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:03 pm

I loved the tones here Arati, the mood reminds of Bharatpur, nice image.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:08 pm

And that speck of egret makes it art Arati ! Love the muted moody tones here... excellent image in my book. Hope you like it too :)

I think there are lots of similarities between art perceived by eyes and art perceived by ears. Given a set tones and movement one can identify a raga and associated mood (whether it is morning/evening/night raga etc). Similarly I strongly believe it is possible to compose images in a given 'raga' too !! I have made several observations in this context, may be I will need to consolidate them into a few paragraphs as a blog..in the near future.. How about asking - "In which raga is this image composed?" May be thoughts along those lines would open new avenues too... What you think ?

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Commentby AratiRao on Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:25 pm

Thank you Nilanjan Da...
Ganesh, what a lovely thought that is. makes me wish i knew more about classical indian music. my knowledge is limited. but you know, it is the idea here - and it really does resonate. i could easily ask of some images "what raga was it composed in?" I asked that question of this image, after looking at it for a long while... and for me, the answer in this particular image would be an alaap in ahir bhairav, sung in khayal style.

again, i am sure as with visual art, different ragas will bubble to the top with different perceptions. It is going to consume me, this new way to perceive - to "hear" an image.

Thank you Ganesh - for the inspiration and the thought-provoking comment.
A

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Commentby Rajkumar on Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:32 am

Love this. Ultimately the master is the expression. Wonderfully achieved here. Tone cannot be an end in itself.
I see the vulnerable Egret in the big wide “mist”erious world. The bird can be tad more defined IMHO

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Commentby AratiRao on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:04 am

Thanks, Rajkumar. yes, tone not an end in itself, but learning to "see" them :)

as for the bird/definition - i shot this in JPG, original - duh, dont ask why. dumb is the word that comes to mind. so the grains, the definition - or lack there of - all inherent in this full frame image.

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Commentby nirlep on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:38 pm

Hi Arati,
"that spec of egret makes it..." how true Ganesh's words. And then Raj has hit the nail on its head when he says "ultimately the master is the expression.." . Ganesh has touched upon another very interesting subject that of drawing parallels between art perceived by eyes and art perceived by ears. Yes I too agree that such association exists that's why we invoke mood when explaining some image- like this one. In fact there is a treasure of whole lot of aesthetics or I should say Indian aesthetics waiting to be discovered. In "The dance of Siva" by Anand Coomaraswamy the basis of Indian aesthetics and their link to the nine "rasas" (aesthtic emotion) has also been dealt with at length. I'm a music lover but can't tell the parallel of this image to a raga ..what I can tell is that it evokes in me "shanta rasa". maybe that would find resonance with "alap in ahir bhairav.." somewhere.
Thanks for sharing and touching chords.

Commentby krishnan v on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:45 pm

Arati, me I missed the egret till I read the comments ..duh ! My eyes gravitated to the subtle branches. Very nice indeed :-) Like it !

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Commentby AratiRao on Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:21 am

Nirlep ... that's an interesting take too. The rasas. So much to read and absorb on these threads ... which is why CNP is as special as it is.
Thank you for your comments, they always make me ruminate after.
Krish: hahaha. it is a speck ... interesting that you missed it though. but i am with you - when i was shooting this scene, it was those branches that attracted my attention first. the egret was as the right place, right time when i squeezed the trigger.
thanks - it is a very muted and "grey" image, very different from my normally deep dark contrasts and "mostly black" images ... so i'm glad you all liked it!
A

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:15 am

This is getting interesting. Reading comments from Ganesh, Nirlep and others, and your association of Bahirav to this image does not make me hold them (your image and the raaga) together.
One of my close friends, Venkatesh not on CNP, has been trying to associate photography and music together. He wants to create images based on raagas. He has gone back to his guitar, to get hold of both carnatic and hindustani raagas, has hung his camera till a point he gets the raaga in depth and then start creating images based on raagas. According to him it is a work for about another 2 - 3 years (an year already passed!) for him to create his first image based on a raaga. He does associate many raagas to images on CNP, we keep exchanging notes both text and raaga notes! It is an art, he is trying.
It looks all cluttered for me now :)
-RD

Commentby AratiRao on Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:26 am

Hahaha - i love reading your take on the images RD ... always entertaining. I have no clue what your friend is trying ... i dont know enough to even understand that. But as for this image, i looked at it, went back to that morning, and could imagine ahir bhairav. alaap only. but that is the beauty of it no? it may not resonate with you at all. and that's perfectly normal :) :) It will be verrrry interesting to see what your friend says about ragas<->images on CNP ... and, if possible, the why behind it. Interview him and post it, no?

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Commentby nevilzaveri on Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:47 am

aaha! .. i'm closing my eyes 'n listening all of you thru this image! so artistic, moody 'n resonating, arati. genial.

regards.

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Commentby AratiRao on Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:36 am

:) Thank you nevil! that feels really good. glad it resonated.

best,
Arati

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:22 pm

I just posted this related thread.

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Commentby neelu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:55 pm

arati, i took some time for all the interesting discussions and links on tonalities( totally new to it all) to sink, before i express myself,
and then Ganesh adds forth an added association of musical raagas..Phew!!!
Have some basic exposure to classical music, and i must say, one looks at the mood of the image now in new ways,
and i heard the Ragas/raginis in ur image, of course "which raga" ,is very subjective,i could not connect it to ahir bhairav, for me it was more an evening mood in the image, and of course the "Pakkad/ bandish" is the musical notes of the delicately lit radiating branches ..overhead, though the "little egret" vies for attention first.
nevertheless..i love ur enthusiasm and excitement, its very inspiring,the quick experiments on tonalities, and lovley results... and the huge learning when an image sparks of a flurry of discussions...repeating my mantra.."the joy of learning is unparalled", on this forum.lapping it all up and hungry for more!:):)


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