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the face of khangchendzonga
The place is again tumling in singalila national park. I had fixed my tripod to take last light on Khangchendzonga. Just when I was to press cable release my porter Shiring Sherpa came calling. I saw his blurred outline in the frame and told him to freeze. For 5 seconds. I think his face brought character to an otherwise would've-been-a-bland-shot.
Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:19 pm
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Commentby nevilzaveri on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:07 am

i am speechless to adore the aesthetic beauty, feel of the place and portrait of the people who makes things possible for us. i simply love the portrait being blurr so that it can only reveal the facial character of those locals and not one single person, an amazing way to salute them, with the perfect backdrop of the khangchendzonga. nirlep, i think this is the best one till now.

thank you for the inspirations and all the posts.

regards.

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:25 am

Sir, I am literally standing and clapping for you! What an image you have come up with. Agree totally with Nevil regarding the feel the portrait gives to the whole image. A perfect decision to go with blurred face with the mighty khangchendzonga in the backdrop. Bow to your effort and this image. Cannot describe my feelings in words. I can only say thanks for sharing it here.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:10 am

Whoa! what an awe-inspiring image this is! K2 in itself is a true inspiration for all nature lovers and sherpas are seen with utmost reverence. This image invokes a series of emotions and thoughts in my mind that are inexplicable. There is a bit of blue cast in the image but it adds to the beauty of the mood partly. One of the best images that I have seen on CNP. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:42 am

I am humbled by your pic sir! Very well executed, We are so often used to seeing habitat shots and they have a charm of their own. But you have taken the habitat shot a little further by including the local Sherpa people of the place and how their land is made. The in focus mountain and the clouds complement the blurry face very well. I do however see some noise and not sure how the picture would look without the noise. All in all Well done

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:22 pm

Coming back to this one for the sixth time! Not able to control myself avoiding clicking on it again and again!
I feel this image is better appreciated if you view this from a distance -say few feet (3-4). The blurred face speaks a lot if viewed from a distance. Thanks once again for sharing it across.

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Commentby nevilzaveri on Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:00 pm

coming back again, to correct my mistake by saying 'nirlepji'.

regards.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:50 pm

Me too, coming back to this image. I would have called it as "Spirit" of K2!

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Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:10 pm

This is a beautiful idea. Liked the addition of human element in this image & the blurness really adds to it.
Just one suggestion - composition-wise, might have included the length mountain range (which u had originally planned) with sherpa to the further left - such that both the lit-mountains & sherpa are included in the frame. As of now, most part of the beautiful mountains are blocked.
Liked this image a lot. TFS.

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Commentby nirlep on Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:05 pm

Dear Nevil (ji), Ashwini, Pramod, Sriharsh, Kaushik
I,m really touched by your comments and appreciation. I've been photographing landscapes for over a decade now but never before have I put up my work before the masters of the art. So each word coming from you shall be imbibed deep in order to do better and more intense work. During the Singalila trek which I did with my friends from Bathinda and Dhritiman Mukherjee, a very dear wild life photographer friend from Kolkata, I had in mind to get landscapes with human presence. The moment came as a reward for being passionately occupied with the idea.
And Nevil I've worked very hard to get rid of "ji" and there! you come back the second time to add this suffix :)
Thanks once again.

Commentby Gururaja on Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:26 pm

This is an absolute brilliant and creative image. Spellbound! Nirlep you have rightly pointed out, without that person, this is one more Khangchendzonga image. To me it is appearing as though even human is not-comparable with the mighty, vast, yet calm and wise mountains of Himalaya.

Commentby Mohanram on Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:04 pm

This is brilliant, if you focus your gaze on the mountains, the face starts moving!
Try it, its almost like a perfect 3-dimensional picture...Superb, havent seen anything like this.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:48 pm

Amazing image indeed Nirlep - brilliantly seen. Agree completely with you, trace of the face made all the difference. I would sharpen the moutains a bit. Outline of the face though blurred can be identified clearly with a Sherpa. Trace of the Sherpa's face and Khangchendzonga goes very well - overall an excellent creation. I think images like this fulfill the vision we had for CNP. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby nirlep on Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:59 pm

Dear Gururaja, Mohanram and Ganesh
Thanks a lot for your appreciation and comments. I had only clicked one shot whereas you guys have de-constructed the image and shown me thousand ways to look at it. The experience is truly amazing.
Thanks once again.
Nirlep

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:19 am

This is almost like a Nat Geo image, this is one image which really shows how a little human connection lifts an image to such great heights, like others have pointed out this is really a very striking image here especially with the blues. I feel this has a very strong photojournalistic feel to it, if we are to make impactful images I think this is also the another way apart from the beauty of nature which we often portray.

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:27 am

This is almost like a Nat Geo image, this is one image which really shows how a little human connection lifts an image to such great heights, like others have pointed out this is really a very striking image here especially with the blues. I feel this has a very strong photojournalistic feel to it, if we are to make impactful images I think this is also the another way apart from the beauty of nature which we often portray.

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A creative mind is a restless soul...