The Ripple Effect




Santosh Saligram
The Ripple Effect
As beginners to photography, we are taught about the importance of being at the same level as that of the subject and keeping the subject parallel to the plane of the recording medium, but here's an instance of that rule being violated blatantly. After making the usual 'bright pelican popping out of a dark background' kind of images, I went up a nearby watch-tower to try and capture the birds along with the surface on which they were consummately sailing, and came back learning that just like some men and women, these pelicans don't have to try too hard to create ripples in their 'chosen fields'. :-)

D300; 300mm F4 AFS, Karanji Lake, Mysore
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:08 pm
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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:51 pm

Looking at the image now I realise that it'd have been better had I placed the pelican at the top left corner, with the water filling the lower three-fourths of the frame. I don't know remember whether I didn't compose the image that way due to a particular reason at that time, but if there wasn't anything preventing me from composing it that way, it just goes on to prove that it's very difficult to shrug off standard 'rules' even when you are in the process of flouting one. :-)

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:50 pm

This a stunning image and a lovely creation of the mind, I agree that the pelican at top left corner would have been wonderful, a little CCW rotation would also help. I love the subject and the ripples and the tonality of this image. Don't be surprised if this one is in the reckoning for the IOM

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:15 pm

Great decision on climbing the watch tower to make this image Santhosh ! Arial view makes this image for me along with ripples of water. I do agree with your views the top 1/3rd would have added a lot to the composition. Thanks for sharing.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:24 pm

I like the texture of the water ripples here. It adds dynamism in an otherwise calm picture. The color contrast also works in favor of the image. How about sharpening the Peli a bit more?

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:28 pm

Superb capture Santosh. As others have said, even for me, what makes this image are the ripples. The Pelican doesn't seem to disturb the ripple patterns much. Positioning of the Pelican in the frame is very much subjective. This frame works marvelously well for me! I feel this image would have a far better impact without the border.

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:25 am

Santosh, This is great image creation. And a good decision to climb up and add the water ripples. It may look even better (to me) in gray tone.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi