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Sriharsha Ganjam
Vanilla Dollop
I have always been fascinated by the heavens, may be because my grandfather always used to tell me fascinating stories about the cosmos. He used to tell me that the full moon was a huge dollop of Vanilla ice cream floating in the sky, and only the most well behaved kid would get hold of it. I remember eating my food and doing my homework and listening to my mom just to get that ever elusive Vanilla scoop, but never once did I succeed in laying my hands on the Ambrosia floating in the sky! Well not until last Sunday when we saw the most spectacular Moon set and Moon rise (this picture). And I think me being good for all these years has finally paid off :)
Composition wise I was lucky to get both the mountain in the BG and the water in the FG, without which the image would not have much to talk about. I prefer to have some terrestrial sidekicks to go along with an astronomical main subject.
Technically this image is a dual exposure one exposed for the Moon (Tv = 1/1000sec) and one for the Water reflection (Tv = 0.8sec). I merged the two layers to get this image. Must also remember to thank Santosh for letting me use his Monopod without which this image would not have been possible. Am also not sure if Multiple exposure and layered pictures are encouraged on CNP in light of digital manipulations. If so moderators please let know and I shall remove it.
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Harsh
Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:39 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:47 am

Lovely image Sriharsha. Due to technology limitations these images are difficult to pull off. You have done a good job here in my view. Coming to your point about whether it is ok to post multiple exposure images, personally I think any image which did not add/delete pixels out of context to "create" an effect should be just fine (for example adding a moon from yesterday's night image to today's image is not fair in my view).

In a related note (hope you don't mind talking about a related topic in this thread), I have seen a tendency for defining "nature as is" being equal to "what comes out of camera" (without processing). In my view it just does not make sense. For me combining 2 or more exposures this way is more "natural" than single exposure image which would have badly under exposed the water or over exposed moon. Hope some day (a few hundred years from now ?!) sensors and camera system will become as good as human vision and we no longer need to fight with nature as is representation topic :) Be it sensors or slide/film never represented nature as is.

Do B&W films/slide represent nature as is ? Didn't we use Provia 100F, Velvia 50, Kodachrome 25, Kodachrome 64, Velvia 100.. for different look and feel ? more saturated, less saturated... than what we saw ? After all how each one of us see nature ? Can we then define what we mean by nature as is ? I only hope nature as is urge don't blind our creative visions.

Seeing goes beyond eyes.

BTW, I like the way you shared the story of moon and vanilla dollop ! Having seen/spoken to you a few times I agree you were a well behaved kid in your early days and of course a gentleman now! :) Thanks for sharing..

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Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:28 pm

Well executed Harsha. Actually, i did try a similar shot on that day. But it never occured to me that i could go with multiple exposure. Thanks for sharing.
Reading Ganesh's words: some haze about the topic is cleared. Thanks Ganesh.
-RD

Commentby nirlep on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:49 pm

Beautiful and heavenly image Sriharsha. I am entirely with Ganesh on using multiple exposures to depict what you saw. Limiting to only one exposure would be a purists pursuit with the same end result. This image here has caught everything of the mood, lighting, mountains, moonlight reflection and a very clear moon. Wonderful landscape which really warmed my heart.

Commentby nirlep on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:55 pm

Beautiful and heavenly image Sriharsha. I am entirely with Ganesh on using multiple exposures to depict what you saw. Limiting to only one exposure would be a purists pursuit with the same end result. This image here has caught everything of the mood, lighting, mountains, moonlight reflection and a very clear moon. Wonderful landscape which really warmed my heart.

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:29 pm

I think this is a very impactful way of bringing about the mood you visualised here, I agree if within the limitations of not adding anything in the frame but only putting some subjects in perspective to convey is not wrong. I really liked this image for its simple way of how the earth is linked to its cosmos. Great seeing here.

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A creative mind is a restless soul...


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Commentby rshekar on Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:18 pm

Made with a monopod ? Its amazing how you've got composition right on both images for merging ...

Very well done indeed, creating a striking image out of a scene where i would have thought there is none :-)

Thanks,
Raj.

Commentby nirlep on Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:05 am

coming back again Sriharsha the mountain form resembles a simian in sleep! Just look towards the right of the moon.
Great

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:53 am

Beautiful effect with great effort. You could have tried with different composition. However I like it overall.

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Cheers, Shankar Kiragi