Soft mighty steps




Sriharsha Ganjam
Soft mighty steps
I noticed these Elephant foot marks in the wet ground when we were making images of this tusker, and suddenly I had this image materialize in front of me. I waited for him to come into the right position just above the foot prints (not sure if they are his, but I would want to believe them to be), before getting this. This in my opinion, again bodes with the story of connecting the reason of the Elephants existence in Kabini with the water levels of the reservoir. A fall in the water levels brings out the shoots of grass, which attracts Elephants to Kabini. The footprints and the sprouts signify the arrival of the season in Kabini.
Hope I am successful in the visualization and execution of this image.
Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:31 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:38 pm

Fantastic composition here Sriharsha !! I think this is what Pramod suggested in his critique to Dinesh's image. I think the chosen angle with sky as bg beautifully emphasizes elephant in the frame with the trace of the flying bird in the front adding to the image. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:55 am

Hey Harsh, first of all your attempt to begin telling stories through your images is clearly evident, and is a fantastic thing. It adds an extra dimension to photographs and makes them that much more captivating. And I love the concept too, of the foot-prints leading up to their creator.

As for execution, I think you did the best under the circumstances, but the absence of any sort of connection between the foot-prints and the animal has me a bit lost. Maybe if there were a few more foot-prints, and preferably leading the eyes towards the animal, it would have worked better. The unevenness of the foreground is also serving to dilute the concept. I'd crop off the water in the foreground up to where the ground begins (but I suppose the water is essential for your story :-)) and crop from the right until a bit closer to the ele to make the frame tighter and more focussed, and also to offset the elephant from the centre and resize the image such that it can be seen in one shot without one having to scroll up and down on a monitor set to 1024 x 768.