Abstraction and Reality

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Ganesh H Shankar
Abstraction and Reality
I made this image just for the abstract looking background. You may find the color version of it here. I think in such images it may be important to create a balance between the so called main subject (kingfisher in this case) and the background itself. Features like sharpness, contrast,color and such elements which pulls our eyes over it may need to be delicately balanced to control the movement of our eyes over the image. In this case for example I had to carefully control the amount of sharpness (for my taste buds of course) - sharper eyes of kingfisher would tilt the eyes more towards kingfisher and there by de-emphasizing the background itself. Isn't it amazing how how our visual system is designed ? Thanks for your views..
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:02 pm

For the past few months I have been drawn more towards monotones and this image here fits perfectly. As the caption goes, abstraction surrounds reality in many ways, active or passive. It surely depends on the mind ( part of the visual system ) how to react to it. Images like these make us forget the grilling and grinding of life and takes us to another state of mind for which I suppose any artist goes through all the pain in life, not thinking of benefits. Thanks for sharing.

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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:14 pm

Firstly it took me some time to realise that the image posted here looks a a tad softer than the one in the illustration form and the same B&W version in your website. The main attention grabber which is the sharp catchlight filled eyes and the contrasty bg are very well balanced here. I "personally" have a dilema of selecting which one challenges other for my taste and probably maybe due to the color of the KF, i tend to stick to the color version more than the mono one.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:18 pm

Shiv, B&W image here and in my site are the same. I think perceived difference between the two may be due to rest of the window/page color (black in my site and white/grey here).

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:20 pm

A fine thought process of looking at the bg and the abstractness in relation to the main subject. I have often noticed that in every image the bg plays a definitive role either of enhancing or of spoiling. I personally feel the bg should compliment the main subject. Even if there is abstractness in the bg it should eventually complement the main subject. In this case both the main subject and the bg are finely balance. The overiding spirit of image making should that the bg should effectively complement the subject. I prefer the color version, why see b/w when we have color?

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:35 am

I like the colour version more. However a great representation of different background. Gone are the days with clean background (Old school). One has be very creative in bringing the life into background or balancing it with subject.

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Commentby arunkumarpk on Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:54 pm

Sir, this is what I thought when I first saw this image. the image at once pulled my attention to the kingfisher and the two pointed ends of the branches before her. then the white areas in the bg grew wider in detail and my sight sort of re-bounced for a while between the kf and the white areas in the bg.
The second time I saw this image, my sight sort of entrained itself from the top left white spot, and following the pattern in the loop was sort of presented with the kf at the end of it.