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Monsoon Rain
I spent couple of days at Bhadra back waters and made this image of "monsoon rain". It took about a few minutes to for the rain to "reach" us. It was a dramatic sky and tried to capture the mood and rain using a wide (20mm full frame) perspective. Love to know your thoughts.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:15 pm
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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:53 pm

s t u n n i n g ! control of exposure here, ganesh. love the way you have revealed the perfect misty atmosphere with approached rain. not sure what to do with that little over-powering brightness on the right ... probably that makes that gloomy parts more dull 'n interesting!

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:01 am

Can feel the power of the downpour in this image Ganesh! The wide-angle covering both the rain and the without rain part makes this image interesting IMO. Shows the power of the Indian monsoon in a very dynamic way.

Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:58 pm

Lovely capture of storm and rain.
It sets a mood of impending heavy shower.
My initial thought was to crop off the right half of the image and make it a square just showing the rain. However, this would not show the 'selective' rain-shower (as in - raining in one part of landscape & not in the other).
I guess I prefer it as presented.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:45 pm

The first word that came to my mind the moment I saw the word was 'Scary'. Forces of nature "conspiring" a heavy downpour at the near end and the contrasting distant end of the where the forces are already at play sets a fantastic context for the viewer to feel the intensity of the showers.

One of the best images from you, of late.

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Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:04 pm

as usual fantastic....how about making the river bit more lighter in tone so that we have a mid tone or even lighter horizontal line at the bottom to separate the bg and fg....

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:49 pm

That may be a good idea Praveen ! Will give it a try..

Added later - thanks Praveen for re-processing it and mailing it to me. I have posted the re-processed image in the illustration forum here.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:36 am

I have been seeing this image for the last two days and somehow felt that something was amiss, frankly speaking, I was thinking in terms of some elephants ( dont know if Bhadra has elephants or not :)) or any other animal grazing or a white egret flying in the dark clouds etc, posting of the second modified version with opening up of the river has made the image connect with me a lot more than the previous one. Rest agree with others :).

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:01 am

Ganesh, things have been told about this image. I liked this original than the reprocessed one.
I have been observing your monochrome images and one question i have is 'when do you decide to go monochrome?'
I know there is no straight forward algorthm, but keen to know your thinking.

regards,
-RD



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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:26 am

Thanks friends, appreciates all views.

Coming to RD's question on when do I use black and white - Of course it is a tough question with no clear answer. However these are some of the situations when I definitely try B&W -

- If elimination of color can simplify the image - two similar intensity colors can be rendered grey and can be merged. Some times this simplifies the composition.
- If the image is simple and has dramatic contrast in the (example - my elephant back image that I posted some time back)

But these are only 20% of the reasons to try B&W, the rest I am unable to explain..

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:46 pm

Loved the new version of the image! Its perfect!!!
Reminds me of Ansel Adams http://www.anseladamsprints.info/ansel-adams.jpg



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Commentby swhl on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:45 pm

Liked the new version better. Although I would have preferred the river to be a little less bright. Somewhere in between both the versions. Also, as of now the wide angle effect I am not getting. Is that due to the absence of foreground elements?

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:06 pm

Yes Swaheel, could be due to absense of apparent scale/reference point.

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Commentby abhijit madangeri on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:29 pm

This is scary. Looks like a cyclone approaching. Very well executed. I always had such an image in mind when many a times I came across rain in one area and the dry patch next to it where it did not rain. Always wanted to capture an image which depicted this, and here I see it. Simply Superb. Was wondering how would a color version look.