The Green Vine




Ashwini Kumar Bhat
The Green Vine
Apologies for not being so active in the forum. I was handicapped by not having my machine to process my images and access net at home and when the machine was ready I was in the Western Ghats shooting some of the landforms, species and flowers which take a new dimension in the monsoon.

I am just back from a wonderful trip (along with Pramod SV) to the Western Ghats. Even though the rain till now is not totally up to the mark, the regions we visited are in their full glory.

Need some time to go through them and share.

Here is one of the images from the trip where we found this green vine snake in Jenukal Gudda, near Yellapura.

Jenukal, Yellapura
Aug 2010

Nikon D300, Sigma 180mm macro
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:28 pm
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Commentby sandeep somasekharan on Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:51 pm

Love the greens Ashwini! Can't help wondering if the bnw would look just as good!

Commentby Manoj on Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:05 am

This is just perfect portrait of the green vine snake... The out of focus greens give the elegance to the image.. Well done..
Nice frame too :)

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:22 pm

Working out an interesting composition is very tough with snakes. Here you have a winner however. Soft green is very pleasing here Ashwin and also the touch of brown at the top adds a lot. Stretched out tongue makes the image dynamic. Looking forward to see an image of great hornbill flying towards you from valley at Jenukal :)

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Commentby Prithvi K on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:37 pm

nice shot Ashwin, loved the sharp eye and the tongue out, the brown in the corner adds a lot.just perfect!

Commentby rajeshmkrish on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:20 pm

Hi Ashwin, wonderful image.. great composition - given that it is a snake!!
Were you surprised to see this guy? The idea of using macro lens suggest that you were looking for macro subjects?!

In sync with Sandeep - wondering how it would be b&W.
Thanks for sharing.

Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:01 pm

Beauty ! Love the OOF regions all around the snake framing the subject. Personally, for me, I would've preferred if brown region in ULC was'nt present.
But that's really not a big deal. This is ONE FANTASTIC image Ashwini. Looking forward to see more.

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:24 pm

Thank you friends for the encouragement.
@ Ganesh: Please don't remind me about the lost chance last year when couple of Great Hornbil did fly past the canopy and I was with my macro lens stuck on the tripod. :( Till date I curse myself about that lost opportunity because of not having another body with a tele fitted on to it. :( This time we didn't had luck to witness the bird flypast.

@Rajesh - Was I surprised? Yes, I was! Pramod and myself had just finished talking about finding a green vine snake in the western ghat region and within a few minutes there it was! But I was not with the macro lens. This snake was quite bold to wait for me till I went back to get the macro lens :).

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:34 pm

OOF foliage creates a lot of mystery and adds super depth to the image. Protruded tongue sensing for the next move is icing on the cake. Superb image Ashwini. One of the best trips we have had together. Thanks for the company.

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:10 pm

stunning image here, ashwini. love the hiiisssss with wonderful dof & greens.


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