Monsoon Longing




Monsoon Longing
Roiling monsoon skies
A peacock's plaintive call... love!
My lone lamp flickers
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:18 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:17 pm

This lighting and tonal ranges is very interesting to me Arati. Can you please let me know the place/month/date of this image ? Same place as your elephant B&W image ? Sri Lanka ?

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Commentby AratiRao on Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:31 pm

hi Ganesh,
no, this was Yala - october 4, 2011. 3:25pm. Yala is in the zone that gets the North-east monsoon, and this was the first day of the rumblings and fury. This sky was changing in seconds and no two scenes were the same, with the sun desperate to break through. we didnt see this scene again on the other days, despite more ominous clouds!


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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:00 pm

What are those in the water ? Elephants ?? :-)

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Commentby AratiRao on Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:04 pm

no :) there were water buffalo, wild boar, egrets, painted storks, crocs, etc.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:08 am

Nice gothic feel to the omnious clouds here. Loved the lit cloud part, shows how difficult it is for the sun to break through. How about cutting down on the mid tones a bit to increase the feel?

Commentby nirlep on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:48 am

Hi Arati,
Yeah to me also the lighting and tonal range appeals a lot. Lighting on the tree trunk makes the image for me.
Thanks for sharing
PS: Nilanjan you seem to have a 600mm for eyes!!! having spotted that distant wildlife :)

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:25 am

Love the curves of the old tree on the left. Heavenly lighting and black and white conversion creates eerie mood. Patch of light on the distant pond is icing on the cake. Wonderful execution from conception to presentation! :)

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Commentby AratiRao on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:23 am

Pramod, Nirlep - that tree made the image for me, even more than the clouds. the Yala trees - the lagoon trees are all gnarled and have these whitish barks. So much drama. with the rest, i think i just got lucky - the water, the clouds, the sun - the light was changing every second and i was making many images :)

harsha: i have no clue what that means - i can guess, but am still a pp novice! does it mean make the general mid tones darker?
thanks once again,

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:32 pm

Dramatic clouds have been captured very well, especially clouds meeting at the horizon.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:08 pm

so dramatic play of light 'n tones, arati. esp. like those sudden break of lights 'n lagoon trees.


Nevil Zaveri