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Stepping stones
On a winter morning at TG Halli..
Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:54 pm
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Commentby Nikhil on Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:31 pm

Love the minimalistic approach and the strong composition of a simple subject.

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Commentby Manoj on Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:19 am

Love how the direction of horizon and the direction of bird, grass interact..to be enjoyed in large..
Thanks for sharing

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Commentby Rajkumar on Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:01 am

Several things work here the tentativeness of the bird, moment of action, expansiveness space with the relief of the jutting land. Exposure is well handled. Excellent candidate for a B and W as well

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:39 am

Raj, I did try B&W but then I felt I did not handle the tonal ranges in darker region properly. May be I should re-work it.
Here is the current version, which works better ?

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If you want to make any changes you have my permission to edit/repost etc. (for any image of mine) :)

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:46 am

lovely image here, ganesh. like the compo & feel of the winter morning. i too feel it's best for b&w or may be little less saturation will do (i am seeing on little bad monitor).

regards.

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Commentby Rajkumar on Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:08 am

Hi Ganesh, I did a quick try. Here is what i would do. Around the bird is Zone V (18% grey) foreground water is gradual to about IV (at present the delicateness in transition is not there) I would make the shadow and plants full black. Then flow into a Zone VI or VII in the top part. I would keep the bird contrast and show max detail there. Not sure if this is too much manipulation for your philosophy. In my view Ansel Adams would not be shy of doing this. Would be keen on your view?

oops I did not notice ur last line and deleted the image which I worked on :)

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:34 am

Got what you are saying Raj. Would have loved to see your version. Ya, I was comfortable in tonal ranges in upper half of the frame but was not in lower half. Will rework the B&W white and probably post it back. Regarding the ethics of doing such changes - I am perfectly fine. I have defined it for myself in this article.

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Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:58 pm

Captures the winter mood very well, Ganesh. Like the subtle variations of tone and hue. Have given it a try in rendering it B&W and posted a version in illustration forum. Would love to know your views.

Commentby Sacha Greenwood on Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:48 pm

Ah the square works :).. Nice Image,,...

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:14 am

Excellent image Ganesh. Commenting after viewing it several times over the past few days. I am tempted to reduce the contrast in the region of bird and the rock. I feel that that would gel well with the mood in the background, which is little misty. Just a tad reduction in the contrast.

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