Glint & Hackles




Glint & Hackles
I had never made a portrait of this creature before. That evening in BR Hills, the sun was about to sink over the hills when this Indian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus) stopped digging under a bush with his snout, and walked into light from shade. He was huge and his hackles shone rufous. When he briefly lifted his head, the sun caught his eye and I made an image.
Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:30 pm
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:44 pm

Arati, this being a tight one the softness of the eye and the face is bothering me, am not a person who really cares about sharpness. Am not even sure if the sharpness in the eye would have invoked a better feeling in my mind, for me a portrait is not only about sharpness only, the character of the subject, either through it's attitude or grace or through it's environment needs to capture the mind of the viewer. A portrait too can leave space for imagining what we can not perhaps see in the image. It is not only about a low and wide angle, or a super tele close and sharp image. I have always found wild boars to be extremely difficult subjects to shoot, till date I have only admired two wild boar portraits, one was made by Ganesh in Corbett, it is here in CNP in monochrome and the other one was by my friend Edwin Kats. Edwin concentrated more on depicting the character merged with the environment which attracted me so much. The light was great here but am missing something here. But, these are just my thoughts, kindly ignore if you or others do not agree to it :-).

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Commentby AratiRao on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:31 pm

Thank you Nilanjan-da!!
I had not seen the boar pics on CNP of ganesh's - in fact that night shot has even more character than the bw one... and i saw these after posting this one. I agree that this image isnt quite so filled with "attitude" like Ganesh's are. For me, this image captures a creature as i remember it - it moved with purpose. But maybe it is not good enough to make a good portrait :)

great learning... being alive to another's points of view and it pushes me further out in the journey! No question of ignoring :)

Do you have a link for Edwin Kats's image? Please do share.


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Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:39 pm

Two things make this portrait for me. The catchlight and the green leaves at the left bottom of the frame. May be you could have reduced the exposure a tad little below the eye to reduce the harsh light.

Commentby AratiRao on Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:54 pm

Thanks Vikram! yes, good point about the harsh light... will have to reprocess to catch that.

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