Where do you go to, my lovely?




Where do you go to, my lovely?
"Where do you go to, my lovely, when you're alone in your bed.
Tell me the thoughts that surround you - i want to look inside your head."

What do you think about, when cornered by cars and people?
What is your life like, among our bustle?
Do you still dream of your rocks and grasslands - a lost quiet and tranquillity?

Nilgiri Tahr | Nilgiritragus hylocrius - IUCN status: Endangered | Anamalais, 2011
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:18 am
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Commentby Bhavya Joshi on Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:27 pm

Nice Poem Arati Rao.. Good details and Sharp, Live the eyes Especially .. TFS


Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:40 pm

WOW cant believe you got so close to this beauty! The first thing I saw when I opened this image was the lovely eye lashes at the top and then the nose at the bottom and then it was everything else. You could have probably cropped a few pixels on the top and at the bottom

The BW conversion is top notch and adds to the beauty. Some images are to be seen only in BW and I guess this is one of them.

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Commentby MANISHK on Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:57 pm

Such a nice image and you have made me go biased on this one with the song selection...Where Do you go to My Lovely by Peter Sasterdet..One of my fav...goes perfectly with the mood of the image.

I can see what the horse is seeing as reflection in the eyes...superb

Commentby AratiRao on Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:02 pm

Thanks Bhavya, harsha and manish.

Harsha - yes, got lucky - it was sitting a few feet away from me on a rock. In framing the shot, i was trying to isolate the eye and concentrate on it - it really is a beautiful amber. In processing it too, i struggled with keeping a bw version or the colored version, because of the eye... but after processing it in BW, it is the nose i have fallen for! The crop you suggest would be great too - except that i wanted to retain a hint of the horn... :) just a quirk. i played with crops a lot and settled for one where slightly more than 50% of the face with a little of the horn showed...

Manish - yes, you can see the reflection of the mountain in its eye, it is a tahr, btw - more closely related to the sheep than goats.


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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:30 pm

Nice philosophic look there. An interesting crop which seem to work very well. Couple of decisions might further add - How about cropping till horn ? Would that help ? Also, you may try progressively loosing some more details keeping definition on face/eye as is - just my thoughts. Thanks for sharing Arati..

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Commentby AratiRao on Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:06 pm

thanks Ganesh - thoughts are always helpful and eagerly looked forward to.

"Also, you may try progressively loosing some more details keeping definition on face/eye as is - just my thoughts."
I have to think about this - maybe ask you about it when we meet next. Want to know what and how you would simplify further...


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Commentby AratiRao on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:06 pm

Here is another crop i had made - which most of you seem to suggest - including just the eyes and nose... not a square crop therefore...


thanks all for your thoughts - online and offline!

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Commentby Hrishikesh N on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:32 pm

The eye just pulls my attention. Brilliant details. Liked the one without the hint of the horn.


Commentby Radha on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:37 am

Beautiful composition here Arati, I love the way you have processed the image. The shine on the face is like a guiding line and and it tells you exactly what to see - the eyes and the nose :) The tones are just right for me. Such pretty eyes!!

I would crop off some pixels from the top too - but not as much as you have cropped in the other version here.. A little lesser.. The bottom is just fine I think..

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