Winter II




Ganesh H Shankar
Winter II
A simple high key one...
Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:05 pm
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Commentby Sacha Greenwood on Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:49 pm

Very nice Ganesh.. really like the contrast between the black & white...

Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:27 am

Hi Ganesh, this image nicely conveys the arrival of winter, especially the dew on the butterfly. I would like to see the color version too. Thanks for sharing.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:37 am

Vikram, thanks ! Here is the color version. I thought it would slightly reduce the emphasis on the butterfly. What are your thoughts ?


Just my views - not necessarily correct but it works for me -

Just like sharpness, color is yet another dimension. Of late I start with bare bone (B&W) and then start considering different dimensions - color, definition, structure, distribution of light etc. During this process I try to see whether color adds to the heart of
the feeling I want to portray. I need to justify to myself the color has a role to play in the image. Surprisingly often I don't find a role for it. My only hope is I am not getting color blind. Below is an image where I felt color has a role -


Contrasting colors are the core of the image here I think. However, in the above posted image butterfly standing out in high-key setting is the core. Probably better explained through images in this series. Here for the first image where I wanted to portray the 'beaten' life I felt color made sense while for the others the theme was 'uncertain swings' for which I kind of felt color was diluting the mood.

Similarly this image of Priti Bhatt below is another one where I felt color makes all the sense (to me) -

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I am sure there may be a lot of subjectivity here but seem work for me as of now :)

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby Radha on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:42 am

Ganesh, so gentle and delicate, this frame. I love those thin-as-hair lines of black here, they bring a surreal quality to the image. To my eyes, the butterfly looks better in color and the lower part of the image with grass and dew looks better in B&W :D
Obviously, they can't be put together in an image, but what I am trying to say is that the color version is as beautiful as the B&W :)

thank you!

Radha Rangarajan
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Commentby AratiRao on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:48 am

Ganesh, thank you for this.
i mulled over this image for a long time - many days, before deciding to comment.
Winter. for me, cold mornings, a touch of blue in the morning light, a hint of cold gold. fog, mist, dew. starkness.
And in your image, the color one - i see all this.
the flower which was, the dew. the wisps whisper winter. the blue-gold light is exactly what i would expect on a winter morning...

and you have given this starkness such a delicate feel. beautiful.
thanks again!

~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby swapnil19 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:02 pm

this is so spectacular...the negative space works so well here....

Swapnil Deshpande

Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:53 pm

Hi Ganesh, thanks for posting the color version. I think going color on this image is a good choice, for my taste buds. I like the dew drop on the grass and the narrow DoF you have created, especially one of the antennas of the butterfly in out-of-focus. The warm morning sun ( I think ) on the bottom-right adds a lot. Its really thought provoking to see the approach you take, i.e. trying to add color to a B&W image while most photographers often tend to judge if the color image they have made would a good candidate for monotone conversion. A contrarian thought like yours would make me look at images differently I guess. Thanks again for sharing : )

Commentby Adithya Biloor on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:37 am

The problem with this image is this is posted by Ganesh ;)
After seeing so many bench mark images of this kind from you, I think, I expect more from you :)

Adithya Biloor