Owlet in Flight

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Ganesh H Shankar
Owlet in Flight
I made this image a few weeks back at Bharatpur. It took 3 mornings for me to make this image - though not perfectly the way I wanted it came close. I must also say part of it is just luck to get it in the frame more so since this portrait orientation is not planned. Interestingly I think composition though not conventional seem to go ok with my taste buds (wish I had a few pixels on the left however). Though the light and effect is previsualized the composition is not - needless to say such actions lasts only split seconds.

Image details - Nikon D700, 600mm4f AF-S, manual exposure, 1/3200s @ f6.3, cloned couple of sligghtly brighter spots in the bg, close to full frame.

Thanks for your views.
Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:04 pm
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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:27 pm

This is an absolute brilliant image Ganesh! the patience and the perseverance very well paid off! What a fantastic result you have got. The light on the owlet is divine for me and needless to comment on the exposure that you have used! The mild rim lighting that you have got on the tree bark adds very well to the entire mood of the image. I agree with you on the note that we need to have a bit of luck in these kind of cases, that too when you are using a long tele! Fantastic result at the end. Thanks for sharing....

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:45 pm

I still remember how excited I was when I saw the pic in ur D700 LCD screen. I know even you were satisfied, I saw you watching it standing outside the room door for a long long time. All the reasons in the world to be satisfied. I think this image is beyond rating at least for me. Images like these not only make me very emotional but also open many closed doors of vision. Plz pardon me for not rating it. Master pieces can not be rated.

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Commentby anandnarayanan on Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:46 pm

this is pure poetry .... filled with a sense of mystique .... sorry that i cant give any concrete constructive feedback... may be thats the mark of a great image .. to render the viewer speechless

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:45 am

One of the best! Agree with others on becoming speechless. I mean this is one of those pics where the viewer just forgets about everything else and all his senses are drawn in to the picture. Brilliant is yet again a highly underrated statement for this image.

Commentby S CHANDRASHEKAR on Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:49 am

I would have loved to see this in horizontal format...it would give more movement to the picture, the back light effect is too good.TFS.

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:06 pm

Stunning image Ganesh. As you already point out a very minor nit that a bit of space would have been good, once you have committed to frame the scene vertically, its very difficult to get everything right. What negates that nit is the fantastic rim lighting of the wings! I am intrigued by the way you have previsualised this shot and executed it. ^^BOWS^^ These are the kinds of images that sets you apart from others and only you can pull them off!

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:10 am

Ganesh, One of the art pieces in Nature Photography.

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Commentby Gautham G on Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:26 am

Fantastic Ganesh!! The rim light, action & the tough situation in this scene demands a huge round of applause for you for pulling this on off!! Just wondering, adding couple of inches of canvas to the left & making it landscape, would that breach the ethics boundary?

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:01 am

Gautham, I am already feeling sad for cloning couple of brighter spots in the background :( Since this one is a result of hard work and patience I wanted to retain it with a bit of cloning in PS. If extending canvas crosses ethical boundary so is cloning in my view. Ethics is a difficult topic - What was unethical a few years back is ethical now. When I used to scan my slides I use to think cropping is bad. A prestigious wildlife photography competition till couple of years back mandated curves/levels be applied to entire image not a selection within but the that rule went away last year ! It did not make sense because it is possible to apply change only to portion of the image without selecting a mask anyway. I think we need to define what is ethical to us and share it. I don't think two nature photographers can ever agree upon what is ethical.

Thank you all for your views !

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Commentby jayesh joshi on Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:30 pm

Can`t avoid commenting on this image ( Normally i escape ,by telling myself -just like photography i am learning how to comment !)

Most of the times i evaluate the image,by putting myself in the photographer`s role & think if i could have created the same creation if i were in the similiar situation, i am very sorry to say most number of times,when i am watching your images the answer came` BIG NO' !

This is brilliant image..................