The Spiritual Highway




Santosh Saligram
The Spiritual Highway
Of roads there was a myriad, and many a highway.
There was in this melee no letup, no leeway;

Which one should I eschew and which should I tread?
Which way was it that I was to head?

Where the eyes couldn't see and the senses couldn't perceive,
To my heart I hearkened, and to the soul my life I bequeathed.

And so was it that the answer came by feel, like shapes in clay,
That I found myself on the enlightened path, of the spiritual highway.

I discovered this very interestingly back-lit leaf while scouting for macro opportunities at the garden of a resort in Amboli (Maharashtra). Even as I was exposing for the bright part of the leaf, which was lit in the pattern of a path, a little insect (ant?) appeared, completing the image.

D300, Micro NIKKOR 105mm F2.8 G AFS VR (lens courtesy: Sudhir Shivaram)
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:50 pm
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Commentby joseph_ta on Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:37 pm

Real Stunner.. Love the light and the texture in this image..


Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:20 pm

this is amazing capture....perfect in all sence....very creative....


Commentby swhl on Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:35 pm

brilliant... took a while to figure out.. and yeah, once you notice the small insect, the highway analogy is complete.. btw, how will it look in BnW?

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:14 pm

This is an amazing image Santhosh ! What sets this apart is the details in shadows ! This one has to been to be seen on calibrated display. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Guest on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:33 pm

lovely pattern, and lighting, magical punch in the mind, there is little blur at upper portion....may be your taste. I too was fortunate to click such image with spider....go gallery/image_page.php?album_id=1&image_id=1929

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:24 pm

great 'seeing' and the thought. wonderful seperation of the way and great details.


Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:05 pm

Brilliant Santosh. This is high quality stuff here. Love both the shadow and the details.

Nilanjan Das Photography

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:20 pm

Beauty man! I remember seeing it on your Flickr page, but was actually hoping to see it here. Nice execution and yes the details are amazing. How about some more sharpening?

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:08 am

Very well seen and executed. Love details in two tones.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:56 am

Thank you, all, for your thoughts, critiques and kind words!

Dear Divyarajsinh, you're absolutely right; there is definite softness there and in fact in the entire image, quite possibly as a result of diffraction due to shooting at such a low aperture as F22, the D300 being prone to diffraction from as big an aperture as F11 itself! Soon after I reviewed the image a little after making it, I realised that I had made a mistake by stopping down so severely, but it was too late to go back and try again.

Dear Harsha, I applied several levels of sharpening but beyond a certain amount, only succeeded in introducing harshness to the image due to the reasons explained above, so left it at that.

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:05 am

This is wonderfully executed Sant.I just loved the deep maroon color in the shadows and the way the bright patch is oriented in the frame. A total winner here. Kudos to your seeing and thanks for sharing.

Ashwini Kumar Bhat
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Commentby krishnan v on Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:22 pm

This is verry nice. The details and the gradations are really well defined. I kind of like the deep black bottom and the fact that the leaf is not hitting the border.

Best Regards

Commentby Pramod S Kumar on Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:14 am

Very nice. Good use of the light and shadows. The shadow region looks like the veins of the leaves or something. Softness works well for me. Well done!

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:06 pm

I agree with others - details in the shadow region is simply superb. This is the best of your macro series that you made in that trip Santosh. Excellent use of light and shadows. Sometimes, its extremely difficult to express your feeling in words when you encounter a scene/image. Am sure this image will stand high in CNP! Fantastic creation!

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:11 pm

Fantastic image and great execution here Santosh. I second others about the amount of details you have managed to render in the shadow region of the frame. This series of macros images by you is phenomenal and this is the best of the lot and my favorite too! Am sure this image will find its 'perfect place' in CNP!!

Pramod Viswanath
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