jayesh joshi
It was my longtime wish to capture `roosting picture' of monsoon visitor birds ( Ibis & openbill storks) at night.
Every year they spend monsoon in my hometown on trees ,just outside railway station ( a real busy station on western railway line connecting B`bay to delhi & ahmedabad) ( Strange na !)

Monsoon clouds or showers making settings difficult.But i was lucky on that day...incidently it was full moon day !
After reaching station i thought that while roosting ,the birds will be almost static but,i was wrong..Almost all were
busy prooning,even fighting occasionally...I tried some group photos with long exposure & decided to try this .( Thanks VMR sir. I was inspired by ur frog image to try this) .I could
manage many shots in different poses & activity ... Suggestions welcome...Thanks in advance....( Sorry for lengthy description)

Minimal PP here ( mainly NR) ...
Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:55 am
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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:19 am

A very nicely executed image here Jayesh! Yes, it certainly comes near to VMR's attempt with frog :-) but I must say kudos to you for your patience and effort on making this one. I wonder how does it look if it were taken with multiple exposure (may be 2 frames, one with moon in focus and the other with bird in focus) and merge the two images! I may be completely wrong on my imagination, but as of now that also looks an interesting experiment to me! Thanks for sharing this one!

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:27 am

I totally agree with Ashwini here a multiple exposure with this fore ground and another with just the moon in focus would be much better. As always I am not sure when you would get another opportunity to try it out but this is a very beautiful image.

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:53 am

A dream opportunity! I'm reminded of Vijay Cavale's indelible image of an owl with the moon in the background, shot in Kutch. I agree with Ashwini and Sriharsha here, but even if not multiple exposures, I think stopping down to get more DOF was absolutely essential here, to ensure that the moon looked like the moon. Right now it looks only like a white blob, which could be anything, even light from a torch as in VMR sir's image. Terrific attempt, though! Thanks for sharing.

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:14 pm

Jayesh, This is just beautiful situation. I must say worth the effort for an excellent image. To may taste placing of bird and framing is perfect. Also I am not sure if bringing down the levels will make moon patches appear more. TFS.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:47 pm

Just too good.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:41 pm

Jayesh, first of all full marks to your effort and execution. I don't want to compare this image with any other image. This is extremely unique perspective, coupled with an apt title on the most appropriate day!

I also like the way it is. Fantastic thinking, execution and presentation. Everything is good about this image! Hats off. This will stay in my memory for a very long time. Very very strong contender for the image of the month at the end of this month! Keep them coming..

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:11 pm


it's just perfect all the way, the composition, the moment and the title too.


Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:26 pm

Jayesh this is simply out of the box, just shows how previsualisation can work wonders, amazing homework too. This is where a forum like this contributes each one to think differently and handle challenges of seeing. Great work here.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:46 pm

Lovely visualization Jayesh !! Congrats on this one. Behind every successful image there goes lots hard work and thought process. YOur efforts have paid off here. Thanks for sharing..

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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:51 am

No second word about the image. Its simply just out of the world. Brilliant thought process and execution of work. The composition, the subject pose, the tones, the presentation everything is just superb. Good one and keep them coming.

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Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:15 am

very well seen image jayesh.....perfect composition....