Waiting at the arch...




Santosh Saligram
Waiting at the arch...
From the years of slumber
That I thought was life
Awoke I
Eyes wide shut; breath long gone
I was quite sure I was dead
Life sucked out of me and soul bone-dry
I got to my feet and groped around
I was in heaven I was told
A light at the end of the tunnel beckoned
I reached for it
And turned a bend...
To find Her
Waiting at the arch.
Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:41 pm
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Commentby Mahesh Devarajan on Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:24 pm

Lovely image Santosh with depth. Have you tried converting to B&W. I am thinking the impact might be even more.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:27 pm

These paths at Bharatpur are just magical. Beautiful composition here Santhosh, love the way darkness making way to light at the end. Jackal is a bonus. Thanks for sharing.

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:07 pm

This is a surreal image Santosh. Full marks to you interms of translating the mood to pixels. Place of the the jackal in the frame is unique and striking. Major advantage is the head turn that you have got coupled with bang on exposure ( technically speaking ) as it's not easy to expose in these kinds of situations! Superb image and it almost transported back to the city of lakes!! Thanks for sharing..

Pramod Viswanath
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Our only limitation is imagination !

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:52 pm

Thanks for your honest feedback and kind remarks, friends.
Dear Mahesh, that's an excellent point! I too felt the same after posting this but haven't had the time to try it out since. I shall do that at the earliest possible and post it in the forums if possible for you. Thanks for the thoughts!

Commentby Sudhir Shivaram on Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:42 am

Fantastic. These paths at Bharatpur makes excellent framing for the subjects we get there. I have a Nilgai in this frame and of course, I have Ganesh walking with his heavy equipment in this frame :) Nice one here.

Sudhir Shivaram
Bangalore, India

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:35 pm

These paths of Bharatpur are so soothing to the eye, mind and of course to the lens too. :) Great image.

Nilanjan Das Photography

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:37 am

What an image this is. I love the accompanying poetic verse. This one borders on art.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby nirlep on Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:25 am

Dear Santosh- I wonder what you conceived first; the picture or the photograph? Both have been done exceptionaly well. I really want to know whether you had these verses in your mind when you clicked. It happens to me invariably when I'm taking a shot of paths that "the woods are lovely dark and deep.." comes to my mind. Would love to hear from you on this.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:03 pm

Dear Nirlep, thanks for your kind words.
When you said "What did you conceive first - the picture or the photograph", did you mean "the picture or the verse" by any chance??? If so, the picture was first; the verse followed later, in fact after the image was processed. :-) But if you really mean "picture or photograph", you'll have to tell me what the difference is first. :-)

Commentby nirlep on Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:36 am

oops! sorry for that blooper Santosh! I meant "the picture or the verse"

Commentby Gowri S on Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:49 am

Beautiful light-and-shadow patterns. Very soothing and pleasing. But the poem is a masterpiece. Back to the image, the soft glowing light "at the end of the tunnel" is very heartening.