Infamous mammal




Infamous mammal
Frame within a frame is simple and powerful aspect of composition and that frame can be anything the are no boundaries.
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:45 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:32 pm

Very well made, Sitaram. Have you used an infrared trigger? I think you pulled it off very well. About 8 years ago I made a few attempts at capturing bats at night for some project. They came out OK but could have been better. I have shared some of my learning here.

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Commentby prathameshvg on Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:11 pm

Very well done Sitaram ! the absence of light on the bat's face adds to the mystery of this image. A little wider perspective would have added to the image in my opinion. Also filling in the negative space on extreme right with some light could work in favor I assume ! These are just my assumptions and I am sure you must have more good shots of this experiment. Nevertheless, I love your style and this image equally !

Commentby Anders Wahlund on Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:21 am

I like the siluette effect because of the backlight and thin wings. A very good chosen flash power to get this exposure. The picture could perhaps be cropped some on the right side.

Commentby Samyak on Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:18 pm

This is a fresh perspective and I loved the backlight, Sitaram. Fantastic achievement, loving this series from you.
Also agree, a tiny crop from right side corner, maintaining the aspect ratio would improve the visual aesthetic a lot.


Commentby sitaramraul on Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:30 pm

@Ganesh sir
No, I haven't used the infrared trigger. The camera was hand held which I thought was better while composing in this situation. Because some minor changes in perspective and composition were affecting the mood of image dramatically so I had to correct those minor things manually and continuously.

I read the thread you shared and It totally amazed me that you tried experimenting with bats 8 years ago in such tough conditions. In my case many things are easily accessible to me because this is my backyard where we have one custard apple tree and bats are visiting frequently during this season. There are still infinite possibilities IMO and I'm still working on it.I shall share some images soon if I get succeed in executing soon enough .
But overall I'm enjoying the process and time with bats.

Commentby sitaramraul on Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:44 pm

@Prathamesh @Anders @Samyak Thank you for the suggestion. I guess I should have waited a few days before posting. It would've certainly helped me to see my image with fresh eyes to notice some minor corrections. I will keep that in mind next time I post.
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Commentby Sree Kumar on Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:37 pm

It is challenging to capture bats without an eeriness. Great capture of the bat in its natural habitat and without an eerie feeling. I like the composition, gives me the sense that it's flying into the darkness.


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Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:48 pm

Excellent capture, Sitaram! I think even in monochrome this will look good. TFS.

Commentby Madhav Jois on Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:44 pm

Fantastic image Sitaram. Looks like emerging out of a portal. Posture of the bat is awesome. Congratulations on this wonderful capture & TFS.

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Commentby sitaramraul on Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:11 am

Thank you @Sree @Prashanth @Madhav

Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:53 am

Incredible capture, Sitaram. I have come back to this image so many times and every time, i am struck by the wonderment of this moment. TFS.

One observation on the caption: it is obvious that this title refers to bats in the current context of the pandemic. As nature lovers, we do realise that such a negative reference to bats is not in the best interest of either the animal in particular or nature in general. This is an image that will stand the test of time. Why constrain it by a caption with such a narrow perspective? Think about it...

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:05 pm

Very well timed n brilliantly captured!, Sitaram .. Love the way, absence of front details helps to ponder longer n make us ask / answer many questions.
Thanks for sharing.

Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Vikas T R on Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:04 pm

I have nothing more to add to this image other than saying its a fantastic image. I too remembered Ganesh's image and another bat image with the city background when i looked at this image.

"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."
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Commentby Raviprakash S S on Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:41 am

Nothing more to add. Absolute stunner. Fantastic execution.


Commentby sitaramraul on Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:15 am

@Ramesh adkoli

It took some time to really understand your perspective but eventually now I understand why 'Infamous mammal' is narrow. I wish I had expressed it positively before but the current pandamic have really affected us psychologically too and that might have effected the thought process of mine.

But really thanks for showing me the side that I missed.
Thank you :)