Tawny Coster at Sunrise




Ganesh H Shankar
Tawny Coster at Sunrise
It is for some time I have been experimenting with wide angle macro images. There are several challenges - we need sufficiently large main subject to render respectable size, comsposition gets tricky - lots of elements show up in the frame thanks to wide angle, often we need to work very close to ground, balancing the flash light and ambient light (if you use flash) and so on..

Made this today - image details (for those who are interested) - D700, Nikon 24mm f2.8, SB-800 flash with a soft bouncer, flash used off camera to control the direction of light, set up placed on the ground (no tripod) using a ground pod, Nikon's right angle view finder - DR-5 (I need not sleep on the ground to get for this kind of perspectives now), sligtly cropped for pano-composition. Hope this info is useful for macro enthusiasts who want to try some wide angle perspectives. Thanks for your views..
Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:24 pm
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:34 pm

Simply awesome Ganesh.

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:46 pm

Finally you got to crack the new frontier, the macroscape. This one works on all counts. the color of the rising sun and the coster siting pretty this is very much like the hyaena shot of the WPOTY, getting a small subject in prominence is something not easy to get, I must say this one looks like a potential winner in many forums worldwide.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:19 pm

Excellent one. New wave and standard ! Definitely DR-5 or equivalent is very much helpful.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby arunkumarpk on Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:53 am

One aspect u've taught through ur photographs is the ability to keep the observer glued to it, such that every bit of screen space seems simple and extremely interesting. Was just wondering if it would make a difference if there was more dist between the rising sun and the tc.
The info is very useful. Thanks a lot for the insights.

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:49 am

Ho Ho its a Living Landscape!! Brilliant shot to say the least. Love everything about it, the color the placement of the subject, the flowers and of course the color of the rising sun! Its magical. I am not sure what that conical projection is at horizon, but it kind of bothers the eye when it wanders over to that spot expecting to see the sun. But that's just a minor nit, and my only complain is that the image has only 10 points to rate it on. I wish I could have given it a 100 :)
Thanks for the tech details Ganesh. Wideangle macros is surely a very exciting frontier

Commentby Venu Dharmaji on Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:38 pm

Indeed very beautiful!!!
Great work Ganesh!


Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:02 pm

This is a class image Ganesh. Would love to go back and admire this image for a long long time. A print on the canvas ( as usual! ) would be a wall hanger for sure. Orange glow of the sun that is millions of miles away lighting up the wings of the butterfly with in 7 minutes is something magical and divine! The tall 'forest' around the world of this tawny coster is just fantastic! I guess that's how it sees the 'macro' world around it!

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:33 pm

This is a truly engrossing image, Ganesh! Not only is it astonishing that you 1) managed such a low angle and short distance with such a small subject; and 2) found your subject, visualised the image and got into position with such perfect timing with the sun, but the truly jaw-dropping attribute is how beautifully you've balanced the light and how natural you've made use of flash look! An utterly memorable image; thanks for sharing.

Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:56 am

And this is why I admire your work Ganesh, always a fresh thinking and new experiments. I'm sure this is a winner. Thanks for sharing. -RD

- RD

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:13 pm

great macro perspective and dof. wonderful scape with just right exposure & sense of place.