Shankar Kiragi
Intentional over exposure. Did double exposure with 180 degree camera rotation on the same subject. Converted to B&W.
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:36 am

Very nice creative concept Shankar. I know you always come out with such unique concepts working alone silently :)

You do think very gentle burning of leaves would add ? My mind seem to a do a ping pong between sky and leaves. I would have a liked it to rest on leaves eventually - may be just me. What are your thoughts ?

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby Raviprakash S S on Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:38 am

We all enjoyed seeing this pic in your camera.. This was creation out of nothing.
This is great example for us to understand how to visualize and execute a frame.


Commentby Rajkumar on Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:18 am

Very nice Shankar. Concept shot. IMHO you can crank the contrast ever so little to give it a body (may be my monitor not sure )

Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

Commentby AratiRao on Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:18 am

this really appeals to the calligrapher in me. there is a quietness about this image that allows you to exhale. i agree with ganesh about the sliiiiiight gentle burning of the leaves... did you play around with the rotation of the camera - or that of the second exposure... am wondering if a horizontally flipped lower image would add an asymmetry which would please further...

what do you think?
superb stuff ya!

~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby Adithya U N on Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:53 am

I like those 2 leaves at the corners of the image Shankar..Very creative concept and well executed i must say..
Going by the title, how about a vertical presentation?

thank you,

Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:09 am

Though each exposure look identical ... they are not !
The change in position of leaves, a bit of light i guess - proves what you visualized. it looked so simple at the time of execution - but but i know how complex it is to get this Unique thing working...
And thanks for tolerating my driving Shankar.

Commentby Madhav Jois on Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:23 pm

Amazing symmetry here Shankarji. Only if I carefully observe or compare the top right and the bottom left halves, i will be able to see very little difference, otherwise its identical. If i have not mistaken, this image was handheld. Amazing to see such control over framing.
Though this presentation is captivating, I too would love to see a little more definition of leaves.


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Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:39 pm

Loved the idea and enjoyed its execution, Shankar. TFS.

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:29 pm

Ganesh, Arati, Raj and others, Agree with you all on bit extra contrast or dodging / darkness on leaves. I was experimenting with High key and wanted to present two tone image here. Looks like my eyes got tired or burnt out last night before I could arrive pleasent tone here :-).

As RD rightly said there is variation in exposure on each of the leave and hence I wanted bring the uniform tone in them. I will post variations soon.

Arati, I made two exposures. other one with 180 degree upside down turn. I took reference of one or two leave for the second exposure and landed with closure to symmetry. Two center leaves close to each other.

Madhav, Yes it was hand held and as I said above I took reference of some leaf for the second shot.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Vikas T R on Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:13 pm

was eagerly waiting for this photo in this forum.... this is beautifully made image and as others mentioned, i would also like to see little prominent leaves...

i could never forget your statment on sunbird on that day.... "bittu bittu hakki bittu" :)

"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."
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Commentby Mahesh Devarajan on Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:52 pm

I remember the discussion around this image at the meet shankar and its similarity with pillow cover :) It was nice catching up with you in the meet. Image has a beautiful translucent & underwater feel to it. For images like this I wonder if having an anchor point would it add a different perspective.

Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:18 pm

Shankar, first of all it was nice meeting you at the meet.

Regarding the image, I must say that this is a brilliant visualisation! I liked this image very much just for the simplicity in it. I feel the grey background of the webpage is competing with the leaves. Would a white border help this image?


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Commentby krishnan v on Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:26 pm

Shankar, it was wonderful to meet you at the CNP meet !

I was thinking that this was a reflection , till I read your explanation. Beautifully executed. I probably wont change a thing. But you might like to see ( as suggested earlier ) if a framing helps.
Here is an article which has something on, how the background framing affects the way we perceive. Eric Chan's Article

Best Regards

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:40 am

I like it as is and like Adithya, I am captivated by single leaves on each of the corners. Another fantastic seeing and creation by you. Print it really big!

Pramod Viswanath
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