Grey Heron: a portrait




Grey Heron: a portrait
Shot this through a clutter of dry twigs. Appreciate your views and comments.

Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:47 am
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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:24 am

Ramesh, while this is a good portrait of the bird, i believe we have come far far away from such images in this forum. Don't you think so ?

Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:45 pm

If it were a bird sitting on a stick, I wouldn't have posted it here. This is here because of one reason: simplification by de-cluttering the foreground mass of dry twigs. It softened the subject, background and light - overall enhancing its beauty. Of course that simplification also took away the ground realities and gave it a yet another bird portrait feel:( Fine. For now, enjoy the beauty.

Commentby nirlep on Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:16 pm

i believe we have come far far away from such images in this forum. Don't you think so ? hmmm..... I tend to agree with both Ramesh and RD. We have come far away agreed but a simple image like this is disarming really for it stands out as an exception. I find it interesting how aesthetics get shaped and re-shaped.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:31 pm

Love the glow here and soft light here Ramesh. Reminds me of "Glow of Hope" by S. L. Haldankar..

Ganesh H. Shankar
Wishing you best light,

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Commentby Shivang Mehta on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:16 pm

The classic portrait.. the soft light looks very appealing.


Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:22 pm

Ramesh, I love this image for very classical feel. Love the tones and beautiful setting overall.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Rajkumar on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:12 pm

like the muted tones and painterly effect. Feeling of light is there

Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

Commentby AratiRao on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:26 pm

vermeer painted scenes with a single window as a light source. known for his use of certain color pigments, yes, but mostly for the use of light in his work. almost all his paintings have the "glow" ... this image? with that background? it reminds me of a vermeer. it is beautiful to me. in and of itself.thanks ramesh!

~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby Raviprakash S S on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:14 pm

Glow and tones makes the image for me.. This looks more like a painting than photograph to me too.


Commentby neelu on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:47 pm

Ramesh, ive struggled with my own thoughts..."bird on stick" kind or not...
there is something special here...and i like it a lot...almost all has been said, which sets it apart from the usual bird pictures.. lovely image.

Commentby Radha on Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:40 am

fabulous light and tones in this image Ramesh, and such a soothing glow around the bird.. it looks like a studio setup, with a very co-operative bird :)

thank you for sharing!

Radha Rangarajan
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Commentby Soham Sarkar on Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:00 pm

It didn't look like to me as a simple bird portrait. enjoyed the differences between background and foreground.Thanks Ramesh for sharing.


Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:51 am

ಲೋಕೋ ಭಿನ್ನ ರುಚಿಃ

Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:28 pm

Thanks all for your views and comments.

Nirlep, appreciate your balanced take on this. I firmly believe that aesthetics as a form of expression in any creative endeavor will never go away. As you rightly said, it can get shaped and reshaped.

Ganesh and Aarti, you have been very generous in your comparisons. It is both scary and humbling at the same time.