Henri Matisse -
We move towards serenity through the simplification of ideas and form…….Details lessen the purity of lines, they harm the emotional intensity, and we choose to reject them. It is a question of learning – and perhaps relearning the ‘handwriting’ of lines. The aim of painting is not to reflect history, because this can be found in books. We have a higher conception. Through it, the artist expresses his inner vision.
A few new images –
Beauty and Blur
Finally I got some time to create my Facebook page dedicated to fine art photography of nature. Here is the link !
Fine Art Nature Photography
I hope to slowly migrate to this page for all my image posts on Facebook.
Photographing at Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary for the book Daroji : An Ecological Destination was a very memorable experience.
Here are some of those memorable moments !!
A symbolic little series on Safari –
Back from a week long trip to Corbett National Park in India. Below is the link my new series of monotone images -
Stopping by the woods.. Corbett 2012 – Part I – Monotones
New Series on
Flying Lizards (Draco dussumieri) – Art of Remaining Cryptic
Click this link to see the images.
It is for some time since I have been doing various experiments with blurs and its role in artistic expressions. I have tried to analyze quality of different blurs – blur due to controlled de-focus, blurs caused by software filters like gaussian blur, blurs which are results of applying a vaseline on lens/filters, blurs due to narrow extension tubes on very wide angle lenses like 20mm etc. Interestingly all have different (artistic) qualities ! May be I will defer the comparative analysis to another blog post in future. Let me share some of my understanding of blur in this blog.
Appreciation of image in my understanding has two parts – first, deciphering (seeing) the pixels and then connecting them with our experience in life.Our eyes and brain are very active in the first part to decipher the image and its beauty while during the second part mind (another part in the human brain probably) tries to relate the image to our past learning and experiences in life. Personally I believe only a few images have this latter characteristic of being able to connect with the rich experience of life. I also believe an image will be remembered for long if it stimulates thoughts beyond the image itself – that is what happens in the second phase.
Now, what is that discussion to do with blur and sharp ? It has a role. Eyes spend lots of time deciphering sharp details in an image for long. If it gets stuck for long the second phase may never take place hence affecting the overall impact of the image itself. For example look at the dew drops image below (you may click on these images to see them larger). The eyes will have tendency to go on and on looking at those dew drops. Finally the visual process ends there. It fails to stimulate anything beyond that. The effective hand off from the image to open thoughts does not happen in this case.
Compare that to the image at the top. Thanks to no detail the first phase of deciphering the image ends quickly. The lack of details makes my mind wonder about the bird in space, about the black out of focus grass region, about the empty white space etc. While thinking all these the mind is loosely connected with eyes while other thoughts freely run in the mind. In a related note just a blurred image won’t help. The image should have a carefully designed content to stimulate open thoughts.
On a lighter note a friend of mine was wondering why would I buy a super sharp 70-200mm f2.8 lens (costing $$$$) with best MTF chart if I wanted to apply vaseline on the filter
The long awaited trip to Velvadhar Blackbuck Sanctuary and Greater Runn of Kutch (GRK) in Gujarat, India is finally over. We spent 5 days at Velavadar and then 6 days at GRK. We also spent a day at Khadir island in GRK to make some images of Flamingos. It is an amazing place and one would need a month to do some justice to that place in terms of photography.
While every place offered lots of opportunities making images was very tough. Root cause of the problem is my desire to create new visuals. While the places I visited offered opportunities to photograph different bird/mammal species between a non-ideal image of a wolf and a unique image of a cattle egret I happily settled down for the latter.
Here are a few images from the trip I processed so far which gave me some satisfaction. If you see cropped head, cut beaks, cut body, unfocussed subjects etc you can safely assume they all are by design My focus is not documentation but art and creativity.
Hope you will enjoy some of them. Plan to add more images in coming days..
Below is the link to the images !
Wild Scapes from Velavadar & Greater Runn of Kutch (GRK)
I have been doing nature photography for about 17 years now. One of the secret behind doing good work is showing only good work
Large waste basket is very essential. I have been archiving some of the images which I liked during last several years into a gallery named
personal favorites. I just realized today it touched 1000 images (roughly about 5 images a month – that may be a lot, probably I was very liberal
during earlier years)
Personal Favourites Gallery
It is interesting see how our tastes change over time during our journey of nature photography..
When we have ‘nothing’ to photograph we get more creative and tend to make more satisfying images. Here is a small collection of images made from such a situation. Focus in these images is play of light and shade in the background. I tried to weave the light and shade with a dragonfly in these compositions.
Light and Shade – Perspectives of a Dragonfly
A little new article about my experience of making images of nature in color !
Expressing in Color
I don’t do much of landscape photography for two reasons – first, after seeing large landscape prints made using 4×5 and larger large format slides I don’t think my current 12 mega pixel slr can do enough justice to landscape photography (considering the potential for making large prints). I bought a large format 4×5 camera too late – we don’t have reliable E-6 processing house any more here in my part of the world. Second reason being, landscape photography is very tough for me. Grand “beautiful” landscapes refuse to stay in my mind for long. Often grand scapes overpowers me and does not let me think in the field – I often get into faithful reproduction mode which results in copies of nature which does not stay in my mind for long. Long story short – it is tough for me.
Last week end I went out to make some images of Bharachukki water falls. Though the scene was nothing less than spectacular the small format just could not do any justice to what the nature has to offer. Only very large prints can do some justice but then 12megapixel digital SLR is just not enough to make a large prints (>20×30 in) having fine fine details. If I can’t make a sharp fine image can I make blurred ones ? Is it necessary to have everything from photographer’s foot to horizon being rendered tack sharp in landscape photography ? In above images I tried emphasizing a small portion of the frame and keeping everything else blurred. You may click on them to see it much larger. It looked very different and I kind of liked them. Probably this will let me do a large prints too since blur can be better handled in print than fine details !!
Life has been hectic these days. Have not had time to process my Kaziranga images so far. Here goes some of them.
Please note Google Chrome seem to ignore attached ICC profile on Mac. Colors may appear too saturated. Mozilla/Safari seem to work fine on Mac.
Here is the link to some of the images –
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, INDIA – GLIMPSES FROM THE GRASSLAND