THE MIRACLE OF THE UNDERGROWTH!  ETERNAL EARTH – 9

The undergrowth in the dense forests of the Nilgiris, by photographer Sudhir Ramchandran
The undergrowth in the dense forests of the Nilgiris, by Sudhir Ramchandran
 
It is in the undergrowth that life-giving recycling happens.
The leaves fall to the ground. They decompose in the weathers of time. Bacteria, mushroom and small insects make the decomposition their primary source of food.
 
How inspiring is this natural cycle that has ensured that earth has a good refreshing sleep and is back rejuvenated completely to start life again!
 
Miraculous indeed….to know that nature has been recycling for 4 billion years!
 
HOW I SHOT IT : 
RESPECTING THE GRAMMAR MAKES THE VISUAL POETRY HAPPEN, THE WAY THE TIGHT-ROPEWALKER RESPECTS THE TIGHTROPE.
 
I went down with the camera brushing the earth. Then it was a simple matter of keeping the camera back upright so that the branch in front and the tree trunk with the fungus as well as the trees at the rear will remain 90 degrees straight up. This permitted the far away sweeping trees that were naturally inclined over the years, to stay bent to the left as the way they were.
 
A small aperture ensured sharpness from the undergrowth to the rear. I exposed for the highlights of the mist knowing that I had sufficient dynamic range – an understanding from using the Sinar P – to retain data in the shadows. A tiny flash alleviated the minus 3-stop shadow area if badly needed as the light constantly shifted according to the mist.
 
As we can see, the technique to render the emotional intent is critical. An understanding of the value of the traditional grammar helps us to be versatile always. This understanding is indispensable especially when today’s visual challenges are getting to be far more diverse.
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