Debasish Raha  

Architecture of flowing water by Debasish Raha

October 2020 - Architecture of flowing water

October 2020 - Debasish Raha


About the Image(s)

It's a photo of water flowing on a beach in California. The reflection of bright sunlight on the water flowing over the sand and returning back to the ocean is highlighted by the intricate network of lines and created an abstract image.

The basic PS processing was done in 'camera raw filter'

9 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

This image challenges me because I am not experienced in commenting on abstract images and thus did some research on them.

In this image, you have stripped everything to the bare essentials without providing something for my eye to rest or ponder on i.e. strong line or shape, object, light or shadow. The image does not hold my attention.

For me, it might make a good texture.

One suggestion, since it is water, is to add a small twig, seaweed, or pebble to break up the pattern and have some place for the eye to land. Even it is part of a larger image, i.e. water flowing on a beach you might want to combine a segment of the beach in the corner of the image.

My suggestion I realize may go against your intent of showing water reflections.

  Posted: 10/10/2020 14:30:39
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Judith, thanks for your honest comment which I always appreciate. I was amazed by the intricacy of the flow, which are highlighted by the large number of branching and sub-branching of the flow. This level of complexity in the flow was not obvious by just looking at the shallow water flowing over the sand. The B&W version helped to highlight the architecture of the flow and gave an abstract look.
  Posted: 10/13/2020 15:47:03

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Debasish,
This abstract, yet completely realistic, image really resonates with me for a personal reason. My wife is Turkish, from Izmir, and we have a summer house near the Aegean coast. Every day when we are there, we go swimming in the clear sea water. If we are there at midday, the sun makes these same patterns in the water, and we feel like we are swimming amidst a sea of glittering diamonds. It is a very poignant memory for us, and very emotional each year when we take our first summer swim there. We could not go there this year for the first time in 20 years. How we miss it. Thanks for this image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 22:01:22
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Your comment is very interesting and reminds me that we see through the filter of our experiences. I have gazed on water for over 30 years with sailing and looked at the curve of a wave, its speed and height to determine how to cut through or ride the wave, and predict wind speed, weather etc. I have watched sea bottoms for potential problems with fouling, scraping the bottom etc. I have looked at shores, to determine what footwear to wear. However, I have never looked at the very tiny reflections to photograph.   Posted: 10/13/2020 13:48:20
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Judith,
I recall the depth of your sailing experience mentioned in previous months. Yes, there are so many views to experience and express with our cameras. I love these conversations about seeing and feeling the subjects of our images.
See my shot of lines in Group 32 this month!   Posted: 10/13/2020 17:15:01
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Steve, thanks for your comment 'abstract but completely realistic'. It is so true and that is why I was intrigued. Also thanks for sharing a personal story.   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:49:50

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hello, Debasish! Well, I must commend you for composing this very abstract piece - as water can be very difficult to "tame" as it were in providing a reasonable engaging image.

This type of composition needs to be printed very large - both paper or metal needs to be investigated for the most powerful results. I also feel several more images like this one (keeping to the same style motif) next to each other will likely result in engaging more viewers.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:43:51
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Thanks Lance. I always appreciate your comments. I will try a metal print first.   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:52:14

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Debasish this is very interesting and beautiful water. You captured it clearly and I feel even this smallish image I can see the sand underwater. Still I think it lacks something to hold my interest. The pattern is too repetitive . What would really catch my interest would be a nice fish in that water!   Posted: 10/20/2020 01:27:13


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