Debasish Raha  

After the Rain by Debasish Raha

February 2021 - After the Rain

February 2021 - Debasish Raha


About the Image(s)

I have taken the photo in my backyard right after the rain stopped on an early Spring day a few years ago.

I chose the Sepia tone because it provided the best separation between the leaves and the water drops.

Editing was done in LR and PS.

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15 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This is an excellent black & white monochrome. I just wonder if your definition of monochrome is limited to black and white. If not, I see a lovely green monochrome with textures worked off the original image.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:51:06
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Beverly, and thanks for visiting our group.

Well, no, we also enjoy BW "Toned" images as well. However, I am a bit confused with your example: it appears some type of "layer" has been applied to it, and in any case, this piece would not be judged as any kind or form of a Black & White photograph. Can you elaborate on this edited example?

Thank you. :)   Posted: 02/04/2021 10:05:08
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Beverly, thanks for your comments   Posted: 02/20/2021 12:42:41
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I did apply a texture to the upper and layer corners to lighten the deep greens but enhance the textures. Do you like it or prefer your original?   Posted: 02/20/2021 12:50:35
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
I liked the original because the background is sufficiently muted to keep attention on the leaves with water droplets. Unfortunately, I found the unevenness of the texture is bit distracting.   Posted: 02/20/2021 13:15:42
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Just an option to consider. You image is lovely as it is, but I know that often when I'm working on an image, I wonder what other options might be available.   Posted: 02/20/2021 14:37:00
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Beverly, I greatly appreciate your feedback on the photo and time you took to make adjustments to my photo to improve. I will always appreciate that.   Posted: 02/21/2021 12:14:42

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Rain Drops or water drops bring another complete dimension to enjoying nature....and of course, as photographers we enjoy the more diverse narratives (and visual aesthetics) that come with nature that is covered in water: you have captured a remarkable frame that offers viewers a beautiful offering.

Both the color and BW version offer different feelings: I rarely speak about the color version in this group, but here I will offer my thoughts: though I enjoy the BW conversion, the color original speaks with more power. In my opinion, this may be one of those scenes in life better enjoyed in its natural color. Though the featured BW version is engaging in an Abstract way, for this subject, and in this condition, I feel reveals a more emotional impact for the viewer in color.

Again, this is of course (like many types of photography and painting) is subjective for each person viewing the work.   Posted: 02/08/2021 06:09:33
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Lance, thanks for your thoughtful comments on the original and the BW version of the photos. I agree with you about the color version providing a better representation of the balance of the drops and the context that created the beauty   Posted: 02/20/2021 12:53:42

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Debasish
I'm going to keep your image in color, I like the tonal range and I even feel the texture of the leaf rolling the drops. In the b / w version, I completely lose that sensation, I feel it as focused only on the drops and the leaves disappear as such. Maybe it's your intention   Posted: 02/16/2021 16:54:20
Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Jose, thanks for your comments. I liked the color version of the photo also and it did well in Northern California competition. I increased the clarity on the water drops for the sepia version and I agree that it took away the feeling of the drops rolling out of the leaf, visible in the color version   Posted: 02/20/2021 13:02:54

Cecilia Clark   Cecilia Clark
Your composition of just a portion of the rose leaflets is pleasing with the small slice of the two upper right leaflets balancing out the larger larger leaflet running to the lower left. There are interesting aspects to both images. The sepia-toned image appears much more abstract. The water droplets are quite pronounced and my eye is drawn to them almost at the exclusion of the supporting leaflets. In the color image it is the subtle, pleasing colors that draw my attention. The water droplets are secondary to the color palette. Which you chose depends on the statement you want to make about the image.   Posted: 02/19/2021 19:19:18

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Cecilia, welcome to the group and thanks for your comments. I agree with you that in the color version both the leaf and the droplets are equally prominent and provided a pleasing view. In sepia version that balance is lost and droplets are sharper and dominant. Although that is what I chose to present here I understand that a pleasing beauty is present in the color version   Posted: 02/20/2021 13:10:50

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Debasish this beautiful and I do agree that the color version is more pleasing and interesting. The leaf color is so striking, with the colors coming through on the water droplets as well. I like the more pronounced leaf veining in the color version as well. What were your camera settings?   Posted: 02/21/2021 14:58:56

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Dianne, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately I do not have info on the settings. I took this photo about 8 years ago when I made transition to digital. I lost the metadata for lacking enough knowledge about digital photography at the beginning and also changed my computer twice since then   Posted: 02/23/2021 18:10:39