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One From The Heart...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 29 January 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

NIKON D5000 1/4000 second F/5.6 ISO 800 200 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

My Spotlighted Images

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Quelle somptueuse composition. Une formidable élégance.

29 Jan 2011 5:08am

iren from tehran, Iran

what the glummy picture!i like crows in the gray sky!

29 Jan 2011 5:18am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful image and lovely poem! A wonderful contrast between the crow and gray sky! Well done image Pavan!!!

29 Jan 2011 6:15am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you Pam! It's not a crow though but a little black bird...I love all birds:)

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

The most perfect words and so true, in all aspects of life. The image is so beautifully captured, and perfectly toned. I think I am one of the few people in the world who loves crows and ravens (and Magpie's too), most others seeing death and darkness, where I see a beautifully formed creature with incredible plumage and stance, a survivor at all odds, a warrior of the bird world that should be admired, not vilified. To me your post speaks to MY heart. All creatures are beautiful and worth saving, everyone is beautiful in their own way and perhaps a little more tolerance and understanding from those who view with eyes, or listen with ears, might not come amiss.

29 Jan 2011 6:28am

@SOUL AFLAME: Many thanks my friend, you are so right:)

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful capture ,well done :)

29 Jan 2011 6:38am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

A beautiful style in the position of this lonely bird! The counting of the image gives an incredible seduction.
Tis the season at home, screaming crows in the sky, I guess they looking for food, sometimes they arise by ten on the bare trees, then I think it is the tree to the crows! I always leave for them in the back yard a few seeds nuts or hazel ...

29 Jan 2011 7:02am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

If it's from the heart, I wonder what I should think...a black crow, mono, mysterious background, fence...all make me think that you are not so happy, and you've put a link to a meditation centre. I hope I'm mis-interpreting

29 Jan 2011 7:23am

@CElliottUK: There is nothing wrong with being unhappy, at times, as that serves to help us appreciate happiness all the more. As for the link to Vipassana, I would like to tell you that it is totally mis-guided to think that meditation is only for the unhappy! That sort of thinking would prevent one from any progress on the evolutionary path, which I believe is the ultimate goal of all living beings, especially humans. Regarding the title, when I say 'One From The Heart', I mean that whatever you do, creatively, do it from the depths of your heart regardless of the level of your talent:) A black bird, crow, the ugliest most mediocre of us may have something of beauty to offer to the world and enrich it. But how will we ever know unless we try??? I do hope I have managed to express my image and the philosophy behind my approach to my life and my work more clearly. Finally, I am as happy as an imperfect being can be in this imperfect yet wonderful world:) My sincere thanks for your visit, words and concern, my friend:)

fulgent from la roche sur yon, France

it's really hitchock ,good day

29 Jan 2011 7:24am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful treatment which creates mysterious mood...

29 Jan 2011 7:34am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Belle image! J'aime la position de l'oiseau, il semble dormir...
Belle journée!

29 Jan 2011 7:54am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful shot

29 Jan 2011 8:08am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

The offset placement of this bird and fence makes this shot all that space.
What a wonderful quote...I'm going to think about that one for a long time.
It inspires me to continue to sing my song --- or, in my case, continue to press the shutter!!!

29 Jan 2011 8:22am

@DULCIE: Thank you so very much Dulcie!! I sincerely believe in those words and that is why I put them there! We all have so much to share and give...the world would be a poorer place without that! The purpose of our lives is to be happy and there is no greater happiness than sharing your inner beauty in the form of your creativity! Cheers:)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Atmosphère troublante ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée.

29 Jan 2011 8:25am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Lovely back light that enhances the silhouette

29 Jan 2011 8:29am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Another poetic, though a little melancholy, expression of solitude! So strong and touching despite the simplicity... the quote is such a perfect one to read along! Let us make full use of and enjoy whatever talent we are gifted, and make our woods a happier place to live our ephemeral life! Thanks for your beautiful lyrical image that is such an inspiration! See you and take care Pavan!

29 Jan 2011 8:37am

@hugo poon: Thank you so much my friend! Take care and have a great weekend:)

Bernardo from Barcelona, Spain

Una bonita toma en B&W.


29 Jan 2011 8:39am

Rayak from Paris, France

très joli et délicat. Bravo!

29 Jan 2011 9:10am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

another fantastic silhouette, great job Pavan

29 Jan 2011 9:27am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

I like this backlight very much,superbly composed,where the bird seems sad in this mysterious atmosphere!But no,it's not sad,it's only thinking about what it can offer to this world,and it has given a beautiful picture,and for you,the meaning to offer your philosophy to me.

29 Jan 2011 9:34am

@Pascale.: Thank you Pascale, for such a wonderful comment:)

JCJ from Troyes, France

beautiful sad and dark picture, excellent composition

29 Jan 2011 9:42am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

A strong image... and a very nice quote !

29 Jan 2011 9:48am

guillaume from Paris, France

Dramatic and wonderful !

29 Jan 2011 10:09am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A beautiful series of colour/flowers and light or the lack of it that I missed whilst away. Lovely simple interaction of shapes and tones here.

29 Jan 2011 10:12am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Delightful and charming phrase image teach us here and now. A backlight wonderful and with great force! Dramatic and extraordinary in its simplicity! A hug friend Pavan! Adela

29 Jan 2011 10:19am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely framing and silhouette. I like how from the top of the post the bird can look down on the wire and the barrier it represents.

29 Jan 2011 10:36am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb and lovely composition and great background

29 Jan 2011 10:42am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Hitchcock would have liked this image!

29 Jan 2011 10:45am

fereshteh from Iran

Beautiful image &lovely

29 Jan 2011 11:21am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Really beautiful Pavan ! Gorgeous atmosphere. Enjoy your weekend :)

29 Jan 2011 11:38am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

mmmh! Cinematographic, graphic, simple, beautiful....

29 Jan 2011 12:22pm

oncho from granada, Spain


29 Jan 2011 12:46pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

precioso blanco y negro y contraluz! una belleza la silueta del pajaro

29 Jan 2011 12:57pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

Nice - am I the only one thinking about Poe right now?

29 Jan 2011 1:10pm

@Journey Photographic: next post has a quote by him! Thank you:)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful image, beautiful message and a lovely quote! Excellent presentation Pavan!
I like it. 5***** :)

29 Jan 2011 1:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I agree with Paul about ravens; I encounter them and photograph them with delight.
This is simply superb in all ways, Pavan. The contrast of cold hard fencing with a living magical being of flight, landed however briefly, wrapped in moody black and white... just right!

29 Jan 2011 3:44pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

I understand, now, the reference to Hitchcock ! the birds!! :)
beautiful image!!

29 Jan 2011 4:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous silhouette

29 Jan 2011 4:19pm

parisa from shiraz, Iran

oh fantastic I really like it

29 Jan 2011 4:27pm

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Superb image and composition, love the quote..
*upset, head down...however, the bird stayed perched on the dark fence and surrounding, waiting and thinking...when daylight comes, its perseverance and sincerity will be well paid off..somehow!
Have a lovely weekend, Pavan.

29 Jan 2011 4:31pm

@Anne: Thank you so much for the wonderful words Anne! A great weekend to you too:)

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the theme, the title and the dark mood

29 Jan 2011 5:11pm

Dornbrau from Colorado Springs, United States

It's amazing how one image can inspire so many interpretations.
I love the almost apocalyptic feel to it.

29 Jan 2011 5:31pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Oh, that is so wonderful. I love your bird shots. I still remember the first images of yours that I saw. All that deep red, the birds silhouetted against the city, a group of pigeons in a tussle, close up. You manage to bring out so much emotion and meaning in their gestures. It's always very affecting.

29 Jan 2011 5:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning image and super quote.

29 Jan 2011 5:58pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

A good quote for me particularly today. I am deciding if I should.. sell it all and just get a standard camera.. and so quoth the raven, nevermore.

29 Jan 2011 6:23pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

super shot, very moody

29 Jan 2011 6:43pm

Enrique from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Me encanta el sentimiento que despierta en uno. Muy buena la foto.

29 Jan 2011 6:58pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Splendid ! My English is not good enough to say more ... alas!

29 Jan 2011 7:01pm

jeanne from près de marseille, France

quel beau contre jour
bel oiseau, même si on ne voit pas le plumage

29 Jan 2011 7:21pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

amazing compo !!! a great message , superb B/W , very nice weekend pavan

29 Jan 2011 7:59pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

A humble-looking bird sad, almost a representation of loneliness and rejection for this solitary raven, stiff and folded in on itself, on its pole. Toasting brings this eve more somber note. I love this sad picture for this aspect and the feelings she blows me. The sharpness of the bird almost in silhouette on the bottom of the background fluffy scenes, gives him a tragic dimension. Have a nice day, Pavan.

29 Jan 2011 8:39pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A beautiful silhouette of this bird is said represented the misfortune when he is a bird like the others. Splendid composition and wonderful atmosphere. Good day.

29 Jan 2011 8:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Lovely atmosphere with the little blackbird silhouetted on the fence.

29 Jan 2011 9:18pm

Antoine from France

Lovely atmosphere and superb capture. Have a great day Pavan.

29 Jan 2011 10:22pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Superb, love it!

29 Jan 2011 10:37pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

oh sweet sweet bird bowing in the darkness - love the comp - mystery - and the tones - excellent

29 Jan 2011 11:23pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Beautiful feel of thick clouds silhouetting a bird, looking lonesome on the top
of the metal fence, but yet with this photo, we are drawn to the incredible
beauty of this bird even in relief form. Extraordinary capture, most certainly.

29 Jan 2011 11:49pm

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Bowing his little bird head in spiritual contemplation before the dawn comes for a new day. A very moving b&w.

30 Jan 2011 12:48am

Mark Johnson from Rural Douglas County, CO, United States

This shot is amazing. I like the silhouette and the misty background a lot.

30 Jan 2011 4:33am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Looks so lonely

30 Jan 2011 4:53am

Peter from Moonbeam, Canada

This is an excellent capture Pavan i am glad that you have renewed your passion for photography.....this is a perfect silhouette ...the bird looks sad and the fence so harsh...well done...peter:)

30 Jan 2011 5:12am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wonderful silhouette - lovely composition. Excellent image!

30 Jan 2011 6:17am

k@ from Paris, France

How deep ! The image & the tonal range, so subtle in its depth - and the quote so true & generous ! Utterly Pavanesque***

30 Jan 2011 8:04am

@k@: You are too kind Karine:) Thank you!

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is terrific! A strong and powerful shot. I love the grey tones with the strong silhouettes. I like the quote

30 Jan 2011 9:27am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

A "black light", very simple and elegant !
Kind regards

30 Jan 2011 11:15am

Franz from Baden, Austria

stunningly impressive and moody! a wonderful composition!

30 Jan 2011 2:13pm

elaine from paris, France

great capture and dense processing

30 Jan 2011 3:27pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

I like the timely click! Nice work

30 Jan 2011 4:39pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Very nice shot!
Great composition.

30 Jan 2011 5:58pm

rian from Vestavia Hlls, United States

very moody.. i dig it though.. :)

30 Jan 2011 6:04pm

anne fleurent from Bois-le-Roi, France

very very beautiful ! and what a quote! I love it.. and I love your vision of a little bird in a sad cool framing..

30 Jan 2011 6:29pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

bravo pour le spotlight ,cette photo le mérite amplement.

30 Jan 2011 7:20pm

@cristoF: Thank you, for the visit and the great news:)

yz from Budapest, Hungary

poetic image

30 Jan 2011 8:11pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Very well deserved

30 Jan 2011 8:43pm

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks Anina!

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a gorgeous and poetic composition ,i like it !!
five stars !
friendships !

30 Jan 2011 8:50pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

great and terrific atmosphere Pavan wonderful presentation and superb balance between light and shadows

30 Jan 2011 9:16pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the "Spotlight". Good day.

30 Jan 2011 9:28pm

@Tede: thank you Tede!

k@ from Paris, France

Ah, didn't i tell you it's Pavanesque ? And Spotlighted now : excellent & well-deserved, my friend ~ *

30 Jan 2011 10:09pm

@k@: Thank you Karine, for a most complementary coinage of the term: 'Pavanesque' I will have to live up to it:)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Congratulations with this well deserved spotlight Pavan ! Well done :)

30 Jan 2011 10:38pm

@Tamara: Many thanks Tamara!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

30 Jan 2011 11:34pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks so much Steve!

Marcie from United States


31 Jan 2011 1:23am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

beautiful picture, a picture that speaks volumes. the shape of the bird you can take your mind soars with imagination, a marvelous scene. a bird that was alien to everything when you took the photo but your art is in the way they hisiste, where everyone can create any story. a big kiss. Alejandra

31 Jan 2011 2:42am

@AMH: Thanks Alejandra!

Sunder from Chennai, India

What a lovely shot in B & W.... superb!!
And congratulations on the "spotlight" foto...
HAve a good day..

31 Jan 2011 2:47am

@Sunder: Thanks Sunder!

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

Si jolie.....I love !!!

31 Jan 2011 6:29am

Sophie from France

Whaou !!!! wonderfull

31 Jan 2011 7:20am

Kala from United States

Beautiful silhouette. Well done Pavan.

31 Jan 2011 7:23am

Céline from New York City, United States

Congrats on the spotlight ! Beautiful mysterious image !

31 Jan 2011 7:42am

@Céline: Thank you Celine!

Gonzalo Sirgo from Tarragona, Spain


31 Jan 2011 7:45am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


31 Jan 2011 7:46am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Exactly. You couldn't have shown or said it better, Pavan.

31 Jan 2011 8:03am

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Excellent shot

31 Jan 2011 9:01am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe!
Great shot!

31 Jan 2011 9:22am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Congrats on your Spotlight!

31 Jan 2011 9:23am

@CElliottUK: Thank you Chriss:)

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Undoubtedly you use your talent for photography!
Congrats on your Spotlight!

31 Jan 2011 9:34am

@Nina: Thanks Nina!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Bravo for the spotlight Pavan, it's a beautiful shot !!

31 Jan 2011 10:01am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you Evelyne!

larans from Lund, Sweden

At the first glance of thisimage, I would have thought: what a dull and sad picture, if I hadn´t known it was from "Pavan Kaul´s Images". Because then I know, that there is always something more in it than in the first impression.
So lovely and beautiful, the litle humble black bird, the grey tones and the words that give us all hope (even for my amateurish attempts here on Am3 :-).
Your site, Ambrosia, relly lives up to it´s name, the food (drink) of the Gods!

31 Jan 2011 10:23am

@larans: That's very touching and it's so gracious of you Larans! I would like to tell you most sincerely, that we are all connected and we contribute to each other's work and lives in ways that are imperceptible but certainly vital for our survival. Each one of us has something of value to contribute to the universe and we do so even when we are unaware of it. Please continue to do your little thing for in that and only that lies the reason for your existence. Thank you and be well my friend:)

larans from Lund, Sweden

PS: congrats to the spotlight!

31 Jan 2011 10:24am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


31 Jan 2011 10:41am

@PRASHANT: Thank you Prashant!

Mhelene from Paris, France

I am very happy you have a spotlight for this very beautiful photo ! Congratulations !

31 Jan 2011 11:15am

@Mhelene: Many thanks Mhelene, that's so sweet of you:)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Beautifully dark ! Congrats to the spotlight Pavan!

31 Jan 2011 11:46am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you Daniela!

Beat from Switzerland

fantastic composition. could be a scene from a hitchcock film . fit's very well in b&w

31 Jan 2011 12:09pm

saravana from salem, India

congratulations for the spotlight. stunning image and the quote makes me ponder for a long time.. how true..

31 Jan 2011 12:15pm

@saravana: Thank you Saravana! I an glad that is so and I hope it will make your creative work more enjoyable and more rewarding!

Val37 from Tours, France

a drmatic and beautiful shot ! Well done !

31 Jan 2011 12:45pm

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

C´est tellement belle cett image... Poétique, je dirais.
Bonne semaine :)

31 Jan 2011 1:10pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Brilliant photography Pavan (as always ofcourse!) Thanks for your comments and inspiration. Love the tones and the silhouettes here. Simply amazing this one! Cheers!

31 Jan 2011 3:00pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

congrats on the spotlight, pavan!

31 Jan 2011 3:30pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Yeahhhhhhh! Pavan! Congrats on Spotlight! Beautiful!!!!!!

31 Jan 2011 3:34pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

That's a very wise thought of Mr. Van Dyke and a beautiful captured image to go with it!
Congrats on the Spotlight!

31 Jan 2011 3:42pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Congrats to your spotlight !

31 Jan 2011 5:07pm

S. Fann from Seoul, South Korea

lovely piece of work, nice framing this image tells a story or two, lovely.

31 Jan 2011 7:42pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

An inspired image and uplifting message.

31 Jan 2011 8:53pm

Phil from France

Je pense à Hitchcok en regardant cette image !

31 Jan 2011 9:07pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Beautiful composition, Pavan

31 Jan 2011 10:40pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Wow, so many comments said about it! Enough! My view is its loneliness under the couldy sky arouses my great curiosity and sympathy!
Many congrats!

1 Feb 2011 12:27am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran


1 Feb 2011 12:28pm

Hiroo Keswani from India


2 Feb 2011 3:53am

@Hiroo Keswani: Thanks Hiroo:)

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Beautiful, the bird looks as if he bows to someone unseen, elegant and modest. Nice capture!

3 Feb 2011 7:23pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Congratulations Dear Pavan, for your wonderful spotlight, though this bird seems
solitary, it is now an award winner with so many friends.

5 Feb 2011 10:24am

@Phil David Morris: Thank you so much David, and that's what he gets for being true to himself I guess:)

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, Switzerland

wow .... this one is marvellous, I don't know why but this picture touch me a lot !!! The soft light is perfect, the bird so small in this big space ... beautiful Pavan .... beautiful my dear ....

6 Feb 2011 10:26am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

And belated congratulations on the Spotlight!

14 Feb 2011 1:31pm

Quark from Amsterdam, Netherlands

A spectacular simplicity......

11 Mar 2011 6:34am

Marzia from ., Italy

great mood!

7 Apr 2011 2:46pm

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

a sublime beauty.....lovely background tone & silhouette compo.......Congratz. on the Spotlight

15 Apr 2011 3:52pm

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Silhouettes by ~~~Ann~~~

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