Date Taken: 23 June 2012 | Place: Ranganathittu, Karnataka, India.

Catch It! - Brahminy Kite

Date Taken: 08 July 2012 | Place: Sangama, Karnataka, India.

Let's Make Our Planet Green

Date Taken: 23 June 2012 | Place: Ranganathittu, Karnataka, India

Over Everest

Date Taken: 21 Apr 2012 | Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Rowing On The River Ganges

Date Taken: 17 Apr 2012 | Place: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

President's House

Date Taken: 27 Apr 2012 | Place: New Delhi, India

Taj Mahal

Date Taken: 25 Apr 2012 | Place: Agra, India

Bangalore at Night

Date Taken: 20 May 2012 | Place: Bangalore, India

Uttarakhand - Simply the Heaven

Date Taken: 05 May 2012 | Place: Uttarakhand, India

31 December 2013

Photography is a Game of Lights

There are so many aspects in photography but most of the time some of the basic aspects are forgotten in the excitement of photography. One of the main aspects of photography is lighting.

If we take early days when photographers used to use black and white films to photograph, those days people used to see the object in color but the photographed pictures were black and white, it used to be very difficult to calculate the light on the object according to object's position. But still there were great legendary photographers those days who have done great job in producing great pictures.

In Black and White world people used to play around with the foreground contrast of the object/person with a darker background. If we look at some old black and white movies, they were composed so well that the actor was given so much preference in the frame of the screen and the background was never getting mixed up with the actual subject.

In today's world we are so lucky that we capture what we see through the camera which includes all the colors. Since we have moved into this colorful world, it is much more tougher to work with light for the object/subject with natural lighting in the outdoor photography. Especially we see so many photographers struggling with lighting in the field work while capturing landscape and wildlife or flora.

Simple points to remember in outdoor photography.
  1. Always make sure the sun light is falling from behind you.
  2. Since you are shooting in outdoor, make sure to set proper background for your subject. Outdoor provides various backgrounds it's your creativity to select as per the subject.      
  3. Photograph will look good when they are shot in the natures Golden light, which is between morning 6 am to 8 am and evening 4 pm to 6 pm. The other times is the day either will have strong sunlight or it gets dark. When there is strong sunlight the pictures are over exposed and the light is falling from the top, which is not good for photography. 
  4. The low light in the morning session which falls from the side is also good when you use it as a backlight for a subject, like the picture of a Pelican n top.

20 December 2013

Concepts of Photographer

Photography is not only about wildlife or limited to any other category. According to me photography does not have any boundaries it depends on one's talent and lifestyle.

How is photography dependent on one's lifestyle?

  • A person who is a traveler will always like capture his/her moments and adventures. 
  • A wildlife enthusiast like to capture the animals and birds in their environment in different perspectives. 
  • A journalist and  conservationists would like to document and evidence their photographs. 
  • Scientist would like to photograph for their research.
  • And for a professional photographer its the business.
Each one of them can produce their own beautiful art. The concept of a photographer is attached to passion and lifestyle. 

It does not matter what type of camera you use, you could still produce good pictures when you are aware of basics and pre-process the concept in your mind before you click it. 

Concepts are everywhere you just need to frame it and click it.

When you travel around streets look for interesting subjects, Specially in the evening time of the day look for lighting in the street, vehicles traffic jam, amusement parks,  vibarent and saturated colors of the wall can make a good concept and  the formation of clouds with the sun set will be beautiful to capture. In simple words look around your surroundings when you are out with your camera.

Today's digital cameras offers variety of modes to shoot with so the simplest way would be to try with different modes. Each mode in the digital camera will give you different type of results.

19 December 2013

Using Scanner as Digital Camera

  • Are you feeling bored by using your digital camera? 
  • Did not plan for a photography trip? 
  • Are you willing to do some experiments using your digital gadgets? 
  • Would you like to create some digital art?
Try using your scanner as a digital camera for your next experiment. Yes, your home scanner can be used as a digital camera to scan some interesting objects and create a digital art out of it.

You can scan anything that will fit on the scanning glass of your scanner, but take care not to scratch or damage the glass in any way. Ideal subject for scanning include essentially flat, nearly two dimensional objects such as dried leaves or flower petals, embroidery, textiles, textured papers or fruits and vegetables.
Other small objects also can be scanned like: jewelry, sea shells, insects, seeds rice, etc.

Being designed to record two dimensional objects, flat-bed scanners have only a limited depth of field. As a result on the parts of objects in contact with the scanner glass will be sharp and it wold look like a macro photography. While scanning the objects you will need to experiment with different type of background like colored cloth, textured paper. If you keep the lid open the background will be completely black. If you need a white background, either you can close the lid or use a white plain paper to cover the object.

Post scanning the objects using Adobe Photoshop software you will be able compose the picture as you wish. You could try plenty of color tint variations and you can also try to merge multiple scanned objects and make them as one picture.

Experimenting with scanner will test your creative mind, you will start producing digital arts which you would have not even thought of doing. It will be very interesting to see the post processed pictures.

Note: In the excitement of testing various objects you may damage your scanner glass, so do not try to scan anything that is damp or wet, as the moisture or the water may enter into your machine and machine may stop working.

18 December 2013

How to Start Photography

Point No 1: Know About Yourself.

Before starting photography you need to know if you are really such kind of person who is capable of spending time indoor and outdoor without thinking of what other people may think about you. Yes photography is such a hobby you will get so passionate about. It makes others to look at you. You need to have lot of patience and right attitude. And also creative mind.

Point No 2: Decide on what type of photography you would like to do.

Photography has variety of categories and each category has it's own set of equipment and rules to be followed. Though the basic rules are still the same. Once you start photographing you will learn more.

Point No 3: Start with smaller camera first.

Yes initially to start learning it is better to start with camera which has minimal options and more automatic. Because at this stage you will be learning on how to use the camera and how to frame a shots. Be creative minded and try to photograph anything that you feel good about. Like photographing toys, food, landscape, anything that you feel like framing.

Point No 4: Reading Books.

Start reading books, magazines, online articles, etc. This will really improve your basic knowledge and you will get more ideas on various type of photography and technicalities.
Learn the basics and concepts of photography.
Photography is a art just like painting. Camera is just an equipment to support your talent, all the concept and how to select a subject if fully depends on your talent. Read books and refer to great photographers work and try to understand how the subject were framed.

Point No 5: Select your field of interest and buy equipment.

At this stage you will be aware of how much you are interested in photography so it's fine if you are not willing to go further in this field. Because if you are not confident enough it is not good to invest more money. And if you are confident start selecting and upgrading your equipment. Be careful about the budget and buy only equipment which are essential.

Point No 6: Build Your Network.

As you invest on new equipment, attended photography workshops in your city so that you'll start meeting new people who are also passionate about same field. This will help you to learn from others and gives chance to exhibit your talent and art. You will also make new friends and do some field works. Participate in photography competitions, this will make you feel good and proud of your own art and you will start loving it.

Point No 7: Start Experimenting and feel the camera.

This way you will start learning how to handle your camera and the best way to know how your camera behaves in different conditions. Start experimenting with lightings on a subject and understand the foreground and background of the subject and adjust your angle accordingly.

Point No 8: Ask Experts.

Photography is all about the perspective of a person. Once when you have good set of photographs present them to an expert photographer and get feedback. Doing this will help you to know the minor issues or mistakes.

Point No 9: Practice.

Visit the same places and photograph the subjects again. This allows you to try the tips and tricks you received from experts. And will help you correct your mistakes.

Point No 10: Don't Forget Past.

Photography is a never ending art which gives you chance to explore new places, experience different conditions, express new creative ideas, and to meet new people. So do not forget you past experiences. Past may not be perfect, but past experience helps you becoming perfect.
Each time when you go out to field work remember all the problems you faced in previous trips and correct them next time when you get a chance.

05 December 2013

Leopard at Bandipur Forest

Bandipur National Park, established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. [From Wiki]
Bandipur National Park is around 217 Km from Bangalore and takes 6+ hours to reach by car. This an excellent place for all nature and wildlife lovers, as this forest is filled with wildlife.

We had Jungle Lodges pre booked for Nov-30-13 to Dec-1-13. As usual my dream of sighting and photographing big cats was only minutes away. 

Day 1-Nov-30-13: Around 3:00 pm the safari started and we were taken in to the forest, just after reaching shot distance into the forest the vehicle driver spotted the pug marks of a female Tiger and started tracking. After few minutes driver received a phone call from another safari vehicle, our driver was informed that there was a Tiger spotted in the near by area. And we ruched through the jungle road to the area where the tiger was spotted but we had not luck of spotting. The search for Tiger continued till 6:30pm, between this time all we saw was Gaurs and Deers in the forest and plenty of time was spent in tracking the pug marks. Finally it was dark and we were heading back to camp and on the way we had a surprise waiting. It was a Tiger cub doing the evening royal walk and marking the territory. Since it was very dark none of the photographs were good, and even the video is also worse. But I was not bothered about the pictures at all. 

As this was my first tiger sighting I was really exited and was congratulating my friends in the safari vehicle. It was the moment when my dream came true and unforgettable time of my lifetime. We sighted this tiger for about 5 minutes. Our vehicle was only few meters following the Tiger from back and this experience was really awesome. 

Day 2 - Dec-01-13: The safari started at 6:00 am, After entering into the forest it was more of birding in the morning and as usual lots of deers and gaurs was sighted. There was no evidence of any fresh tiger pug marks. While moving forward the vehicle driver stopped the vehicle and started pointing towards a tree and told us there is a Leopard on the tree, It was such a intense moment there were so many trees around and the Leopard was around 600 meters away from us. Thanks for the experienced driver and guide Mr.Kiran who spotted the Leopard. This Leopard was on the tree looking around for its morning meal. The sighting happened for very few minutes and the leopard got down from the tree and disappeared in to the bushes. As we were hearing the Langur calls we planned to stay in that point for another 20 minutes waiting for the leopard to cross the road but the Leopard had different plans.
As we entered the deeper area of the forest there were few pug marks where three tigers were marched together, but the pug marks looked 30 to 60 minutes old. But there was no sighting of Tiger this morning and since we were running out of time we returned back to the camp.

Here are the pictures of this trip: (More pictures will be uploaded later this week)