Monday, June 11, 2018

-Dashboard- Devotee

Sometimes a few people leave deep impact on our mind and soul. It was on the occasion of Holi, the festival of colours, I was in Barsana, in February, 2018. Barsana is associated with Goddess Radha.  The celebration of Holi starts a few days prior to the actual festival here. On one morning I was in Radha Rani Temple which is situated at a hill. After visiting this temple I went to another important temple which is located nearby. The whole atmosphere was full of divinity there. I met a lady in the campus of that temple who was sitting close to the sculpture of Lord Krishna. She was in deep meditation of her beloved God. The matchless dedication of the lady towards Lord Krishna, the colours of Holi smeared on the sculpture of Lord and the historic architecture all around, fascinated me intensely. I clicked a few pictures. Here is one of them.
I used a Canon EOS 6D Camera with a Tokina 17-35 mm lens. The exposure was: f 11 at 1/1250 sec.
ISO was set at 8000.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Sunday, April 15, 2018

My View: Black and White Photography As I Experience

-My View-
Black and White Photography 
As I Experience

Black and White photography is a fine medium of expression. This medium fascinates me for below mentioned reasons:

• The impact of light and shadow is often greater in black and white photographs as compared to that in coloured photographs. However, by ensuring adequate amount of light while photographing, we can have excellent results in colour medium as well.
• In this genre of photography, a lot more attention is provided to the subject. The subject in black and white medium seems more effective than that in colour medium. As colours often (not always) become more prominent than the subject.
• I love the play of grey tones in B&W images. A picture with maximum tones between black and white is always impactful. The images created by great masters with maximum grey shades in them have always fascinated me.
• The mood and emotion is rather captured more powerfully through black and white medium. A black and white picture can portray a story of sentiments quite effectively.
• Few subjects, like street life, architectures, portraits etc. look fairly impactful to me in black and white medium.

--Pankaj Sharma

Thursday, February 15, 2018

-Profile- Expressing himself through Photography and Literature : Dr. Lovelesh Dutt

Expressing himself through Photography and Literature
Dr. Lovelesh Dutt

Born on 24 September, 1976 in Bareilly (India), Dr. Lovelesh Dutt is a multifaceted human being. He is a writer of high repute and on the other hand a promising photo artist. As literature and photography, both are mediums of expression, Dr. Lovelesh Dutt conveys his emotions well in both genres. As a writer he has to his credit a number of Hindi poems, stories and edited magazines/books. He has got many prestigious honours and awards in the field of literature. As a photo artist he is well known for his creative pictures of scenic places and human beings. He is fond of travelling and loves clicking places in their true manner. His photographs have been exhibited in several reputed exhibitions. Many of his pictures have been awarded in the exhibitions at national level.   
-Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tutorial : Macro Photography By Satpal Singh

Macro Photography
(Here is a tutorial about Macro Photography by Mr. Satpal Singh, a promising wildlife photographer. He is Panasonic Lumix Camera Ambassador and has a number of awards at International level. His photographs have been exhibited and published world-wide.)
Macro Photography is one of the popular and challenging genres of Nature Photography today. This ia all about keen observation, vision and dedication. 

Here are a few points which must be kept in mind while taking macro images:
 1- It is not necessary to have an expensive photography kit.  To start we just need an entry level DSLR with a macro lens.
 2- If budget is an issue, macro photography can be started with any normal lens and a kit of close-up filters & extension tubes.
 3- Monsoon & post monsoon season (before winter) is best time for insect photography.  In this period of time thousands of species of insects complete their life cycle and offer many opportunities to a nature photographer for excellent pictures.  
 4- Morning & evening sun light is always ideal to get colourful, soft, warm & balanced tone images. 
5- A Led light or a dedicated ring flash will be very helpful on cloudy days & when our subject is in shade.
 6- Role of Aperture always plays a vital role in macro photography. (A) We can use a bigger (smaller in number) aperture to get clear & out of focus background. (B) If we are working in a condition where we need good depth of field to get all parts of the subject sharp we should use smaller (bigger number) aperture. 
7- Safe shutter speed:  Subject’s movement & camera shake is a big problem in macro photography. To overcome this problem we have to use a safe/high shutter speed such as 1/ 250 sec. or above.
 8- We can use a reflector to redirect light towards our subject if we need.
9- Focus:  (1) We have to focus at the eyes of our subject. If eyes are not sharp, image is not considered good.  (2) Manual Versus Auto Focus: * Manual focus is often the effective way to get the most important part of an object sharp. As we often click macro objects in dull light, it can be difficult for our camera to auto focus – so we should choose manual option of focusing. * When we click moving objects,  manual focusing  is not possible.  Here auto focusing is only option.
 10- We have to go on the eye level:  In macro work it is strongly recommended to go parallel to your subject. Doing such can totally change the perspective of an image. 
 11- We should avoid dresses of bright colours and wear green, navy, brown & non-alarming colors. Bright colours disturb small creatures.
 12- We have to avoid using perfumes, hair oils and creams that have fragrance. Insects are more sensitive than us.

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Finding Beauty in Common Things" : Navin Vatsa

"Finding Beauty in Common Things"
Navin Vatsa
A self-taught passionate photographer and an educator, Mr. Navin Vatsa is very much dedicated in capturing candid Street moments and the stories of Travel domain. He has his Master’s Degree in Computer Applications and taught computers to graduate and post graduate students for over 9 years. He also served Jagannath University, Jaipur as Joint Registrar for 7 years, and now from last 3 years he has devoted his full time to his in-born Art, Photography. So with the experience of teaching, administration and Art, he has the ability to visualize and implement the creative ideas in photography to complete his compositions with some unique stories. Photography is like a source of energy to him that he also tries to portray through his art work. 
He has the ability of finding beauty in most common things and from unnoticed surroundings. He put all his work with simplicity that can easily reach to the people’s heart. His Photographs has the power to communicate directly to the viewers so that they can read the story well. Photography is one of the unique medium for him to show his own personality and character to the world through his photographs.  
He has been awarded and recognized by various International/National organizations and publications of high repute such as National Geographic, UNESCO, Sony World, Sony India, Inspiro India, Asian Photography & Imaging magazine, Creative Image Magazine, Heritage youth Foundation Delhi, Camarena Academy (Best photographer of the year 2016 and awarded by Sir Raghu Rai for the same) etc. One of his photographs was published by Sony India in its “Annual Calendar 2016”. 
In April-May 2017 by “SONY World Photography Award” one of his photograph of Travel category got commended by the juries and placed within top best 50 out of 105,692 submission from 182 countries and exhibited at the prestigious Somerset House, London from 21st April to 7th May, 2017. Recently his 22 pages Artwork with complete story “Marbles of Faith” on Jama Masjid, Delhi was published in September 2017 issue of Indian Photo Arts (IPA) online Magazine (
He is one of the Mentors and Admin of a largest Facebook Photography group in India, Camarena Academy. 

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Photographing Nature at its Best : Debraj Chakraborty

-Photographing Nature at its Best-
Debraj Chakraborty 

Debraj Chakraborty is a Landscape and travel photographer based in Silchar (Assam-India). Initially he was a landscape painter and his preoccupation with business of IT equipments presented him with shortage of time to pursue his hobby as a painter. Later by coincidence the camera was the medium of his artistic expression most available to him, so he happened to be a photographer. In Landscape photography the fleeting light together with extreme and moody atmosphere attracts him the most.
The more he went deeper; it opened up a whole new world in front of him. Soon he started to realize that landscape photography can bring him back the joy of that artistic expression which he was missing for years.
According to him it doesn’t matter if we are shooting in your hometown or have gone somewhere abroad, we can photograph portraits, cityscapes, nature and storytelling images everywhere. Being a travel & Landscape photographer is a unique experience for him as this allows him to meet plenty of interesting people, see so many beautiful places, hear amazing stories, visit locales outside tourist maps tucked away from the madding crowd, and see wildlife in its glory. All these experiences according to him not just help one to evolve as a better photographer but also give the chance to enjoy the greatest gift we have got from almighty to be born as humans.
His initial inspirations were American landscape photographers; he was just awestruck seeing their images for first time in internet. Seeing those images he could imagine what is possible in landscape photography. To name them it was Mark Adamus, Ryan Dyar, David Thompson and also an Indian photographer whose unconventional work influenced him a lot is Dhritiman Mukherjee. Though he is more into wildlife photography but his approach towards portrayal of things influenced him a lot. Debraj states, “their work influenced me a lot but I don’t like to copy individual styles of any. I want to portray the beauty of earth in my own style.”   
Debraj does a deep research before going to a place. This helps him capture that place in true manner. He loves to portray each and every aspect of nature at its best form. This is the result of his dedication and his work style that his pictures are capable of fascinating the art lovers at first sight.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Event: 11th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2017

11th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2017

The India International Photographic Council, New Delhi in collaboration of Photo Vision, Bareilly conducted 11th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest recently.  A number of photo-artists of around 08 states of India submitted their creative pictures in five sections, i.e. Black and White Pictorial, Colour Pictorial, Nature, Photo-Journalism and Photo-Travel. Around 90 photographs got acceptances, 07 photographs won awards and 16 photographs received Certificates of Merit. Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Mr. Bijan Das and Dr. Kamran Khan were jury members. Mrs. Prerna Verma and Mr. Vijay Kumar Verma (Patrons, Photo Vision, Bareilly), Mr. Gopal Sharma (President-Photo Vision, Bareilly), Mr. Deepak Ghosh and Mr. Bijan Das (Vice Presidents-Photo Vision, Bareilly),  Dr. Kamran Khan and Dr. Lovelesh Dutt (Joint Secretaries-Photo Vision, Bareilly),  Mr. Bipin Mehra (Treasurer-Photo Vision-Bareilly),  Dr. Anupam Sharma, Dr. Mridula Sharma, Dr. T. K. Verma, Mr. Ajit Chatterji, Mr. Sushil Saxena, Mr. Rakesh Kachchal, Mr. Satpal Singh, Mr. Sharad K Mishra, Dr. Sudhanshu Arya, Mr. Abhishek Dwivedi, Mr. Abhay Gangwar, Mr. Anand Shrivastava,  Mrs. Priyanka Sharma contributed their best for the success of this event. The help rendered by Mr. T. Srinivasa Reddy, FIIPC, ARPS, FICS, Hon. PSI – Vijayawada is also praiseworthy.
-Dr. Pankaj Sharma (Contest Chairman)