Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Trishul from Kausani


The Himalayas have been a centre of attraction due to their wonderful formation, vastness and snow covered peaks since long. One can have a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from Uttarakhand (India). Here is a photograph of Trishul (trident) Peak of Himalayas. This photograph was taken in November 2010 from Kausani, a famous place in Uttarakhand. I, along with my friends, arrived at Kausani just an hour before the sun set. The driver led us to a high point called Anaasakti Ashram, from where we can have the best view of Himalayas. As we reached there, it was a thrilling moment to have a glance of the great Himalayan Peaks, especially “Trishul”. We set our cameras on tripods and waited for the right moment. The setting Sunlight painted the snow covered peaks red and created a charming ambience around us. Without wasting time, I concentrated on “Trishul “and clicked a few shots. This is one of them. This photograph is taken with a Nikon D 90 Camera with a Sigma, 170-500 mm lens. The ISO was set at 200 and the picture was clicked in aperture priority mode (at f 16).

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, December 11, 2010

“Youth Corner” - The Young and Creative: Rajeev Kashyap

“Youth Gallery”
.....The Young and Creative: Rajeev Kashyap
Born and brought up in Ludhiana (Punjab, India), Rajeev Kashyap is a devoted photographer. He began his journey of art about 10 years back as an assistant of a commercial photographer. Due to his inborn talent and hard work, he soon established himself as an independent photo artist. Appetite to learn more provided him with the opportunity to meet the phenomenal photo-artist of Ludhiana, Mr. Rakesh Syal. Rajeev was hypnotized by Mr. Syal’s style of work and accepted him as his guru whole-heartedly. Here after, he started visiting Mr. Rakesh Syal’s place and breathed in the fine tips given by him. Syal suggested him to join IIPC and attend its workshops. He connected with IIPC and attended its workshop in Delhi in 2008. This Workshop raised the curtain from his eyes. He learnt a lot during this event. According to Rajeev, this workshop proved to be a ‘U-turn’ in his life.
Today he is a popular photo artist of his town. He is a true follower of pictorial photography and tries to add pictorial value even to his commercial shoots.
Rajeev regularly participates in the competitions of art photography for his delight. He has a number of awards and recognitions to his credit.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Learning : Photographing Birds


Photographing Birds


Pretty birds attract a nature lover quite impulsively. Capturing them through camera is the innate desire of any nature photographer. A few points can help us photographing the birds perfectly.

1. Being a nature lover, our prime aim should be not harming the birds.

2. Before photographing them on a particular location, we have to study their behaviour and activities first. This supports clicking their pictures in a natural manner.

3. We have to position ourselves at a distance or behind a hide so that birds may not get alerted of our presence.

4. The ideal time to click the birds is that of early morning or late evening. The dynamic light of these situations helps in boosting the details and colours of these little creatures.

5. The use of a telephoto lens (such as 300 mm, 400 mm or 500 mm) or a long ranged zoom lens (such as 70-300 mm, 150-500 mm or 170-500 mm) is always recommended. The activities of the birds can be captured from a lengthy distance by using these lenses.

6. The use of high shutter speed (1/500 second or more) is a necessity for bird-photography as the birds are extremely quick in their activities. Here the need of high ISO setting (400 or more) automatically takes birth. Thus the combination of a high shutter speed and a high ISO is a necessity.

7. Due to the swiftness of birds, we should set our camera at continuous shooting and continuous focusing modes for all time. These modes help out during clicking flying birds. Applying these features and panning the camera properly will lead us towards perfect capture of these small beings.

8. Lastly, “the right click at a right moment” (with aesthetic sense) is the key to photograph the birds aptly.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Photo Feature" : Autumn in US

" Photo Feature "
Autumn in US
Mr. Kishore B Jothady (Mumbai, India) is a photo-artist of high aesthetic sense. Retired from a German Multinational Company as Customer Service Executive in its International Order Processing Department, Mr. Jothady has intense obsession for photography art since long. He commands over various branches of photography, such as travel, black and white, architectural, landscape etc. He has received numerous awards for his art-photographs. This time he is before us with his experience of photographing colourful autumn in America. Having a look on his feature, “Autumn in US” will certainly take us into an amazing world.......
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma
"When I was holidaying in US for 6 months in 2007, I was lucky enough to experience almost all the seasons that wonderful country could offer. I reached Charlotte, a quaint little hill town in June. It was mid-summer with soft but bright sunlight with sparkling blue and unpolluted sky. Afterward I experienced spring with colourful flowers all around in the well-manicured parks and gardens dotting the town. Then there came a brief monsoon and finally, the wonderful season that I was awaiting with unabated breath, the wonderful autumn. The peak of this season begins in northern mountains sometime in mid November, and moving coastward the peak usually is in late November. I was supposed to return to India during fourth week of November. Therefore, instead of waiting for fall to descend down to where I was, I decided to travel North West to see if I would be lucky enough to get a glimpse of that splash of colours the nature would offer. I travelled almost 600 miles in two days (not much in US) and got some good pictures. But imagine my surprise when I returned to my complex, I found the maple trees all around our apartments were splashed in more colours than those around the famous Smoky Mountains. The locals told me that in that year the fall had arrived early. Perhaps the nature was more eager to present this over enthusiastic photographer, who had come all the way from over 10,000 miles away, with all its beauty to last him for a lifetime before he returned to his native place. I shot a few thousand images. Thank god, I am in the digital age.
Nature's annual autumn color festival is certainly one of the greatest shows on earth. Each fall, millions of trees in the eastern deciduous forests respond to the shorter days and cooler nights by beginning preparations for their dormant winter period. It is just business as usual for the trees, but for us photographers, it is a spectacular display of the beauty and diversity of nature. Locals claim that autumn is more glorious in Aspens, Maples, and Birches. There is no better time of year to take landscape photos than autumn. Those wonderful blue-sky days of October naturally lead anyone with a camera to want to record the glorious fall color."
When is the best time of day to photograph fall colors?
Any time is good time for autumn photography. If it looks good to your eyes, it will produce good photographs.
Is it a good idea to use filters when taking pictures of fall colors?
I have used a polarizing filter in most of my pictures for obvious reasons– to darken and enrich the blue of the sky and to saturate the leaf colours.
---Kishore. B. Jothady

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Profile : A Passionate Nature Lover : Yuwaraj Gurjar

A Passionate Nature Lover:
Yuwaraj Gurjar
Yuwaraj Gurjar (Thane, Maharashtra, India) had a profound affection for nature since his childhood. He initially used to go for trekking to various forts and other places of Maharashtra. Progressively he started bird watching and nature observation in 1987. The small and lesser-known creatures, due to their wonderful structures, colors, mysteries & capabilities, fascinated him at all times.
Since Yeoor/Nagla parts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park are his favorite and within approach; he has been visiting there every Sunday and even on weekdays for last 23 years. While observing nature and its various aspects in these forests, he has felt the need of study material about this area’s flora and fauna. He has gathered good information about this region by his own efforts and always wants to share this among nature lovers through his articles. The photographs clicked by him portray the behavior of small creatures truthfully.
Mr. Yuwaraj has travelled various forests / National Parks / Wildlife Sanctuaries across the India. His dedication towards nature is praiseworthy.
Thit is interesting to know that he has Commerce / Software education background and works for Raymond Limited as Dy. Manager, Commercial.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma