Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dashboard : Nature’s Magic


Nature’s Magic


While our journeys, several places leave a profound impact on our heart and soul. Jhandi Dhaar is a kind of place which constantly remains fresh in my memories. This place is situated around 45 Km. away from Almora (Uttarakhand, India). The height of this ridge varies between 6000 ft. to 7000 ft. (approx.). We can observer widespread Himalayan Ranges from this place. Furthermore, Jhandi Dhaar has a particular spot from where we can enjoy the best view of Himalaya and Shivalik Ranges together (around 360 degree). This elevated spot is known as Jhandi Kot. We have to track a few meters to reach this spot. I had an opportunity to visit this place in November-2008. My aim was to capture the mood of mountains during the earliest phase of morning. Thus I, along with my companions, reached this place about a few minutes prior to sun rise. We waited for the right moment patiently. As the rays of the sun peeped out, the whole scenario turned to be dramatic. At one direction the sun-beam and mountain ranges seemed to be extremely fascinating. In addition the natural orange tint added to the beauty of the scene. I involved few branches of a pine tree on the upper right side of the frame (which I fortunately found on that spot). By the grace of God I got such photograph which always delights me.

I used a Nikon D-80 camera with a Nikon 18-135 mm lens. The camera was set at aperture priority mode with f-16. I used a firm tripod as well.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Events" - Adobe Photoshop Workshop and 1st Indian Himalayan Photography Competition 2011

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
1st Indian Himalayan Photography Competition 2011


There are two important events for photography-lovers. First is Adobe Photoshop Workshop by Mr. Rajendra Prasad (organised by Aditya Institute of Photography, Hyderabad) and the second is 1st Indian Himalayan Photography Competition-2011. The details are given below.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Adobe Photoshop Workshop by Mr. Rajendra Prasad


1st Indian Himalayan Photography Competition 2011

Organised by

Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) NAINITAL

in collaboration with



Closing Date : 12th May 2011

Judging : 15th May 2011

Notification : 18th May 2011

Exhibition : 20 to 26 May 2011

Return of Entries : 15th June 2011

Panel of Judges

Mr. Anil Risal Singh, ARPS ,AIIPC,AFIAP ,MFIAP

Mr. Threesh Kapoor , AIIPC

Mr. Anup sah ,AIIPC, IIPC-Diamond

Awards and Certification in Each Section

................... ....Ist Award ---- Rs 15,000 and memento

2nd Award ---- Rs 10,000 and memento

3rd Award ---- Rs 7,000 and memento

Four CERTIFICATES OR MERIT Rs 2,000 Each and certification for all accepted entries

Sections (Prints Colour or Black And White)

(i) Life and traditions of hill states including handicrafts and peoples

(ii) Fairs and festival and dances of the Indian hill states.

Rules and regulations of entry

(i) Each entrant may submit a maximum of 5 prints in each section. The prints should not be smaller than 10 x 12 inches and bigger than 12 x 18 inches.

(ii) Each entry must bear the name and address of the entrant, section, serial number, title of the print in accordance with the entry form should be given on the back of the entry.

(iii) A colour catalogue will be made available to all entrants.

(iv) All prints must be on photographic paper based on photographic image. Prints must be un-mounted.

(v) The entries should be the original work of the entrant.

(vi) Organizers will take every possible care of the photographs but will not be responsible for any loss or damage of the same in transit. Entries will be returned after the exhibition. However, the awarded prints will not be returned and kept with the organisers as a part of record.

(vii) All entries should be suitably packed to avoid the transit damage and sent by registered post or by courier.

(viii) Judging will be done by yes/ no system .the decision of the judges will be final and binding

(ix) The copyright of the photos will remain with the photographer, however, the organisers will have a right for free publishing of the photo(s) in the promotional material and documentation of the event on a non commercial basis.

(x) In all respect submission of the entries implies acceptance of the rules of the exhibition.

(xi) Print out and photocopies of the enclosed Entry Form are acceptable. There will be no entry fee.

The call is being widely circulated to attract quality entries focusing on the eleven Indian Himalayan States and an exhibition will be organised during May20-23, 2011 at Naini Tal during the SMD- IMI and on interest of the public could be extended for longer duration.

For any details please contact:

Anup Sah

Mobile +91 9412084513


Threesh Kapoor

Mobile:+ 91 9411108997


Pushkin Phartiyal

Mobile: +91 9412085099


All entries with Entry Form should be sent to -

The Secretary,

Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA)

06, Waldorf Compound,

Nainital - 263001, Uttarakhand

Phone: 05942 233099



----ENTRY FORM----


1- Life and Traditions of Hill States including Handicrafts and Peoples









2- Fairs and Festival and dances of Hill States.









Name of the entrant

Photographic Honors (if any)

Address with Pin code

E-mail and Phone / Mobile

I hereby agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the competition and the entries are my orginal work

Date.................... ...................................................................................Signature.....................

For office use only

Entrant no

Received by

mail / courier/ hand

Notification sent

Return of Entries and Catalogue

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Youth Corner"-- Moving Towards Excellence : Rohit Jat

"Youth Gallery"
Moving Towards Excellence
Rohit Jat
Young age is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other with new ideas and innovations. This phase of life lays down the foundation of future. Mr. Rohit Jat is an energetic lens-man with a lot of possibilities in his field.
-Dr. Pankaj Sharma
"Mr. Rohit Jat, a 22-year-old photojournalist is presently associated with Hindustan Times City (HT City) Bareilly Edition. Born in village Dayanatpur of District Ghaziabad (U.P, India), Rohit is an art and photography enthusiast with wild life and nature photography been his favorite areas. Still learning the tricks of trade, Rohit is keen on developing all aspects of his Photography. He is pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Makhan Lal National University of Journalism and Communication from Bhopal. Prior to working with HT City Rohit was working with I- Next, a Hindi tabloid published from Bareilly. Working as a lens man for both the reputed dailies, he has got hold on page 3 and party photography too. He stared photography in March 2009 and since then he has not looked behind. Making Nikon D 90 his friend he moved with pace towards excellence with eager and hunger to learn more and the learning for him is still continuing."
--Ankit Yadav (Hindustan Times, Bareilly Edition)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Story Behind the Picture : "Hope"

Story Behind the Picture



This time I am before you with one of my favorite photographs, titled “Hope”. It was foggy and wintry morning of 26 January-2009 when I clicked this image in my city (Bareilly,India). I was on the way to my office to attend the India’s Republic Day function. On my way, I observed a poor old man near a temple. He was physically disabled and hence he was sitting on his tri-wheeled rickshaw. He had placed a replica of Indian National Flag on the lever of his vehicle. The most important thing which attracted me deeply was the hopefulness in his eyes. In spite of his physical disability and poverty, the man wore an incomparable optimism and quietness. Moreover, the tea-tumbler in his hands, the bread in his lap, his blanket & scarf and his bag on the right side of rickshaw, altogether seemed to tell a complete story. All through our conversation, the old man remained very polite and kind-hearted. I departed from that place with deep regards for this man in my heart.

I clicked a few frames. This is one of them. I used a Canon Powershot A -580 compact camera.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma