Sunday, September 30, 2012

--Dashboard-- "Throw of Joy"


"Throw of Joy"


This time I am before you with a photograph, “Throw of Joy”. It was one fine evening with pleasing patches of clouds in sky. I was on a terrace and noticed these children playing with their balls. They were repeatedly throwing the balls towards sky and then catching them back. This act seemed to give them unlimited joy. I found an opportunity to get a nice shot. I managed to click with a low view point so that the mood of children and the  throw of ball could be captured in a dramatic way. I went close to these children and sat on my knees. I pointed my camera towards them and asked them to make a few throws of balls for me. They, very happily, agreed and repeated their act. I continuously clicked and finally got a satisfactory shot which is before you. A Canon Powershot, A-580 compact camera was used to take this photograph with KIDS & PETS option. Since I was clicking the act of children by going extremely close to them, the camera’s lens was set at wide end. This resulted into a dramatic effect.
While shooting such shots we should keep some points in our mind: 

 (1) We should choose an unusual view point to add extraordinary effects in our pictures. (2) We have to apply a high shutter speed in order to capture the moment perfectly (if we are using a SLR camera). If we are having a compact camera, sports mode or kids/pets mode are useful. (3) We should aim at portraying the true feelings of human beings. (4) We have to be very careful for the safety of our camera. A small negligence can damage our equipment.

-- Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Profile --- In Love With Surrealism: Swarnendu Ghosh


-In Love With Surrealism- Swarnendu Ghosh

Born in Berhampore, (district Murshidabad, West Bengal-India), Swarnendu Ghosh AFIAP, FFIP, is associated with a well known IT services company as a software engineer. Swarnendu is a human being with an inventive taste. He keeps himself busy in giving shape to his imaginations through his camera and editing tools during the moments of leisure. He captures the subjects through the lens and then treats them with his mind's eye, compassion, love and sentiments. He is currently working on dark-surreal photography which is a combination of Dark Art and Surrealism.

He has got numerous acceptances and awards in photography competitions worldwide. His recent achievement is U.P State Lalit Kala Academy Award.

He is currently residing in Kolkata – the city of joy. His wife, Rudrita is also a passionate photo-artist.

Beside photography, Swarnendu takes interest in listening to music and doing painting. He loves folk music of countries around the world. This music inspires him to paint and to make surreal images.

According to Swarnendu, “Poets express their views through poetry and so writers through their writings. I love to express my philosophy towards life through art-photography. For me, photography is not only a medium to capture a moment of life but also a very strong medium to express my inner mind.”

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Event - “6th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2012”

“6th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2012”

Photography is accepted as an important branch of fine art globally. India International Photographic Council’s contribution to encourage this form of art has always been admirable. The organisation’s ‘World Photography-Day Annual Photo Contest’ is an occasion that gives opportunity to the photography lovers to share and polish their talent.

Similar to previous years, this year also the response of participants towards this contest was quite encouraging. A total of 512 entries from 38 participants from different parts of the country were received in five categories, namely B/W Pictorial, Colour Pictorial, Nature, Photo Journalism and Photo Travel. The entries covered a series of subjects. Out of total entries, 158 photographs got acceptances, 05 photographs received awards and 15 photographs got Certificates of Merit. The award winners are:

(1). Mr. G. Jaya Siva Rama Rao (Lakkavaram, Andhra Pradesh) for “Finishing Touch” (B/W Pictorial Section).

(2). Mr. V. K. R. S. Sarma (Nedunuru, Andhra Pradesh) for “Playing Cart” (Colour Pictorial Section).

(3). Mr. Satpal Singh (Lakhimpur Kheri, U.P) for “In Trap of Death” (Nature Section).

(4). Mr. T. Srinivasa Reddy (Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh) for “Irresponsible” (Photo Journalism Section).

(5). Mr. Vaibhav Jaguste (Thane, Maharashtra) for “Leh Monestry” (Photo Travel Section).

Dr. Pankaj Sharma, AIIPC, FFIP, IIPC Platinum, Mr. Bijan Das, LIIPC Mr. Deepak Ghosh, LIIPC, Mr. Gopal Sharma and Dr. Kamran Khan, LIIPC were Jury Members.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma (Contest Chairman)

“Finishing Touch” By Mr. G. Jaya Siva Rama Rao, Lakkavaram - (Award--B/W Pictorial Section)

“Playing Cart” By Mr. V. K. R. S. Sarma, Nedunuru, - (Award--Colour Pictorial Section)

“In Trap of Death” By Mr. Satpal Singh, Lakhimpur Kheri - (Award--Nature Section)

“Irresponsible” By Mr. T. Srinivasa Reddy, Vijayawada - (Award--Photo Journalism Section)

“Leh Monestry” By Mr. Vaibhav Jaguste, Thane- (Award--Photo Travel Section)

Judging in Progress