Saturday, January 18, 2014

--Profile-- A Fine Photo-Artist: Upendra Upadhyay

A Fine Photo-Artist 
Upendra Upadhyay

Born in November, 1968 in Bastar (India), Upendra Upadhyay possesses his own style of expression. His photographs are unique in their content material, composition and overall presentation. They, at first sight, resemble the creations of a fine painter. This quality of Mr. Upendra sets him apart from his contemporary ones. He loves capturing whatever his soul says. He believes that an artist’s efforts become significant when his creations converse with the viewers. “If my photographs are capable of making a knock at viewers’ heart for a moment, it is the ultimate satisfaction for me”, states Mr. Upendra. Presently he resides in Indore.

Many of his photographs have been awarded in the contests at national and international levels. The Federation Internationale de l’ Art Photographique, France has honoured him with prestigious AFIAP (Artiste Federation Internationale de l’ Art Photographique) and The Federation of Indian Photography Kolkata, India has honoured him with its Fellowship (FFIP).
He has to his credit more than 10 exhibitions at different places of India.

Mr. Upendra believes that art is a continuous process that goes on throughout the life. He never wants to look back and feels satisfied in proceeding ahead with his companion, i.e., camera.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Monday, January 6, 2014

-Dashboard- "Pretty Friends"

"Pretty Friends"

This time I’m before you with a photograph, “Pretty Friends”. I was on a trip to Lohaghat, (Uttarakhand) with my few close friends during the end of 2012. We had stayed in KMVN Guest House. On one fine morning, while my friends were getting ready for an outing, I started strolling in the campus of resort. Suddenly I noticed two small girls in the lawn of Guest House. They were chatting by sitting on a wall. Their posture, colorful dresses and tailed woolen caps, all together fascinated me and provided an opportunity for a candid image. I thought of an unusual picture and preferred photographing them from backside. I chose a longer focal length with a slight big opening of aperture in order to get blurred background. A few images were clicked. Here is one of them.  

This image is special for me because this seems narrating a story without having a look on the facial expressions of small girls.

I used a Nikon, D 90 Camera with a Tamron, 70-300 mm lens. The aperture was set at 5.6 and the shutter speed was 1/250 Sec. ISO was fixed at 200.

My View: Sometimes, selection of unusual view point results into memorable images. We normally click portraits either from front or from a side. We should try to choose some different viewpoints. We will surely get a few good images.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma