Saturday, March 29, 2014

-Event- "Drishti-2014" - An Exhibition by the Members of Photo Vision, Bareilly

An Exhibition by the Members of Photo Vision, Bareilly
Photo Vision, Bareilly (India) organized a photography exhibition, titled, Drishti-2014 on 22 and 23 March-2014 in IMA Hall. The show consisted of around 100 artistic photographs of Photo Vision’s members and covered a wide range of subjects, i.e. landscapes, wild life, travel, human life, still life, portraits etc. The creative images of Mr. Gopal Sharma, Mr. Deepak Ghosh, Mr. Bijan Das, Dr. Anupam Sharma, Mr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Dr. Kamran Khan, Mr. Ajit Chatterjee, Mr. Sachin Gaur, Mr. Satpal Singh, Miss Priyanka Sharma, Mr. Lovelesh Datt, Divyanshi Sharma and Dr. Pankaj Sharma were highly appreciated by the art lovers.
The special attraction of this event was Guests’ Corner. In this section the images of Dr. Mridula Sharma, Mr. Harsh Nigam, Mr. Gaurang Dixit and Miss Nupur Saxena were displayed. The aim of this special corner was to motivate the beginners.
The exhibition was inaugurated by well known writer, Mr. Ranjeet Panchale on 22 March. He accepted photography as a strong medium of expression. Mr. Panchale has to his credit numerous articles in renowned publications. He has authored a book as well.
The Event was organized under the patronage of Mrs. Prerna Verma and Mr. Vijay Kumar Verma.
Dr. Tarun Kumar Verma, Mr. Bipin Mehra and Mr. Rohit Singh Jaat and Mr. Ankit Yadav gave their valuable contribution.
This is noteworthy that Photo Vision has been serving for the cause of photography art for a period of more than 20 years. The society has organized different important events during this phase of time.

-Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, March 15, 2014

-Learning- Photographing The Festival of Colours: Holi

Photographing The Festival of Colours  *Holi*
Holi is a festival of colours and joy. This is full of opportunities for memorable pretty photographs. Every one of us has a keen desire to capture this festival. Here are the points which can help us photographing this occasion:
1. Care of camera and lenses: Since our camera is very important for us, we have to be very careful regarding its safety. While shooting the occasion we should try to hide ourselves at a proper place so that we may save our camera and lenses from spray of colours and water-splashes. The easy way to protect the camera is to cover it with plastic/polythene bags. We don’t have to cover the front portion of the lens with such bag. This part is to be covered with a good quality UV filter and a lens hood.   
2. Care for ourselves: We have to be very conscious while shooting because we are on an assignment. We should keep ourselves at a distance from the carnival. Any colour may harm our eyes. Sunglasses are very friendly for our eyes as they protect them well against a splash or chemical based colour. Nevertheless, we have to be aware of the fact that we can get drenched any time.
3. Selection of proper lens: Selection of proper lens is a key part of our project. Use of a long focal length lens or a telephoto zoom will be an ideal choice for our purpose. (However there is not any set law for selection of lens. This depends on the requirement of the occasion.)
4. Knowledge of Event: Knowing about the event in advance is very important. This helps us capturing the occasion in justified way. Moreover, we should reach at the place in advance.
5. Portraying the occasion in true manner: Our aim should be to capture the festival of colours with true feel. We should take enough photographs and with different angles so that every aspect of the festival may be captured.
6. Play of shutter speed: Selection of appropriate shutter speed plays an important role. If we want to freeze a moment, we should set a high shutter speed (Like 500 or above). On the other hand, the use of a slow shutter speed (like 1/15 sec. or 1/8 sec.) sometimes can result into remarkable images having pretty graphical streaks. Shooting on shutter speed priority mode is advisable on this occasion. By using this mode we can adjust the shutter speed according to our aim. The aperture will be set automatically. However, if we need enough depth in the scene, we can use aperture priority mode with a small aperture. Here the camera will set shutter speed accordingly.
7. Important Instruction: We should keep enough memory cards and extra batteries in order to avoid disappointment.

Photo: Courtesy: Mr. Kailash Mittal, Mr. Dilip Lokre, Mr. T. Srinivasa Reddy, Mr. Akhil Hardia and Mr. Ankur Thatai.
(Note: Above tutorial is purely based on author’s personal experience. This may differ with the views of others)
I wish the readers of our blog a 
*Happy Holi*
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Capturing the Soul of Subject : Mukesh Srivastava


Capturing the Soul of Subject

Mukesh Srivastava

An Indian Photographer, Mukesh Srivastava has made a successful foray into the digital arena. With the dawn of digital photography, Mukesh embarked a new journey (a little less than a decade back) and this journey has seen him winning acclaim and accolade all through the globe.
His quintessential expression is the capture of beautiful characteristics of light. He takes light as “soul" of the subject.
Mukesh values the inner eye of an artist honestly. He states, “This is the inner eye of an artist that creates stunning images.  This is inborn in each individual but a few have extraordinary one. Those with unusual inner eye prove them as fine creators.”
Hailing from the colourful city, Ajmer of Rajasthan, he has a keen eye on the land and people of the state. His love for the city of sand dunes, camels and caravan has reaped in many honours and achievements.
Mukesh is a qualified Engineer with M. Tech. in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Sciences. An Ex-Director (E), Govt. of India is currently Tech. Advisor to Monet Ispat and Energy Ltd. He resides with his family in the “Coal City” of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. He gives maximum credit to his wife Ritu Srivastava for his growth in the field of Photography. He says "She is my luck".
His works have been awarded by Kodak, National Geography and Save Water-Australia. He has been awarded with 14 medals in FIAP recognised International Salons with over 250 acceptances.
He has authored the book "Digital Photography- An Ultimate Field Guide for Photographers". This is first book on Digital Photography by an Indian Author.
He believes that his journey of creativity has just begun and that photography is like wine… it matures with age.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma