Saturday, November 29, 2014

-Dashboard- “Education for All”

“Education for All”

Education is the basis of all round development of the citizens of any nation. India’s effort to educate the people, specially those of villages, is praiseworthy. During last few decades a number of schools have been opened in the rural regions of the country.
I clicked this image on the way from Almora to Binsar (both in Uttarakhand State) during December-2013. It was late evening when I noticed these young girls returning from their school. The children of many rural areas, particularly in hilly regions, have to walk extensively to reach their schools. I was happy to notice that these girls were full of enthusiasm and seemed to be in high spirits. There was no feeling of fatigue created by their tight schedule. The beam of light was approaching them in exclusive way and seemed giving impression of optimism. The curved road in front of them appeared leading them on the path of success and the dark surroundings around them added to the beauty of frame.  I clicked a few frames and this is one of them.
I used a Nikon D 90 Camera to take this shot. The lens was Nikon 18-105 mm. The ISO was set at 200 and the exposure was f 7.1 ,  1/160 Sec.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Monday, November 17, 2014

From the Archive………… -Learning- ........ Photographing Architecture

From the Archive.............
Photographing Architecture
Similar to other subjects, beautiful buildings (especially historical structures, old religious edifices etc.) offer us good opportunities to get excellent pictures. Various places of our planet are rich in gorgeous architectures. These structures attract a photo artist at first sight and he/she wishes to shoot them at his/her best. A few points can help us representing an attractive architecture brilliantly:

1. Lighting plays a vital role. Sun light of early morning and late evening is ideal for our purpose as this light falls on a subject at low angle and creates long shadows. This adds depth to a structure and on the other hand highlights the dimensions. Moreover this type of light brings out the details of the subject. If falling on the subject from one side, this light helps in producing superior images.
2. Good equipment is an essential factor for our intention. So we should choose a camera with all necessary features. The most important thing is selection of right lens. A normal lens is ideal for our purpose. This helps out in avoiding distortion in our images. Sometimes it becomes difficult to cover a structure from one edge to another due to the lack of space. In such case a wide angle lens is of great use. But a wide angle lens tends to distort the image. This problem can be overcome by not going very close to the subject. A perspective correction lens can also help us avoiding distortion. We can also get rid of the distortion in our image with the help of editing software like Adobe Photoshop.
3. Composition is an imperative aspect in architectural photography. We must always aim at simple and aesthetic composition. Shooting a building straight way is not enough. Our aim should be to make an interesting photograph. We should try to involve the surroundings also in our photograph along with the major subject. Involving trees, plants, human beings, etc. in the frame adds meaning to our photograph.
4. In order to show maximum parts of a building in focus with ultimate depth, we have to use a small aperture (22, 16 or 11).
5. Shooting the whole structure of a building is not necessary in every case. Sometimes a specific part of the building can provide a good image. The presentation depends on our approach. Few buildings are rich in artistic forms. If we shoot these forms aesthetically, we are sure of getting outstanding pictures.
6. Sky has an important role in architectural photography. We should avoid flat and dull sky. Rich blue sky is always ideal and if the sky has patches of clouds too, we are lucky enough to get a decent shot. Flying birds (if we luckily get) in the sky also give strength to our photograph.
 7. Sometimes we can get good images during the night when a particular building is decorated with colourful lights or illuminated well with any source of light. While doing so we should always rest the camera on a sturdy tripod.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Sunday, November 2, 2014

-Profile- Devoted for his Passion : Musini Venkateswara Rao

Devoted for his Passion
Musini Venkateswara Rao (Babulu)
Mr. Musini Venkateswara Rao (Rajahmundry-India), popularly known as Babulu, was born on 19th February 1958. His father, Mr. Babu Rao has been a famous photographer of his town. After completing his High School in 1973 Babulu came into his father's profession and assisted him in studio works. He inherited the basics of photography from his father. Presently he is running his family studio successfully, and has earned good name and fame due to his creative approach. Apart from professional photography, he is a recognized photo journalist. As a photo journalist he has worked with many reputed publications. His projects have been well recognized. In 1991, he got the appreciation of then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Krishnakanth for his excellence as a photo journalist.
Since Babulu had deep inclination towards pictorial photography, he joined the photographic Associa­tion of Andhra. This helped him polishing his skills as a pictorial photographer. Soon he started participating in the distinguished contests of art photography. His first success in national level contest was in the year, 1980 at Kakinada when his photographs were accepted for display. This success boosted his courage. He has achieved more than 2600 acceptances and around 450 awards in National and International Contests so far. Several photographic bodies have honoured him for his fine skills.
He has been into the jury of numerous photography contests. Many associations have invited him as a guest faculty in photography workshops.
The photographs clicked by him prove his mastery over aesthetic composition and proper use of light.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma