The Artiste (Shutter Speed – 1/125 Sec ; Aperture – f/3.2 ; ISO – 320 ; EDITED in Photoshop CS5)
First few things you have always done when you got a macro lens are, chasing some insects and getting your shoes dirty trying to find some colourful detailing in a flower. I also have done exactly the same when I got my hands on this amazing M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Chasing insect part I have already shared with you in this Blog (Click here) and now I want to share my experience when I tried to shoot some flowers. Honestly, there isn’t much to share more about the lens’ sharpness and its versatility as an outdoor tool, it is all so amazing! The pictures below are saying for it I am sure.
After freeing myself a bit from the shackles of regular business, I went for the smallest tour possible nearby home. It was sort of a family tour; a mere attempt to shut the mouths of my complaining family-members. It went okey, I took my camera with me and which gave me sort of freedom or some kind of a cool-breathe which I was longing for. As you can guess, it is a religious place; rather I should call it, a spiritual space. A religious place in India hardly provides you solace. Come on, it is a country of 1.2 Billion people, and almost everyone is a fanatic. Therefore, in India you are over-experienced with crowd, noise, dirt, pollution, beggars and rowdies in famous religious places.
All women are beautiful! God has created them so specially; every woman has some unique beauty that has no comparison. But when you concentrate upon Bong-girls, they are sweet, charming, soft-spoken (usually) and gorgeous. They possess some unique flavor, some special spice, some extra sweetness, to which I cannot find any match. As you all know that I love big-fat-Indian-weddings, I never concentrated my vision upon the make-up of a bride; rather I never got a chance to do that before. But, better late than never. A good friend of mine Subhadeep Bhattacharya, a famous make-up artist, well-known for his unique artiste and simplicity. He also believes that every woman is born beautiful, therefore let’s do not destroy it with some overdo, just keep it simple and natural. He has his studio in Shantiniketan (work-place of famous Noble-Laureate Rabindranath Tegore) and works in both bridal and art.
Entering Hole (Shutter Speed – 1/120 sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 500 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)
If you have already gone through my article on Insectography (Link - http://www.samudranil.in/blog/?id=68879476799 ) , you already know that I am very fond of shooting various insects from a different perspective. It is a job full of excitement and challenge. But often this genre is considered to be a lesser form of Art, hence infantile, or some novice’s job with a camera and a macro lens. And I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE! Consider it as a genre of Portraiture. Portraiture of Insects. Now I am sure I am sounding serious. And the most challenging part of this job is, probably all people has already tried this genre when they first got hold of a new camera. It’s the basic nature of human being to capture tiny details. So, as a portraitographer, you are working on an over-populated genre and hence face the challenge of producing something different; something subtly unique. Here are few tips and tricks shared with you, straight from the pages of my experience.
Waiting for a Conversation (Shutter Speed – 1/160 sec ; Aperture – f/11.6 ; ISO – 100 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)
When I asked for a digital camera, it was never my goal to do some serious photography with it. I just asked for a little, happy camera that I can carry everywhere possible and which gives me good result to upload in social networking sites like Facebook. But my good friend Samudranil Roy (the owner of this amazing website) told me to buy this Olympus SZ-16 superzoom digicam. He also told me that, he hasn’t tried this camera personally, but what he thinks is this camera is easy like anything; “just like a cell phone cam with much better quality and huge zoom lens”! And after returning back from my trip to Kashmir (J&K in India), I can agree with him with every single word! This camera is like a Swiss-knife. This camera is sexy!
To be honest, I do not like winter much. Winter makes me lazy, sleepy and dry! But it is probably the best season for shooting street at night. Especially during the vacation between Christmas and NEW YEAR. The streets become full of lights, people be in a festive mood and give awesome emotion to each photograph clicked. I definitely love winter from this perspective. In India we are named secular, but we celebrate each and every festivity with full joy and swing. Be it an Eid, i hug everyone possible :P , or in Christmas, I eat so many cakes of every possible flavour sometimes I forget their individual taste! In this blog, let’s talk about Christmas. In a post-colonial Kolkata, we witness an overall celebration of Christmas, but there are some trademark place where we can see it in its full lights, cakes and ale. Specially, in Park Street, Bo Barracks or in some shopping plaza there remain full light decor with colour and flavour. Let me give you a taste of that in the following pictures.
I wish you all the very best in this Eve of Christmas. I have finally managed to shortlist 20 pictures I love the most from my own gallery of 2013. It was not an easy task, as I have to go through about 20k (!) pictures and then decide. Some of you may find one or two pictures not of your liking, but these are about some special memories. With these 20 pictures I can go back to some glory moments when I was truly enjoying with my camera. I have tried to note the occassion of those individual photographs as well as why I like it myself, just to add an emotional and personal touch. Enjoy…