Few weeks ago whilst i was in Goa for a shoot, i happened to spend a noon at Baga beach gathering some B-roll for the footage i was shooting for a after movie. While walking around i bumped into this Life Guard tower. I spent time around the tower shooting and then walked up the stairs to the viewpoint area where these guys sit and watch whats happening on the beach. These guys take turns and come out in open keeping a keen eye on what people are upto. At first they blow whistle to get attention of the people are trying to venture deep into the sea to swim but if they fail to respond, they communicate over walkie talkie to other guards who are on a 4 wheeler patrolling the beach to get the swimmers back to shore. These folks do a really commendable work and they are always on alert and they take turns to keep an eye on each and every corner of the beach. These guys are indeed the guardians of the sea and def deserve a huge respect for the hardwork they do.
I grabbed the above photo of one of the guards and after while he came running back to me asking if i was from some press and if some problem had happened on beach because of which I am taking his photo – when i told no its for my personal use/blog, he immediately responded back “oh facebook ?”
Btw the above is a incamera HDR from the Canon 5D Mark III. Regular readers on my blog know that am not a huge fan of HDR images, but that day morning i had made up my mind to try this out when out for shooting. Not something which you will more frequently from me but it definitely gives some interesting images at times.
Few more images below ..
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PS : Let me be very frank and honest that i am not for / against any culture or tradition or system that has been followed since ages, the words that I write here are my personal thoughts on what could be use in place of existing to make world a better place to live.
Over the diwali long weekend I happened to drive down to a temple along with my family as a customary annual visit. This time around in the evening i came across something new and surprising. Everyday evening at this temple there is a tradition called Rathothsava ( charriot festival ) that happens and 4-5 different varieties of charriots viz Wood, Silver, Gold, Navarathna are brought out into the premises and a small idol of the main deity is kept in these chariots and taken around the temple. A new inclusion this time around was this massive elephant chariot which they have done from silver and gold and which is aptly called Gajavahana. The chariot mainly comprises of a fairly big platform which is fitted with wheels on which stands a good 12 feet + tall elephant statue with intricate carvings and on top of this is a golden howda/ambari which will hold the idol of the god. This was one of the first one to go out for the procession and once done this gets locked in a secure room adjacent to the sanctum. When out for the procession the chariot almost resembles a full size elephant walking in the premises with the idol on its back. In previous visits i do have seen a real life elephant being owned by the temple authorities but i didn’t happen to notice it during my 2 day stay this year.
The reason why I am writing the above is with regard to what happens at Mysore every year during the dusshera. Every year elephants are brought in from Dubare or surrounding elephant camps which are then trained and taken care of during the days preceeding to the festival where in the elephants are fed with high protein diet, taken out in busy traffic to make them acquainted to noisy outdoor situation and also loaded with sand bags which weigh the same as what the main golden howda would weigh ( ~750kg) to ensure they get used to the weight on the actual day. For a tourist or visitor or even for localite this is a tradition which has been followed since ages and which cant be changed. But what i felt is why make these elephants go through all these traumatic situation which is away from its normal day to day life. I really wonder if elephants have memories which will make them track a calendar year and get themself ready for the dusshera season every year in october. Lifting heavy weight, going through traffic, walking past lakhs of people on the d day is not something which an elephant is suppose to go through. Instead why not replace the real life elephants with life size statues made up of best of the precious elements that one can think or afford of. Talking of affording, sure its not an excuse to say that Mysore palace or Chamundi hills authorities don’t have enough money to afford a silver/gold real life size replica of a elephant. Having something like this also means it is more consistent, repeatable, and most of all reduces the effort on the mahouts and also the stress on the elephants which have been doing this task for years now. When someone can think of coming up with a larger than life statue of freedom fighters, then whey not something like this which gets used and appreciated every year or may be through out the year ?
Time and again i have come across NGO and other organisation who come out of hibernation during dusshera and raise voice and write numerous articles and petitions asking not to trouble/harm/stress the Psychaderm - but all calls go in vain for next 11 months. Because at the end of the day what is conservation and care for wildlife for few is a tradition and culture for others.
Its just a random thought which came into my mind which i thought will share it with my fellow readers. What do you think about this ? doable ? Can status replace the real life counterparts at all ?
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Lot of the new generation cameras have these new feature called “Multiple Exposure”, which basically allows the user to photograph more than one image/scene on a single final image. This concept is not new to folks who come from film photography background who used this technique to create surrealistic and creative images. But with the advent of technology, this is more versatile and the results can be seen and if required corrected and re-done with in moments. I did give this a spin and i tried out some double exposure using my Fuji X100S during recent trips and honestly am bit addicted to this feature. When properly understood and executed the results what we can get can totally unbelievable. With some practice you can understand what needs to be a primary image/first image and what needs to follow next to get a certain type of result etc. But at the end of the day its really rewarding. If you have one of the newer Nikon cameras or the Canon 5DMarkIII or 6D its built right into the menu option. I will be sharing some tips on how to tackle certain situations which are tricky to expose, how to select the image sequences, and show many more of such examples in the Fuji Workshop that will be happening next month (more details here).
If you have already tried doing multiple exposure or are planning to do so in the coming days, feel free to share your thoughts on this technique and also your images with me > email@example.com
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DJ Mag last night revealed their “DJ Mag Top 100 DJ of 2013″ and it was no brainer that as predicted by many and as the last minute rumours poured out it was Hardwell who took the #1 spot this year.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to shoot Robbert van de Corput aka Hardwell during the IAMHARDWELL India tour in Bangalore. Was good fun seeing this 25yr old prodigy not only play music but also interact with fans backstage and also hear his vision of where he see’s himself going forward and how the EDM scene is evolving world wide.
Below is a small collection of the photos which I shot during the gig.
Fortunately I even had my pictures selected to be featured on Hardwell’s fan page which ended up getting a whooping 36000+ Likes in just matter of hours. I would like to send out a huge thanks AnnaAgency for this.
Obviously the mandatory photo of me backstage with the #1 DJ – Hardwell )
Hardwell probably knows the truth as to who is the #2 DJ
Finally big thanks to entire team behind ARK Groupo especially Rahul and def Sunburn for having given me the opportunity to shoot this event. Last but not the least to Anoop John who has supported my work and referred me to some really good people in this industry.
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In about a week from now I will be giving a talk on behalf of Fuji India as a part of their Street Photography Workshops. I will also be sharing my experiences shooting the all new Fuji X100S which i have been playing around since couple of months now. This will be a full day event with a complete hands-on experience with all the latest and greatest Fuji X and S series cameras and also a small photo walk followed a review session which will involve a lot of tips and tricks that you as a travel/street photographer should be knowing and how a mirror-less compact system like Fuji pitches in for such a scenario. The registration fee for the session is very nominal and event will he happening in Koramangala. Please use the link below to register for the Fuji Street Photography Workshop in Bangalore and if you are already a Fuji X or S series camera owner you are entitled for a registration discount as well.
Event Date : 10th November, 2013 (full day)
Event Venue : Koramangala, Bangalore
Event Registration Link : Fuji Street Photography Workshop
Event Mailing : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share this link with your friends/family members who would be interested in being a part of this event.
See you soon …