Monday, December 25, 2006

Keep Smiling

Smile: A facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement.

Celebrating christmas with Smiles all around. Wishing all my friends and well wishers a very Merry Christmas and a fruitful new year ahead.

You haven't lost your smile at all, it's right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.
Smile (1)

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Smile (2)

Smile, even if it's a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile.
Smile (3)

Currently doing a series of High Key images for a wallpaper series on Smile.
Here's shown above is a sample of the same.

Comments welcome.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Venture into Fashion and Glamour Photography

I have always want to do some Fashion photography. Have always been in love with glamour.. though its a different story that I myself don't do much of it.
A venture into this domain was always round the corner. So i did get a chance to do some Fashion show shoots and grabbed the opportunity..!




These shots were shot at a Prasad Bidappa and Hemant Trivedi Show at the Bangalore Habba held on 10th December at palace Grounds.
Well the first impression.. Man its tough to shoot during live shows!

Am now on the lookout for shooting glamour...This will mainly be studio or set shots .. mostly trying to understand the human form.

Any models interested please contact me.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Shooting on Indian Streets

Its been over a year since i started shooting on Indian Streets. The gamut of subjects that i come across makes it all the more interesting... and thus trying out indoor photography has taken a backseat. I am a big fan of Nature and hence I shoot almost 99% of my shots with Natural light.
I am overwhelmed when people ask me how do i go about shooting on the Indian streets!
I can speak only Hindi and English and hence its not really possible for me to speak to the local people on the streets who speak a different language altogether. This is also important keeping in mind that I interact with people from different states and different cultures almost every month.

I go in groups but then the group does not shoot together. We reach a common place in the market and then branch off; each one shooting what they like shooting. I like shooting portraits and hence one would have seen it in my photo stream.

However taking that is not easy, as i said i don't speak their language. So if i approach a vendor, and just shoot, they may get offended. So what I do is first I try and adjust to the situation.
Will go there and even without thinking of shooting my main subject, I will shoot around 4-5 snaps of his/her surroundings. It could be flowers, vegetables or just the street ans as abstract as shooting pillars...
By this time the curiosity in my main subject has arisen and they are ready to get shot.
But I still will not take "the" picture that i am thinking of or have in mind. I will then show them the photographs that I have just taken and then will probably point the camera to them. If they agree then they will get alert and their shots don't look candid.
Thus I will shoot them and show them that posed photo of them and pretending to go... while on my way out when their attention is not on me.. but the joy that they have received on seeing photographs on the camera, I will then shoot the photograph that I had pictured in my mind.
It takes time and patience, but 8 out of 10 time i would come back really satisfied! I just follow the instinct and speak the universal language of smile!

Some really nice Candid shots that I took
Chai | Madiwala Market, Bangalore

Birth of a smile

The Postman | Madiwala Market, Bangalore

Have a nice day!