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Nice and clean

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Kenosha pass, fall of 2011. The bright red & yellow leaves all around us, and the white aspens providing a splendid contrast. I took out my camera & tripod, and started shooting away to glory.

Sqauw Pass Road, fall of 2011. Once again, we hiked into the forest, and I started clicking away.

And many other, similar, incidents.

When I look back at these pictures, here’s what I see:

  1. Experiments with shutter speed
  2. Experiments with depth of field
  3. Lots of background clutter where I try for a shallow depth of field

Sure, there are a few snaps that are good – but there’s a feeling that I am missing something. I think it’s time to start experimenting with bright colors and clean, sharp lines. Time to experiment with images that bleed outside the boundary.

And I believe that my pictures are ready for some negative space.

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Un Momento

October 15, 2012 3 comments

I got down from the bus, crossed the street, and started to walk towards my apartment. I took the shortcut between the B and C buildings, but instead of going towards the water fountain, I kept going straight around the shade tree. As I turned left, a stray ray of sun hit my eye, and I turned to look.

The setting sun was peeking through the two buildings, and the leaves were shimmering with a brilliant shade of yellow. The grass around the tree was strewn with fallen leaves, and there were three ducks swimming in the water. In an instant, my mind was divided in two – one part of me wanted to run to the apartment, get the camera and shoot this magnificent spectacle. The other part said – will it still be this enchanting when you are back with the camera? Probably not. So it’s better if you just stand here for 10 mins and watch it until it lasts.

As I wrestled between these two thoughts, I finally found middle ground. No doubt, the moment would be lost by the time I came back with my camera. But at the same time, if I stayed there till dark then my memory would get distracted by the beauty of darkness too.

So I stood there for two minutes, took in the whole scene, and walked home with a memory of a beautiful fall sunset.

Moriturus te saluto (well, almost)

March 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I have been a photography buff for about 15 years now – but not the kind that collects cameras and lenses and struts around in full photography gear. For the most part, I think about photography.

Thinking about photography?

Yes, you got it right. What I like to do is to think about possible images that can be captured, no matter where I am. What would be the best composition? Whether to use a large aperture or small? What part of the scene to capture and highlight? And between these thoughts, when I happen to have a camera around me, I click the photo.

Right now I have a good Canon Point-and-Shoot camera, but I have also used SLRs (though not digital ones). The first SLR I used belongs to my father (who got it from his father). It is an Agfa camera with a fixed lens – no zoom at all. I ruined two films when we went to the “Char-dham Yatra” – both films were overexposed. However, the next time I used it (when studying engineering), I was careful and was able to shoot better pictures. They are still with me; my memories of one place which will always have a special place in my heart.

In 2005, I purchased an Olympus SLR (again, film – not digital). Me and my wife could enjoy it only for two years – it was stolen in late 2006. Then came a simple Kodak Easyshare (which broke down last year), and now the Canon.

But a Point-and-Shoot is not what I really want. While our Canon does take great pictures, it doesn’t offer the controls that I love to have in a camera. And most importantly (for me) – there’s no control over bokeh.

The summary – I need a new SLR. Though there are quite a few good options in the market, my budget forces me to look only at entry level Canons and Nikons. Both of these make excellent products, but on handling them in stores, I found that I like the Nikons more. So this week, I will place an order for a Nikon dSLR. I would love to (and want to) post my photos, but then that poses a serious problem – copyrights.

If my photographs are around on the net, I would want them to carry watermarks indicating my copyright information. But doing so would jeopardize this blog – by ridding it of the privacy. That’s something I am very afraid of doing – the reason I have been able to publish so many posts is the anonymity that High On Coffee offers. Putting my name here would be tantamount to signing a death warrant for myself.

In summary – I will have to start a new blog. One where I can post content with my name on it, without any fear whatsoever. What’ll be the name of that blog? My lips are sealed.

But keep looking for new photo blogs out in the blogosphere, will you?