The need to do unique workshops

There is a strong need for experienced people to provide unique workshop experiences to share the joy of photography. This comes directly from the recent experience where we had to cancel the Basic photography workshop, due to lack of participation. The feedback that we got was that there are just too much information that is available for free on the internet. So why would people pay. Fair enough argument and made us also realize that we need to look beyond. We are now working towards creating some unique workshop experiences that could be provided to the people in India and elsewhere. Amongst them first is the Light Painting workshop, that will aim to get the people become more creative with their cameras. It explores the long exposures in a detailed manner and it is hoped that people will go out satisfied with this experience.

Jaipur Diaries

Jaipur is one of the most colorful cities you would explore in India. A presumption about Jaipur is that it is all about a royal lifestyle and you would get to feel it on the streets. While that may be true at times, it is not the case always. I had the chance of visiting the city for a friend's wedding and I wanted to explore the city apart from the royal life. So I decided to look into people, and life on the street. Here are some of my observations.
Traditions Old and New
Traditions Old and New
A circus is something that you just cannot miss in India. What was interesting was the interesting juxtapose of the old form of entertainment and the new form through this set of posters.
Faces that leave an impression
Faces that leave an impression
Some faces you remember for a long time, and I could do his for a long time after I came back from Jaipur too.
A taste of Royalty
A taste of Royalty
Tourists you will find a lot and it is but natural that they want their taste of royalty.
The iconic Hawa Mahal
The iconic Hawa Mahal
Mamta Chat Bhandar
Mamta Chat Bhandar
The love for street food can be felt everywhere in India.
On duty
On duty
Redefining Royalty
Redefining Royalty
Royal Sleep
A desire for a Royal Sleep
Royal Safari
Royal Safari inside the Pink City
Royal Break
Royal Break between work, inside the Pink City
Royal Patterns
Royal Patterns
Cold Water
Cold Water - a lifeline
Work at office
Work at office
At the Palace
At the Palace - a view from within
Shades of Yellow
Shades of Yellow
Royal Blues
Royal Blues
Royal Mehnat
Royal Mehnat
Young Muslim Kids
Young Muslim Kids
Private Property
Private Property
Royal Blocks
Royal Blocks
Royal Signs
Royal Signs
Royal Interiors
Royal Interiors
Just love the city the more I see these pics.  

Para Vayu Live

Had a chance to cover the band Para Vayu, when they were performing live at Kyra theater, Bangalore. The music was awesome and the lights were electrifying. Shooting in low light and on stage is perhaps one of the most difficult forms of photography. Even the slightest of movements by the musicians are recorded on camera. Here are some images from the shoot.
Soumitra on the vocals
Soumitra on the vocals
Ravi Iyer - band founder
Ravi Iyer - band founder
Shirish Malhotra
Shirish Malhotra
With me comeon!
With me comeon!
Blue Heavens
Blue Heavens
On the drums
On the drums
Sing with me
Sing with me
A dream
A dream
On the bass
On the bass
The Floyd Gig
The Floyd Gig
The band Live
The band Live
Sammy
Sammy
Sammy again
The Band - Para Vayu
The Band - Para Vayu
Overall a very satisfying shoot ! 🙂

KR Market Portraits

I have always loved to shoot in the markets here in Bangalore. Each of the markets have a particular characteristic of its own and I have loved to shoot in the Madiwala Market and the K R Market the most. The beauty about the K R Market is that there is a lot of action happening. There is a lot of things going on, which in turn implies that there are a lot of photo-opportunities. For this shoot, I shot mostly with my Nikon D300 and 50mm Lens. I like to give myself this challenge from time to time and put a constraint on the gear. So a 50mm allows one to go for stronger compositions and well thought about shots.
The Beauty of the Market
The Beauty of the Market
Chai Times
Chai Times
India Calling
India Calling
A Top View
A Top View
Contemplation
Contemplation
Nav Tal
Nav Tal
Unmissable Colors
Unmissable Colors
Coffee Time
Coffee Time
Making Way
Making Way
For a Smiling pose
For a Smiling pose
The famous Flower Market
The famous Flower Market
What say?
What say?

A moment of peace

Once in a while, I tend to cut connection with all and just go in the find of peace. Recently I had gone to the Sinhagadh fort in Pune to find this moment. We reached there early in the morning, well before daybreak and watched nature unfold its beautiful colors in front of us. It was truly a moment of peace which I enjoyed every moment. Sinhagad or Sinhgad (The Lion's Fort), is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune, India. It is situated on a hill rising 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. Previously called Kondana, the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the battle of Sinhagad in 1670.
Layers of Perfection
Layers of Perfection
Purple Magic
Morning Tutorials
Morning Tutorials
Meditate
Meditate
You shoot I shoot
You shoot I shoot

The guardians of the night

One of the things that has always interested me is the street lights and the color of the street in the night when these lights are on. I have always wanted to do a series where I capture the essence of these lights. I am presently working on a project that tries to capture this essence. The project involves traveling across the city (Bangalore) in the night and exploring the other lifestyle that exists in the nights. So far I have explored the empty streets.
Night Guardian
Night Guardian
The streets with dogs and walking people once in a while. There is an amazing set of character that lies with elongated shadows. The guardians of the night come out in full freedom and rule the roads.
The Followers
The Followers
Apart from the dogs that roam the streets there are also the night workers. People who look for a time to spend amongst themselves, and often seen roaming the quiet streets in solitude. A drink is a welcome companion and a fellow drinker all the more. I have often felt that somehow the bonds that are made in these situations are long lasting.
Drink Companions
Drink Companions
When the rain falls on the road and the road is lit by the yellow street light, it is nothing but magical. The golden tinge that the whole scenario obtains is a sight to behold.
A missing foot
A missing foot
In the rush of the moment, though you have the well protected people who have an umbrella to make their way, there is another set who is alway rushing for shelter. I also love the challenge that moments like these provide. Like for example this shot below; it was raining heavily and super windy. and i was worried about the camera too. I had to over expose the shot too in-order to get that tinge of color; so the shutter speed went further lower. As if that was not enough, add to that a very fast moving subject in the frame. A lot of things going on .. in that short time... and you get a quite a challenging shot to shoot 🙂
To Shelter
To Shelter
Needless to say, I have been having a good time shooting these frames and look forward to coming days, when I can shoot more and add it here. Till then, Enjoy the above pics 🙂

A Fishy Tale

(Click on Images to see a larger size) Fish have been around for 500 million years. Fish are cold-blooded, which means their internal body temperature changes as the surrounding temperature changes. All fish have a backbone and there are primarily three classes of fish namely, the jawless, the cartilaginous, and the bony. There are about 20,000 different species of bony fish alive today.
Fishy Tale
Fishy Tale
Any visit to the fish market is an interesting experience every time. The hustle-bustle of the people is always chaotic. What's peculiar of every fish market is the peculiar smell that it carries in the air.It is something that is not found anywhere else. And many people that I have interacted with, mention that it is this smell that often puts them off and is the major reason for many to have and not to have it in the first place.
Choices aplenty
Choices aplenty
Choices Aplenty
Choices Aplenty
I love freshwater fish more than the sea fish. It's perhaps because I have grown up eating only freshwater fish. Though of late I have developed a liking for the seawater fish. Unfortunately the choices to the fishes that I grew up were limited to 3 or 4. In a market like this, where there is a gamut of choices available, there is always a slight confusion in the mind. You wonder which to go for.
Shall I help you?
Shall I help you?
And that is where the people selling the fish come into the picture. I had a nice discussion with him and asked about the different fishes on sale, and he explained me about the bigger ones, the smaller ones, the bony ones and the not so bony ones, the cheap ones and the expensive ones, the crowd favorite, and the gourmet's choice. There is something for everybody.
Small is Delight
Small is Delight
Quite often in my conversations with the connoisseurs of the fish, I have heard that its the smaller size fishes that are tastier. On my part, however I associate smaller fish with more and thinner and more irritating bones, and more often than not I settle for the larger size ones. The bones are easier to take out, and as a result makes my whole fish eating experience more pleasurable.
What do you want?
What do you want?
Prior eating experience and the rates are the two prime factors in deciding which to go for. In my case, if I was purchasing, I would have gone for the Rohu fish.
Rohu - the favorite
Rohu - the favorite
The Rohu fish (Labeo Rohita) is the crowd (which not surprisingly, has a lot Bengalis in it) favorite and is the fastest selling item on the cart. It is therefore no wonder that the carts of the adjacent vendors are filled with this fish. In Hindi it is called rehu (rawas is the Indian Salmon, which is quite different). It is called rohi in Oriya, rui in Bengali, rou in Assamese and Sylheti.
All set to go
All set to go
Once the people decide on the fish, they get it to the fish dressing area. This is where its necessary to keep the hygiene in check. If one is not used to the smell of the fish, this dressing area can get really difficult to bear and it is best advised to stay away from far and shoot. I however could not resist going near to the action, as I had to take a few pictures.
Scaly Affair
Scaly Affair
One of the time consuming part about the Rohu is the removal of the scales on its body. The scales form an interesting pattern on the dressing chopping block.
Ready to be dressed
Ready to be dressed
After the scales are removed, the fish is ready to be cut into pieces and given to the customer.
Cut to the core
Cut to the core
At this point, my attention is diverted to some of the other action that is happening in the fish market. I spot other fishes kept in the distance, and have their parts cut out. The site is a bit uncomfortable,
All set to go under the knife
All set to go under the knife
Front Side Only
Front Side Only
Another customer has got some fish of some other kind and the vendor is busy in scaling it and making the right pieces for him.
Inside Out
Inside Out
To float forever
To float forever
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
The scene gets gory with more bloodshed and I move on.

Exploring New Lights

It's a wonderful feeling when you try out something new and it turns out to be good and people love doing it too. My workshops have been a great source of motivation for me, as it has allowed me to get a first hand experience of this feeling. I have always wanted to try out some new lights in my Light Painting workshops, that could allow one to play with the patterns formation. One fine day in the supermarket I spotted these Made in China multiple LED lights that were rechargable. It was being sold as Rechargabe Emergency Lights. They were available in different varieties, namely 10 LED, 20 LED, and 42 LEDs too. And I knew instantly that I needed to try these out! I bought a couple 42 LED ones. They were white lights, but the use of colored paper allowed me to explore the other light sources as well.
Exploring New Lights
Exploring New Lights
And I was right. The patterns were sharp and just as I had expected. Even though the lights cost me a bit high, I was willing to take the risk to try it out. It did not work out well in the first workshop that I used it, but in the second workshop that I asked the participants to use it, the results were wonderful.
What Simple Cellophene Paper can do
What Simple Cellophene Paper can do
And again the month of February had people drawing more hearts. The interesting part of this was that this was a pattern formation here.
Colored Hearts
Colored Hearts
Red Silhoutte
Red Silhoutte
I am out to NIT Surat next, and am hoping that the participants there would be able to take up the challenge and try it out more and come up with something more wonderful!