Friday, July 3, 2015


Looking to add Life to Your pics??
                                                       Just look for some  Color, Action, Emotion, Mood, Drama and maybe even.. .. some Water!! Seriously, Cause Water has this thing with Life that, even a small amount of it gets You an infestation of Life.
                                                                      Firing Your shutter in the Himalayan foothills, You really don`t have to struggle to get a good pictue, for the Life and the Landscape here, is photogenically sorted, but things just keep getting better when You start following the trail.. .. of Water. Not the roaring, bristling, gnawing away land types, but the gentle, torrential, streamy like rivulet type. And when You`ve found the water trail, whip that cellphone out and Snap Your Picture Postcard moment, like I did with my phone below.

Shot on Huawei Honor Holly 8mp camera
    Oh Yes, this one with a phone camera, No post processing here, no filters applied, just some careful and professional handling to block the direct sunlight coming in from the front with my hand.
 It`s actually a simple trick, all You have to do is stop the sunrays from falling on Your camera lens with Your hand or a piece of paper or even as in my case the other half of the flip cover over the top of the lens, and all the elements and the edges begin to shine and sparkle.
          Serious photography is just that extra little bit of effort away, even with rudimentary gear. Nothing actually can beat the flexibility and ease of use of a mobile phone camera.
On this trip I wondered if  I really needed to carry my Nikon DSLR, but there is however some special stuff that only a DSLR can do, like this one below.
That white stuff is neither milk or detergent but a snapshot of the flow of water captured over a span of several seconds. Even a gentle mountain stream has these pockets of energy where the water gushes and turns translucent before becoming transparent again. And that is when the delayed shutter release does this magic.
Click on the pics for a better view, cause I would`nt be shooting on max quality mode if I did`nt want You to look at the full resolution version for greater fun.
Water is one of the two mediums You can do the Delayed Shutter trickery with, the other being..

This Waterworld is at a place called Jibhi in HImachal Pradesh where the clouds drape the hills and provide an unending supply of water for such waterways creating an infestation of Life in the hills so thick, that the water seems to eke out a passage through the greens, between the moss covered rocks under makeshift bridges. A passage of water so visibly clean and unflawed, that You never intaking a mouthful of it even as others nearby are wading through it.

And we follow the water trail until we reach the this wonderful delight.

This, at the base of the U shaped valley is a two storey high fall creating it`s own rainbows in the sun and causing a mini storm of moisture laden wind. A place for the ultimate shower experience.

This entire trail was a 200meter walk through a deep and narrow gorge where first I met this stream passing underneath a wooden bridge, and as You move along the moss laden walls of the gorge across four more such bridges the roar of the fall keeps getiing loud untill it just pops into view.

Take Your family or friends along for a great time, and don`t forget the kids, They`ll love You for it

That`s all the pics I have for You, the rest of trail is in this video that we shot at Jibhi.. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Little Black Doggie

A Dslr is a beautiful thing to have, but if You`re not a Photographer good enough without it, You`ll never be good enough with it. 
And with a Nikon Dslr, there is just so much that You can do, that You may hit Your limits as a PhotoPro before You can even get a sight of it`s limits as a camera,
 cause You see, t
he Nikon Dslr is a serious piece of optical engineering. 
Time for some serous discourse?        hmm.. Nyet!!

My Nikon D5100  stares at me, like a doggie would, at it`s human friend, begging to "go out and have some FUN!".

Seriously! take a good look on the right at my black doggie again. there... You see that!!

And we`ve watered our share of poles and pooped more than our share of lawns, but the real fun and games started when we started shooting Videos. 
                                              The lil black doggie can shoot some ridiculously fantastic videos and when You get serious with it on the video mode, that is all that You would wanna do.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Nikon D5100 Dslr is primarily a camera for still photography, the Video mode is at best an, add on. . but what an add on it is!!

Recently Supriya reviewed the Ford Ecosport for allwhatshewants.com and we drove along in my Maruti Zen in a synchronized ballet on Delhi Roads.  The Results were amazing!
 The Ford Ecosport did`nt look so good with my own eyes, 
OnScreen though, it was a different car.. amazing also how a Dslr  with a Rs2600/- rig and a small hatchback can create something so good.  Click on the video and see for Yourself. 

This video came after a bit of tweaking the camera software and settings and the several shoots that taught us how to handle the auto focus on the go.
And by the time we got there, we had some fun at the Avon salon in connaught place. Over here we shot the makover with Swati Kain in a less challenging assignment for allwhatshewants.com

This shoot was done in a relatively controlled and a vsually happening environment, with Pros for company who made the shoot a Breeze.
But there is something with the way the optics of a Dslr are configured that makes the footage stand out. And this from a camera which costs a fraction of the Video cameras that I`ve been shooting with for the last 15 years as a TV news Lensman.

Here is another beauty shoot with the very beautiful Srishti Rana
Now these were Beauty and Product review shoots were conducted in controlled environs, where You have to struggle to get things .. ..  Wrong, because of their inherent visual appeal, but there are times when You have to bring out the editorial cap and try and weave a story with shots on the go. This happens when You are profiling an individual as in this case. 
So what do You think?

The Video feature with the Dslr took a long time coming and since the Nikon D5100 the technology has grown by leaps and bounds with some like the D750, DSLRs these days are better optimised for HD Video, and the costs are at a fraction.

We have more in out kitty and we will be posting more soon..

Catch You all later.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Caution!! Women at Work

Tavishi, Pink Gold

Shot Stories can come to Your place, rig up a portable studio, ask You to pose and get You a nice collection of snaps to adorn Your walls, both real and virtual. 
Gauri, DJ

But since we are in the business of telling stories we would want You to stay in Your elements and let us snipe out the shots that tell Your tale.  ShotStories hitched a ride with Allwhatshewants.com for the pursuit of stories and.. understandably, met..  female artists, designers, creators and entrepreneurs 

women, tending to well choreographed chores, over a fancy workstation with a focus like that of a surgeon,

Ambika, Biker


                            Women, just being themselves with an unmistakable sense of style   
And then there were those who are in the business of decking people up.. finesse, hardwork, beauty all rolled into one.

Musskan, Kiwi

Now this the kind of shoot that is a photopro`s delight, cause it is just so difficult..    to get it wrong.. Especially so if You are shooting a woman at work. 

This is where You get an amazing interplay of action, emotion, color and a photogenic form. One look at the picture and You think, You can tell a lot about the person. So if You`re thinking of creating a good first imression, the first thing to do is to get yourself a good picture of Yourself, preferably the one where You are`nt posing, a picture that tells not just who You are, but also what You are all about.
If you still have`nt guessed it right, then the person on the left is a vendor of semi precious valuables.

The experience becomes even more delightful when Your subject is a vendor of sweets.. and that is when You wish the JPEG format could also incorporate taste and aroma.
All my senses hooked.. when I profile a kitchen queen.

Rashma, Dessert Carter

One look at the pics and You know, You`re looking at not just entrepreneurs but enthusiasts!

That`s Anisha Maker of Garage Inc holding a plate like a color palette in the hands of an artist and a fork like a paintbrush.   

Hunting for a good picture becomes a lot simpler if You just focus on capturing emotion.. emotions that convey passion and inner energy. 

That`s Ridhima and Saloni of Risa bags talking about their enterprise.These are the various moods that we caught them in when we got them to talk about themselves and their venture. 

The ever so contemplative and thoughtful Ridhima 
and the ever so expressive Saloni!

Thanks for all the attention folks,
pay some more on the need to have a good photo shoot to tell Your story.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chasing Kiwis

As rare and exotic is Kiwi in a fruit basket, rarer still it is, as a food ingredient. Whenever You hit the kitchen to prepare lunch, Your hand reaches out for cereals, grains, breads, flesh.. but Fruit?? not unless that`s the challenge You`ve taken up.

Now how do You use a fleshy, juicy, sweet fruit to prepare a three course meal. A kiwi fruit salad or drink would seem an easy way out..

Put Your imagination on the main burner and allow it to come to boil. The first thing to come to the surface would be,
Kiwi Marinated Civiche of Clam with Rocket cress. 
        Click on the picture on Your left for a better view. Those leafy red and white shards are meat slices of surf clam, marinated overnight in a heady concoction of coconut milk, lime juice and crushed kiwifruit.

Add to it some rocket leaf garnishing and olive oil dressing, and serve it cold.
You have to try this even if You`re not a great fan of seafood. I hate seafood, but I loved it.

There`s even a soup from the exotic fruit, and it goes like this, "Chilled Roasted Pepper, Chinese Gooseberry & Jerez Soup".   Fancy name.. I wonder where they derive the nomenclature from. It`s made by adding nicely cut capsicum to onion and garlic and mixing it with kiwifruit and cooked to form a paste, which is then blended and met with sherry. Garnished with Yoghurt and chilli oil this too is served cold.

Now if You`re thinking, that the fruit can only give You light, intuitive recipes, then I have for You 

the "Loin of New Zealand Lamb with `Kiwi de Menthe` jelly and Moroccan Jam Quinoa" , 
This one has cooked lamb placed with Quinoa, garnished with juliennes of mint & coriander.
Just like the Kiwi fruit, all the dishes we`ve had so far have a seemingly refreshing and light appeal.

Care for some dessert?? A Sushi platter!! Yes.. a Sushi dessert platter.. So Here goes

And How do we get there.. cook some rice with milk sugar and cardamom pods just like kheer until very thick. Now roll the kheer into balls onto a sushi mat covered with cling film and garnish with sliced Kiwifruit.
Just loved this one.. Yummy!!

We had a great time experiencing the Kiwi Menu and bringing it to You with these pics.. 
This came out of a party thrown by the Shangri La hotel, Delhi, where it`s Wizard Chef from Oz, executive chef, Darren Conole was working his magic. The  Kiwis came from the Zespri stable.

Thanks everyone for all the attention, Now go and check it out for Yourself at the ShangriLa.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More than Words..

A thousand Words! That`s it? Is that all a picture is worth?? How bout a picture that leaves You Salivating! A sight beyond the realm of linguistics and phonetics.. 
That`s Grilled Chicken Breast, with steamed vegetables on the left and butter Chicken below.

I can serenade You with an `Ode to the spicy Chicken` and still fail to get You Imagining the feel and the smell of the bird in question.

But one look at these pics and all Your senses go online. Click on them for better detail.. Delicious??
Now that is one way of experiencing food without actually eating it.. an act closest to the real deal. You can look at it and recollect or conjure up the whole experience in your mind, of the taste, the smell, the texture, the sights...

Some foods actually taste better than they look.. but I`ll never know, cause one look at some of such stuf and I could`nt get myself to put in my mouth. 

And put in my mouth I have some of the below.. to my serious displeasure.
  There is something about thai food that exudes sophistication and finesse making it look so tempting, that it`s 
"one look at it and I just wanna have it". 
I just wish my preconditoned North Indian punjabi palate could let me handle thai, and not go into auto puke mode. 
Stupid Coconut milk!!
But where would a food photographer be without Thai food, the eden garden on a platter


 had too much already.. Here`s some desserts for You!!

the easiest to photograph, a dessert has simplified and uncomplicated structure and texture, that just always manages to come out beautifully in a photograph

And why are we talking Food..
Well.. Food has come to be the most visually compelling element of ShotStories. All of the above happened when shotstories was a special invitee for food and fotos at the workshops of some of the best foodsmiths in town.
We`ve had our fill, of the food..
anybody out there hungry for such fotos, please let us know.

Lastly.. before leaving.. there`s this song stuck in my head ever since I thought of the title above.. completely unrelated, but just thought of sharing it with You all.. So here Goes!!