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 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

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 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!!