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Friday, July 3, 2015

WaterColor

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..
FIRE!!




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.

Impressed??
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.