Article by Harika M. Chanana
Pic by:Jaydeep Chakrabarty
Comments: This picture is an interesting colored Silhouette. This image has been captured at Lalbagh, Bangalore. The photographer compares the bird to a human being and perceives that the bird is tired after a long hard day at work and titles this image as “Lets call it a day!”. The out of focus branches in the background looks appealing to the eyes.
Exif file info:
Camera: Canon 600D
Focal Length: 260mm
Pic by: Dr Rejo Photography
Comments: This picture has a lot of energy in it and has been captured at Kerela, Kakkoor at the cattle race. The Splash of mud water brings in power, while the moment is frozen at high shutter speed, 1/1000 th of a sec. Including the spectators in the background, adds to the story.
canon 70 200 L 2.8
shutter speed 1/1000
Pic by:Vivek Sharma
Comments: This is a pretty landscape picture. The black and white processing has been done very well. The highlight areas of the clouds in the sky looks incredible, while the mountains in the shadow areas, adds a complete contrast to it. The picture has been composed quite well too.
Pic by: Ishan Pandey
Comments: This is a very interesting portrait of the little girl. The texture and the Gradation in the background looks quite compelling. She is wearing a beautiful smile. Her eyes have registered a catchlight that engages the viewers attention almost immediately. The lighting is quite dramatic and hence makes a good black and white.
Camera : Nikon Coolpix P520
Exposure : 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Focal Length :18.7 mm
ISO Speed : 560
Exposure Bias : 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire
Article by Harika M. Chanana
Pic by: Kazuhiko Miyazoe Photography
Comments: This picture is a visual treat ! There is color harmony in the beautiful bright shades of the flowers. The angle is quite interesting. The bunt our background adds to the contrast.EOS-1D XAPO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMiso800 ss1/320 f8
Pic by: P Antonia Quinones
Comments: This picture was taken amidst the fog in New york city. That one man with the umbrella in his hand, by the clock against the wooden branches looks very interesting. Fog adds an element of mystique to the frame. The tonalities in mid tones and highlight areas look interesting making a powerful black and white image.Exif file info:Nikon D600Shutter Speed: 1/200Aperture: f/8.0ISO: 800Focal Length: 270mm
Pic by: Kayhan CetinComments: This is a fantastic shot. A Man in the form of a silhouette against the cityscape after the sun set. Composition looks strong as the man and the horizon line dividing the sky and the city scape is neatly placed in one third.Exif file info:Canon 60DF/56snIso/100
Pic by:Keerti SiagComments: This is a very nice shot of the Nike shoes. The idea of shooting it out doors is commendable. It feels bright and jubilant. The contrast of the red against the green background looks splendid. There is a diffused highlight on the rim of the shoes. The longer focal length helps achieve shallow depth of field. Also, its placement looks pleasant.Exif file info:Nikon D3100f/5.6ISO- 800Exposure 1/400lens – Sigma 70-300mmFocal Length -150mm
Pic by: Chandra Singh RajputComments: This picture has been take through the window of the Amber fort and Palace. The frame is very symmetrical in composition. The silhouette of the man against the the patterned window and the scene outside looks very powerful due to the sharp definition of the shape.Exif file info:Camera : NIKON D3200Exposure time [s] : 1/4000sF-Number : f/5.3ISO : 100Focal Length : 34.0mm
Article by Harika M. Chanana
Pic by: Janak VegadComments: This is fantastic shot taken with a cell phone camera. Clearly its the eye of the photographer that makes a photograph powerful and its pretty clear from this picture as to how a regular scene from a train can appear so differently. The picture looks harmonious because of the geometry. I am really enjoying the frame in frame approach that the photographer has used to capture the handles used to hold for standing passengers in the train. Great effort !Exif file info:FROM- GALAXY NOTE 1EXIF : SIZE – 1.4MBRESOLUTION – 1504 x 2048ORIENTATION – 0 degreeAPERTURE – 2.5Pic by: Janak VegadComments: This is a brilliant shot. There is color harmony with a beautiful blend of abstract. The picture looks like a piece of art. i am totally drawn towards it.Exif file info:SNAP TAKEN FROM = GALAXY NOTE 1EXIF : SIZE- 1.5MBFOCAL LENGTH – 3.97mmAPERTURE – 2.7EXPOSER TIME – 1/50ISO — 6400ASPECT RATIO – 16:9Pic by: Jaganath SrsComments: Its a pretty picture, good to be used as a greeting card ! I like the subject of interest, the Pink rose with water droplets that make it look fresh. There are contrasting colors, pink against green, this appeals to the eye.Exif file info:Camera: Nikon D3100 (18-55mm kit lens)SS: 1/250f/5.6 @55mmISO 200No flash.Pic by: Photography “the passion”Comments: This is a very interesting portrait of the little girl. Her communication with one eye is quite powerful. I quite like her posture, she looks playful and happy. I quite like the lighting on her hair and around the frame. Also the horizontal frame with shallow depth of field looks compelling. The camera angle is pretty much in level with the kid. The over all tonality is soothing.Exif file info: Not providedPic by:Jenson JosephComments: This is an interesting visual titled “FREEDOM is not GIVEN..it is fought n EARNED”. I quite like the subject of interest, the broken pot of plant. The edge lighting on it looks very compelling to eye. The bokeh in the background looks splendid. That little tilt looks dramatic. Its interesting to learn how the photographer interprets the image to freedom.Exif file info:shutter speed: 1/125 sISO: 800aperture: f/13
Today, photography be it portraiture, fashion, weddings etc has a palette of styles where every photographer is different,
his working style, his imagery, his vision and his output. The belief that photography is all about capturing ‘moments’ as and when
they happen – documenting things as is has sustained and the new generation of photographers are merely hanging on to the belief.
Photography, through its evolution has somehow categorized posing as a taboo – something boring, monotonous. However, the importance
of posing is far underplayed.
Reading the title of this article itself may have made you question the need to read it ! Give it time. I may change your opinion about it.
In the documentary style of photography, one waits ceaselessly for the moment to happen. The moment, may or may not arrive. And yet
the responsibility to capture that uncertain moment, certainly lies with the one who has this image capturing device in his hands !
And hence, when capturing moments where people are involved, one must know how to pose them. If you cannot capture the moment,
create it !By posing I do not mean the standard, looking straight into the camera, or the latest fad of instagram pictures where every girl poses withher hands on her waist and head tilted ! What i mean is to position the subjects in a way that will be flattering, to highlight on their endowments, to subtly take the attention away from the flaws.Photography is all about how the light falls on your subject, how well you compose the image, how you envision what is infront of you, and capture it more beautifully. Posing helps you to understand how the light falling on the subject in a certain way will enhance the feel, howlooking at a certain thing in a certain way will add emotion to the image. Photographer Jerry Ghionis once said that ‘A pose without emotion is just a pose. If you add emotion, then you capture a moment.’Richard Avedon had a knack of bringing out emotions from the people he shot by telling them stories and putting certain hypothetical situations in front of them inorder to make them emote !In the bottom right portrait that he took of this Royal Couple, they look sad, heartbroken. On the contrary, they were a happy couple with a playful pug. However, Richard wanted to bring out the emotion of loss and emptiness from them. In order to achieve it, he narrated to them, something to the effect of having his taxi run over a dog ! And their faces fell.Posing is knowing that what defines the beautiful female form are the god-gifted curves. In the image to the left, the lady is standing straight, however, in the image to the right, she has bent one knee and the body weight shifted to the other side, enhancing her beautiful curves. Thus, posing is knowing the most flattering way to enhance the curves, and yet knowing the aesthetics of keeping the sanctity intact. It is also knowing that in order to capture the male form, one must be positioned in a way that speaks of the masculine presence in the image, without corrupting the gentle emotions that may be at play.Posing need not necessarily, be directed from scratch or built from the very beginning. It can be an idea of letting the subjects mingle and interact, anticipate their reactions and in the process subtly direct them to a certain action that synergises natural interactions withdirected positions to give delightful images.Painters and artists of yore show how gracefully they knew how to pose their subjects. In the next article, we will talk more about how to pose and what we can learn from some of the artists.
Pic by: Roma Mohit MelwaniComments: This is a very interesting shot taken from a school classroom. It brings about a mood of this little girl who looks upset about something. This picture has been shot at a normal focal length. I like the way the rest of the class has been included in the frame yet the girl in the foreground stands out from the rest, making a strong environmental portrait.Exif file info not available.Pic by: Sanjay BararComments: This picture looks like a piece of art. It is simple yet has a very pleasant feel to it. The color tones look very appealing to the eyes. This picture has been taken at Chandigarh, India. it appears that the frame has been shot on a long focal length with an open aperture because of the shallow depth of field.Exif file info not available.
Pic by: Sri HarshaComments: This picture is a visual treat ! This image makes a powerful black and white as there are highlight,mid tone and shadow areas. The main subject of interest is beautifully placed in the thirds. The Horizon line is also neatly placed in the bottom thirds. The mist adds scenic beauty to the shot. This is what the photographer had to say about the description-”We went to a remote costal town called Thirukazhukundram few kilometers before Mahabalipuram to capture the rural scene there. We had to step out once we saw mist had built up on the grass cover and we walked into the feilds for this shot. I chose my wide angle lens as I needed to get most of the scene and be able to frame all the cattle that were grazing’.EXIF file info:FL: 24mmAperture: 5.6SS: 1/2000Camera: Nikon D7000Pic by: AnandKumar KMComments: This interesting visual has been taken at Ferrari world, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It has a strong sense of geometry. Also the reflection of the top portion looks surreal. The image has very good tonalities, hence making a powerful black and white.Exif file info:Nikon D3, 12mm, 1/250sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, Apperture priority mode, Hand heldPic by: Satish SahuComments: This is an interesting conceptual picture. The creator has titled this picture as “hum tum”. I quite like the idea of two absolute strangers with no similarity coming together in life. The lighting is very dramatic. It appears that only one light source has been used. Room for improvement: The scratches from the background could have been removed in the post.Exif file info:Nikon D5200F-stop: f/6.3Exposure time: 1/50 secISO: 320Focal lenght: 80mm