"Paint Bucket"- Featuring the work of Nimish D. Choksi

“Paint Bucket”- Featuring the work of Nimish D. Choksi

Article by Harika Chanana
Article by Harika Chanana

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTING – “The Paint Bucket”

Nimish D. Choksi,
Professional engineer and Photographer
www.memoriesnmoments.in
For Mumbai based Nimish D. Choksi, a professional engineer, who works as a ‘Process & Quality Analyst’ with Oracle, the tryst with photography happened on a vacation to Kerala with his family, four seasons ago. It was on this vacation that he realized his uncanny ability to document good frames, even though he documented the images with a compact camera. But it goes without saying that this trip was the starting point in his pursuit of serious photography. This interest led him to read a lot of material pertaining to photography both on the Internet as well as those appearing in printed photo magazines. He profusely credits the Shari Blog for providing him with regular photo tips and article updates that have immensely contributed to sharpening his skills. It’s also worthwhile to observe the creative interpretations of professional photographers, especially to understand the thought process that goes into documentation. He believes that photographic evolution will only happen when one is constantly prepared to learn and practice it by regularly trying to visualize interesting frames. He for one intends to concentrate his attention on pursuing people photography, still life and fine art photography to the core.

How the project: “The Paint Bucket” was conceptualized?

The idea germinated while the painting project was in progress in his very own residential society premises. One day while walking across the terrace, he observed the paint dispensers lying towards one corner. He felt an instant connection with it. He was particularly intrigued by the arrangement of the containers, the level of the remaining paints, the whole spectrum of colors that formed out of the oil paints and its textures. After observing this closely for a couple of days, he couldn’t resist the temptation of capturing them on the film (sensor) of his camera. This was the thought that went into making the compelling and artistic frames of the paint bucket that would make an interesting yet surreal painting in a photograph.

Gear used to document the frame – Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm lens.

He spent about an hour closely looking at the different perspectives, and the paint buckets to capture a handful of images. Initially, he shot them in their natural position, and thereafter tried to re-arrange and reshoot them until he was absolutely convinced of what he precisely wanted. The blue sheet on which the paint dispensers were placed made a picture perfect background. In fact, a majority of the images were documented from the top so as to bring out the circular shapes of the containers. To capture some of the images, he had to virtually lie flat on his stomach, so as to maintain an eye level with the containers and also to capture vividly the crisp textures on it. In doing so he ensured that no flash would be used in the process. All the Images were shot on the Aperture Priority Mode with Matrix/Evaluative Metering in the RAW file format.

Post Processing Technique: All the Images were edited using the Adobe Photoshop CS3, primarily playing with the HSL- Hues, Saturation and Luminance sliders from inside the Adobe Camera raw window. He also adjusted the Brightness, contrast, levels and curves to achieve the desired results. Additionally, he documented some textured surfaces separately and blended them in the paint bucket series using the soft light and Overlay blend modes to get a painting like effect.

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/15
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 58mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/10
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 66mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/6
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 105mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/10
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 66mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/25
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 24mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/10
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 42mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/14
Shutter speed (sec): 1/30
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 40mm

EXIF details – Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed (sec): 1/25
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Focal length: 62mm

Photo tips by Nimish D. Choksi for all the blog members-

> Practice makes one perfect. Photography is all about constant practicing. Just reading or taking a course won’t help unless you make it a point to put the knowledge in to practice.

> Always be a student- Study the work of eminent photographers, but do not blindly copy their style, but rather develop a style of your own by drawing inspiration.

> It’s important to get your work critiqued by professional photographers.

> Be a self critique- Do not always fall in love with your imagery, learn to critique them, for this will help to make you a better photographer.

> Post your shots online, especially on good photography websites, blogs, and don’t forget to get a regular feedback.

> Develop an eye for photography- It’s not always the camera but the man behind it that is critical.

> Know your camera completely along with its limitations. A good camera and the lens will definitely make a difference provided you have an eye for detail.

Compiled & edited -Harika M Chanana

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