Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Making of Nikon Lenses

March 12, 2014 1 comment

This video will probably make you fall in love with your lenses all over again :).


Smugmug’s Story of Photographers

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Smugmug has started a video series where they are covering some of the world’s most exciting photographers. These photographers get very candid in these videos. Listening to them gives me goose-bumps. I would say, it’s worth subscribing to this youtube channel –
Photography is our business, but it is no secret that it is our passion as well…
It’s not a “how to” or a “what’s in their bag,” rather, a small glimpse, an insight
into who they are, what they do, and what drives them ultimately.
We’re creating this series simply to inspire, celebrate, and share our love for the art of photography.
I’m the kid that always looked overhead when a plane passed by. Something about aviation drew me in. I love flying. I love photographing flying.
I’m a pilot, and I’m a photographer, and being able to combine the two with what I do is just amazing.
What makes air-to-air photography different is that you are up there with this flying machine in its element, watching an awesome pilot as your wingman.
I’ve got the best seat at my own personal air show.
I’ve found what I love to do, and I see myself doing this forever.
I’m Jessica Ambats, and I’m an aviation photographer.

Being creative has just become a way of life. I don’t think it begins with a desire to wake up in the morning and say, ‘Today, I’m creative.’ It just comes down to, ‘Today, I want to live, I want to do what I love, I’m going to go out and I’m going to do that.’

My name is Benjamin Von Wong, and I’m an artist.

I like to think of my photography as something epic, something larger than life. It takes a vision, and it exaggerates it so that you can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake.


Art creates an analogy

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Art can be fascinating as well as equally intriguing. Quite often, I have come across pieces of art and artists who want to convey a message through their paintings, sculptures, music, films, graffiti, installations, etc. Sometimes the message is clear to an ignorant like me, sometimes it is hard to understand. However, it does get clearer once I talk to its creator and when they explain their perception of it. This always leaves me with one question – “Ok, I understand it now but how will it change anything? People like me will come, see and soon forget about it. Can art ever have any relevant impact?”.

I have never understood how art can bring about a change. I got a convincing reasoning for it, in the following quotes from JR

Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.

He further continues, “Actually the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions, and then enables you to change the world”. I saw this very interesting TED talk of JR where he shows how he used his art to make a difference. He is a French street photographer who prints his pictures and pastes them on walls of cities across the world. Check out this talk to understand his idea for his art –

I would especially draw your attention to the part of the video from 15:47 to 16:56, where he becomes creative in pasting posters in India when he wasn’t allowed to. Also get a quick overview of his work from 17:07 to 18:35 and 20:20 onwards.

He has also started a project called “Inside Out“, where you can upload images to their website and they will send you back printed posters which you can paste in your community. Off course, the images and the idea of pasting the posters must have a social relevance. You may read more about it at this TED blog.

What inspires me about JR’s work is the new aspect of social relevance that he has brought to photography.


February 4, 2012 6 comments

Adventure and outdoor photographer, Corey Rich, explores why certain people do what they do and what makes them to be the best and keep pushing themselves. In his own words –

I have always been facinated by those people that are the best at what they do. Those that operate on the edge; scientists, artists, musicians, athletes, etc. Always the question that I find myself asking is “WHY”? What deep inside drives them? What does the world look like through their eyes? Those that live on the edge, push the envelope, redefine sports and industries operate in a space all to themselves.

This is the subject which Corey choose to make a film on when he was approached by Nikon to make a release video for their new flagship camera D4. Nikon gave him the full freedom to decide about the film. The film doesn’t only have an interesting theme but also stunning visuals.

To get an insight into his work and the way he takes his pictures, check out this video –

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Afghanistan – Touch Down in Flight

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Afghanistan. If I recall, my earliest memories of anything Afghani are those of Rabindranath Tagore’s story “Kabuliwalah” which I had read as a kid, Amitabh Bachchan’s movie “Khuda Gawah” which I had seen in my teen years and my liking for Pathani dress as I grew up. Beyond this, Afghanistan never caught my attention until 2001 when it hit headlines worldwide after US led invasion there. Since then, the name Afghanistan invariably brings to my mind the picture of a war torn country. Most of the media coverage has focused on the war in Afghanistan. In midst of all this, very seldom have we got the chance to see, to know how is Afghanistan on a normal day, the people and the life there.

I came across a very beautiful and touching video made by Lukas and Salome Augustin. In their own words –

“As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan. 
We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.”

Also read a brief interview with Lukas & Salome

Kite Aerial Photography

July 4, 2011 Leave a comment

I had come across the aerial photography of much acclaimed photographer, Yann Arthus Bertrand, whose aerial shots are splendid. I was simply amazed at seeing pictures from the aerial perspective – pictures which had aesthetic and creative sense. However, in this video it is interesting to see a new dimension to aerial photography using kites. Prof. Charles C. Benton, a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley says that aerial photography using kites give a very unique perspective from about 100 to 200 ft which is difficult to achieve using choppers or planes. Check out this video to get a peek on his interesting pictures and a feel of his passion.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I came across the following interesting video on the blog of my friend, Murali Jayapala. The video is a candid monologue of Henri Cartier-Bresson and a slideshow of his pictures selected from his book called “The Decisive Moment”. Henri is regarded as the father of the modern photojournalism. Henri retired in 1975 from an active photography career which stretched for about 45 yrs. Although it’s been more than three decades since then, he is still regarded as one of the photographers who has immensely influenced photography and has left his mark permanently. He is highly acclaimed for his candid photography, all shot with a 35mm film Leica and 50mm lens.

Although he had traveled and photographed all over the world, he had captured some of the significant events in Asia, like India-Pakistan partitioning in 1947, funeral of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 and change of regime after the Civil War in China in 1949.

His relationship with photography is captured in his following words – “My passion has never been for photography in itself, but for the possibility — through forgetting yourself — of recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of a subject, and the beauty of the form.”

An essay and few galleries on Washington Post

Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Gallery on Magnum Photos

An Interview

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