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Movie Review: The Salt of the Earth

Duration: 110 minutes (1 hour 50 minutes)

IMDb Rating: 8.4

Released: 2014

Genre: Documentary, Biography, History

Directed By: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders

 

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A documentary based on the lifelong works of the French photographer, Sebastião Salgado, ‘The Salt Of The Earth’ is a masterpiece in terms of the visual connect it forms with the viewer-aptly backed by a heart-wrenching narrative. Accolades like the ‘Audience Award’ at the 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival and its nomination for the ‘Best Documentary’ category at the 87th Academy Awards are indicative of the enthralling piece of cinematography etched out by co-directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the son of the protagonist of the documentary. 


A genesis of the works of four decades worth of clicking photographs of humans who are faced with lamentable conditions, the documentary showcases an aspect of photography by Sebastião that very few have ventured into and have invested their time in; an avenue which elucidates human mortality and suffering. The emotional baggage that each photograph brings with it is what makes the documentary so gripping, sending the viewer in a continual state of musing. His photographs convey a story, one that is engaging and empathetic towards the subject’s distress. 

 

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The plot is based on the transition in the life of Sebastião and how he matured as a photographer; empathetic and inquisitive. The initial parts of the documentary deal with the personal life of the photographer and how he was inclined towards photography vis-a-vis the experiences which he indulged in. Progressing into the documentary, we gain an insight of the various projects that Sebastião was involved in- an ethnographic study of the tribes in South America, followed by the grievous scenes of the Ethiopian famine and the horrors of the Rwandan genocide during the 1990s. Exposure to the atrocities that our compatriots faced via the lens of Sebastião’s camera reminds us as to how blessed we are in the grand scheme of things and how superficial and trivial our so-called ‘problems’ actually are.sebastiao salgado

 

Having spent time living in the same conditions as that of the affected people, the protagonist recites the horrific scenes that he witnessed while in Ethiopia. It is one thing to hear about it but viewing the same vis-a-vis photographs is a different proposition altogether. Sebastião via his work was able to generate significant public empathy which is one of the predominant reasons why the United Nations was pressured to intervene. The monochromatic photographs were reflective of the inhumane conditions that the people were subjected to; in their minds the grit to overcome any hardship that fell their way. 

 

In the face of the unrest that Sebastião subjected himself to, he was deeply moved by the tormenting scenes. Mentally disturbed by all the pain and misery around him, his photographs were an outlet via which he channeled his emotions outwards to the society. Unlike most photographers, the protagonist considers human emotions as his primary subject, his backdrop being their emotions. Having photographed the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, Sebastião turned his attention to the middle-east which was inflicted with turmoil; numerous oil wells were set ablaze by Kuwait under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Photographs capturing the elation on the faces of the fire-fighters every time they successfully put out a fire or a sense of optimism that perforates through their smog-laden faces was like the rays of the sun on a cloudy day.

 

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The documentary draws to a conclusion with a feeling of helplessness being a stimulus to what the protagonist observes once he returns back to Brazil; large scale deforestation meant that the expansive forests that once formed the backdrop of his initial photographs were now reduced to barren lands. Thus, we observe a stark shift in the focus of Sebastião’s works; capturing the rudimentary brutality of mother nature. In his subsequent works, animals now assume center-stage with the protagonist going to great lengths to capture them in their natural habitats. The spirit of inquisition and perseverance shown by Sebastião rubs off on the viewer, making one question the rationality and practicality of our whims. Seldom do we come across documentaries that really leave an imprint on your conscience. ‘The Salt of the Earth’ is one such documentary that will widen your ability to reason and will instill within one, a sense of maturity of comradery.

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Photographing Star Trails: Part 4

Post Processing of Star Trail Images

  •  Here’s my workflow post-processing of Star Trail images. I empty the storage card of all the cameras onto the desktop, and into the solid state drive so that the processing of a large number of files is quick. There are always many sets of star trails that Neelam & me have captured on site. The next step is to browse through all the images and identify the sets of star trails. I shift the separate sets of trails into different sub folders with proper names. At this stage it is important to exclude the test images that have been clicked in between sets. Usually it is seen that people incorporate the test frames while making the final image, these test frames contribute to the image in a disjointed or even shifted manner. You also need to eliminate the test shots of various exposures. Only the main continuous part of the sequence should be included and all the rest should be excluded.
  •  All our original shots are always in raw format, without exception. The next step is to select a set of images and then convert the raw images into jpegs. I use Adobe Camera Raw inside Photoshop to apply changes and convert from raw images to Jpegs for the entire set of images in one go. Lightroom can be used in exactly the same manner to do the job.
    The underlying raw processing engine is actually the same for both Photoshop and Lightroom.
  •  Here are some thoughts uppermost in my mind when converting from raw to jpegs for the purposes of making a star trail
  1. I like to retain star colour by reducing highlights and increasing vibrance.
  2. I do not like too many stars in my star trail images. Too many stars form a sort of bright background in the image. I like less stars in my star trail images and towards that end I reduce the exposure, sometimes drastically up to -2.
  3. If the location was in or near a city, with bright lights in the frame, then I drastically reduce the highlights as well as the whites.
  • After the jpegs are obtained from the Adobe raw conversion, I browse through all of the converted images for problems. Usually there are aeroplanes in multitude of images. If I want to remove planes from the images, then all the images with planes need to be opened in Photoshop and planes removed using the Spot Healing Brush Tool. You need to reduce the brush size and brush along the path of the plane to remove the aeroplane streak. Each of the image which contains a plane streak needs to be edited in Photoshop. Since the planes are in separate images, the stars don’t get affected in the final star trail image. Here is an image from San Francisco with a number of planes in it. Below you can see an image from New York where all the planes have been removed from each of the sub-frame.

  •  The next step is to blend all the jpeg images into one. I use the software known as “Startrail” which is available free for download from www.startrails.de It is very simple software and does a quick job of processing the star trail image. If you happen to use a mac, then you can use Starstax which is a similar software. Startrail and Starstax have a couple of options like falling stars, and making frames suitable to be made into a time-lapse movie where you can see the star trails progressively grow frame by frame.

 

 

  •  You can easily blend together all the frames of a star trail in Photoshop. Use these functions of Photoshop:
  1. To load all the jpegs as layers, use – File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack
  2. To blend together all layers – select all layers in the layers panel and change the blending mode of all the layers to lighten.
  3. Flatten image to make a single layer – Layer > Flatten Imageo It’s that simple.
  • Some additional post-processing that I do in star trails is to remove the gaps in the trails. For removing the gap I use the command in Photoshop – Filter > Stylize > Diffuse(Anisotropic).

 

 

  •  Sometimes I like to sharpen the star trails, especially when shooting in city conditions, the star trails are overwhelmed by the city lights, sharpening the trail brightens the trails and become more visible. I use this command in Photoshop – Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Generally, I like to use this command on a separate layer and then change the blending mode of this layer to lighten to remove the dark halos around the trails.

I sincerely hope that this essay in four parts and the associated images have inspired you to take up star trail photography. The process is simple and results fascinating!

 

If you have any further questions please do email me at ajaytalwar80@yahoo.com
Twice a year I conduct an astrophotography workshop “Sky Photo Trip”. In this workshop, all the possible equipment is provided to the participants. The location of the workshop is in the Himalayas. The next workshop is scheduled for 22 November 2019. Do consider joining the workshop.

For more info, you can join the Star Trails Photography Workshop

Ajay Talwar is one of the most prolific transient sky events photographers in India. Ajay travels with all his astrophotography gear to all across India, especially the Himalayas, places like high altitude Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, Ladakh, high peaks in Himachal Pradesh. His interest in dark skies also takes him to the white desert in northwestern India. Ajay Talwar regularly holds astrophotography workshops, including practical programs in the Himalayas where participants are provided the necessary equipment to photograph the sky. Through his TWAN contribution, Ajay hopes to photograph many of India’s heritage under the starry sky. 
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Photographing Star Trails: Part 3

Method of Star Trail Photography

Star trails are mesmerising. It is as if the spirals made of bright stars are trapping people’s eyes. You’re showing something remarkable to the world. Something that’s happening out there, in the universe, but no one can see with the naked eye:
In your endeavour to shoot star trails, you are on a beautiful location, stars are shining and the landscape is unique, the site is secluded, no one around to disturb you with torches and lights.Here’s how you start off your star trails.

Checklist

  •  Before starting, check camera battery (& extra battery) are fully charged; memory card and spare empty.
  •  Setup your tripod on firm ground and hang the weight laden cloth bag under the tripod. The hanging weight should not sway with wind. Whenever possible, keep the tripod low.
  •  Set camera to manual mode, set ISO speed, set aperture. Turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction. Set image quality to RAW, set exposure, set autofocus to manual, on the lens. Display Image after shooting – off, camera auto sleep – off, Camera to single shot, timer – off, set flash – off.
  •  Attach the camera to the tripod, and check any movement. Attach the desired lens, attach the hood and set the correct focal length if you are using a zoom lens.
  •  Focus accurately with live view, on a bright star. Use maximum zoom. Don’t touch the focusing ring, hood or change zoom after focusing. You can focus on a very bright star in one direction and then frame your picture in any other direction. Just take care that you do not move the focusing ring while framing. Take care also that the focus is kept in MF before shooting.
  •  Frame your night landscape, you can only frame nicely after you click and see. Check that the horizon is horizontal. Whenever you shift the tripod for a better frame, check the bubble level of the tripod. Follow the Rule of Thirds of photography; walk your eye on the perimeter off the frame. Check your framing by shooting a quick and dirty shot. Remember the small screen behind the camera is a poor indicator of framing and exposure. Zoom in and check entire image by scrolling. You may like to use a tab for checking the frame (larger screen will beneficial). If you are using a zoom lens, and you need to change the focal length while framing, you will need to focus again.
  •  Take a test shot for checking exposure, check the histogram, increase exposure till histogram hill is separated from the left side off the histogram graph. Is the earth portion exposed properly as desired? Correct or less exposure will give star colours; overexposure will render all the stars white.
  •  Programme the intervalometer carefully; gap between exposures should be bare minimum (1-3 sec). Hang the intervalometer at a convenient place, so you can reach it when you want to shut off the sequence, and is visible from far.
  •  Can your memory card accommodate the number of planned exposures? After how long will you have to change the card?
  •  Start your light frame sequence. Tripod should not move at all during the sequence. More frames the better. Watch out for dew formation around you.
  •  Protect your memory card; back up your images as soon as possible.

 

The main process of Star Trail photography consists of four parts:

  •  Focus
  •  Frame
  •  Test Exposure
  •  Start Exposure Sequence

Step 1 – Focusing is important and needs to be done slowly and accurately. You may like to connect the camera to your laptop or a tab to get a bigger picture, so as to focus sharply. You could also carry a magnifying glass to check accurate focus. Start live view and point to a bright star to focus. Once the camera is focused, you can change the direction of the camera to frame.

Step 2 – Framing the sky is one part, but getting some interesting part of the Earth is the artistic touch that the photographer provides. Take care not to have direct bright lights in the frame as well as halos from the light just outside the frame. The tripod & camera setup must not move at all during the entire sequence. You could tie the tripod down to some rigid structure.

Step3 – Test exposure is clicking an image and checking its histogram to see if the exposure is right. You do not want to keep the ISO at its maximum, you will certainly get more stars, but they all will be saturated, lose their natural colours and become white. You could try an ISO of 200 or 400. The length of the exposure will determine the length of the star trail on the sensor, longer the exposure, longer the star trail. But you need not increase the exposure just to get a very long star trail, there is a trick with digital cameras.

Once you have decided the optimum exposure, then you need to shoot the same exposure over and over, with a minimum gap in between exposures. Later these individual shots would be blended together for the final star trail image.

Step 4 – Exposure Sequence is the main process of star trail photography. Program the intervalometer carefully. Sometimes astrophotographers shoot a star trail sequence for the entire night! In such case you need to ascertain if the storage card and battery would last for the entire duration of the sequence. You can either use multiple batteries in a grip, or use an AC adapter.
For the images, you could connect a laptop so that all images are downloaded to the computer and there is no limitation of the storage card.

Avoiding common mistakes while shooting star trails:

  •  Level the camera properly.
  • You should include a good amount of terrestrial object in the frame, many a times you have only top half of a tree in the field; that looks bad, you should frame in such a manner that full tree or the base of any structure should be captured in the frame.
  •  Exclude power cables, telephone cables, towers and water tanks wires in the field of view. These look very bad in the final image.
  •  A lot of people want too many stars in their star trail, to this end they use higher ISO setting, and in the process they saturate the star colour. Actually you want the opposite – less number of stars in the star trail, so that it does not become like a bright background -with no details. A star trail image looks good with less stars and when the star colour is retained.
  •  Many a times you have gaps in trails, that’s because you did not programme the intervalometer properly, and the gap in between exposures was long or you shot the exposures manually.
  •  You need to setup your camera where no interference from vehicle lights, avoid other observers who will be shining lights in the periphery of your field of view during your entire sequence.
  •  You should plan for minimum 2 hours of continuous shooting, minimum. Towards that end you need to have sufficient storage space, empty your card before starting, also the battery needs to last for the full time you have planned. While you are testing – focusing, framing etc. use one battery, but just before you start the sequence you should change to a fully charged battery.

Shooting star trails from the city:

Normally an astrophotographer would not think of shooting star trails inside a city claiming it to be too bright and that stars not visible, but it is very much possible. Here you can see two examples of star trail shot from middle of New Delhi & Lucknow.

Shooting star trails from the city would certainly be a challenging situation. Although you will never be able to photograph the number of stars you catch from dark location, nevertheless shooting star trails would be nice from the confines of a bright city. Keep the following points in mind while shooting star trails from the city:

  •  You need to keep exposures really short, the histogram is your guide to correct exposure. As soon as the histogram separates from the left side, that is your correct exposure. Single exposure could be as short as 5 seconds. Do take care that the histogram does not touch the right side at all, i.e. there are no bright saturated spots.
  •  Since you are shooting short exposures you will need to shoot many more images, you should have enough spare storage space in your card. If your exposure is 5 seconds, then you will gather 720 exposures in one hour!
  •  Focusing is very important for shooting star trails in the city. If the focus is slightly off even by a millimetre, light from fainter stars will spread out, and consequently these fainter stars will get lost in the bright city background.
  •  You need to keep a lookout for clear transparent nights in your city. The best seasons are in the monsoons, when clear nights come un-announced. You should be ready with a fully charged battery! Winter months are also likely to be clear and transparent.
  •  Plan to shoot late at night when the city has switched off most of its lights.
  •  Look out for bright constellations. Winter Hexagon is a large part of the sky which contains really bright stars like Sirius, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Castor… Plan to shoot when the winter hexagon is rising or setting on the horizon. Other areas of bright stars in the sky are Sagittarius, Scorpius, Cassiopeia etc.
  •  Keep a lookout for planets and their conjunctions. Like the conjunction of bright Venus and Jupiter. Trails of planets are easy to shoot from the city.

 

For more info, you can join the Star Trails Photography Workshop

Ajay Talwar is one of the most prolific transient sky events photographers in India. Ajay travels with all his astrophotography gear to all across India, especially the Himalayas, places like high altitude Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, Ladakh, high peaks in Himachal Pradesh. His interest in dark skies also takes him to the white desert in northwestern India. Ajay Talwar regularly holds astrophotography workshops, including practical programs in the Himalayas where participants are provided the necessary equipment to photograph the sky. Through his TWAN contribution, Ajay hopes to photograph many of India’s heritage under the starry sky. 
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Photography Tips with Tina Sokolovskaya

Tina Sokolovskaya stared with night clubs and ended up with Playboy Ukraine’s magazine. This isn’t just luck. It is when hard work pays off and Tina surely has her way with it. This Ukraine-based photographer now works with celebrities, famous artists, and singers all over the globe. Currently working in New York, Tina shares the tips and tricks of photography with Chiiz. Read on to see what she has to say!photographerTina Sokolovskaya- Photographer

1. Preparation

In my opinion, preparation is the most important part of photography. The most important advice that I can give you is to always prepare before shooting. It’s better to prepare ahead of time so that you do not waste extra nerves on the shoot. Form your team – make-up artist, hair stylist, stylist for clothes. Prepare references and make a mood board. This will help to visualize the idea. Always remember – every detail is important. Make a list of everything you need so you do not forget anything. I, as a photographer, always make myself a check-list – What camera should I take, what kind of lenses, flashes and ancillary things I need. The same list should be made by other team members.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

2. Locations

Always check the locations in advance. It is better to do this a day or at least a couple of hours before shooting. This way, in case of unforeseen circumstances, you have time to find a backup option.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

3. Experimentation in Fashion Photography

Sometimes, during the shoot, you realize what you are shooting is not quite what you need. Do not be afraid to deviate a bit from the concept and experiment. Remember that the final picture in your camera should suit you.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

4. Be ready to take a picture any second

Most masterpieces are serendipitous. Your finger on the shutter button should always be ready to take a picture. At that moment, nothing exists except for you, the camera and the model. Concentrate.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

5. Light in Fashion Photography

Light. Light. Light. Light is everything. With the right lighting, your photograph will stand out. Remember this. Photography means-  “I write with light” and as a photographer, you must be able to write correctly with light.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

6. Model

Do not trust the photo on Instagram! Often, models in real life look very different. Hence, when choosing a model, make sure you do a model test before shooting. This is done to see how it works in the frame and whether the model fits the concept of your shooting.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

7. Atmosphere

A friendly, comfortable atmosphere is the key to successful shooting. Take care to maintain a good mood for the whole team. Music, wine, jokes – everyone has their own individual recipe for success.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

8. Postproduction

Correctly processed image can “save” any frame, even if it was not very well shot. But do not overdo it. In everything, there must be a measure.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

9.Inspiration

Read more magazines, see as much as possible the filming process of famous photographers. Study them, arrange them, and remember: “Steal like an artist”.

10. Update your portfolio and social networks all the time

Activity in the network is very important! Do not forget to share backstages and the results of work with your subscribers.

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Photo by: Tina Sokolovskaya

Photography Inspiration,

Russel Ord: Reigning the Waves

From a Rugby League player and fireman to an award-winning ocean and lifestyle photographer, Russell Ord found his passion through adventure and the discovery of the untouched and unseen wilderness. Russell’s photos blend the environment with real-life storytelling and his work has been published in magazines and books throughout the world.

Russell Ord was awarded the 2016 IPA International Sports Photographer Of the Year at the prestigious Lucie Awards and has held exhibitions in Germany at Photokina 2016 and Tokyo Japan 2017 for FujiFilm. Chiiz Magazine interviewed Russell Ord and got to know about some of the most astounding stuff about his passion for the waves. Here, is an excerpt from his interview:

Russell Ord

       1. How did you venture into surf photography and how would you define the transition from being a fireman to a surf photographer?

          I injured my knee while surfing in 1999, and instead of just sitting in the lounge, I picked up a camera and started taking photos of mates surfing. The passion grew from there, and as surfing had become quite competitive and crowded, being reunited with that feeling of freedom, especially when your swimming out alone, was more of an incentive than jostling for waves. The learning curve was steep, especially at the start, because of being self-taught and I was using film.

I gradually progressed with my camera skills and was lucky enough to have 20 years of ocean experience to call upon which, I have always said is the hardest skill to learn regarding surf photography. The transition from letting go of the fire brigade to a full-time photographer was an extremely tough decision and took me a number of years to make, as letting go of a secure job to pursue a creative career has its own ups and downs.

       2. How would you describe the Mavericks Surf Break and how important do you think it was in your life?

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MARK MATHEWS

If I were to explain to someone who has no idea about surfing, I would describe Mavericks like “Mount Everest”- a wave where you need to have an incredible amount of skill to ride and will let you know in a hurry that the ocean reigns supreme. To me, it’s just a simple moment, a “right place, right time” scenario that brought me and my family close to the Trette family after the incident with Jacob, not the easiest way to meet people and bond with them like your family. However, I am certainly glad that Jacob gets to enjoy his family and that’s more than rewarding, not to mention the way I started to look at my own life and make those changes: “Get busy living because one day it just may be your last”.

       3. With the changing times, how would you say that the techniques and the competition affected you? Why is it important to stand apart from the crowd?

People, including myself at times, make the mistake of looking at social media and comparing their worst selves with the best of others and let’s face it, a lot of those so-called best self is a complete perception. My only concern is to be able to look at my work and see a “Russell Ord” image that I know the backstory to and not just an image that is capturing a moment in time that 99% of people could do. I still go through those times where I would like to pursue other avenues, anything except photography, competing with photographers that think likes on social media pays the bills, undercutting clients, the lack of loyalty/trust. All those negatives and more that are now a part of everyday photography life. So keeping a clear and positive mindset is the key and that’s when I enjoy my job the most.

        4. What was the best shot you ever took, the Chris Ross one or the one with Mark Matthew? Or do we have another one? Why?

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CHRIS ROSS

I like to look at photos and see my skill level or photos that are very creative, photos that make me wonder “how did they do that”. I feel people, including judges in photography competitions, look at images and only see the moment in time and don’t take enough time to understand “what level of skill or knowledge is required to capture the picture”.  As an example: A beautiful mountain climbing image captured with a drone vs a mountain climbing image that would have taken years of knowledge and climbing skills just to be in that position to press the trigger.

I know which one I would choose as a good image against an average image. The Chris Ross shot is certainly an image with which I associate those type of feelings and it triggered that pursuit of being “that much better”. If I was to see further this way, I could see through the wave and decide that Mark’s image is the one and I have not tried it again since.

        5. Being in such an adventurous as well as a dangerous profession, the family is one of the major concerns that people generally have to worry about. Would you have some tips for the photographers or even other artists who take up such way of life, about the ways they can live in harmony with their family?

         This may sound a little weird but I always ask myself “WHY” – why do you do this or that? If the reasons are not truly personal and it’s just to big note myself on social media(I see this everywhere) or something along those lines, I won’t go down that path. Putting real thought, preparation and true passion in your work will inevitably produce the greatest results, work wise and more importantly family wise, making you a better husband, father, mother, brother, etc.

“Ethics of photography is one of the most important factors to me…”

…and that’s one lesson that has seemed to be lost to a lot of newcomers (not all) and to the photographic industry, either through a lack of knowledge, an impatience to be recognized, or other deciding factors.

To see more of Russell Ord’s stunning photography, follow him on Instagram or head over here to his website, where you’ll find his collaborations with Take 3, Surfaid and more.

You can also find some of his work at Elements, Margaret River, and Zippa Media.

Also Read: 5 GRIPPING PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINES WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO THE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Written By: Nishtha Goel

Youngest explorer of the team, an amateur writer with bubbling optimism, Nishtha’s enthusiasm for her work is infectious. A bibliophile at heart, she loves to travel miles, connecting to different people, in imagination as well as in reality.

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5 BIRD PHOTOGRAPHERS WHICH GAVE THEIR PASSION A GLORIOUS FLIGHT

The colour and texture of birds’ plumage makes them fascinating subjects for photography, made all the more exciting by their fleeting and elusive nature. Bird photographers are competent to make their subjects look all the more alluring. I have seen many beginners trying to approach birds by running behind them, or trying to throw stones at birds in order to capture photos of them during their flight, which is totally wrong. In bird photography, nothing is predictable. With a lot of patience and practice, and the with the course of time, artists master the art of capturing our feathered friends. Chiiz Magazine is here with ‘5 BIRD PHOTOGRAPHERS WHICH GAVE THEIR PASSION A GLORIOUS FLIGHT’ to bring you closer to the world of bird photographers.

 

1) Ankur Moitra

A hobbyist wildlife photographer, Ankur Moitra feels photography to be a need in his life which is the urge to tell a new story everytime and in a different way. Born and brought up in Maharashtra, Moitra captures the wilderness in its most exotic forms. He is honoured with Nature’s Best Asia Awards 2018. He is in a collaboration with Discovery Channel, India and Animal Planet, India.

2) Himanshu Joshi

A singer, music composer, poet, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Himanshu Joshi is Greatly influenced by his uncle Mohan Upreti and mentor Sanjay Acharya. He has studied photography at MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Visualization and capturing real life moments in frames is an art and you either have it or you don’t. He compartmentalizes his thinking, and looks beyond the obvious while he uses his camera. His photos are a highlight of the moral teachings he has received as well. Himanshu tries to follow the lessons he learnt to the best of his ability.

3) Kallol Mukherjee

Kallol Mukherjee is a passionate wildlife photographer, story-teller, photographer. Since childhood, he considers his life as a canvas which is painted with different colours, extracted from nature, from life! A wildlife photographer from India, his major works are done on wildlife (birds, to be specific) and butterflies other than landscape and peoples. Despite achieving many national and international awards, he still considers himself as a learner. He has got his images published in leading nature & wildlife magazines of India and abroad as well.

4) Subhash Purohit

A Pharmacist by profession,and photographer by passion, Subhash Purohit has won 7 International, 4 National and 8 State awards in different photo contests worldwide. He carries his experience in almost every genre of photography. Capturing portraits, wildlife and macros in his camera tops his list. His works are a colourful depiction of the flying wilderness in its most beautiful way. His works are exhibited in Cyprus World photo exhibition and Wildlife photo publications as well.

5)  Suman Paul

A Website Designer, Font End Developer and also a Graphics designer by profession, Suman Paul follows photography as his passion. He has been qualified from Arena Animation. Currently working with Segmentico company at Salt Lake Sector V, Paul loves to click eccentric images of the chirping creatures around him. He is passionate with his art of capturing and when not with a screen, he is seen with a lens.

These bird photographers got to fly high with a little help from their feathered friends and now have attained a glorious height by themselves. Remembering these works, keep an eye on the sky and go capture the best of the flights.

Also read: 5 STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM 

Written By: Nishtha Goel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youngest explorer of the team, an amateur writer with bubbling optimism, Nishtha’s enthusiasm for her work is infectious. A bibliophile at heart, she loves to travel miles and connect to different people, in imagination as well as in reality.

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5 STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM

The art of street photography is not something that is easy to master. Street photography is not just taking photos. It is a way of seeing the world and of appreciating beauty in the mundane. Street photography helps a person to become a lot more courageous by pursuing them to step outside their comfort zone and by pushing their limits to the next level. Street Photographers have an eye to make even the most commonplace things look more intriguing with a story. It takes inspiration to start something and the stories about some self-made photographers are a big source for the same. Here, we have compiled for you, a list of ‘5 STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM’.

1) Avishek Das

Avishek Das is an Indian born Photographer. Over the past 6 years, he has been actively associated with this field of photography. He is the Chairman of Creative Art Solution – a registered photography club of India under Federation of Indian Photography & Liaison Officer of Master of Light Photographic  Association for Asia & India. His photographs and writings have already been published in different Websites & Photo competition at national & international level. He has bagged more than 350+ Awards (National & International) for his Photographic works. His photos generally depict the nuances of the street. Whether it be children playing or the vehicles moving, his shots present them in an inspiring way.

2) Debarchan Chatterjee

Debarchan Chatterjee is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer from Kolkata, India. His preferred genre is human interest and he enjoys documenting the people of this city and their stories. Currently working as a freelance photojournalist for various international agencies, his work takes him to various destinations where he loves interacting with people and getting to know their voices, their conflicts, their daily struggle and happiness. Working as a photographer for the past 4 years, he is a storyteller, taking the untold stories of the city to the world. He is one of those street photographers who give their images a black and white representation. His black and white images have a deep connection with the stories being hidden in the streets.

3) DK Pattnayak

A self-taught & passionate Indian Photographer based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Most of DK Pattnayak ’s works depict visually compelling and well composed candid moments of the everyday lifestyle around the streets that highlights humanity, culture & traditions. This street photographer has been awarded, recognized & published by many popular international and national forums such as National Geographic, NatGeo Traveller India,  Canon India, Smart Photography Magazine, Creative Image Magazine, Camarena Academy, Street Photography India & many popular platforms.

4) Kallol Bhattacharjee

Originally from Assam, Kallol Bhattacharjee has been a resident of Kolkata from the past 14 years now. He has done his MBA from Kolkata and after completion of the course, he has joined my first job in IT Sales and Marketing in the year 2007. Most importantly, he is a Kolkata based Street Photographer. Having started his photography career in the year 2015, he has many laurels to his name. His works are a unique representation of the simplest forms of the street parts. Apart from street photography, he has a keen interest in Travel Photography, Portraits and Photojournalism.

5) Raj Sarkar

Raj Sarkar is a finance personnel with Airports Authority of India and a photographer by passion. He enjoys traveling and documenting street life. His photographs have won several awards and are published by Street Photography(USA), Fujilove Magazine and many more. He is a passionate street photographer who captures the most inherent parts of the street with a twist. Raj is one of the curators of APF Magazine – a Street Photography Facebook group, member of In-street Collective and the founder of World Photographic Forum.

It’s not difficult to find a street, so grab on your camera, look at the petite things around and start shooting the peculiar commodities hidden in those streets.

 

Written By: Nishtha Goel

Youngest explorer of the team, an amateur writer with bubbling optimism, Nishtha’s enthusiasm for her work is infectious. A bibliophile at heart, she loves to travel miles and connect to different people, in imagination as well as in reality.

 

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