If you are a follower of my blogs and Facebook posts, you are well aware of the situation that I am not much into photography these days. My work and business has put me into so much of a hectic time schedule that roaming around with camera feels something like a ‘luxury’. I hardly get time to eat, sleep or even focus on doing my favourite things in life. Out of this prosaic 'mantime’ I am growing a different viewpoint than before which I cannot even explain in words. It is something like more matured and less romantic than what I used to see things before. Anyway, Life always puts everyone in situations out of his/her comfort zone and my complaints to it is futile. Overall, as a year 2015 was not photogenic to me and I am still struggling to get a photo-finish to my huge goal in business! Still, as I was flipping the pages of my small album created through this year, I was seeing some photographs which are close to my heart and worth sharing to you with their inside stories. These are the 25 photographs which are special to me captured throughout 2015 and hope you will enjoy them as much as I did clicking them…
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After almost one year of absence from Blogging, I have no
word to say thank you for the sustainable amount of ‘hits’ with which my
artiste could thrive. A lot of things have changed in this year; some wrinkles
added to my face with many experiences. But, I was able to shoot lot lesser
than before and never professionally! So, now I am bit of a person who shoots
for pleasure only. Therefore, though this one is a lens review, it is more a
personal one. Ironically, I am having my first 'Pro’ lens when I am the least
'Pro’. Still, to satisfy my appetite for a good, fast tele lens I bought this
Olumpus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro with the 1.4x Tele-converter. Let me elaborate my
thought on this lens with answering some fundamental questions which you must
have asked yourself when you have dreamt about this lens.
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Masked Man (Shutter Speed - 1/125 Sec ; ISO - 200 ; Aperture - f/1.8)
Shooting insects is always fun; and when you are shooting honey-bees it is full of sweet passion. Beekeeping or Apiculture is sometimes a full time job for a large group of people in Southern Bengal (India). They are from unimaginable economic condition, hence risks their lives to the fullest to get some living out of it with their ‘pets’. Normally, they are not even insured or financed by Central Banks; rather they take loan from local land-mafias and are often exploited. It is a sad story! But the irony is, I have never seen them without smiling. I have my business-place nearby a large Eukaliptas Woods and I mix with them a lot when I photo-walk through it. They always greet me with fresh spoonful of honey, (which always tastes heavenly) and they look at my face with huge expectation of a satisfied-smile! They are probably the poorest people I have ever come with and probably the most Happy!
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(Shutter Speed – 1/25 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)
If you follow this space regularly, you are well aware of the fact that how much impressed I am with this amazing Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens! I have already written blogs about its capability to shoot Landscape, Street (both Day & Night), Weddings, and of course Portraits! Indoor or outdoor, this lens is superb. So, let’s not praise about the lens’ technical qualities more, the images attached are speaking for themselves. Let me talk about the experience to shoot an interior decoration and the small aspects you should take care of if you are shooting with an OMD EM5 and 45mm f/1.8 lens.
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The Lightning Field
The Mantra of living good is no secret. It is all about knowing what your soul wants and providing it exactly the same with a worthwhile chase. It sounds easy, but hell lot of a task in this complicated world. Being honest, it is us who make our own lives complicated. We make ourselves confused about our own likings and later are unhappy with our choices. For example, most of us pretend to be loving hard-metal-rock music to our friends and after fat-cajoling our eyes and wearing black nail-polish and junk jewelries suddenly we realize that we love old movie song, and ballads! Likewise, we all are confused about choosing our hobbies.
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All Quiet on the Western Front (Shutter Speed – 1/400 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )
To be honest, I am nowhere close of being a wildlife photographer. I do not possess the gear for it, or the forte. I am simply a guy who finds beauty in small things, both of nature, and natural-human. I mostly use a small but powerful OMD-EM5 as my primary camera body, and short focal length, fast prime lenses for my regular and professional works like portraits and other things. I like being in nature and shooting inspirations out of it. Walking around the bushes and making my shoes dirty and muddy with my OMD and 60mm f/2.8 Macro I am always awestruck with the lens’ performance as a ‘Natural’-allrounder. Few days earlier when I was carrying myself on in a paddy field after a small drizzle with that particular gear set up, I happened to come close to a flock of white birds, and tried to create some shots out of them.
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Keen Eye (Shutter Speed – 1/100 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 250 ; EDITED in Photoshop CS5)
Well, let me first clarify that, this was no project. This is just a result of hanging around with my camera all the times. This time I am trying to create a collage of images which is related to the Potato loading season around the eastern province of India. Incidentally, as I am marginally related to this trade; I had an access to it and these images are the result. I was trying to get a subjective view of the whole incident, as I always watch things in that way. The whole essence of dust, soil, potatoes, hard working farmers, labours, transport-men create an orchestra of such a puzzle of million pieces, it is quite hard to be selective and create a story. Well, that is a problem of India, and I am living with it as millions of DSLR holders of this country! :P