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145. Let me think about it

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144. One happy morning

Went out for the photo-walk in the morning. Not much people on the roads but able to get this one. I moved closer to them with a smile and camera in my hand. They din’t objected, in fact they were happy. All the little girl said was- “Dikhao” (Let me see) after it was over.

Circle of Life-2

After getting not a good feedback on the previous photograph I decided to make one more photograph. Here is a simple take on the concept- “circle of life”. See on Flickr for a better view

134. Circle of Life

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating…

…and you finish off as an orgasm.”
~George Carlin

to see with much more sharpness and on black background: Flickr

This photograph got developed naturally. Initially I just saw this old lady sitting on this swing. The first thing that came to my mind is how a child and a old person are same. After that I went there in the park and sat in front of them. After sometime everybody forgot about me. And that is when I started photographing. After some time this girl came and started playing on the swing. That was when I imagined my final photograph. The old woman and a young child, both at the swing but with a difference. The old woman just want to see, she has lost all the enthusiasm to explore. While the child is full of energy.
After spending a lot of time I am not able to get what I wanted but it is close. I am getting more and more observant of my surroundings. Sometimes I feel the desire to manually control things and create a photograph. But to create something in this manner gives you a vast area to explore. You get all types of models, their different styles in their natural surroundings. It is just a little more complicated but I would like to master it rather than learn to manually create them.

132. One who sees Everything

“A single chair in the corner of a dark balcony,
And a lot of windows watch me”
~Fatima Naoot

What is this old lady thinking? Does she want to talk? Or she just want to watch.

Must see here on Flickr as it looks superb on black background

Photography has given me a lot of wonderful experiences. You talk to unknown strangers without any context, without any judgement. you just talk. I was a little apprehensive about  going close to her and taking the photograph. I thought she would refuse. I was taking a long distance photograph when she called me.

She was speaking Marathi I guess and I din’t understand a single word she said. But I felt connected to her. It was like she was searching for someone to talk.

I just listened to her and took photographs. She was not nervous.

There are some photography tips I learnt from this photograph. I think you will benefit from them too.

1. The placement of subject: I cropped the upper portion to allow more of the wall in the lower portion. This shifted the weight to the upper side and now you feel that you are looking up.

2. The color: I added some texture on the background of the balcony. The blue color of the background gave the depth to the photograph. It gave the lady a push and a color contrast.

130. Weight of Age

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm”
~Henry David Thoreau

See on flickr for a much better quality and black background

Spent a lot of time on editing. I read some tutorial on ‘How to give a painterly effect?’ in a book by Scott Kelby yesterday. I din’t have any suitable photograph to try at that time. I went for a photo-walk in the small break I got between rains. I saw this old lady from a long distance and I decided to take a photograph. It came instinctively to me that only the side pose will reflect her true state. In side pose you can see the bend in her body which makes a lot of impact. I waited for her till she came opposite to me and took this photograph. After going through Lightroom and Photoshop the final result came out to be complete different from the original.

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128. I did it My Way

“Old men’s eyes are like old men’s memories; they are strongest for things a long way off”

GEORGE ELIOT

See on Flickr for a better view

I took this photograph at Lakeside, IITB. I like to capture static frames. When you just sit at a place, let your mind loose, enjoy the silence. It shows ‘growing old’ in a very positive manner. Not for the death but for the life you have lived. For all the stories and adventures lived. This song My Way sung by Frank Sinatra just says everything I want to say by this photograph.

“And now, the end is here 
And so I face the final curtain 
My friend, I’ll say it clear 
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain 
I’ve lived a life that’s full 
I traveled each and ev’ry highway 
And more, much more than this, I did it my way 

Regrets, I’ve had a few 
But then again, too few to mention 
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption 
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway 
And more, much more than this, I did it my way 

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew 
When I bit off more than I could chew 
But through it all, when there was doubt 
I ate it up and spit it out 
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way 

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried 
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing 
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing 
To think I did all that 
And may I say, not in a shy way, 
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way” 

For what is a man, what has he got? 
If not himself, then he has naught 
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels 
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way! 

Yes, it was my way”

I have decided to start again my old style of showing how a photograph is made.

1. I observed this old man sitting near the lake, just lost in his thoughts. I took the initial trial photograph to see the exposure and the make up for the difference between what you see in Camera and what appears to your eyes.

2. The contrast was good but the highlights appeared too much washed out. So I removed the sky by changing the vantage point.

3. It was better than previous one but not something which stands out. So I decided to make use of some surrounding features. I clicked one frame using a tree to make a frame and another one through the grass.

4. I liked the one taken though grass. The placing of grass on right side was intentional to balance the weight of the photograph. The use of grass led to a new idea of clicking through a lower angle showing more of the out of focus grass.

5. After editing it in Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5, adding some textures, I got my final photograph.

I also edited one other photograph as it was also impactful.

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