31 Photos From My Portfolio — A Quick Collection

It’s the Indian new year today. The last year was a tough one. My father was diagnosed with cancer in Jan 2014. He left us on 25th Aug 2014. He was my inspiration behind music. And he was the one who let me hold a camera for the first time ever. I don’t remember the brand or make, but the camera had no film inside. For me he cut a roll of translucent paper and inserted the roll inside a camera just like you do with film. And then he instructed: “Every time you press the shutter you’ll see an upside down image of the scene that’s in front of the camera.” I had to keep the camera’s back open and I played all day. I made my brother pose and act in front of the camera the entire time — not that I’d see much since it just worked on the principle of the pin-hole camera, but I did want a real subject to pose. It was a manual camera with no auto forward. So after some clicks the paper roll would come to an end and had to be reinserted.

I bought the Nikon D80 in the early half of 2008. I had another not-so-serious Nikon film camera earlier which I rarely used — no fun clicking and not knowing what you shot, unless you spend the rest of the film shooting the walls and the sky and rush to have it developed. I made around 60K pictures with the D80.

I bought the Sony RX1 in 2013 and have made quite a few good ones with that as well. However as you know my primary job is to design websites for my clients and that’s my bread and butter. I never got a chance to make a proper collection. However recently I was thinking of a gift for a friend of mine and I decided I’d make a collage of some of my non-personal photos. So very quickly I rushed through my collections and narrowed down on these.

Gwalior Fort
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 10000

The famous Gwalior fort has been photographed from many angles and by so many photographers that it’s almost become a cliche. I never planned to get this shot. This was shot with the RX1 when the light-and-sound show was in progress. The high ISO of RX1, the dynamic range and the bit-depth all came together to make this a unique one. The scene is so dynamic and RX1 was even able to capture the blue in the sky even though shooting a bright subject.

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Nikon D80, 18-200mm@120mm 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

A sunset… one of the many sunsets I’ve shot. I seem to have so many sunsets in my collections that now I consciously avoid photographing them. I don’t play with white-balance for these. I just turn down the exposure compensation to a negative value (-2 or lower) to get the saturated colors. Else you see the sun is high and so bright that it will totally wash away the scene.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600. Handheld.
Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600. Handheld.

The moon behind a coconut tree while I was enjoying the beach breeze in Goa.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, +1.3EV
Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, -1.3EV

My first sunset photograph before I became a sunset expert. I waited for an hour at Gwalior fort to get this one right. I like the golden lining on the clouds and the framing that gives it a narrative and context.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 8000
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 8000

The common every-night roof-top moon. I played with in-camera white-balance.

RX1 35mm 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 100
RX1 35mm 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 100

My daughter’s shoes. She was less than a year when these were bought. Women go gaga over this family of pink tones.

RX1 35mm 1/100 sec, f/2, ISO 100, -3EV
RX1 35mm 1/100 sec, f/2, ISO 100, -3EV

At Lonawala on a family holiday.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 400
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 400

An electric Diwali-lamp.

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RX1 35mm 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100

The roots of a tree. I liked the forms and planned to turn it black and white. But I liked it with an emerald touch.

RX1 35mm 1/4000 sec, f/10, ISO 100, -1EV
RX1 35mm 1/4000 sec, f/10, ISO 100, -1EV

Another sunset. I planned to have some florals to add a touch of beauty. This is what came out.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@24mm 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Nikon D80 18-200mm@24mm 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

I was on this beach at Goa and had this leaf figured out. But my son conveniently walks into the scene. I kept this one for the trivia.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@18mm,  1/250s, f/11, ISO100
Nikon D80 18-200mm@18mm, 1/250s, f/11, ISO100

A boat ride. I chose it for the colors.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO100, -0.7EV
Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO100, -0.7EV

Some flowers.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@170mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO100, -1EV
Nikon D80 18-200mm@170mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO100, -1EV

Some more flowers.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO100, -2EV
Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO100, -2EV

A lotus. It had been plucked by someone and was handheld when I took the shot. You’d discover an ant at the top of the stem on careful inspection.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/4000s, f/5.6, ISO100, -2EV
Nikon D80 18-200mm@200mm, 1/4000s, f/5.6, ISO100, -2EV

The Tighra dam reservoir. I went for the golden waters.

Nikon D80 18-200mm@18mm, 1/200s, f/3.5, ISO100
Nikon D80 18-200mm@18mm, 1/200s, f/3.5, ISO100

Some rocks on a beach at Goa.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 640, -2EV
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 640, -2EV

Another sunset. I tried to capture the beautiful tones instead of the sun.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 3200
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

I was returning from the country-side when I saw this fire in the field. I loved the combination of the deep blue and the orange.

RX1 35mm 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 100, -2EV
RX1 35mm 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 100, -2EV

Another sunset.

RX1 35mm 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 100
RX1 35mm 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 100

Oops. Yet again.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 25600
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 25600

I had walked 20kms and finally climbed a hill to reach the Tighra reservoir. What I reached was a moon smiling from behind the beautiful florals.

RX1 35mm 1/10 sec, f/2, ISO 25600
RX1 35mm 1/10 sec, f/2, ISO 25600

This is what the reservoir looked like when climbing down. The spiral adds to the composition.

RX1 35mm 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 100, -3EV
RX1 35mm 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 100, -3EV

The last sunset in this collection. I promise.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 3200
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 3200

It looked like a normal pond on a cold, breezy, clouded, chilly, winter day. Then I played with white-balance.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 1250
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 1250

Car tail-lights.

RX1 35mm 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100
RX1 35mm 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100

A lotus.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 250
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 250

A saree (dress) I bought for my lovely wife.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 640
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 640

My violin.

RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 250
RX1 35mm 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 250

Some “rakhis” displayed hanging at a shop.

RX1 35mm 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 100
RX1 35mm 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 100

I’ll leave you with some flowers.

Time and again some readers have questioned my skills as a photographer. I’ve also been declared as an internet expert. Let’s just say I’m not a pro. But I hope you’d agree I do get lucky sometimes. I hope you enjoyed these. Please do share these with your friends and let me know which ones you like.

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