I couldn’t sleep. Dreaming some dreams that were neither good nor memorable, I kept tossing and turning. At 4 am, I gave up and got up to make myself a cup of tea and read a bit. I got through about 30 pages of Working by Robert Caro before deciding to go out. I wanted … Continue reading Failure is part of learning
This past weekend, just before everything slowed down for Thanksgiving, I got a chance to reflect on my photographic journey. While it is easy to quantify the technological and social success of a craft such as photography, it is much harder for us to ask what the emotional impact is of creativity and creation. When … Continue reading A frame of mind
I had a chance to meet photography legend Michael Kenna at a gallery in Carmel today. He is one of my photography heroes and you can well imagine my excitement. We didn’t talk about photos. Instead, we had a fun conversation about shoes, and why we love them. Maybe it is because as kids we … Continue reading Meeting Michael Kenna
Photography is an act of supreme patience — a great landscape image is nothing more than mother nature’s desire to oblige us with perfect light, and environment. It is up to us to await for her blessing and capture the moment. Then it is all upto our mind and soul to interpret it in camera … Continue reading Patience & photography
“My sympathies were with people who struggled. There was also my mistrust of people who made the rules.” Robert Frank, documentary photographer of immense influence. He passed away at 94. The New York Times had a wonderful profile on him back in 2015. (A bonus link on outtakes from his book, The Americans. )
It is not uncommon to come across photographs of the magical Italian city of Venice pop-up on my Instagram feed. It is an architectural gem. Canals and bridges criss-cross the city, that is made even more magical by the interplay of light and shadows. I quite enjoy the work of Italian-Austrian photographer, Ando Fuchs. There … Continue reading Venice At Night
You might have heard that Leica has a new lens called the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH. For a few weeks now, I have had the opportunity to use a pre-release version of the lens on my SL. I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you that I’m very happy with the results.
Before I dive into the details, let me be very clear: I don’t shoot anything but landscapes, mostly long exposures. About two-thirds of my photos are shot with my camera on a tripod. I am painfully slow, and I treat my digital cameras as if I am using a film camera. Where most people use techniques like multiple exposures and are more adventures, my style is very staid.
Attempting to capture a few dozen photos in 24 hours is adventurous for me. Even getting two to five images on a given day is a great personal achievement. In other words, don’t look to me to give you feedback on the lens from the perspective of a travel photographer, a portrait photographer, or a casual photographer. So, don’t think of this as a review. I am simply sharing my experience. Continue reading “The Must-Have Lens for your Leica SL”
A few days ago my friend Felix let me use one of his Fuji cameras. It has been a while since I owned an xPro2 and forgot how much I love that form factor. I don’t much care for the Fuji rendition of raw files – not sure why, but I prefer my SL and … Continue reading Fuji Delight
A few days back, I had a chance to grab coffee with one of my favorite photographers, Adrian Villa. He is a software developer, who got tired of sitting behind the screen and keyboard and sought the freedom that comes from being in the open and making beautiful landscapes. Our coffee conversation was about the choices … Continue reading Adrian Villa
Letter from Om
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