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Street photography

Street Photography

The streets of Pilani are one of the most interesting I have walked on. It’s full of life; the morning tea, the evening hukka or the dusk time ritual of pooja. It’s been a long time now since I last stepped on to those familiar roads, but somehow going thourgh my backup made me want to share some tips and experiences on street photographny.

  • Get down and dirty.
    The most important thing; this is about the street and not the sidewalk. Don’t be afraid to sit down on a tea-stall with the locals and talk on the politics.
  • Know when to draw the line.
    However, bold you must play, know your limits. You MUST realize when the person in front of you is feeling uncomfortable. When in such situations, here’s what I do:
    Look at my previous snaps, smile at everyone around me, and give the person in front of me time to get used to me.
  • “Jaisa desh Waisa Bhesh”
    Try being that perfect chameleon. I know this might sound funny but it makes a lot of difference. As I realized @ Dharamshala that walking around in a shawl and fur caps give you better results than Woodland shoes and a pair of jeans.
  • Shutter – Aperture – ISO and all that jazz.
    The first thing I do before I start pounding the pavement is to set my camera to Aperture Priority mode and adjust my exposure (EV) for the available light. I generally choose a wide aperture such as f4 or f5.6 and try to keep my shutter speed at 1/125 or higher. Having a slightly faster shutter speed helps reduce camera shake (since I shoot most of my images hand held) and it helps freeze the portrait.
  • What rules?
    The coolest thing; there ARE NO rules. Just you and your good old instincts.

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  • What to do with a point-and-Shoot camera?
    There’s usually some shutter lag in these, and pictures become very grainy in low light conditions. So, clicking during the day is a better option. If you do decide to move out at dawn/dusk; try using the slow-synchro flash. This is less harsh than the normal Fill flash and helps to retain the depth with visible backgrounds/DOF. These options are there in all cameras and consult your Camera Manual for more details.

    So go out and capture the magic, all those moments.

    All the stories. Just waiting. For you.

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Call me feminist if you have to. I am in some ways.

I was going through my archives today and I realised how much of it is filled with portraits of the fairer sex. There’s my mom, granny, random females on the road and of course friends from college. This series is for the girls in my life who make it spicy, the ones who keep it stable and the ones without whom I wouldn’t be writing this.

The first one’s for Nimmo bhai (bro in Hndi); don’t ask me why I call her that!

About her:
Whacky. Pretty. Bro. Totally cool. Workaholic.

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nimmo_miles_pixels

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My creative block

On top of Institute building

On top of Institute building

Once again, I break past the everlasting circle of exams to reach the now very familiar dead end.

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