A few more portraits, this time shot on 120mm film, on my Mamiya 645 Body. I just absolutely love film! It’s not just the visual output that I love, but also the entire process of photographing using film ; I find it so much more engaging. I am not saying that digital is bad, it’s definitely one of the most powerful tools for creative expression at lightning speed, but then for those times when you want to just take your time, relax and perform the art of photography at your own leisure, nothing comes close to film. The process involves a lot more & does not culminate quickly at just releasing the shutter, and I love that I don’t get to see what I shot until the roll is developed. That anticipation of how the photographs turned out, builds up and culminates at the reveal when you see your developed roll of film. That feeling is unparalleled. Something that digital can never give me.
Ever since I started shooting medium format film, I have been really interested in making portraits. I have started putting together material for a commercial portfolio and portraiture is one of the areas that I am working on. These photographs were taken outdoors, with the help of some reflectors, diffusers and a single flash. I have to thank my beloved wife, Mary Dee for all the assistance and wonderful suggestions that were invaluable. Also I would like to thank my friend and mentor, Oliver Regueiro for his amazing input on post processing, which had a huge impact on these images. Last but not the least, thank you my dear friend, Kelly for being such an awesome model and being patient with me while I was working on making these portraits of you!
Seagulls : Up, Close and Personal!
I am fascinated by photographs that take the viewer right into essence of the subject and story. Thats why I like to leave my telephoto lens at home and embrace a wider approach, this helps me shoot from perspectives that are seldom seen. On this day, I decided to leave my SLR at home and walk out with my tiny mirrorless camera, a Nikon V1 with a 10mm lens attached to it. Mind you, this camera’s sensor has a crop factor of 2.7, so in effect, I am shooting at 27mm (35mm equivalent). Wide enough for me.
Walking by the dock along with a good friend of mine, I was really hoping to catch something different. I stumbled upon a flock of seagulls that were going crazy as they were being fed by the locals. I didn’t waste a second, I rushed up to the birds and started snapping away. I am fairly happy with these images as they did, to a certain extend, quench my thirst to shoot these creatures from a less seen perspective. Oh and did I mention that the focusing speed of the Nikon V1 is quite insane!!??
The Palouse - A scene to behold
Miles and miles of Scenic rolling hills punctuated the landscape of this less known area of Eastern Washington. No matter what time of the year you visit this place, one thing is for sure, you will get to photograph some incredible landscape, occasionally showered upon by the shadows of passing clouds. I was very lucky to have driven through the highway along Palouse on a beautiful partially cloudy day. The images don’t do complete justice to what I saw unfold in front of my eyes, it was like standing inside an old windows 98 desktop!
Boats & Birds
Yeah, thats pretty much all I saw whilst walking on the piers of Neah Bay, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. A hidden gem kissed by the calm waters of the bay, Neah is abundantly rich in its birdlife. I was in the area for just about an hour and already I had spotted several different kinds of birds, some of which I managed to take a photograph of. I sure do want to go back there again and photograph more.
Bad light Good light
By the time I reached Shi Shi Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State after a 4 mile hike, I was disappointed that the light was not great and that if I wait for the light to be good, then I will have to hike back in the dark though the woods, with no flashlight (lesson learnt-never forget your flash light while on a photography trip). So I decided to photograph the landscape in the the harsh light that was available. It’s actually neat to shoot rocks in hard light because its really lets the textures show off their granularity, especially here at the Olympic peninsula, where there is plenty of tide pools, mussels, seaweeds and all the good stuff all around. Looking at the images I made, I guess it was not such bad light after all :)
My Lil Pony
The Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks. A pure-bred American Sports coupe that is as unapologetic in it’s looks as it is in it’s performance. A car with true character, an obsession for many. Enjoy a selection of some of my favorite shots that I created of my lil pony.
Ballet of Light, Rain & Clouds.
It was an instinctive drive on an overcast day, to Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, WA, that became one of the most amazing evenings I have been out with my wife.
We got to photograph an incredible ballet of light, rain, wind and the stormy looming cloud-cover. These are some of my favorites from that evening.
Jellyfish. Their shapes and patterns of movement tell me a story that took many million years in the making. The subtle grace with which they move and their slow deliberate flutters are reminiscent of a primordial dance which has been going on ever since the origins of life. Here I tried to capture their grace and beauty in this series of symmetricals. Enjoy :)