01/01/2017 Personal Posts
>>> My personal selective photographic works from 2016 <<<
The year 2016 has drawn to a close & most of the photographers I know have been using some app or other on Instagram & other social media platforms to pick their best works.
Obviously, the algorithm picks up the most liked and/or commented uploads, which is tad unfair in my opinion.
So, I decided to manually pick those works of mine, from the past year, that are close to my heart. And here they are:
1. THE RAD POSER
Portraiture has always been my first love & will always be, I hope! Incidentally, this was my very last post of 2016.
Arguably one of the best portraits I have shot till date, this image is a perfect example of what you can achieve by using only a single light source.
Lady in the photograph: Shraddha Gurung (fashion blogger) | Insta handle: lilmissgurung
Ok, here is a pro tip for all you shutterbugs out there: half of your work will be done if the model is confident & knows what he/she is doing.
I was fortunate enough to photograph Monalisha, an ace fashion blogger, on the very first day I met her at an event & truth be told, I am yet to come across someone who is as natural & nonchalant in front of the camera as herself!
Lady in the photograph: Monalisha Mahapatra | Insta handle: thegreyhalfway
3. AN ETHEREAL ENIGMA
Another great example of using a single light source however what really makes this image is her calm & serene posture.
Lady in the photograph: Shruti Pawar | Insta handle: pawarshruti
4. THE PERFECT GAZE
A self declared ‘incurable foodie’, she is as quirky in reality as one can be! She is also one of those people of whom you cannot take a bad photograph of even if you want to.
Lady in the photograph: Agnieszka Bunia | Insta handle: herlittlecookbook
5. MANALI DIARIES
Manali has always held a special place in my heart. Not all of you know this but before I started doing photography, I had been a writer!
And the first & only novel I wrote had a major chunk based in, you guessed it, MANALI. The novel is called,
“Love, Heartbreak, Repeat…?” & its available as an e-book on Amazon.
Link to my e-book: FIND IT HERE
6. ROHTANG PASS
If you ever want to see the magnanimity & sheer beauty of nature then go to the hills & you will never be the same again.
The last time I went to Manali, fortunately there was no snow at the Rohtang Pass & the sight was a majestic & humbling experience.
7. JOHNSON’S CAFE, MANALI
The one place where you abso-freaking-lutely have to go when in Manali: The Johnson’s Cafe. Spectacular food, jaw-dropping view of the Himalayas & homely environment.
Put it all together & you have perfection in front of your eyes.
P. S. they have therapy dogs to keep you company so be prepared to go there & not wanting to leave
8. MONOCHROME SOLITUDE
A great photographer once said that shooting landscapes is the easiest as well as the hardest thing to do & I couldn’t have agreed more with this statement.
This shot was taken on my way from Manali to Rohtang Pass.
9. PLAY OF LIGHT
Shooting in hard light can be extremely challenging in most situations. I also did a photo series few months back called PLAY OF LIGHT, wherein I tried showcasing how you can shoot in hard light with a natural advantage of having highly contrasting scenes at your disposal. This image is one such example & I also love it for the frame-within-frame look that it has.
Location: Naggar Castle, Himachal Pradesh
10. PLAY OF LIGHT II
I kept this photograph in storage for several months after I took it.
Once I started working on my PLAY OF LIGHT photo series, this was an obvious front-runner!
Location: Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi
That’s it for now! Hope you liked scrolling through the photographs.
Tell me which one you liked the most!?
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