Feathered Pho­to­graphic Fer­vour

Fi­nally, a plat­form for all pho­tog­ra­phers to ex­hibit their tal­ent and GET NO­TICED!

Smart Photography - - Kaleidoscope - As told to Span­dan Sharma

Grow­ing up within the am­bit of a joint fam­ily, I was in­tro­duced to pho­tog­ra­phy by my el­der un­cle, who had a Rollei­flex box cam­era and an im­pro­vised dark­room from where he used to churn out pic­tures to my ut­ter amaze­ment. My fa­ther used to shoot birds (with a gun, not a cam­era), and the sight of the dead birds al­ways sad­dened me deeply as a child. Per­haps those days be­came a ma­jor in­flu­ence for my love for birds, which later on be­came the pri­mary sub­ject of my pho­tog­ra­phy. I started pho­tog­ra­phy at the age of 14 with a sim­ple Agfa Click 3 cam­era, shoot­ing what­ever I felt like. Then I moved to a Hot Shot 35 Jr, fol­lowed by a se­ries of dif­fer­ent cam­eras. I am es­sen­tially a self-taught pho­tog­ra­pher. With no one to guide me, I had to learn the rules, tech­niques and nu­ances of pho­tog­ra­phy from books and pe­ri­od­i­cals, ob­serv­ing shots taken by great pho­tog­ra­phers and prac­tis­ing what I learned from those pages. Now I mainly use the Nikon D7000 and Nikon D90 cam­era bod­ies with a Nikkor 300mm F/4.0 lens with a 1.4x tele­con­verter for my bird pho­tog­ra­phy. I do shoot a lot of other sub­jects too, but I pre­fer to shoot nat­u­ral sub­jects over man-made things. I also use a Tam­ron 90mm F/2.8 Macro lens and a Nikon 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED lens as and when re­quired. I have tried ex­per­i­ment­ing with var­i­ous kinds of pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing land­scapes, macro, still life, etc.; how­ever, my pas­sion re­mains bird pho­tog­ra­phy. I en­joy click­ing com­mon birds that are usu­ally seen in our back­yard, but rarely given a sec­ond glance. I hope to cre­ate an in­ter­est in or­nithol­ogy, es­pe­cially in the younger gen­er­a­tion, through my pho­tos, and to make them aware of th­ese birds and their beauty. Hope­fully, my work will in­spire some peo­ple to take more ac­tive steps to take care of th­ese birds. It would be a source of great joy for me if my pho­tos con­trib­uted to­wards mak­ing peo­ple sen­si­tive to­wards na­ture, just as my jour­ney as a pho­tog­ra­pher has changed me.

Partha Sinha, Asan­sol

Brown Shrike Cam­era: Nikon D90 Aper­ture : f/5.6 Shut­ter speed: 1/800 sec. ISO: 360

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