How did your photography journey begin?
My dad had a Yashica Twin Lens reflex camera, and I was fascinated as a kid what it could do and what it could create. Then when I was in 8th grade my mom got a point-and-shoot kodak film-based camera. That was the first time I tried my hand in photography. After graduating, I got myself a first film based SLR – a Vivitar and then upgraded it to a film-based Auto SLR – A Minolta. That’s when my photography journey started on a serious note.
Being a self-taught photographer, where do you seek your inspiration from?
Inspiration for me has always been beautiful nature. Being a nature and landscape photographer, I am always inspired and alive when I am outdoors. No two sunsets or sunrises are the same. No two topographies are alike. I find inspiration in the colors, light, clouds, streams, trees, mountains, and fragrance in nature.
Of all the countries & places you have visited, according to you, which is the most picture-perfect?
There are many places that are breathtakingly beautiful. But I think Italy is the picture-perfect. From Tuscany to Dolomites, and Cinque Terre to Capri, the country offers everything and more for a photographer.
Would you give us insights into your creative process related to all facets of travel photography; right from planning the trip to post-processing of the pictures?
While planning a photography trip, I don’t get carried away with a one-shot-wonder or touristy places. It is important as a photographer to distinguish between a place that a tourist would find beautiful and a place that can truly be photographed in a beautiful way.
I usually divide my photography into “morning session” and “evening session” and I plan places I visit keeping the position of sun in mind (if it is westerly facing – then sunset, if it is easterly facing – then sunrise). Another aspect of my travel is that I always like to drive in the country/place I am in – it gives me lot of flexibility to stop and spend time in photography wherever I want.
Keeping in mind the way image was composed and the way the light was flowing I recreate the same during my post-process workflow. I pay attention to the separation between shadows and light area. I try and create – enhance - perfect the light that I had composed and photographed.
What challenges have you faced during your travels and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge is always getting to the right place in the right weather condition.
The way to find the right spots and highpoints is to network as much as you can with right people (fellow photographers, travellers etc.). It also helps to prep for this as early as you can before your travel.
Weather has its own mysterious ways, and it plays out on the shoot day. I try and work with whatever the conditions are. If the place is an important part of my itinerary, then I keep an extra day or two to give myself more opportunities.
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