Coming back to write something soon.!

Hey There,

I know! I know! I have not posted anything in the past couple of months. Actually, I was really busy; doing something really unimportant! I still am but WTH! 😅

So, being back after a while, now I am unsure what do I talk about here! I know, it doesn’t matter for now b’cause the group audience lies between None to One!

There is a lot happening in and around me; and also the country I stay in! However, It is not really a good idea to criticise your own country or anything for that matter from the very first post that is going up after months, isn’t it? So, I’ll do it from the next post! 🤘🏻😁🤘🏻

I shall try to be a regular visitor on my own page to keep updating something or the other! Stick around for new posts going forward! Until then, have a good day! Take care!

Ganesh Kamath

(Instagram – @iam.picturesque

Twitter – @iam_picturesque)

Get Involved, Become a Part

You know how people say, Life is short, Live every moment OR Time once lost is lost for ever. Motivational quotes where one relates to the Positive energy and the other with Living in the present.

How about I tell you, imply this in your photography skills! When you go in as a photographer be it streets, weddings, Fashion portraits, landscape or whatever other type it is, Live it, become a part of it.

The moment you become a part of it, things becomes easier for you as a photographer! It shouldn’t be like you reach a venue for shoot, randomly click somebody and get back to life.

Photography is not just about clicking pictures, it is about connecting your audience or viewers with the picture or the story you are trying to speak through your photos. This is only possible when you connect yourself with it or the surroundings.

So Become a part of or get involved and you can see the difference in the results of your art!

Cheers!

(Writing after weeks, Bear with me!)

P.S. No pictures this time! 😅

I feel I’m getting inclined towards streets.!

Remember when you get something new in your hand and you start experimenting with it, trying to figure out what the thing is or does; sometimes How well.

That was my situation after I bought my DSLR. I was like,

Buy a DSLR – ✅

Show off with the DSLR – ✅

Learn Manual Mode – ✅ (Cz Nobody wants to end up being the ‘Auto Mode’ guy)

Genre of photography I wanna get into – ❌

I never really thought about what genre I wanted to get into.

I started carrying my camera around whenever I travelled out of station. Even then, it was put aside after I reached the place.

Then one day a friend of mine told me about The photowalks (a meet up of photographers that happens once a while to click, share and learn (Ask me, it’s more of a Click, Click and Eat kinda situation). So, I got myself registered for one of them and went on for it.

Okay, so I’m not the crowd lover type and neither am I the one who starts speaking as soon as I see. For me it was strange thing since, the time I have been among a crowd is only when

  1. There is a super sale going on somewhere and my Mom has dragged me to it
  2. I would have mistaken expressed something that sounds like “xxxx Restaurant, My Treat” (Trust me, Even the people who don’t like you, become best friends for that day) 😂

It took me almost half a dozen photowalks to get used to the amount of people/photographers who show up for these events. This was only to get used to the crowd and get to know a couple of people.

Though Photowalks are usually theme or concept based, majority of them are streets since you don’t have extra props and you find that concept or theme around you!

However, it was the people I met and got to know about through these photowalks who introduced me to the streets and portraits. Strange, How randomly you walk upto a stranger and ask him/her you can click a picture or the spontaneity of the moment used for striking a conversation so that the person becomes your model.

I was hesitant at first to start into this genre, “The Log kya kahenge”/“what would people think?” Philosophy. After 3 street sessions, I realised Nobody gives a rat’s ass about it. People see, they talk, leave and forget. At max they ask “What are you doing this for?”

I still remember, During a street session that I was doing, I got lost and I sat there, next to a person observing the things, subconsciously striking a conversation with the person.

That was a moment of realisation, I guess, on the streets when I sat there with that person I didn’t know who he was. There is so much to click and share in and around you that your end may end but the stories the lanes and streets tell you never ends. The same place shares a new story everyday.

Street photography changed my life.

To be precise, A person like me who’s never uttered a word among (un)known people to talk, is shy or uncomfortable among too many number of people, now can sit with random strangers and chat for hours, turned confident. Even My school’s personality development professor failed to inculcate this in me 😅.

I started getting inclined towards streets, whenever I get a chance I head over to the streets to have get some pictures or some stories!

Some of my street photos –

Initially when I started,

1. Kids discussing and playing on the road

2. Mom Feeding the Kid

3. The bond of a Father and a Son

From the recent Streets –

4. Reflections

5. This Kid is unwilling to share the tire!

6. Waiting for the early Birds

Thats All.!

Do Let me know what you feel, constructive comment and suggestions are welcome through comment s section.

Understanding the concepts…

When I first bought my DSLR, I had no clue what I was going to do with it.

Shoot, duh!

I know, I would use it shoot, but what would I shoot was the major concern. And as an icing on the cake, I had no clue how to use that freaking gadget in the first place. All I knew was, if I press a button the camera make a noise which means the photo is clicked.

I started with not even the basic knowledge or understanding of Aperture, Shutter. ISO, light and the other basic rules were literally a foreign element for me. So, I started with reading the manual of the camera. Trust me when I tell you, I read the entire book twice and didn’t understand hit from it except for what is located where on the camera that I have bought.

I moved to YouTube for further assistance and then things started getting more clearer. I understood about Auto Mode with and without Flash. (Some of the images below)

There is no point of buying this expensive equipment if I had to click on Auto mode, I thought to myself. Hence, I continued explore more videos; now about Manual Mode.

Let me tell you something here, No Video or person in the world can teach you perfectly how to use the Manual mode. There is a reason it is called Manual Mode, it is because the photographer can play with the Settings on the camera for the image he wants.

I learnt Manual Mode by observing the Auto Mode. Since everything was Auto, the camera system changed its setting according to the environment, by adjusting the aperture, shutter Speed and ISO and let in only the required amount of light inside the frame.

Slowly, I used to see what the Auto mode suggested and then move it Manual, and apply those settings to check myself and then click an image. I started playing with it in such a way that I reduced the shutter to see the result or increased the aperture to see how that affects.

After months of experimenting, I got a little grip on Manual Mode, I didn’t need Auto mode for guidance, I started creating my own settings. I failed umpteen number of times but hey, at least I started somewhere.

After lot of struggle and experimentation, I could click some decent pics on Manual. (See images below)

Now, I get decent pictures on Manual.

So The Guru Mantra is keep practising and keep clickin’

Cheers.!

Why did I start “I am Picturesque”?

I have been clicking pictures for over a couple of years now, for pleasure and internal peace. However, it is recently that I have turned towards the social media to show the world what I do using my camera.

In today’s world, social media plays a vital role in making or breaking the image of an individual or Business.

I made my debut as an artist/a photographer on the Social Media Platform through Instagram. Here my contest to understand the social media began.

From Instagram to Facebook Page to 500px, 500px studios and other photography network like LensCulture etc. I found recognition on a couple of them, whereas on some it was down to dust.

“See my pictures are better than yours”

OR

“See I can compose an image better than yours”

No, I didn’t come here to challenge any artist/photographers.

Everybody should get their fair share to put forth their work in front of the world and I am here to do the same things.

And, Looking for the long run – To take “I am Picturesque” to new heights!

Cheers! 🍻