Digital Pinhole

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Purists Scoff at Digital Pinhole Photography

In my last blog, I wrote about pinhole photography, and how this is a unique form of photography. There are many ways to do pinhole photography, and I am yet to explore them all. Later this year, when–if–we get a good monsoon rain, I will convert my home office into a pinhole camera. But, for now, I want to talk about digital pinhole photography. Purists scoff at this approach because they feel the only way to do it is to use film.

But buying film has become expensive, so I figured I ought to use my digital camera. When whilst Googling, and looking for ways to convert my digital camera to a pinhole camera, I stumbled upon the website Pinhole Resource. After I explored a few more sites, I returned to Pinhole Resource and bought a digital pinhole body cap and a zone cap for my Nikon camera.

The ZonePlate Cap. Look closely at the center

Diffraction

Diffraction

The difference, in simple terms, between a pinhole body cap and a zone cap, is that the zone cap creates more of a diffraction effect. Diffracted rays create a softer image. Please read Eric Renner’s Pinhole Photography to go into this subject in more detail. If you examine the photos, the f-stop rating may amaze you. On the one hand, you may get the impression that everything is in focus, but the smaller the opening, the greater the diffraction. If you examine the wave patterns after a beam of light (or sound) exits a narrow slit, you will notice how the waves seem to disperse, creating a softer image.

When I set out to do some digital pinhole photography, I knew purists scoff, without mercy, at people like me. No matter, I figured. I wanted to learn, so off I went!

Again, I must repeat this plan. Whenever you remove your lens from the camera, whilst on location, dust may clog your sensor.

Essential Tips

A tripod is essential because the exposure times are, typically, 1-2 seconds. They can be longer, depending on the light. In an ideal world, use an ISO rating of 200 to minimize the incidence of digital noise. This means that you ought to photograph still subjects. It’s important to experiment, else you won’t figure out the best combinations that work for you.

The next question to answer is that of composition. When I placed the pinhole body cap on the camera, the system switched off the viewfinder/ and the LED screen at the back. The first time I was out with my camera, I may have presented a comical sight, as I stood there, making imaginary cones with my hands. I will forgive all those gaping at me and thinking of me as a madman–but all I did was to simulate the camera’s field of vision.

In Bhimtal

The first time I did some digital pinhole work was when I was at the Silent Valley Homestay just outside Bhimtal in India. This is an old 19th-century bridge built by the British when they were in India.

In Delhi

I shot these images at Delhi Gate and Turkman Gate in Delhi.

In Manali

I shot these images in Manali, Himachal Pradesh India

Then

After this, Covid entered our lives, and the world changed. It’s going to be a few months before I resume pinhole photography. Maybe, I will work on a project at the end of the year. There are thoughts floating in my subconscious brain. At some point, I will share them with everyone!

Yes. The purists scoff, but I shall carry on in my own merry way!


Pinhole

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Pinhole. The Oldest Form of Photography

A man, looking at a pinhole image

You can say pinhole photography is the oldest form of photography. It’s not the oldest form of image making. I almost wrote that it is the oldest form of image making, but it is not true. Humans have been making images for thousands of years. Not all the pinhole imagery used cameras. However, Eric Renner, who wrote a book called “Pinhole Photography” mentioned the earliest mention of pinhole optics came from China, from a person called Mo Ti, around 400 BC.

 So, it’s old. Pinhole photography is ancient. Digital photography has taken over the world of photography. However, there are many people–in particular, in the Western Hemisphere–exploring analog techniques of the 19th century. I discovered most of these techniques when I studied the “History of Photography” with the Photography Society of America. As a note of interest, I am a member. People across the globe mark, or celebrate, the Annual Pinhole Day on the 24th of April.

What is Pinhole Photography?

The anatomy of a pinhole camera

If you ask me to pause and explain what pinhole photography is, I will do so. First, you don’t need a sheet or roll of light-sensitive paper, or a digital sensor, to make a pinhole image. You will need these things if you make a pinhole photographic image. So now, I want you to pause and reflect. If this is the oldest form of photography, why don’t you need a light-sensitive paper/sensor? Since the word photography loosely means, ‘drawing with light’, then logic dictates that you don’t need a sheet of film, or sensor, to take a pinhole photograph.

However, you will require the following items if you want to create a permanent record of the image–a photograph. So, what do you need?

What Do You Need?

You need:

1. An enclosure sealed off from extraneous light.

2. A tiny aperture

3. And a source of light.

You will need a flat surface at the far end. This is imperative to avoid getting a weird image. Therefore, you can seal off your windows by covering them with black paper, seal off any light leaks, make a tiny aperture in the paper, and create an image.

Flexibility

If you follow my train of thought, you will realize you can create an image using your entire wall as the ‘screen’. Extend the logic further, and then you may figure you can convert almost anything into a pinhole camera–including a box of cereal. Don’t forget: this is the oldest form of photography. And people in those ancient times did not have modern digital cameras.

The Resultant Image

A simple ray diagram of a pinhole image

If you follow the ray diagram on the image, you see in this section; you will see an inverted image. This is normal. I don’t know how many of you remember your optics lessons in school. If you do, then you may recall that a convex lens creates an inverted but real image that is behind the lens. In contrast, a concave lens creates a virtual, upright image that is in front of the lens.

The image created by a pinhole camera is real, inverted, and always falls behind the aperture.

My Own, Truncated Explorations

I have wanted to explore this genre of photography, but Covid intervened. Since the start of Covid, the price of chemicals has shot up, along with everything else. Therefore, I forced myself to make some compromises. I have done a little work in pinhole photography. However, when I was exploring this, the oldest form of photography, I realized I had to re-evaluate many basic concepts I have always taken for granted. But more on that next time. Before I go, I leave you with two self-portraits I shot in Manali. I remember the evening well. It was below freezing, and I took almost thirty or forty photographs before I got a result that was half-decent.

It is time to praise the man. Me!


A Few Resources

If you are keen to explore the subject, you may explore these sites. The link to Eric Remmer’s book on Amazon India is my affiliate link

Pinhole Photography Eric Renner https://amzn.to/3P4nbXJ

https://pinhole.org/

https://pinholeday.org/


Mirrorless

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Know the “Bones of the Camera” to use it well

Anatomies in contrast. Image courtesy http://www.photographylife.com

A few months back, I bought a Fujifilm XT-4. I bought this because I intended to use this for street and travel photography. Despite all the research I have done over the last months regarding this camera, I omitted to study one crucial aspect. I did not examine the physical structure of the camera. When I received the camera, and studied the structure, I realized I must plan my photography well if I am to use the camera to good effect. Therefore, it is vital you know the bones of your camera.

Many years back when I started photography, I started with an SLR camera, shooting film. Most people by now must have seen me write about this, twenty-five million times, and will be sick of me. After film, I moved on to digital SLRs–crop sensor and full-frame.

The Basic Structure

The structure of a DSLR. Image courtesy wikicommons

To use any camera as a master, it’s critical to know something about the basic structure – the bones of your camera. If you look at the image, one difference will become obvious. With a digital SLR, a mirror stands in front of the sensor. In contrast with a film SLR camera, the mirror structure adds considerable weight to a digital SLR. However, it helps shield the sensor from dust. Don’t assume the mirror blocks dust: it helps shield the sensor.

Contrast this with the structure of a mirrorless camera. Nothing stands between the elements and the sensor. Therefore, when you remove the lens from the body, then you are inviting dust and the hostile world into your camera. If you do this often enough, you will spend considerable money on repairs.

When I was shopping for my Fuji lens, I noticed some of them have a “WR” mark against the description. “WR” means “Weather Resistant”. Fuji designed them to be secure against water and dust. This is a boon, in particular when you live in beautiful countries like my own.

Plan, and Ye Shall Succeed

However, we now come to the crux of the matter. If you want to use the camera effectively for a day’s photography, it is imperative your plan is impeccable. Ask yourselves a few questions:

1. What is your photography style, and how does it fit with what you intend to achieve? For instance:

a. Are you comfortable with prime lenses, or are you dependent on zoom lenses?

b. Are you walking around with deliberation or not? I’d like to illustrate. My wife will murder me soon because I am exploring a Leica point and shoot. I don’t always go for planned shoots. Often, I am in the market and want something I can use on the fly. This is where a good compact camera proves invaluable.

2. What sort of environment are you going to be shooting in?

a. Dusty?

b. Pristine?

c. Wet and windy?

3. What genre of photography are you going to do?

a.     Street

b. Natural light portraiture? Or studio work?

To Conclude. And, meet Rheinhold

Rheinhold & My Fujifilm XT-4

I advise against changing lenses often when on the field. When you do so, switch off the camera and point it down. However, if you are using a mirrorless camera, then I suggest you avoid changing lenses on the field. What now does this mean? Plan your shoot in advance!

Study the bones of your camera, plan your photography, care for the tools at hand and have fun!

Meet Rheinhold. You can see him in the image with my Fujifilm XT-4. Say hello to him!


Please read this article. It is also where I got the image in the post. https://photographylife.com/what-is-a-mirrorless-camera

And this article


Cogs

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We Have Become Dehumanized?

Faceless cogs in a machine

I was in Connaught Place, New Delhi, a week ago, and was looking for a place to eat. When my wife and I left the travel agent, we walked around, arguing about where to eat. She won the battle. Anyone surprised? Anyway, I noticed this guard sitting and stretching. Bored out of his wits, he sat there. By the time I whipped my phone out, unlocked it, and found the camera app, he had stopped stretching. But when I photographed him, two thoughts ran through my brain. The first: he is lucky to be employed. The second: we are like cogs in a machine. At that moment, I thought we have become dehumanized. Am I bumbling less now?

India is one of the most unequal countries in the world. There is enough data to prove this, even though the government refuses to acknowledge this. Our health statistics are hopeless. When I recall the incident–the moment I photographed the man–I also had another thought. That’s when I had an epiphany or realization. We Indians don’t treat each other well. In today’s world, we victimize Muslims, Dalits, and the poor. In doing so, we have become dehumanized.

People Want To Survive

A guard. BNW

Yet, people want to survive. They want to be treated with dignity. Everyone wants to be treated as a fellow human being, and not just as a brick in the wall. When I spoke out that phrase, ‘a brick in the wall’ to myself, I smacked myself on the head. If you are wondering if I smacked myself on the head in the middle of the market, you are mistaken. I didn’t. My wife considers me to be a crazy person, and I don’t need to prove her correct in the middle of the street!

And, it’s hot these days. When I read stuff on social media, I receive many messages about the heatwaves in India. In the plains of North India, this is not the worst part of the year. The worst is yet to come, between July and September, when the wet-bulb temperatures cross 30 degrees Celsius. Wet-bulb temperatures of over 35 degrees are fatal.

But. But people must survive. They have lost income and dignity. We are following a strange, nationalistic neo-liberal agenda, because of which, one person is becoming rich. In contrast, the rest are becoming poorer.

People Are Angry & Uncertain

Anger, frustration, and uncertainty fill people, especially in these uncertain times. When this happens, they need an enemy, and it is easy (in particular, countries like India) to create strife. The analysis will not comfort those who are being victimized. No one wants analysis. They want a solution. They want dignity and security. However, this is hard to find. Despite our prayers and religion, we have become dehumanized to the point we do not accord our fellow humans any dignity.W I continued to ponder this point, I figured that this could be my theme. But we are not mere bricks in a wall. But I don’t want Pink Floyd to sue me, which is why I have arrived at the metaphor of the anonymous cog. While writing this, I realize my thoughts are bleak. I hope, in the eventual result, you will see the victory of the human spirit, and not the result of my bleak thoughts.


Some Resources I Used


Bumbling Along

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I Remain Confused!

Bumbling Along

A month ago, I decided I was going to focus on street photography this year. My rationale was impeccable. Most of you may have forgotten it, so indulge me while I repeat, and modify my rationale. Even while I remain confused about the overall approach, my underlying motivation remains unchanged.

So, let me make a list post, something I don’t do often.

  1. It started with Covid. I won’t bore you with the statistics, but too many people have lost work during the pandemic. People talk of fourth and fifth waves, but I firmly believe we are in the endemic stage of the illness. Pandemics will return, and no one will be prepared for them. The fact remains, people have lost work, and inequality has risen. One gentleman, Gautam Adani, however, has become rich. In 2014, he was worth an estimated 7 billion USD. Today, eight years later, he is worth 180 billion USD and is the sixth richest man on the planet. Something is wrong.
  2. Today, as I write, the situation has become worse, with authorities bulldozing Muslim homes. They do so without reason, barring that of political gains. The government is silent, while goons parading as saints call for Muslim genocide. I have argued with people, who believe Hindus must now be proud of being Hindu. Some then say killing Muslims is bad, but they don’t speak up because they are proud Hindus. I hope you agree there is some perverse thinking at play here.
  3. I have pushed travel back to 2023 because:
    1. I want to buy a four-wheel drive
    2. Fuel prices in India are obscene. We have amongst the highest fuel prices in the world.

So, Why Am I Bumbling Along?

Bumbling Along

So, why do I remain confused?

I intend to focus on the human stories, but which ones do I focus on? The loss of work, and its possible impact on a person’s dignity? Or, the loss of our nation’s soul, and the wanton destruction of an integral part of our society – the Muslim part?

Many years back, I went into the Walled City of Delhi and did a project there. I had planned to write an e-book, and I did. However, nothing came of it. When I think back on this project, and consider the various changes taking place in India, I feel it may be worthwhile to go back there and repeat that old project. But, with a slight twist.

I Need Answers

I need answers

So, why do I remain confused?

I intend to focus on the human stories, but which ones do I focus on? The loss of work, and its possible impact on a person’s dignity? Or, the loss of our nation’s soul, and the wanton destruction of an integral part of our society – the Muslim part?

Many years back, I went into the Walled City of Delhi and did a project there. I had planned to write an e-book, and I did. However, nothing came of it. When I think back on this project, and consider the various changes taking place in India, I feel it may be worthwhile to go back there and repeat that old project. But, with a slight twist.


KANCHENJUNGA

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Kanchenjunga. The Waves of Awe

Kanchenjunga

I love the mountains, but this was not always the case. After living in England when I was eight years old, I spent a year in Delhi. Then, my father packed me off to Nainital to study. I remember my first sight of the mountains, as they appeared dim in the mist. Foreboding filled me, and I did not want to spend the next nine months of my life in the hills. Later that year, in December, I took a train during my winter holiday to spend three weeks with my father in Kalimpong, just south of Sikkim. I remember waking up early, taking my tea out to the little veranda, and settling down. As I was about to sit, I looked up and gasped. The Kanchenjunga stood in full glory, in front of me. When I gaped at the peaks standing, glittering in the morning light, waves of awe seemed to fill my body.

The Moment of Love

I’d say that this was the moment I began my enduring love affair with the mountains. Since then, I have lived in the hills for many years. If they left it to me alone, I will go back to the mountains and spend the rest of my life in them.

Conquering Nature

For over a century, men (in particular, Westerners) have wanted to climb mountains. Perhaps this need stems from a desire to command nature. This is what we humans have been trying to do since the Industrial Revolution. Ever since we became conscious of climate change and the Anthropocene, or the Pyrocene, people have been talking about geoengineering, with saliva dripping from their mouths. All they see is the promise of profit. Countries will scramble to command shipping routes at the two Poles.

But while I don’t intend to rant, I had to give in to the temptation.

The Sacred Mountains

Mountaineers who respect the mountains say that you don’t climb mountains. Rather, the mountain allows you to climb it. Most people, for whom mountains like the Kanchenjunga and Kailash are sacred, do not wish to climb the mountains. In contrast, they love the mountain, and when they worship them, I am sure waves of awe flow through them. This happened to me, and I have not forgotten that initial shock of love and awe.

Yes, I truly love the Kanchenjunga, and always will. I am not a mountaineer and have no desire to conquer the peaks. But if you want to climb a mountain, go ahead. Do it.

A Final Question

But now I must ask all of you a question. Before I do, I will preface the question with a few comments. These days, most of us stalk the streets with our faces buried in our phones. I read somewhere that Thoreau remarked about people who use a watch to tell the time but cannot do so when looking at the angle of the sun.

When you are out with your camera (or pen, or paintbrush), do you become obsessed with the questions of technique? Or do you allow yourself to sit there, allowing the waves of awe to envelop you? Do you allow yourself to feel the true majesty of nature? Sometimes, it is good to sit there, thinking nothing, doing nothing.

Will you photograph (or paint, or write about) the mountain? Or, will you let the mountain allow you to photograph it?


Toning. Part Two

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Your Creative Vision. Toning

The Manalsu River. Quicksilver

I mentioned, in my last blog post, that the last step–toning the image–is a crucial step, and helps you complete the image. This step is essential in helping you achieve the creative vision you have for the image. Also, in my last blog post, I referenced Nik Silver Efex Pro and Joel’s Panel for black & white photography. There are two limitations to using these otherwise excellent tools. Another excellent software in Exposure, and I will come back to this one in a subsequent post.

1. You will use the toning presets available in the photo editing software you are using.

2. Maybe, you don’t own either of them.

Using Color Fill

The desktop. Using the color fill layer

So, now is the time to ask yourself if other options exist. If you ask this question, my answer is ‘yes’. Photoshop offers users a million ways to achieve the result you desire. You can, of course, achieve your creative vision through a million routes. Well, not a million ways, but enough ways exist in which to arrive at the image you want to create.

In this image, I used the color fill layer on the top. Most of the time, you will open the color-fill dialogue box and move the pointer around. This is good, but the process is random. It may not be possible for you to replicate the result.

The Process

I Googled the Hex codes for many colors and copied them into my phone, and on my iPad, as well as the computer. Next, when I toned the image, I experimented with a few color fill options. To make it simple, I list the broad steps below:

1. The first thing to do is to have a broad idea of the overall mood of the image.

1.1. Cool or warm? Choose the tone best suited to your ultimate vision.

1.2. Dark or light? Once you decide this, choose the tone. I wanted a bright, almost airy atmosphere in this image, so I chose the hex code for Quicksilver, as you will see in the image.

1.3. The next step is to choose your blending mode. You must experiment. Unfortunately, there is no other way around it. I used pin light, and when you want to blend some of these strange blend modes like ‘pin light’ and ‘hard light’, using the fill option is better than opacity.

1.4. At this stage, you are done. The image is final, but you can experiment further if you choose. I added a black layer mask, which concealed the blending. Then, I applied a gradient to the mask, to reveal the quicksilver color fill in the center of the image, and hide it at the top and bottom.

Let it Blossom, Let it Flow

To be honest, what you do and how you apply the tools will depend on your own creative vision. Sometimes, I start with a broad theme. I have a general idea of what I want to achieve. Sometimes I experiment like a crazy person while editing an image. Sometimes I finish an image in fifteen minutes. At other times, I return to the image several times over a few days.

Then, at other times when I discard my edit and let something churn in my subconscious for months. Often, my creative vision seems blocked, and at other times, it flows like an unchecked river.

I believe one of Eric Clapton’s songs (Let it Grow, from 461 Ocean Boulevard) has these lyrics:

Let it grow, let it grow
Let it blossom, let it flow
In the sun, the rain, the snow
Love is lovely, let it grow

Eric Clapton

So, let it flow.


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Toning Your Image

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Toning. A Critical Element of Your Image

Manalsu River. Selenium Tone

The last step in editing your image is color grading it or applying a tone. You color grade a color image and apply a tone to a black-and-white image. I’ve learned that toning is a critical element while deciding how I want to present an image. This step often arouses conflicting emotions in me, and I will explain why.

First, I decide on the overall look of the image. Once I make this decision, I process the image. A question I must answer is this: do I want the image to be low-key or high-key, or neutral? I avoid creating a neutral-looking image. Neutral images are boring and don’t possess any personality. This is my view, and I understand that there are many who like neutral images with perfect detail in highlights, mid-tones, and shadows.

However, I don’t mind shadow or dark areas of images with no detail. This is not my usual rule. If a dark area with no detail suits the purpose of the image, I will darken that part of the image. Deep shadows can, and sometimes do create strong moods. In contrast, a high-key image looks almost ethereal at times. However, I will not process an image with a blown-out highlights, especially in monochrome work. Shadows and highlights are critical elements of an image, so treat them with care.

Questions That Plague Me

Manalsu River. The Prometheus Color Grade. 33% Opacity

I mentioned at the start that I always leave toning till the end. Once I have made all the edits in an image, I plan the final visual presentation. This does not mean I leave this thought process until the end. Most of the time, this question plagues me through my edit. Once I reach the end, I pause and smack myself on the head.

The tone is such a critical element of the image, I often have conflicting emotions running through me. I ask myself several questions, and the list below is not exhaustive.

· Do I want the image to be cool or warm?

· Do I want it to appear ‘modern’, or antique?

· Do I want something dramatic, or subtle?

When you answer these and other such questions, and then you may find your solution.

How do you tone your image? There are many ways to tone your image, and I will write a detailed post on this the next time around.

One tool you can use is Nik Silver Efex Pro, which has some excellent options. If you own Joel Tjintjellar’s panel, you can use some options he offers.

If you own neither, you can add a color fill layer as the top layer, and then experiment with various blending modes. Take your pick.

This Image

Manalsu River. The Inception Color Grade. 33% Opacity.

I have posted three versions of the same image in this post. I made this image at the Manalsu River in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was cold, about minus 5 degrees Celsius. The exposure time is 13 seconds.

I made the initial black & white conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro. Next, I made some adjustments in Photoshop. Apart from applying curves, I did a lot of dodging and burning. In the end, I applied the tone using Joel’s panel.

When you examine the images, you will notice some subtle differences in all three. Each creates its own mood, and therefore I am convinced toning is such a critical element of a black-and-white image.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize, once more, the centrality of this step in creating your visual story.


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Back to The Streets

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Photographing People Rebuilding Their Lives

Rheinhold and My Fuji

I am returning to the streets this year, and I have my reasons for this. For one, it has become expensive to travel. When I asked a hotelier about the escalating hotel prices, he shrugged and told me they must make up for their Covid losses. Life has become difficult for all of us, or many of us, in the last two years. Many people in India have become unemployed, and I feel an undercurrent of frustrated anger coursing through the country. Therefore, I intend to focus on people rebuilding their lives and trying to make a living.

I have an interim title for this project, which defines the underlying theme of the project. I got the title from the Australian band, “Men at Work”, though I assumed Kraftwerk had a song by the same name. So yes, the working title of the project is “Men at Work”.

India Today

People have lost jobs in India and, even before the pandemic, unemployment was running high. When this phenomenon propagates through society, anger fills the void. In fact, this is when politicians step in to fill the breach and rule. In India, our ruling party has fuelled this anger and steered it towards Muslims. There is little focus on people rebuilding their lives, and what the government can do to help.

A Digression. Nietzsche

As a result, our society has become divided and fragmented. I can write extensively on this topic, but I always one thing Nietzsche said.

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Nietzsche

This could be a misquote, but I guess you understand what he means when he said that.

Most people don’t realize the growing inequality in India. A gentleman, Gautam Adani, was worth $7 billion in 2014 and is worth $90 billion today. But most people want to get on with life and care for their families. Go analyze.

As I Continue With The Work

Therefore, I choose to focus on this: people rebuilding their lives, and just getting on with making a living. I am aware some people may label me as a sexist with a title like “Men at Work”, but this is not the case. Over time, I will find a more representative title. So, if someone has some bright ideas, let me know!

Years back, when I started my life in street photography, I delighted in photographing poor people, and calling my images “authentic”. As time passed, my attitude changed with it. Nowadays, when I analyse my earlier approach, I realize I am guilty of “poverty porn”. I acknowledge now, there is no harm in photographing poor people on the street. We have many poor people in India, and it is impossible to avoid them. However, if I glory in their poverty, then I am guilty of exploiting their situation.

Therefore, I always try, these days, to capture their laughter, their spirit, their dignity. I am not doing them a favor. In fact, the reverse may be true.

Back to the streets. This is where I started. This is where I resume my photography. As I work my way through this little project, I hope I do justice to my countrymen who are rebuilding their lives.

The Camera I Will Use

When I go back to the streets, I will use my new camera, the Fujifilm XT-4, and a 35mm f2 Fujinon lens. If you are an Indian, you can click the affiliate links I embedded, and explore the camera on Amazon India.

A gentleman told me I made a mistake when I bought the 35mm lens. In his opinion, the lens for street photography, if you are using a crop sensor, is the 23mm lens. I didn’t want to argue with him, because it is vital for you as a photographer to choose the lens which supports your approach to photography.

Too many people these days like to prescribe approaches to landscape, street, and other kinds of photography. The result: too many images look the same. A formulaic approach is the quickest way to kill any creative endeavor.

In conclusion, choose the gear which supports your needs, and not the other way around.


My Timberland

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Your Shoes and the Journeys You Undertake

My Timberland Shoes!

You may consider me to be crazy, and it’s possible I am quite mad. Why, you might ask, why I am writing a blog post about my Timberland shoes. However, I’d like you to stay with me, as I write about my Timberland shoes and the journeys you take.

Shoes are critical to the comfort of our walk and our gait. Do you disagree? I challenge you and encourage you to wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes and see how far you go. A week back, I discovered a pair of shoes I had put away because they pinched my toes. Since times are tough–financially–I tried them on one more time. I figured I was going to save some money, but no! When I tried to wear them, I transported myself into a world of agony.

Therefore, on the journeys you undertake, ensure you own a fabulous pair of shoes and a spare pair.

My Timberland

I bought my Timberland shoes many years ago in Bombay. Since that fateful day, I walked the streets of many Indian cities, traveled to the mountains, walked along the slippery tops of waterfalls, waded in rivers, and even walked in some sandy areas. Sometime in 2017, we did a solo car journey across the central heart of India.

Over this time, my Timberland shoes have stood me in good stead and become my faithful companion. They took some time to fashion themselves into the shape of my foot, but after we solved this initial teething problem, we became partners.

Your Packing List

The journeys you undertake are always better with a good pair of shoes. They make it easy for you to walk, yet I am sad to report, very few people mention the importance of a good pair of shoes on these trips. Most packing lists include cameras, lenses, filters, tripods, writing accessories, memory banks, memory cards, spare batteries and chargers, and a few other accessories.

Almost no one talks about shoes. When you consider this, it is incredible because the shoes you buy travel with you from place to place and become your companions for years. When their time is done, remember to gaze at them with affection, and look back at the journeys you undertook together and the stories you have shared.

Yes, my Timberland shoes experienced much with me, and for this, I am grateful.


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