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Commented on 18 Nov 2013 09:11:32

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Dearest Ganesh uncle, I am so glad you liked the pictures from Dhaka. I always wondered how it would be to have the full CNP group in Dhaka, shooting the concrete jungle and its inmates with all their long lenses. As far as portraying nature goes (after having made pictures of Dhaka life), I would say that instead of finding it difficult, I am more excited to shoot, or simply be in the presence of nature. I guess I find my roots in nature's lap, where my learning started. In Pathshala, we've always been made to change our style, seeing such different work every week. In cities, in human presence, at times, a photographer is conscious about himself, and about various societal norms and rules. On the other hand, in nature, you get to learn the secret to patience, and the simple passing of time. I suppose, nature always simplifies life. And so, the break from shooting nature made the most ordinary experiences pleasurable, such as to see the sun rising, to feel the wind and sun on my skin, or even to walk on fresh grass. They say, absence or distance makes the heart fonder. So, I would say that I feel even closer to nature now. I also have a question, if a person has shot only nature and has never really tried his hand at people portraits, or has never even pointed his camera at a human, why would shooting a human being be any different for that person? Even when he was sitting in the lap of nature, he was visualising shapes, form and geometry. After all, being able to visualise things is the key to making good pictures. It is true that the geometry of cities is very structured and full of blocks. I also agree that there are certain differences such as those between interacting with an animal and interacting with a human being. But keeping all these aside, I would want to know why it would be difficult for such a person to make evocative and visually evolved images of a city, just as he makes of nature. Coming back to your other question, even when you go to the remotest of places, you find some human presence, which is mostly conflicting with the area. Also, images that have a human footprint in them are not just indicative of the conflict or human encroachment on nature, but also somehow convey man's smallness with regards to the natural world's magnitude. My own presence is also counted as a human footprint. Eventually, what I try to do is subtract my own presence or consciousness as an outsider, and be one with nature. When that happens, all issues of being an external element dissolve. All that remains is seeing nature through its own eyes. I'm sure that the spontaneous Nirvairism is lurking around in my subconscious and it will be back some time :D P.S: Hi Dad, I guess I'm too used to not cropping any of my images. This is the rule I have been following since I began a formal education in photography. By the way, I had thought of cropping the image as well.

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Commented on 07 Dec 2012 10:28:36

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I am touched reading such perceptive and encouraging comments from all my gurus. Its been more than 4 years with CNP and it stays fresh as always. Always a bliss sharing images over here, learning bit by bit from everyone. :-)

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Commented on 04 Sep 2012 01:41:02

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Hello to all my gurus, Sriharsha Ganjam ji, thanks a lot for your comment. This image was made in winters , just saw it in my archive. Thanks Ashwin ji! Nilanjan uncle, I am glad you liked this picture. I am not worried about my reflection at all, if just my guru's would have a liking for my work, it would be more than enough. CNP is where i took my flight from and since then i have cherished it, considered myself to be the luckiest ones to be a part of CNP. And Jo Bole So Nihaal! hahahaha....Dad and i had wonderful time reading your comment. Sarang ji, Thanks a lot for appreciating my pictures. I heard about Prabuddha Dasgupta demise, and well, he was a a legend we lost. I am still far far away to reach those heights. But a start is always one needs. I am learning a lot from CNP, and it stays at the back of my head whenever i am out shooting. Thanks a lot once again!

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Commented on 15 Jul 2012 13:12:41

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Sravan ji, thanks a lot for your suggestions. This shot was actually taken using a tripod with an aperture of f/8. I could perhaps increase the aperture further to get more details, but then the leaves usually disappear because of the slow shutter speed. I have another picture where i have excluded the leaves, should i post it over here Ganesh uncle?

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Commented on 14 Jul 2012 06:39:57

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Ganesh uncle I did have another frame where there were no leaves, but then it was too direct for my tastes buds. Those leaves make me travel through the image and then they take perch over those leaves. It somehow gives movement to the tree, and adds a component of life with the form. Adithya ji, those questions were aroused for me too, but still couldn't come up with a single interpretation. It was the bare form of it and the coherent arms which lead to nothing but a dark side.

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Commented on 13 Jul 2012 06:48:33

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i wish this picture was mine. it is my wallpaper now, never seen such a shot. It has so much to offer, so many interpretations, so poetic, as the green algae forms those silent swirls completing the trees form. loved it to the core. maybe cropping it from the lower end would make it more striking and to the point. thanks for sharing sir. regards nirvair

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Commented on 17 Jun 2012 10:36:35

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Thanks Ashish for your comments. Ganesh uncle, yes this image has been rotated upside down. I had taken quite a few shots of this magnificent tree. One was just as simple as it was, juxtaposing it with the urbanized world behind. Then another was with the just the tree, though it didn't have a shake as it does in this one. Finally i took the camera in my hands, leaving the tripod, and took this shot, i liked the blurr a lot personally and i made it upside down as it looked even more powerful then. Regards

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Commented on 23 May 2012 05:38:08

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Wah! Sometimes I wonder, will there will be a time when all ideas, all perspectives, come to an end? But then the images which come over this site, just puts all my queries to rest. This one being a simple moment out of nature, brings in life to the image, it almost seems mobile when ever I scroll it up. Also looks like a mirror image of the same elephant, the blur really gives an intimate touch to the moment. You have been an inspiration throughout. Thanks a lot for sharing this. My Regards.

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Commented on 23 May 2012 05:23:19

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Ganesh uncle, This one i guess works better for me than the color version. I checked this picture on a mac and realized that the colors were actually too saturated. My laptop isn't calibrated, that could be the problem. Let me know if this works well. Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 22 May 2012 21:46:25

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Thanks a lot Nilanjan uncle and Ganesh uncle, The one with more grains goes well with my taste buds too. Ganesh uncle, I tried to post process it in many different ways, this was something I got in the end. I got a little confused between "sparser and coarser (instead of finer and denser)", could you explain a little on how I could do that in my post processing, I am lacking of good skills in that area. Rest my studies are going great, learning about a lot of other genres of photography which I never knew existed. There is so much to learn about photography and then learn from it, I feel I have just begun. :-) Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 20 May 2012 16:55:15

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Thanks a lot Siriam ji and prithvi ji for your comments. Prithvi ji, I cant upload the picture somehow, so i am putting up a link. The linked image has a little bit of exposure correction, it has much lesser grains than the one i posted. http://www.indianaturewatch.net/display ... ?id=330189 Warm Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 18 May 2012 06:29:42

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Hi dad, This was clicked with rebel 2000 film camera, i was using a b&w film with 400 ISO from where the grains come in. The dark specks are actually crows which were flying past this tree. Added a little extra grain in the post processing. :-)

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Commented on 14 May 2012 11:42:10

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Vijay sir, The "painting influence" in this picture was something which i never noticed, but after you mentioned it, i looked at it a couple of times and then realized it could be because of the soft color and texture of the road, which almost seems floating to me at times. Coming over to the mood, this photograph was taken under ambient light from the street lamps which cast a yellow light all over the road. In the morning , when people are around it seems very pleasant to walk by and have a walk over it. But as soon as the dusk arrives, it no more stays busy rather a very loud silence falls over this jungle besides this road, every tiny little sound is intensified. They both merge together as one. At night ,the inmates of the jungle, cross this path to quench their thirst( as there is a lake on the other side). Just about that time, i used to be out here, trying to gulp down the ghostly thoughts, and concentrate on making photographers. When i came across this creature which i guess is a rabbit, i went real close to have a look. The body, the face, everything about it wasn't right, in despair i put my head up, which created that shadow.

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Commented on 04 May 2012 08:23:10

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Hello Ganesh uncle! Few of my friends and I were out that night, as we had planned to sleep out besides a canal. It was kind of a dream come true, and after being home, its like my dreams are right in front of me. Just like these two moons, one would be a life, and one would be a dream, face to face. Since I have been here, i have been clicking whatever comes to my mind, just freeing myself, with all the new things about photography i have learnt, and kind of beginning again. Just enjoying every bit of it uncle, every bit of it. Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 04 May 2012 02:28:02

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Hello Sriharsha sir, I was just amazed at the winds blowing, even I could have flown for a few seconds. :-). Trying to stand still :-), and stare at wind's play with the tree was never so much fun. Thanks a lot. Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 29 Apr 2012 15:20:04

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Hello nevil sir, I am glad someone other than me could relate to this image. I have been making some similar images around my house, whatever is provided, making full use of it. Will post those soon too. It was nice knowing your views on this image. Thanks! Regards, Nirvair

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Commented on 21 Mar 2012 09:01:49

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Mahesh uncle, thanks a lot for the comment, the "sense of vortex" gives a new outlook to it. Nilanjan uncle, I was walking in the most busiest streets of old Dhaka. Whatever I clicked had a hazy feeling to, very chaotic. After I saw this tree, it sounded very chaotic. Wanted to click this tree just the way I click in the streets of old dhaka. It's so true that I find myself in that situation of being frustrated, and to forget about that, I walk out to click, always looking for nature somewhere in Dhaka. Can hardly say much about this picture, just gives me the feeling of chaos everywhere, and someone stuck in between trying to get out. Will read about the zero expressing theater, something new again. :-). Learning a lot!

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Commented on 18 Dec 2011 21:07:18

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Hello Vijay sir, It was the Independence day of bangladesh, and i was missing nature photography, so i used these buddies and got the bokeh from the crackers being fired in the backdrop. Warm regards Nirvair

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Commented on 30 Oct 2011 23:55:29

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Hello my gurus, I have been taking more of street pictures in Dhaka and old Dhaka. This one was taken outside Dhaka which is completely a different landscape, and I just cant help not taking nature pictures, so shot this one. I totally agree with Ganesh ji, and the way he puts it makes it more convincing. In pathshala we are learning to give captions for most of the images we get, rather then keeping them " untitled" and that actually makes a huge difference in the way you perceive an image. Though i think i have been already in that learning process of giving captions since i joined CNP. :-) Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 24 Sep 2011 09:19:14

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Hello sir, I was a little bored with the conventional borders, so i thought lets try something new. Maybe it didn't work out so well. Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 14 Sep 2011 02:40:20

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Hello my guru's :-) I am leaving for Dhaka on the 26th of this month. My father will be accompanying me. I guess Nilanjan uncle you will be in kolkata right? we can meet up.:-) Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 11 Aug 2011 02:19:26

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Hello Dinesh sir, I tried to get the horizons straight but the the lower wall was just not straight, after all we live in india:-) These leaves were looking as if they having a conversation, the way they are pointing towards someone of the other. It was raining a lot, and this scene seemed really a cute one, like a typical Indian family enjoying the rain and just eating pakoras, chatting. Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 03 Jun 2011 09:37:23

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Hello Nilanjan sir, I was glad to read your comment, it was touching and at the same time a learning experience. After a long time someone took me to task :-). I read your comment many times and I will always keep in mind what you said sir. Thanks for taking time and writing to me. Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 01 Jun 2011 11:14:49

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Hello Vijay uncle! Thanks for the comment, it encouraged me a lot! Thank you Regards Nirvair

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Commented on 01 Jun 2011 11:12:39

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Hello Ganesh uncle! I am really thankful and lucky to get your comments, I learn a lot through them. And about the suggestion to have the bricks a little more sharpened, I will go tomorrow only and with a tripod click the picture again. Thanks uncle! Regards Nirvair