My love for photography is fairly recent. Joyful shots of my family time were the pinnacle of my photography ambition with a handy little digital camera. At times I’d try a hand at my sister’s DSLR. Then one holiday season my husband gifted me a new camera…and with it a new perspective to everything I see around me. I guess he saw my inclination even before I knew that I getting hooked!
My collection of shots has been growing steadily…so have my experiments with camera settings. I am not too technical. Shutter speed, f stops and ISO settings still get the better of me most of the times. But occasionally, just occasionally I manage to surprise even myself. I try to keep my camera handy most of the times. Everywhere I look, I am automatically framing what my eyes see into a shot in my mind. Mundane things have turned interesting. Earlier a stop at the traffic light en-route home from my office was frustrating, now its an opportunity to whip out the cam and capture the frenzy of street hawkers plying their trade. An afternoon lazing in the sun turns to an impromptu photo shoot of the seasonal blooms. I am calm and yet more active at the same time! Just as photography is becoming about self growth for me, so is sharing this experience with others. Both are forms of expression that I feel keen to explore.
My hits and misses with the camera are what you, dear reader, can look forward to here. Also the shots I take, they tell me something new everytime I look them up. I love ‘new’… I also love to ramble. So you’ll find bits of stories and thoughts …ramblings actually connected to all this ‘new’. And finally, no art form survives without criticism and admiration. (Yup! I have the temerity to call my capers withe the camera ‘Art’!) So, you’ll find some kind souls giving their valued opinions on my amateur work. I’m sure you’ll be joining them from time to time…roses and brickbats, all quite welcome. How else will I measure my growth! I think it will be one fun journey and look forward to similar kindred spirits coming along for the ride. I promise some interesting times! Cheers!
P.S. This shot was taken at the Kirstenbosch national botanical garden in Cape Town, South Africa. We spent an entire day there with a well stocked picnic basket, my copy of ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, an iPod of our favourite music and of course the camera. While strolling aimlessly we came to a brook bubbling away merrily in a secluded hollow. I couldn’t resist taking this shot of our feet… (actually I took several, but this one’s the best :D)