BENGALURU INFINITE PHOTO CONTEST – BEHIND THE LENS, DISCOVERING BANGALORE
The Photographer of the Year award went to marketing professional Vijay Alphonse about who the judges Dr. Vivek and Selvaprakash felt that he ‘thought about the themes at depth’. He started off as a stand-in photographer at family dos and turned a tad more serious after he got a ‘fabulous deal on a DSLR’. This hobbyist finds the light at twilight ‘interesting’ and took a series of stunning pictures of city life mostly from North Bangalore (his part of town) that won him the grand prize. He recounted how he ventured in to buildings, pretending to visit offices on the top floor, all in pursuit of perfect perspective, as kindred souls in the crowd nodded their understanding.
Pic by Vijay Alphonse, a marketing professional whose unconventional shots of the city got him the Bengaluru InfinityF 2010 Photographer of The YearRead more..
Rendezvous with Bengaluru Infinite 2010 Photographer of the Year – Vijay Alphonse
Last, but certainly not the least we have for you the interview of this years Bengaluru Infinite 2010 Photographer of the Year; Vijay Alphonse
Vijay Alphonse is an Associate Director in the Global IT Outsourcing Industry and works in Bangalore. He schooled at St.Joseph’s, Bangalore and went on graduate from IHM, Bangalore.
He’s married and has a 6 year old daughter. His love for photography started with a Panasonic point and shoot that he bought with his first salary and slowly graduated to a Minolta SLR and now a Nikon D40 DSLR.
His job has taken him around the world and he loves to travel and click pictures. He also loves photographing children. At home, he continues to be the official “family photographer” and hopes that one day, his pictures land up on the front cover of a renowned magazine or two!
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Excerpts from the interview
Photography Tips: When did you shoot your first photo and what inspired you to take up photography?
Vijay: I probably shot my first picture when I was around 10 years old with a Hotshot 110 film camera at Lalbagh! I was fascinated by the fact that I could handle an “expensive camera” at that age and load the film all by myself etc. This ensured that I was always the official family photographer at all family events and slowly I got hooked to it since the results would always be appreciated by everyone. I grew up clicking interesting frames and I would get scolded for wasting film on clicking pictures with no people in the frame! I did not give up and I’m still here!
PT: What is your current gear? Any favorite lens?
V: I currently use a Nikon D40 and love the versatile 55-200mm. I also have the 18-55mm, a Nikon Speedlight, filters and a Lowepro bag to fit all of it in. I also love my Sony Cybershot that I carry around for occasions that need a small camera in my pocket.
PT: Which mode do you mainly shoot in?
V: On the Nikon D40, I love playing with the Program Mode (P).
PT: Can you take us through one of the winning photos and explain how did you go about taking it
V: My favorite picture is that of the City Life – Hustle Bustle picture where there are 2 parked buses and people getting in and out of it. I set out looking for a really busy junction with lots of activity and something that would allow me a high vantage point to get in a wider view with my 18-55. I started by heading out to the Marathahalli-ORR junction and sneaked up to the terrace of a building located right at the corner of the junction. As the sun had just gone down, the twilight was pretty dramatic and I first set out to take some other pictures of the hustle at the junction and the myriad array of lights coming on. As I paused and observed the junction, I noticed this scene of buses coming to a stop for a minute and people rushing in and out. Got me thinking that this visual really portrays what city life is all about and from my high vantage point and the rain washed buses, this seemed like an interesting angle and a great idea. Had my 18-55mm lens on, set my camera to ‘S” mode (shutter priority) and decreased the shutter speed to 3.0?s. The camera auto-calibrated aperture to f/3.5 at ISO:200. I propped myself against the railing on the terrace, composed and clicked. I took about 15 pictures of this one scene and then picked one that seemed to have the right contrast and exposure creating the blurred image of people moving about while everything else stood still.
PT: Your one advice to youngsters starting out in photography
V: Start out with a simple digital camera that allows some experimentation (at a reasonable cost) and to discover if photography is really what you thought it would be. Now play and play and play with your camera until you know everything about your new “toy”. Read the manual, it will give you a headstart on what you can do with your camera. Get on the internet, learn the basics. Then go to an interesting spot and spend time clicking the same scene while you keep changing the settings methodically and see what that did to your picture. This will give you a good understanding of how the basics of shutter speed, aperture and light impact what you capture. See the results, feel good about it and try something new everytime. It’s also a great idea to see if you can learn from someone more experienced than yourself and you can do that by joining one of the many photography clubs that operate in your city. When you think you know that this is your cup of tea, buy a good DSLR and hit the road!