LightTails group announced a contest based on the theme Reflection for the last of week of November. I wanted to create an image that was more than my reflection on a mirror.
My neighbor was celebrating again and it was giving me ideas!
I borrowed my wife’s miniature elephant figure and put it on a mirror. Then I placed the mirror in-front of the wall of lights. The first shot looked like this :
So I knew I was on to something. I removed the mirror from the frame, took a photo of the jumbo and the reflection and pasted it on to a bokeh shot. I wanted to avoid the photoshopping. But the edge of the mirror were giving a bad feel to the bokeh.
The above photo was posted by Sudhir Shivaram in his Facebook page. (imgae link) My interest was immediately piqued. I understand the pain of looking through the eyepiece at such low angle (think macro photos). So I wanted to know what wildlife pro photogs thought about an articulating screen.
The following conversation took place based on my question.
The gist of the conversation – Yes, articulating screen is useful. But remember to put the mirror in lock up and use a remote trigger to fire the shutter. That way there is no shutter lag created by the live view mode.
Sudhir responded to my request for a comment. Here is his response.
Sujan, a school teacher, is the most decorated photographer we had the privilege to feature in this blog. He is fascinated by the energy of human soul, environmental issues, daily life, landscape and social issues. He is on a constant pursuit to improve his photography with every click.
Sudheer Uralath is an inspiration for street photographers. His camera silently invades the street to reveal the otherwise unnoticed candid moments that gets over in a split second. We reached out to this talented photog to talk about the above displayed work.
I took this photo one morning at a local market near Hua Lomphong train station in Bangkok. It was early morning and the monks were roaming the streets.
I happened across a particularly peaceful monk, where a cat was taking refuge. One thing I appreciate about Thai people is their generosity towards animals. Street dogs and cats are treated with compassion here, which causes the animals to treat us with compassion.
When I took out my camera, this curious cat wanted a closer look. I saw the beautiful orange robes of the monk, the soft orange of the cat’s coat, in the soft morning sun and knew immediately this was a photogenic moment. Right before snapping the photo, the monk turned away, showing his disinterest in wanting to be photographed. Normally this would be slightly frustrating as it was such a gorgeous shot, but his hidden face actually makes for a more interesting shot as the scene becomes less staged, more authentic.
Rohit Ravi‘s works are an inspiration. When I talked to him for an interview, I had forgotten to ask the details of this shot. Amends made now.
This image was shot at Cherai Beach,Cochin on new year day morning. We started the shoot early in the morning and this was one of the last shots at around 9AM.
The camera was set on manual exposure – 1/250, f/7.1 and ISO 100. Flash was set off-camera using Yongnuo 622C HSS trigger and my assistant was pointing it at the couple. I used a Camera 6D with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for this photo.
The first post in antzFxWay was published on May 2008. It’s been 6 years since we have been making our presence in the web.
Our own voice
Initially, it was antzfx‘s effort that ran the blog. 6 months down the line, fullfx – me, realized that I can contribute too to the blog in a meaningful way. Since then, between us, we have published 182 posts in total.
We have met new people, made new friends, interacted with masters in their respective field during these years. It has been exciting and most rewarding to us.
For all the effort that was put into making new content, it is disconcerting to see the response being somewhat lukewarm. The Bounce rate is alarming. So is Avg. Session Duration. So is every other metric.
To put the above metric into perspective, lets analyze the growth of a somewhat similar site. dPS started its operation two years before us. Now they are inside the first 5,000 most visited sites. We are placed north of 16 lakhs by the same system of ranking.
Over the years we were quick to justify the poor performance citing our commitment for creating great content as opposed to creating popular content. But I now realize that it is just an excuse for not trying harder. The real reason for the lack of growth is that somewhere along the lines, we lost passion. We stopped making great content on a regular basis.
I know that the trick is to keep trying; more vigorously than before. Faith, more than hope, should drive us forward.
In that positive note, let me thank you all for the faith and encouragement you have shown us over the years.