16 December, 2018

Lines and Pipe

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Look Up Minimal Art Image of White Lines painted on a Red Wall  with a Small Water Pipe on it.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I found this part of Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) newly painted. This is the Area at the front entrance. 

I usually enter JKK from the parking area, but today while I was on my way for the parking, I spotted this.

Thank you JKK for another Minimal Art Photograph.

As you can see from the composition, this Photograph is all about Lines and their interaction with a Small Pipe

Therefore I categorized this under Minimalism as Simple Geometry. (as lines dominate the frame).


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 93 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Lines and Pipe Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

11 December, 2018

Railing Shadow Vs Bicycle Tyre

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Long Shadow of Railing Vs a Part of a Bicycle Tyre
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Long Shadow of Railing Vs a Part of a Bicycle Tyre. 


I spotted the Long Shadow of the Railing first and then I included a part of the Bicycle Tyre to the bottom right of the frame, leaving a lot of negative space on the left. 

This ain't Parts of the Whole Minimalism (because of just the part of a Bicycle Tyre), but rather Minimalism as Less Elements

When I don't find subjects, I try and create newer ones from the elements available on the streets. 

This picture from Johari Bazaar, Jaipur, is an example of such a frame. I wish I could travel outside Jaipur, so that I can click newer shots with newer elements and backdrops. I have been shooting Minimalism in Jaipur for 5 years now. Somehow me travelling outside to shoot hasn't happened yet.
Hopefully Soon enough.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Railing Shadow Vs Bicycle Tyre Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

05 December, 2018

White Triangle

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Staircase located at Jawahar Kala Kendra and a White Triangle being formed between its Side Rails.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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On another Sunday while I visited Jawahar Kala Kendra, I visited a Design Exhibition held by INIFD, Pearl Academy Jaipur etc.

The Exhibition was on the first floor and there were sketches of Fashion-wear, some Paintings and even Photographs on the walls. They were also enrolling students for design courses.

Surprisingly, one girl approached me and asked me whether I was looking to get enrolled for a design course. Of course, I said No, but I was happy that she considered me young enough for it, aka probably a teenager ;) I am 37 by the way, now. Haha.

Anyways, While one my way back, I saw this Triangle being formed between the Side Rails of the Staircase that I was supposed to take on my way out.

I flipped the screen to the LCD view, Selected the Monochrome settings and Focused right on the White Triangle.


I took about 6-7 shots and about 5 minutes to finish shooting, as a lot of people were coming in the frame.

5 Minutes Later, I knew I had my Minimalism as Simple Geometry Photograph :)


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4

  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-2500

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the White Triangle Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

28 November, 2018

Broken Window Pane

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Look Up Minimal Art Photograph of a Broken Window Pane out of the many Window panes of the Glass Window of a building.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This shot was taken somewhere near Ganpati Plaza, Jaipur. 


I went there to pick up a Flash Trigger, which was required for a professional photoshoot. 

I parked my Bike near the Famous "Gulab ji Chai wale" or Gulab ji Tea Stall and went for a walk with my Camera. 

I thought it would be a nice idea to check around for some Look Up Minimal Shots of the buildings. 

Near Neelam Hotel, Spotted this Broken Window Pane

I just took one shot for this. It is fun when you get your desired composition in the first try.

Also, as you can see, this is Minimalism as Simple Geometry

That Missing / Broken Window Pane Pops the otherwise Mundane Shot. 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Macro L Series Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-160

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Broken Window Pane Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !


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22 November, 2018

Diagonal Versus Horizontal Lines

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Window with Horizontal Blinds, placed on a White Wall with Diagonal lines created by Light and Shadows
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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What we have here is:


"A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Window with Horizontal Blinds, placed on a White Wall with Diagonal lines created by Light and Shadows."



What motivated me to shoot this as a Subject was primarily two factors:

1) The Lines created by Nature. 

2) How there were only a handful Horizontal Lines amongst the many Multiple Diagonal Lines. 


All that I had to do here was to punch in the right exposure settings in my Camera and leave some Negative /Empty space on the right hand side :)


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Diagonal Versus Horizontal Lines Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

09 November, 2018

Four Windows And Wires

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Looking Up Minimal Art Photo of Four Windows of a Building and Electricity Wires Overlapping them.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Looking Up Minimal Art Photo of Four Windows of a Building and Electricity Wires Overlapping them.


This shot was taken near Ganpati Plaza Jaipur, opposite to the Old Gulab Ji Tea Shop. 

This is Classic Minimalism with lots of Negative Space (empty space) on the right. 

Alternatively, one could argue that this is Minimalism as Parts of the Whole, but that is not my intention here and I personally would not categorize this as that kind of an Image. 

I can't explain why but it is kind of obvious that the intention here is more towards showing Less Elements and Negative Space than any other thing. That effort is clearly visible.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-400

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Four Windows and Wires Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

30 October, 2018

55 Photography Tips Every Photographer Must Read Once

Reflection of Photographers in a Water Puddle
A group of Photographers walk past a water puddle during a Photowalk organized by Jaipur  Photographers Club on 11th May 2014. © Prakash Ghai


55 Photography Tips Every Photographer Must Read Once



1 - Know what not to shoot. 

2 - Avoid the technical trap. Keep it simple.

3 - Always go on Photowalks alone. You get the best shots.

4 - Shoot a theme each time you are out.

5 - Use color to your advantage.

6 - Look for shapes.

7 - Shoot anytime during the day. Don't restrict yourself.

8 - Shoot with different lenses at the same location.

9 - First compose in your mind.

10 - Use the rule of thirds.

11 - Location advantage. If you can go to a place other photographers don't have access to, you have an advantage.

12 - Watch tutorials on YouTube.

13 - Post you work on at least 1 sales website like FineArtAmerica.

14 - Create your Blog/Website and post regularly.

15 - Be present on at least 2 Social Media platforms and post regularly.

16 - Focus more on Creation rather than on Selling or Commercial angle or else you will spoil your work.

17 - Visit Photography and Art Exhibitions. Give you fresh perspective. 

18 - Organize your own Photowalks.

19 - Avoid too much Feedback. You know what I mean.

20 - Learn from other Photographers. Don't let your ego stop you from learning.

21 - Never delete old work. Never.

22 - Take a back up of your Photos at least once every 15 days at 2 more places other than your computer.

23 - Do not Over Edit. 

24 - Shoot Raw + Jpeg

25 - Set image size to Highest Resolution. Helps in case you need to Crop.

26 - Review your edited photos over a number of days after editing, maybe you are able to edit them better on a later date.

27 - Pass on leads to other Photographers :) Yes, pass them on.

28 - Don't fall in the Narcissism Trap. That would be the end of your career.

29 - Don't succumb to Societal Pressure. Keep working hard, it will yield results if you are earnest.

30 - Never work for Free. Never. 

31 - Consider prevailing market prices before quoting your price.

32 - Go out on a photowalk without the camera once in a while and simply compose with your eyes to practice. This helps, take my word for it.

33 - Get inspired by others work but do not get over inspired, copy and lose your originality. Beware.

34 - Shoot all styles to begin with and pick one genre that your feel comes naturally to you. 

35 - Never depend totally on the on-screen / LCD review of the camera. Check technical specifications after shooting by pressing the Info Button and zoom in to check how sharp the photo is and whether you have missed focus.

36 - Get a Camera and Lens Cleaning Kit. Clean regularly.

37 - Never change lenses with the camera power button on, make sure the Camera is turned off when you do so.

38 - Use a Lens filter to protect the lens. Like a a good quality UV filter on top of your lens.

39 - If someone objects at you taking a picture of them or their house, find another place or subject. Don't offend them. 

40 - Always keep an eye on the traffic. Safety first. Its OK if you miss a shot.

41 - Shoot mostly one stop under exposed, it helps during editing. 

42 - Don't be in a hurry to be successful - if you can't give 6-7 years to photography, it better to stay out. Art requires time.

43 - Your garden / terrace and your backyard has many shots hidden in them. Go explore. You will be surprised with what you find.

44 - Go out post a rain-shower and shoot some Water Reflection photographs / Water droplet photographs. Try Water Reflection photography once, you will love it.

45 - Keep an eye on the Cloud formations in the sky. Some days they are a good starting point.

46 - Go to public places like Malls, Airports, Train Stations and Bus Stands to shoot (if allowed). They are full of interesting subjects and architecture.

47 - Go to places, most photographers don't go. Your shots will be different as a result.

48 - Use a hand strap for your camera, as surrounding your neck with your camera belt can cause neck strain/injury.

49 - Go out in the rain to shoot rather than staying back home using rain as an excuse not to shoot.

50 - When it is raining, find a shed, position yourself, put on the lens hood and protective gear and shoot.

51 - Take written permission before shooting at public places like Airports, Train Stations etc to avoid trouble.

52 - Never shoot with your Mobile Camera when you are out with your Digital Camera.

53 - Keep Silica Gel sachets in your Camera Bag to protect your camera from moisture.

54 - Remove Battery from the Camera after use. They will last longer as a result.

55 - Cropping a photograph can carve out a nice frame for you, if done the right way.


If you found the tips useful, consider sharing the article. 


Thank You

Prakash Ghai 

30.10.2018

29 October, 2018

Open Vs Closed Window

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Lookup Minimal Art Photograph of Two Windows on a Wall, one of which is open and the other one is closed.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I went to Anchor Mall one day to click some pictures. 

At the entrance of the Mall, which is located at Ajmer Road near my house, the guard came up to me and uttered those famous words that I hate to hear "Sir, Photography is NOT Allowed."

I was devastated. I have seen other photographers who had posted nice shots from within the Mall  with Phone Cameras. 

Well, I had no other place to go that day so I asked him permission to take photos only outside the Mall. He agreed :)

This brown wall was to my right above a Pan Shop/Kiosk. 

I got interested looking at the Two Windows. I could see blue sky through both of them. 


So I captured my initial shot in which both Windows had Blue Sky visible through them.

While I Was about to leave, I realized that with a little movement of my feet, I was able to get a Brown Wall of a nearby building in the window on the right, matching the color of the wall and thus making the Window appear closed. 

I decided to shoot this composition with "Opposites" as a theme in my mind in which one Window can be seen as Open and the other one Closed

So, that's pretty much about the composition. The Simple Geometry is Obvious here :) 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Lens

  • F-stop: f/5.6

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2500 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Open Vs Closed Window  Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

24 October, 2018

Chair And White Wall

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


A Minimal Art Photo of A Plastic Chair against the White Wall at Jaipur Club Ltd.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai


This Chair against the White Wall was spotted near the Swimming Pool Area at Jaipur Club Ltd. 


I carefully clipped the chair into approximately Half, so as to fit this Photograph under the Minimalism as Parts of the Whole Category of Minimalism.

The Two Diagonal Lines i.e one at the Top in the White Wall and the one made by the floor partition adds further interest in the picture.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Lens

  • F-stop: f/5.6

  • Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-640

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Chair and White Wall  Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

21 October, 2018

Albert Hall Tower

Minimalism as Low Detail


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Tower of Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur City.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This Albert Hall Tower Photograph was shot on a Rainy Day. This image is actually a water reflection image of the Tower along with the flying birds as seen in the reflection. 

I have flipped the image upside down. 

The Photo falls under the Minimalism as Low Detail category of Minimalism. The elements are clearly less and the detail is low, some parts are left to users imagination. 

I am posting a photo of Minimalism as in Low Detail after a long Time. You feedback will be good to have.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Lens

  • F-stop: f/16

  • Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-2000

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 62 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Albert Hall Tower  Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

20 October, 2018

Glass Door in Black and White

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Photograph of a Glass Door at Jaipur Club Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This Glass Door that I captured is near Jaipur Club Health Club. 

One fine rainy day I was going out to shoot pictures. It suddenly started raining hard and since I was on my bike I decided to stop at Jaipur Club till the rain subsided. 

I usually never carry my Camera there but that day I did and  to my surprise I got a few decent photographs.

and that reinforced my belief that "You can find a Minimalist Picture literally anywhere"

I liked the pattern on the Glass Door and a hint of Gloss. 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/2.8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-4000

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the Glass Door in Black and White  Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !

15 October, 2018

Railing Bar Shadow and Lines

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimal Art Photo of the Railing Bar and its Shadow at the Parking Area at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This Sunday I went to Birla Auditorium that host shows/ seminars on astronomy and science. Some people also call it Birla Planetarium.

Hunting for Minimal Art Photographs, I even reached this place.

I did not think I would find any shot here though. 

But I did spot the Side Rail Bar near the sloping Parking Area climb. 

From there I started building my shot.

After a couple of clicks, I added some more Lines to compliment the Railing Bar and its shadow.

I mean the lines in the Top right section. Yes, those are Complimentary Lines.

Most of the Photo is Simple Geometric Lines and there categorized into Minimalism as Less Elements.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/22

  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-250

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Railing Bar Shadow and Lines  Minimalist Photograph.



Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day. !