28 May, 2018

Side Rail Zig Zag Pattern

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Black and White Minimalist Photo of the Side Rail Zig Zag Pattern of a Staircase at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I am back with Minimalism as Simple Geometry and what we have above is a Black and White Minimalist Photograph of the Side Rail Zig Zag Pattern of a Staircase located at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India

I have clicked this structure earlier as well but from a different angle and different lens. 

You can check out the earlier shot here: --> Synchronized Geometry

The earlier shot was click in the Landscape Mode and this one as you can see is shot in the Portrait Mode.

Also note that my editing style has changed over time. 

The earlier picture was posted in October 2014 and you can see the difference in editing now in May 2018... In fact I am now OK to even post lightly edited JPEGs. 

If you have any questions about the photograph or my style then send me a message on Facebook / Instagram or Twitter Profile

Thank you 

Have a Good Day.

13 May, 2018

Metal Spiral

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Black and White Minimalist Photo of a Metal Spiral or a Fibonacci Spiral
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This Metal Spiral or Fibonacci Spiral Photograph that falls under "Minimalism as Simple Geometry" category, was clicked at Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur, during the Annual Literature Festival. 

Among-st all the Festivities, Celebrations, Celebrities, Authors and the Literature enthusiast that attend the festival, I chose to click this stuff.

Of course, because I am a Minimalist Photographer. 

Although I tried clicking a few pictures of some celebrities / authors and eminent personalities but I did not get any high after capturing them. So I always give that part a skip every year. 

Now, this Metal Spiral was a part of a Chair kept near the Front Lawn and right near the inquiry counter/ kiosk

I bent down on my knees to shoot this only to find everyone around staring at me, wondering as to what unique thing had I found in the Metal Chair that I could not find in the eminent personalities present there. 

I was on my 50mm prime lens and as always I was shooting Raw + Jpeg mode

If the Jpeg turns out to be good, which mostly does, I save a lot of time in editing. 

But if I screw the Jpeg then I have the Raw file as a backup and that requires a lot of editing.

I always end up spending more time editing the Raw file over Jpegs. 

I took about 5 shots from different angles and this photo had been lying around in my PC since January 2018. 

The thing is that I tried editing this series many a times, but I could not get the kind of result that I wanted. 

I started with colored photos and they were fully edited and were ready to publish. 

Somehow, something stopped me from publishing the colored photo. 

Last week, I opened the series of  5 shots of the same subject ie the Metal Spiral and converted one of them to Black and White. 

I got a feeling that this Spiral Shape would look better in Black and White rather than color. 

I edited two shots from the series and finalized this one. I kept the contrast a little low here and kept the photo a little dull. 

Let me know of your feedback about the photo in the comments. 

Hope to see you soon.

Bye ! Take Care

11 May, 2018

Geometric Lines Of A Building

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Black and White Minimal Art Image of Geometric Lines of a Building shot at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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The intention here is to show Lines as a primary elements aka Minimalism as Simple Geometry

These Geometric Lines were captured at Jawahar Kala Kendra, with my Canon 6D Mark II Camera. 

I have titled so many photos for my blog and today I ran out of ideas to title this photograph (PS: I ran out of ideas to title my photos 2 years ago) therefore I simply titled this as Geometric Lines of a Building.

I have taken similar shots before but this time I tilted the camera in my hand a bit to get a different outcome. As you can see, I am also a bit to the right of the subject rather than being right in the front. 

When it comes to Minimalism as Simple Geometry

Lines is a subject that can be easily found almost anywhere. 

If you want to practice Simple Geometric shots, start with Lines. 

Later, you can shoot Doors or Windows ( ie Rectangles or Squares) and then look for other shapes.

OR create some Geometry via Camera Tilt or Your Movement or by Using Shadows to your advantage by cropping some geometry out of it. (not cropping in the computer but by your physical movement, like creating shadow triangles etc)

Again, Like on one of my recent posts, I edited this to keep things more on the Gray side. I did not want more contrast than what we have here.

I don't know why but maybe something in my mind made me do that. 

Its always better to follow your mind and not overrule it in art I believe. 

Let it have its own freedom and see where it takes you.

With that its a wrap..

See you later.

Good Day !

10 May, 2018

Chair against the Window

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Black and White Minimal Art Photo of an Empty Chair against an Open Window with light coming through it. Shot taken at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur - India
Photo by © Prakash Ghai 

What we have here a Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of an Empty Chair against an Open Window with light coming through it. 

This Shot was taken at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, and this is probably the first time I have got a Chair and a Window together in any of my photographs as far as I can remember.

One of my blog followers Steve, would probably now scream and yell responding to me via email, wondering as to how am I able to get so many shots from the same place i.e Jawahar Kala Kendra most of the time. 

You know Steve, you got to be as lazy as me for it ;) My laziness stops me from travelling and exploring newer places. I mostly work in a radius of 15 Kms.

A little about how and where I found the Chair against the Window.

Well, I was there at JKK (Jawahar Kala Kendra) with a co-photographer Yatin Bhalla and we were sitting at Indian Coffee House. (in-house cafe)

I told him lets go upstairs, there is a new Cafe that has opened up called Cafe Quaint

Yatin quickly agreed and we headed out from Indian Coffee House towards the new Cafe. 

We did not know the way, so we asked the security guard sitting outside the main area near the exhibition gallery.

The guard told us that the cafe was on the first floor. 

So me and Yatin went up the stairs only to find out later that we had climbed up the wrong way to a big wide empty hall, where usually big art exhibitions are put up. And Cafe Quaint was on the other side of the building.

That Exhibition Hall was closed that day and I saw some open windows around the huge empty spaces. I took out my camera and told Yatin that I wanted to take a few shots before we corrected our course. 

Yatin smiled and replied "You are totally addicted to Minimalism and you don't want any corner of JKK to escape your camera. Go ahead, but please make it fast because I am feeling really hungry".

I began by taking a few look-up shots and some straight from the front flat window shots. 

Somehow my shots mostly work from the sides. So I knew I did not have a worthwhile shot yet.

I told Yatin "I am not getting anything good here, lets go".

While I Was on my way back I casually clicked this shot. And I told Yatin "Hold on brother for two more minutes, I think I am getting some ideas now."

There were Two Windows right next to each other on two walls and my starting shot was that I got both the windows in my frame, one on the left and one on the right with the corner or joining point of the walls right in the center . The empty chair was on the bottom left under one of the windows. 

Next, I took this shot.

This shot was simpler & I preferred it more, so I took one more shot just to make sure that the focus/settings were correct at least in one of the two shots. 

I took all my shots in the Black and White mode of my Canon EOS 6D Mark II Full Frame Camera

I was on the 50mm Lens, it was dark so I bumped up my ISO to 10,000 thanks to my Full-frame camera's ability to give me decent pictures even at that high an ISO.

I used to get a lot of grains on my earlier Crop-Senor Canon EOS 600D Camera even at 800 ISO.

Curious about the Camera and Lenses I use? Click here: Camera Gear 

Alright, now quickly also take a look at the Minimalism Type Classicifation

The Photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements category. The less elments being just the Chair and the Window.

In case you want to buy a print of this then CLICK HERE

Thank you 

Have a Nice Day ! 

Another Shot from the same location:

08 May, 2018

Triangle Vs Lines

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Black and White Look-up Minimalist Photo of Lines and Triangle shot at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
Photo By © Prakash Ghai

Minimalism as Simple Geometry. Yes I am back to that here. 

I was able to carve out a Triangle between the Lines being formed by the light passing through the piped roof at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. 

therefore, I named this post Triangle Vs Lines and its a kind of Juxtaposition of geometric forms being shown here. 

I remember, I was on my Crop-Sensor Canon EOS 600 D camera and the Canon 100mm Prime F/2.8 Macro L Series Lens

The shot was taken at about 4.15 pm.

I was there at Jawahar Kala Kendra that day to attend Jaipur Photographer's Club Annual Photography awards function. 

This area was right next to the place. I went in late of course as I was busy shooting.

I shot this in Black and White? NO, but yes I did manage to edit it just OK for it. 

I still wanted the Center area or the Triangle to be more bright. 

I tried raising the brightness. Then,I realized, I must leave it as near to the original as possible as I want some photos to be a little gray and dull in black and white, rather than all being high contrast with tonality. 

That said, I need to rush downstairs for some late night Tea + Snacking :)

Mind you its 33 minutes past Midnight and I am really hungry.

See you !

03 May, 2018

Light Rays Through A Window

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Black and White Minimal Art Photo of Light Rays coming through a Window, lightning a Dark Isolated Hall of a Building in Jaipur.
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Sometimes it is better to take the staircase rather than the Lift in a high rise building.

I did the same while getting down from the top floor of a high rise building at M.I. Road - Jaipur.

I was at a Cafe / Bar and I had taken my camera along with me.

I was there to have a hot Cup of Coffee.

After I placed the order, I took my Camera out of my hand and started taking some pictures.

Soon enough the waiter appeared and told me the one thing that I hate hearing the most...

he said "Excuse me Sir, photography is not allowed".

I hate these words... a lot. ( I guess any photographer would).

Well, once I knew I won't be able to click pictures while having coffee, I planned to leave in the next 5 minutes.

No point wasting time on a Sunday. I could go out elsewhere. The day was still young.

I took stairs instead of the lift to get down.

Because, Stairs was a healthy option.

Also I had another objective and that was to scan the areas for any possible pictures.

The Cafe was at the 9th Floor and about half way down I Came across this large and dark isolated deserted hall.

I stopped by, for I saw some Light Rays on the floor, coming through the Open Window in the Balcony.

Aha, I had my subject right in front of me.

I got all excited but I also heard the noise of some other people coming.

The place had cameras ie cctvs installed and I did not want to bump into the security guards.

I now knew, I did not have much time to take the shot.

Therefore, I switched over to the LCD screen view of the camera, so that I could quickly adjust the exposure and other settings and compose the shot faster viewing every angle LIVE on the screen.

I took two shots and this was one of them.

As far as the Minimalism Categorization goes, This shot falls under Minimalism as Less Elements.

Not much to talk about composition here. Its pretty straight forward.

Hope you enjoyed the shot. See you soon.

Take Care. Bye

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02 May, 2018

Old House Bell

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Minimalist Photograph of an Old House Door Bell with Long Shadow on Textured White Wall
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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What we have here is a Minimalist Photograph of an Old House Door Bell with Long Shadow on Textured White Wall

I captured this shot somewhere near Nandpuri Jaipur.

I remember I was on my Scooter and I had my helmet on while I snapped this. 

Actually, its a little risky clicking pictures of houses in broad daylight. People spot you easily and then they turn up to fight with you. 

So, I have devised this strategy to hang the camera in my neck while I ride the scooter with the helmet on, so that no one recognizes me when I snap a picture right outside their house.

Even If they spot me sometimes, because I am on my scooter, I quickly disappear ;)

I think I had talked about this shooting style in my earlier posts. 

Its Peak summer in Jaipur now and I like summer months to click such shots.

During hot summer afternoons, I can click these shots more easily as everyone is indoors protecting themselves from the heat. Mind you, the temperatures here go up-to 45 degrees. 

I don't mind the temperatures as such. Anything for Photography ;)

I decided to snap this Old House Bell because this invokes an emotional response as a subject. You know what I mean.

Other motivating elements were:

a) the White Textured Wall and 

b) the Long Shadow Underneath.

Hope you enjoyed the shot.

Thank You