DPS 2009

What you will see in this page are assignments that I submit at the Digital Photography School (DPS). It is a forum for some serious photography learning which is so much fun!

“SWEET TOOTH” June 15, 2009

Goan Delicacies

Goan Delicacies

Was at the railway station the other day, and just could not get my eyes off these boxes of sweets… Help me out with the names guys!

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“CHAIR” June 23, 2009

The Bridal Seat

The Bridal Seat

An Indian bride is ceremoniously carried off to her husband’s home in this brightly decorated palanquin chair.

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“Red, Yellow, Blue [RYB]” June 25, 2009

Tube slide

Tube slide

This was an alternate assignment at the DPS. Red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors on which all other colors are based. One such color had to be the primary focus of the image. I thought that the picture of the slide emphasizes just that.

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“Black & White Portrait” July 2009

Portrait of a friend

Portrait of a friend

This picture of a good friend, Elton, has been clicked using the infra red mode on my Sony H50. Also proud to add, that it became his profile picture too!

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“A Mistake” July 2009

You’ve taken a photo, you were rushing, you hadn’t checked your settings, SNAP! It came out all wrong – but you like it. We’ve all got a whole hard drive full of these. This assignment was to see my best MISTAKE and I needed to explain why it was a mistake.

Gold fingers

Gold fingers

Well, the reason why I thought this was one big mistake, was when I forgot to change the ISO setting on the camera. It was previously set at ISO 400 (for some indoor shots) and when I used the same for the outdoor bright lighting, this was the outcome.

As a comparison, here is the image I had intented to frame:

Correction!

Correction!

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“Humor” July 8, 2009

Pictures can sometimes make us laugh or simply bring a smile to our faces. In this assignment I had to evoke a particular response in the viewer, not just a passive viewing. Had to let my inner comedian come forth! This was my entry for the assignment:

Give me a break!

Give me a break!

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“Machinery” July 15, 2009

Old or new, what would we do without machines? How interesting can you make a picture of a somewhat cold inanimate object? This was my submission for this assignment. I called it The Tired Cart

A tired cart rests in the shade of a tree...

A tired cart rests in the shade of a tree...

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“Mixing Elements” Aug 5, 2009

“Mixing Elements” was an assignment on DPS where the image needed to show two or more of the basic elements of earth, air, fire and water, not just one. The picture I took captures wind and fire… the moment before the flame was extinguished!

The Departing Flame

The Departing Flame

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“Weather” Aug 27, 2009

Menacing clouds

Menacing clouds

Menacing rain clouds approaching the city of Mumbai at its famous ‘Marine Drive’. The roar and spray of the waves draws hordes of people here during the monsoons.

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“School Days” Sept 5, 2009

The empty school corridor

The empty school corridor

A school will never be a school without kids running around!

This assignment was surely more fun than the ones given while I was at school!

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“Seven Deadly Sins” Sept 12, 2009

“Seven Deadly Sins”. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

For this assignment, I had to pick one and and create an image that shows that particular sin

Wrath

Wrath

While experimenting with the Infra red mode on my Sony H50, my neice came charging at me!

Ended up as a classic example for WRATH and and “negative space” 😉

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“Contrast” Sept 19, 2009

Man of Contrast

Man of Contrast

This picture was submitted for the assignment to display “Contrast” which could be used as an element in visual design in color as well as black and white. Contrast can be found in textures too. And this picture speaks for itself

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“Shadows” Sep 26, 2009

This week’s assignment “Shadows” was related to the previous one, Contrast. Usually when we are taking our shots, we try to eliminate shadows caused by uneven lighting. This week I had to consider shadows as an element in my composition.

I love my mama...'s shadow!

I love my mama...'s shadow!

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“Collection” October 3, 2009

This week the assignment was ‘Collections’. Most of us have something we collect: seashells, coins, antique what-cha-macallits, etc. This was my entry. They are terracotta idols of the Hindu deity Ganesha in an array of traditional musical instruments.

Welcome!

Welcome!

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“Bokeh” October 11, 2009

Bokeh (derived from Japanese, a noun boke 暈け, meaning “blur” or “haze”) is a photographic term referring to the æsthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Essentially, bokeh is an aesthetic and qualitative measure of light distortion in the out-of-focus areas of an image, and is primarily caused by lens aberrations and aperture shape. (Source)

Beauty in Simplicity

Beauty in Simplicity

It’s a very ordinary flower, but add a bokeh to it and it takes on a charm beyond compare

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“Window” October 18, 2009

This week’s assignment was WINDOW. I thought of displaying something on a humorous note.

Window Shopping

Window Shopping

This langur is a common visitor at home. Here is Mom trying to “sell” it some bananas while my neice looks on in wonder!

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“Scary or Spooky” October 22, 2009

What is it that scares you? Gives you goose-bumps? Makes your heart stop? This assignment was meant to do just that.

Zombies in the night

Zombies in the night

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“Architectural Detail” October 31, 2009

Most often it is the small things of life that fascinate me. So also in photography. In every architectural piece you will always find an aspect of wonder, if only you look closely.

Architecture DPS

Safe Harbor

This picture was taken at the dock on the other side of Kala Academy.

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“Economy” November 9, 2009

Around the world the economy is effecting us in many different ways. For the assignment, I had to come up with a shot that illustrates it in some way. This was my entry

Economy for DPS

Every Grain counts!

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“NOISE” November 12, 2009

Noise for DPS

Noise Jam

This was my attempt of trying to show sound in a visual medium!

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“KINETICS” November 13, 2009

Kinetic photography was the assignment this week. It’s a style where the only moving object is part or all of your camera. Be it a zoom of your lens, movement of the camera in your hands, or, if your truly brave, tossing your equipment in the air. Trickier than you might think, these images require long shutter speeds and small apertures

Tunnel Vision

Picture clicked using long exposure while zipping through the expressway tunnel

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“Thankful” November 27, 2009

Harvest Thanksgiving

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“Storyboard”, December 8, 2009

Do your pictures tell a story? This assignment was to try to tell a photographic “story” in 3 images. It needed to have a beginning, middle, and end and should not need any explanation. If there is need for a written explanation, then you’re not getting your story across in a visual way..

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“Technology” December 14, 2009

Power tools

Technology, the subject of this assignment, is all around us. It affects almost everything we do- our lives, our jobs, and the lives of others. This is a picture of random tech-stuff on my table: Cordless, car keys and coffee mug. (the mobile is also peeking in from the corner)

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2 responses to “DPS 2009

  1. Hey I liked all what your pictures have to speak here and just thought I should let you know! 🙂 I am not an avid reader but these tid-bits kept me online for a long time than usual. I have seen almost all your photography and read few posts..you seem to be enjoying your existence..and that is what LIFE is all about! ‘Focus’ and ‘out of focus’ life- redefined!

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