Sam Wundke, professional photographer and Adelaide Nikon School Lecturer, took his camera on an exciting photography tour through India. In this article he describes his photographer’s perspective of the colours and beauty:
Places like India offer so much to a photographer. Even within just one state, like Kerala, the diversity is amazing. The colours and textures are vibrant, the shape and form of buildings and temples always offer so much to photograph, and the beautiful people are amazing.
The bright colours of the laundered clothes caught my eye as I walked past a laneway in Kochi. As I turned I noticed two children looking at me, and they didn’t seem to mind that I had my cameras, so I snapped them between the clothes. To have your camera settings at the ready to shoot, and the correct lens on, was vitally important with this image.
My advice, ‘develop the ability to look left and right for picture opportunities, tunnel vision can rob you of many great shots!’
I spotted this little girl on her way to church in Trivandrum.
Most often when I’ve been out and about in an interesting place like India, I’ve taken the minimum gear required, such as one body, wide lens, telephoto lens and no flash or tripod. Natural light is often all you have to work with, and your DSLR camera with a good lens attached is most often all you need. Bells, whistles and accessories are great, but keeping it simple is often the best rule to apply.
I caught this moment as we were floating down a waterway on the backwaters of Kerala. The men were enjoying their game oblivious to me pointing a camera at them, and I waited until they were framed between the leaves. Candid moments like these often make the best images, good composition technique will take your pictures to the next level.
Simplicity is the key. The old, broken red wall in Jewtown, Kochi, made a striking background, and I noticed bikes and scooters whizzing past on a regular basis. Slowing the shutter speed down to create blur adds a sense of “life rushing past.”
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Are you inspired by Sam’s images and keen to improve or refresh your knowledge about DSLR? Nikon School Adelaide invites you to join Sam on Saturday, 19 February 2011, at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Adelaide where he will share his latest photography tips and tricks with you.
In this one-day Introduction to Digital SLR course, Sam will teach you how to make the most of your shots using the basic DSLR functions of your camera and help you to gain an understanding of technical features such as exposure, ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.