Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Photo that captured me!


Cute little monks! | Gangtok, Sikkim, India

I clicked my first picture when I was 10 years old. It was a family photo and my father just asked me to press the shutter button. As explained, I clicked the button and when the negatives were developed, the bitter truth of my pathetic photography skills was revealed. There were only heads of my family members in that photo, no body or anything at all. It's a disastrous first photo to remember! After that I started taking tips from my father to capture good pictures.

When I was in 1st year of my college, my father bought a Sony 7 MP digital camera and preferred storing memories in memory cards rather than in a roll of film (with 36 frames). Digital cameras were not common in those days and old 35mm cameras were almost vanished from the markets.With the flexibility of clicking multiple photos at once, it helped me in learning more about photography skills and techniques. My photography actually improved a lot in the span of 4 years of my college. Soon after college, I purchased my very first camera from my own pocket. Since, I needed a good camera with no zooming limitations and other things, I picked the Sony HX 200V high-end point and shoot camera to fulfill my necessary requirements. Soon after the purchase, I started traveling places and capturing things around me. Along with that, I joined many online photography pages on social n/w sites and attended few chat sessions on basics of Photography. From practicing thru gear to learning from e-books, I tried everything to gather good knowledge about photographer's perspective and their frame of mind when they imagine a photo in their head. I must say that even small tips work wonders sometimes!

When I first visited Gangtok, I came across few kids dressed in monks robes and were praying in front of a small temple like structure. I took a photo of them and was moved by the feeling that how on earth these small kids were asked to follow these customs and traditions.In the small age of 6-14 yrs, were they not losing their childhood? their dreams? their studies? I somehow digested my questions that time, but I still feel sometimes that what kind of a life those kids are living. And somewhere in my heart, those unanswered questions still haunts me. So if I have to choose any one picture from my collection for this prompt "The Photo that captured me", then this photo of monks is the one which I believe describes my take on the prompt.

Happy World Photography Day to all the wonderful photographers! :)








This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

33 comments:

  1. I remember the first photos I clicked - except for the heads of my family members, everything was visible! I've liked photography but never delved into learning it professionally. Perhaps, one day I will. Happy World Photography Day to you!

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    1. Hahaha...High 5 for sharing your first photo experience. :D Start taking interest in Photography. You'll love the end results for sure! :)

      And Thanks for stopping by and reading this post! :)

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  2. This picture you clicked is so beautiful and so are the words describing it.Loved reading it!

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    1. Thank you so much,Sara! Really glad that you liked the picture and write up :)

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  3. I guess I had a similar first picture :P though it wasn't really the heads, it was more of a random pic of the house items. I got a scolding for wasting the reel too! Loved the picture and the writeup :)

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    1. Hahaha..those limited frame reels were painful but so many memories attached with them, so can't complain too! :D :P

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Really glad that you liked the picture and write up :)

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  4. Beautiful capture. It was good to know about the story behind the photograph and your thoughts on it :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Purba! Glad you liked it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Jyotirmoy! Really glad that you liked it! :)

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  6. Happy photography everyday - great photo for this post

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! Really glad that you liked the picture :)

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  7. Good one Saumy (aka our official photographer) !!
    "My photography actually improved a lot in the span of 4 years of my college." - Thanks for giving the credit where it's due. :p

    :)

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    1. Hehehe..Thank you so much, Sirjee! :D

      Well it couldn't have improved without you ppl :P :D

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  8. click more lovely pictures like these... awesome :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! 😊

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  9. Haha your photo skills reminds me of mine when i was a kid ...
    Nice post :D obvious wow

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  10. I don't even remember the first picture I took, but I remember I had this point and shoot camera as a kid, and loved taking pictures of landscape on that.

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    1. Wow that's great! Landscapes are always beautiful to capture :)

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  11. The photo that captured you was indeed captured by you and it made you capture so many thoughts along with it. The way you have captured the entire thing is nice: Keep clicking more.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Anil! :)

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  12. Photography is all about practice and digital cameras are a big boost in that direction as one can just delete the pics and start anew. All the best for your photo journey.

    I loved the poignancy in this post - its well written and captures your emotions very well.

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  13. Digital cameras have made it really easy to learn photography. You can shoot without bothering about finishing up a roll of film and the cost of developing pictures!

    Cheers!
    Modern Gypsy

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  14. Beautiful photograph and a great memory associated with it. I am all for digital photography for one needn't think about finishing up the rolls :)

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  15. I have become you fan saumy! such a lovely pic, nice click...now its waiting for your next post

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  16. beautiful clicks Saumy. I liked all the pictures of ganpati too in your Ganesh Chaturthi post.

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