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This is a copy of the ‘Biography’ page on Photo.net forum that I updated every now and then. At some point I gave up adding to this page ….but have put in my final entry recently. It is short and sweet – not because I have nothing more to say, but because there is a word limit for this section on photo.met.
Photo.net is my second Guru in photography (first guru is the equipment) – it answered all my questions and the discussions of the collective community kept me learning things that I did not even know that I had to learn. The biography page is a newcomer’s introduction to the community.
So I bragged in the beginning….and soon enough ate humble pie, fed to me not-so-gently by the realisation of my ignorance and lack of skill. Here it is:
Author (The IQ Parenting Handbook)
Antique Textile Collector, (www.wovesouls.com)
and Traveller to ethno-culturally rich places.
Date of Birth of the ‘serious’ photographer in me : Feb 25th, 2009.
Watch me evolve ……..
Added March 9th, 2009 :
I have enough control over the camera to manipulate the settings but am still struggling to get the effect I desire. I have also discovered that photoshop can correct many of the mistakes I make in lighting. Am not sure if knowing of this crutch at this fledgeling stage of development will handicap me or free me !
March 13th, 2009 :
It is totally unfair that different lenses behave differently, that birds, humans and other animals have absolutely no considerations for a budding-famous-photographer’s feelings – and refuse to stop flying or pouncing while a shot is being taken. How will I ever get there if this unfairness continues !
May 26th, 2009
Have understood the settings of the camera body tho’ I cannot yet say that I have mastered it. Have learnt enough about enough lenses and can choose effectively for a particular need.
Have also finally crossed a barrier – am now getting familiar with PS and its opening up so many possibilities. I think the plateau of frustration will end with this with a sudden new unfolding of possibilities to transform my photographs into “perfect” images !
May 30th 2009
I look back at my portfolio and find that the last three folders have impressed even ME !! They look so starkly different from the previous ones !! Is it PS ? Or is it better choice of lenses ? I seriously doubt its the third factor – that I have become a better photographer so SUDDENLY ! Whatever the real reason is, I am happy that my kids are totally impressed with my sudden show of expertise…
June 22nd 2009
When I get comments from friends & family on a great picture I find myself passing on the credit to the greatness of the subject itself. What have “I” really done besides freeze that beauty into an image. The beauty was there befoe I came and saw it, and will remain even had I not taken a picture of it. The credit of the beautiful image goes to the creator of that subject – not to me – the photographer. The ONLY credit I am comfortable taking – is for delivering that beauty from one spot in time & space to eyes that wouldn’t have otherwise been there to witness it.
August 18th 2009
I am at the point of greed – where NAS (nikon Acquisition Syndrome) virus has hit my brain functions and makes me believe that I will become a legendary photographer once I have every legendary lens made !
August 20th 2009
Just when I thought I was getting a grasp of everything there is to know – ( like i now EVEN know how to make borders in PS !!) and even know how to identify the 28 2.8AiS lens…….isn’t that WOW?) ……..through all the research I realise that there is simply toooooooo much to know in any single one sub-subject such as lenses. So even if I were to put aside all other interests in life – such as breathing sleeping, eating, there just wouldn’t be enough time in this phase of life to master it all. So I am hoping that the enthusiasm & overconfidence outlasts the energy long enough to make me a better photographer ……and then the better results will themselves fuel the life of this phase.
July 8th, 2011
I now have a few images that I think are good (on http://www.jainamishra.com) but think that I will probably never feel like I have a complete grip on the technical stuff.
My wish list at this point:
1. A master (other than google) who will answer all my unanswered questions as I bumble through my never-ending learning of the SEVERAL crafts needed in photography…..
2. Lenses that are lighter ….
3. Lots of applause
The word limit puts an end to the biography on Photo.net at this point. But I will continue documenting this evolution here because ‘there are miles to go before I sleep’
July 23rd, 2011