Minimalism – A Way of Life!

Managing with the least resources is what minimalism is all about. This can be a fantastic way to regain vision and clarity of thought. Photographers in general, tend to look down on this and other similar lines of thoughts as weird but the truth is entirely opposite. Minimalism helps in creating some of the best images. It also makes the whole process from initial visualization till the final photograph, more enjoyable. Minimalism is about the freedom and not about restrictions.

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Click Less, Create More

It was the autumn of 1945. The shopkeeper from the corner shop, wanted to photograph a beautiful sunset just outside of his town. He had loaded his car with his tripod, view camera and some film backs. This had been a regular exercise for the past few days. Unfortunately for him, every evening there would be thunderstorm and the trip would get cancelled. Today he had loaded his regular equipment in the car. There were some scattered clouds but nothing to spoil his plans. An hour before the sunset, he set out in his car and reached the high point just outside of the town. Setting up the camera took a few more minutes. The beautiful scene in front of him was now visible up-side-down on the ground glass of his old view camera. At the exact moment, he loaded the film back, took a picture. Reversed the film back and took another picture. Loaded everything back into the car and reached back. He now had captured the photograph that he had visualized many days back.

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Who is a Photographer?

Recently I came across some really old photographers who were cribbing about the surge of digital cameras, mobile phone cameras and so on. In their opinion this had really brought down the overall quality of photographs created. They were not ‘real’ photographers in their opinion. I agree to some extent. There are lots and lots of people with easy access to good cameras, but this is not a bad thing. Large amount of sales translates to good profit for the camera companies and in turn this leads to reduction in prices of otherwise expensive pieces of equipment. More sales also lead to investments in research and development and therefore progress in technology. The bad thing is that when these buyers of photography equipment do not want to learn to use their new acquisitions and churn out hoards of average looking snapshots. Snapshots, which could have been better with just a little bit of awareness. Another sad thing is when these camera users or mobile phone users try to capture images of people without any kind of permission or create disturbance or even nuisance while doing so.

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f/8 and be there

Sunrise

(Captured at f/8)

When I had started writing, I had selected ‘f/8 and be there’ as the title for the site itself. This was for a very important reason. Since the time, hand-held cameras started appearing, photographers have been trying to get the sharpest image possible with good depth of field. They also try to capture the moment. Henri Cartier Bresson called it the ‘Decisive Moment’. Press photographers occasionally call it the ‘Story in a photograph’. Those who miss this call it the ‘Photo that got away’.

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