|Message from ashok v
My photography goes back to the early 70's with a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta roll film camera, graduating to a Minolta SRT 101,Nikkormant Ftn and finally to a Nikon FM with 28mm/75-150 mm zoom and a 50mm f1.4 lens. I prefer 35 mm for the ease and flexibility it offers.
In early 2002 explored digital with a Olympus D460 digital with 1.3 MP. . upgraded a year later to a Nikon D100 DSLR (6.1MP) with a 24~85 f2.8 Nikon AF macro zoom. Later adding the classic 14mm f2.8 Nikon AFD and the 80-200 f2.8 AF-ED nikon zoom. My monitor is profiled and the usual colour space is Adobe RGB. In 2013 moved to fuji x pro 1 with a 18-55 f 2.8 lens and by 2015 switched from Nikon to Fuji using a Metabones adaptor to mount Nikon lenses on the Fuji mirror less. Sept 2015 added the Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 pro grade lens followed by the 10~24mm f4 Fujinon lens in may 2016. Now entirely Fuji glass. Waiting for Fuji to launch a 300mm f2.8 AF prime...the jpg files OOC are amazing...Bye bye NIKON. My Rolleiflex 3.5F may soon come out of retirement as Ilford 120 film is available again. plan to go Fuji medium format mirrorless next year with the GFX50R...
My primary interest is black & white but the richness and flexability of digital colour facinates me. Photoshop & digital imaging has evolved & everything we can do in a wet darkroom can now be done on a laptop. Enjoy producing watercolours,line drawings,solarisations, posterisations in digital.More recent explorations are in the field of HDR, blending modes and newer creative sofware such as Postworkshop & CZM.With Adobe policy of charging a monthly fee for use of Photoshop i decided to move on. Afinity Photo offers an amazing software for a one time modest fee that does all that CS does and more. Alternative option is Pixbuilder a free application from Wnsoft. If you are only looking for a Raw convertor the RPP 64 (Raw photo processor) may be an option as it open files from any camera. For b&w i use the NIX suite of software incl the Silver FX pro and the HDR. .
Since 2012 Exhibited in several national and international exhibitions with over 300 acceptances in 37 countries.. Work accepted at prestigous shows such as PSA annual exhibition, FIP intl circuit, Malmoe Intl, Sydney Harbour, Southampton Intl, and Singapore International.and others..One of my early b&w prints from the 1970's is in the permanent collection of HPF in Ooty.Awards include a gold medal at the Singapore Intl. Mid 1970's won the Dr Kosh rolling trophy at the IIT Chennai, the U.N. International Year of the Family 2004 award followed by the Agfanet award in the category "water"..1978 silver medal at the 16th Singapore intl student salon organised by photographic society of Nanyang Univ.....2014 PSA Ribbon at the 3rd JPS Intl- Silver medal at the photo art intl salon in Prague-bronze at the 4th Bardaf exhibition Slovakia-PSA Ribbon at the 2015 FIP Intl circuit- bronze at 2nd Raniganj intl exhibition- 2016 FIP Gold at 1st Serampore Intl, bronze at the Asian Intl 2017. PSA Gold at the Deep Focus intl 2018 etc etc....Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes, pictorial, & fine art. Now also exhibiting on 500px and members.national geographic.com ............
October 2015: AFIP (Artist- Federation of Indian Photography)
August 2017 : FFIP (Fellow- Federation of Indian Photography)
January 2018 : AFIAP (Artist Intl Federation for the art of photography)
I admire the work of the late Ansel Adams,Richard Avedon, Terence Donovan, E.Haas,Eric Meola, Cartier Bresson, Galen Rowell,Yousouf Karsh, Jay Maisel,Norman Koren,Art wolfe,Steve McCurry, Pete Turner, Reza Deghati, Manuel Libres Librodo and the list goes on...
Pbase magazine issue 4 (page 28 onwards). www.pbase.com
Photography BB magazine 24 - journey to Pushkar
Asian Photography magazine jan06... digital in the desert
Culturerama magazine (several issues)
At a glance magazine (several issues)
Corporate brochure- Global Adjustments
Corporate brochure - VCTPL
book cover Dummies NY - "doing business in India"
Images on Camera hobby site
Interview 12 pages- november 2011 on UdA
16 pages portfolio in Camerapixo August issue 26/2013.
Featured in Thomas menk site: scoop it xpro
images in a Coffee table book by global adjustments, india 2015
Featured on Fujiilove site - X Pro1 in India- Dec 2015 - www.fujilove.com
Menk site by a link to fujilove.com.. Dec 2015
Thomas Menk site - "X Pro goes dancing" - a dance photoshoot with Renelle.... Jan 2016
Varnasi pictures and text featured in www.fujixpassion.com - the fuji magazine .. feb 2016
portfolio of images in www.fujixpassion.com - the fuji X magazine.... aug 2016.
portfolio 12 page feature of my work in UdA sept 2016
image "trees in motion"- selected as "Editors choice" in Fuji Love group of FB - nov 2016
my image "behind the glass" selected by French Foto in the 2017 contest - magazine issue 529 (jan 2017)
image "trees in motion" published in the Fuji Love coffee table book.....Feb 2018.
my series of images "Dunescapes" with text featured on UdA ... May 2017
July 2017- interview & images in "Fuji X Passion" magazine issue 13 published from Portugal.- 17 pages
My images formed part of a group show at Lalit Kala Academy,Chennai - PSM exhibition March 2018
series of images on Seascapes with text featured in UdA the high end art site from France. - may 2018.
featured by Better Photography mag - india in july 2018 - b+w special issue
Lens magazine-issue 48 - "The Maasi tribe" - text & photographs in Lens magazine for fine art photography - 15 pages..Sept 2018
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