|Message from ashok viswanathan
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My interest in 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 I explored digital with a Olympus D460 digital with 1.3 MP. .My experiences encouraged me to upgrade a year later to a Nikon D100 DSLR (6.1MP) fitted with a 24~85 f2.8 Nikon AF macro zoom. Dec 2006 saw the purchase of a 14mm f2.8 Nikon AFD lens.. followed by the long awaited 80-200 f2.8 AF-ED nikon zoom in march 2010.. My monitor is profiled and the usual colour space is Adobe RGB. In 2013:Added fuji x pro 1 with a 18-55 f 2.8 lens and now switched from Nikon to Fuji using an adaptor to mount Nikon lenses on the Fuji mirror less. Sept 2015 added the Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 pro grade lens. Bye bye NIKON.
My primary interest is black & white but the richness and flexability of digital colour facinates me. Photoshop & digital imaging has evolved in the last 10 years and changed the way we handle images. Almost everything we can do in a wet darkroom can now be done on a laptop. I 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.Am now exploring alternative software to PS ie Pixbuilder which offers similar functions to Ps and available for free.
Over the years exhibited in several national and international exhibitions and have enjoyed seeing the immense photography talent around the world. One of my early b&w prints from the 1990'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 photo competition.the U.N. International Year of the Family 2004 award followed by the Agfanet award in the category "water"...Feb 2015:FIAP Silver medal at the photo art intl salon in Prague..followed by a bronze at the 2nd Raniganj intl exhibition..Since 2012 Exhibited in 41 national & international exhibitions with 141 acceptances...Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes, pictorial, & fine art..
October 2015: AFIP (Associate Federation of Indian Photography)
I admire the work of the late Ansel Adams,E.Haas,Eric Meola, Cartier Bresson, Galen Rowell,Yousouf Karsh, Jay Maisel,Norman Koren,Art wolfe,Steve McCurry, Reza Deghati and the list goes on...
Pbase magazine issue 4 (page 28 onwards).
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 in 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
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