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Name ashok viswanathan (joined 18-Jan-2006) (pbase supporter)
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Location Mumbai- India
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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. . 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 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. 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.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. only for the Mac.. A PC version is expected to be released in 2016. 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.Google allows a free download of the NIX suite of software incl the Silver FX pro and the HDR. Adobe is also now offering the CS2 a a official free download which can handle most photographers RAW conversion and processing requirements.

Over the years exhibited in several national and international exhibitions with considerable success. 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.....Silver medal at the photo art intl salon in Prague..followed by a bronze at the 4th Bardaf exhibition-Slovakia and 2nd Raniganj intl exhibition..Since 2012 Exhibited in 62 national & international exhibitions with over 200 acceptances...Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes, pictorial, & fine art.

October 2015: AFIP (Artist- 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, Pete Turner, Reza Deghati and the list goes on...

Published work:
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- november 2011 on Univers d'Artistes
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 -
Menk site by a link to Dec 2015
Thomas Menk site - "X Pro goes dancing" - a dance photoshoot with Renelle.... Jan 2016
Varnasi pictures and text featured in - the fuji magazine from Brazil.. feb 2016


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