|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....Group show at the Lalit Kala Academy Chennai with PSM 2018. followed by a group exhibition on "dance" promoted by Appa Rao gallery , Chennai..Now exploring "alternative techniques from the mid 1800's such as Cyanotypes, Bromoil, Gum Bichromate etc.Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes, pictorial, & fine art. Now also exhibiting on Instagram ............
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)
January 2019 : EFIAP (Excellence - 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.
2005 - Asian photography mag - text & images on "Jaisalmer in the desert".
corporate brochure for GA
Nikon links gallery - camera hobby site by Edwin Leong
Camera pixo mag 26 - text & images -"inspiration from photography".
Fuji x passion - text & images - "varanasi on the ganges".
2013 Interview on UdA fine art site from France
2016 - French Foto magazine "behind the glass".
2016 images & text on UdA site - "artist from India".
2016 aug - Fuji x passion - portfolio of several images.
GA house magazine - "at a glance" several issues
2015 Dec - Fuji love mag - "Xpro1 in india".
2017 july - Fuji X passion mag - "exploring India with fuji xpro1".
Fuji Passion mag- Portugal Feb 2019 - “dance of the gods”
Lens mag in Europe -Sept 2018 - “true story”...maasi tribe of kenya
Smart photography mag July 2018- Monochrome magic image of "mahableshwar club."
UdA May 2018 – Seascapes in India/Dunescapes
Camera Hobby web site by Edwin Leong April 2009
Culturama mag by Global Adjustments – several issues
Fuji love photography ebook 2018
Book cover - "doing business in India for dummies"... Dummies publications NYC
2018 prints exhibited at the PSM group show at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai - India
2018 images of dance exhibited by the Appa Rao Gallery , Chennai during the Chennai Lit Festival
2019 prints exhibited at the group show "eye of Madras"... at Chennai, India