Garudh Defished

Sanjay, vocalist for Garudh/Imperium/Kalodin !

(This is a De-fished version of the photo taken with a fisheye lens.)

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Steve McCurry’s video masterclass

Steve McCurry is without a doubt one of the best photojournalist alive. If you have no idea, here is his blog, plus google him or search him on wikipedia. I have a bad habit of generalizing and thus, I used to think McCurry would be just like so many less-talking, introvert, serious-looking “older” photojournalists ( James Natchway after effect, may be) but he doesn’t seem to be so. Anyways, who cares. I found these links on facebook, went through these series of 1 minute videos and I’m really glad that I stumbled up this ‘gem’ of a series.

Here’s the link to his video interview/masterclass

Steve McCurry’s One Minute Masterclass
There are in 6 parts, all wealth.

Surya Pun – Invincible

Surya Pun, drummer for Antim Grahan/Define Mental – without a doubt Nepal’s most brutal drummer ever has recently started playing with another band, but as a guitarist. His new band is IMPERIUM, formed along with the members of satanic black metal band Garudh. An ace metal-drummer, turns out to be an ace guitarist as well.

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Suvaprabhat ~ sleek hands

This is Prabhat Manandhar, guitarist/vocalist for Electrix, a Thamel based band. Five/six years before, he used to play guitars with then-promising rock band Elysium (along with Sunny Tuladhar and Rajan Shrestha who are right now in Jindabaad!!!) and his playing was smoking hot. He was developing a unique guitar playing style, a mix of Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan – and the band disbanded for some unknown reasons, and Prabhat stayed away from outdoor concerts for a long time. Since then, I’ve just seen him play for a couple of times with his new band. Even though the music he plays these days could be described as pop/rock and alternative rock, Prabhat’s guitar playing is still something to experience live. [Not a fan of his vocals 🙂 ]

He’s a virtuoso at heart, and hopefully he brings his old playing style back to the front.

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Portrait of a Mentor

This is Mr Urs Frey from Swiss Contact, Senior Expert Corps. This was taken when an actual class was going on, so this is not a posed photo. The speedlight position and camera angle are quite obvious. I really like the way the shadow looks formidable while he puts on a pleasing countenance.

Nikon SB800, Nikon D80, 18-135mm
Sunrise Secondary School, Bhaisipati, Lalitpur

Don’t Wait for the Phone to Ring


[Photo: Steve McCurry]

Steve McCurry, one of the best – he nails it.

I am often asked by photographers just starting out what advice I can offer.  Here are some tips which might be a good start.

Insatiable Curiosity
Being curious about life and things around you is an essential part of being a good photographer.

Hard work
Any endeavor, any profession requires a serious commitment and effort and hard work. Unless you are willing to commit to that, it’s best not to begin the journey.

Leave home
Leave home or leave your comfort zone. Being a good photographer doesn’t necessarily mean you travel to distant places, but you do need to get out of your comfort zone and explore, wander and observe.

Fortitude and Determination
At times, there’s a lot of pick and shovel work to photography or any other profession, and you have to be ready to work your way through these tedious times.

Dig Deep
The process of learning never stops, but at a point it’s all kind of automatic in a way. If you look at the photographers whose work is widely admired you’ll see that  they’ve found a particular place or a subject, dug deep into it, and carved out something that’s become special.

Evolve, reinvent yourself, grow
You need to keep your heart and mind open. Life is  flowing in front of your eyes and you need to be open to respond and allow yourself to be touched by things which are extraordinary and let it change you.

Don’t wait for the phone to ring
Regardless of how successful you are, it’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you.  You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you. Make things happen; don’t wait for others to offer opportunities.   Follow up.  Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Pick up the phone and call.

Check out his site.