The story so far about my photography

I have been asked a bunch of times about the gear I use for photography – either on the blog, or by email. So, I have been mulling over writing not just about the gear but also about my photography (my flickr stream). And this is the first post. :) And it is just about the lead up!

If there is any one thing that I completely enjoy doing, it would have to be being behind the camera and peering through the viewfinder. I like it when my mind is only thinking about the frame in front of me. Completely therapeutic. You may ask, ‘how?’, well when I peer, there is nothing else on my mind. It is then just the act of peering. Yes, as simple as that! :)

While I completely enjoy writing, it is photography that takes the enjoyment a notch higher!

I have always enjoyed photography, as far back as I can remember. One of the gifts my mom got me while I was in college was a camera – a very simple film, point and shoot, Kodak camera. And as a student of architecture, I did go off to many a interesting places and have seen some wonderful architecture and had shot some of that in that camera. Looking back, I see how basic a camera that was.

After that, I went to a Sony digital point and shoot. This was as recent as 2002, I think. Then, one day I dropped it and it went kaput. So, got a canon ixus point and shoot again. (What with the kids and all, not having a camera is like being in a black hole. :) ) And my husband noticed how I tried to get the best of my points and shoots. He also noticed my reluctance to venture into the dSLR world. I resisted getting into dSLRs because I was afraid it would turn me into this gadget maniac that well I have gone on to become! Sigh! So, during one of his visits to the US in Jun 07, he picked up a Canon 400d for me. And when he gave it to me, while my joy knew no bounds, I also didnt know a thing about it. But that was the start! I have been completely into photography and flickr ever since. Whatever I have learnt since then has been from the internet and from friends on flickr. Some of them have been more than kind!

My current gear includes the following:

  • Camera : Canon EOS 400D dSLR
  • Lenses:
    • Canon EF 100 MM F/2.8 USM Macro
    • Sigma EF 24 – 70 MM F/2.8
    • Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 II (a friend’s. He gave it to me after he went on to buy the 50 mm F/1.4)
    • Canon EF-S 18 – 55 MM F/3.5 – 5.6 Kit (don’t use it anymore, but have shots from this on my flickr stream)
  • Shortly, I will have a flash – the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II

Going forth, I will write reviews of the gears I use. And include pics too. But for the camera itself, which I didnt buy myself, I have researched a decent bit about the others before I bought them. And have used them enough to write about them. For processing my pics, I use Photoshop almost exclusively. I dont know if I will get around to it, but I would love to write a few tips and tricks about using Photoshop as a photo enhancement tool.

Here’s one of pics from my stream.

Chitra Aiyer Photograph: Daughter at the beach

That is my daughter, my eldest child, at the beach in Goa.

9 Responses to “The story so far about my photography”

  1. All the best with your addiction. Feed it! :)

  2. This is been the story of a lot of people in Flickr. Even I had the similar story. Flickr has given opportunity for a lot of people to aspire and learn this beautiful art of photography.
    I’ve been observing your photos for some time and could learn about your selection of frame, subject and tone etc.
    Best wishes.

  3. I have been regulalry following ur flickr stream which lead to many other wonderful streams to watch . Photography is one thing which calms me .I have been using sony point and shoot for long time..inspired by your stream I finally convinced my self to get DSLR . So waiting for ur future blogs.

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  5. hey chitra ,way to go !!! congrats on zeeksha in deccan herald……this is the second time you’re in print :-)

  6. Thanks Which main. :)

    Thanks Sudheer for stopping by. Yes, flickr has been a good place to look around loads of good pics. Thanks for your kind words too. :)

    Thnaks Smitha. Good to hear that you have dSLR now. All the best with it. :)

    Thanks Shilpa. :)

  7. Nice write up…will look for more. You have been one of the greatest inspirations for me in Flickr…and yes photography has changed the way I see the world around me…

  8. I had no idea you were published in Deccan Herald (or Deccan Herold, as pronounced by the locals). Your photo stream is an absolute delight!

  9. Always good quality info from this site!

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