Before the Smartphones came into existence…
Before the love-hate phenomenon called Selfie was invented…
the only way to take a Selfie – individual or group (wonder what was it called then!) – is to set the timer of a camera, focus on the subjects (Mrs & Jr Swamy in this case, with space left on the right for Swamy), press the shutter, run like hell and take the place, pose and pray the focus didn’t change before the shot was taken! Now imagine doing this with a film camera :O
Anyway, this pre-Selfie era group selfie (is it Groupie!) was taken using a Canon Digital Point & Shoot camera (bought at a duty free shop in Changi airport, during one of Swamy’s business trips) whose resolution was…
hold your breath… and puhleeeze don’t laugh hysterically…
Though Mr & Mrs Swamy are posing with their megawatt smile, hoping to get the shot right (who knows how many iterations it took), Jr in the middle (must’ve been only a few months old) must’ve been really wondering “Why is Dad running and falling near me.. again & again.. when Mom is quietly lying down beside me, frowning & smiling, alternatively?”
~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy
nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy series by Swamy for old time(r)s’ sake!
Just like any craft, photography is fun too. While in this DSLR age, anybody who can afford a camera can start their photog journey with the help of a multitude of online courses & ‘how to’ visual guides, in the good ol’ days of film SLR, every trick of the trade was learned by trial & error. Until the film is developed & printed (Swamy used to always print two sets of pretty much every film roll, so one of them could be sent back to his parents & younger brothers in Madurai), it’s practically impossible to know the result of any experiment.
The models in this pic are Swamy‘s youngest brothers Prasanna (@prachastudios) & Bhaskar. Yep, just the two of them, twice over, in the same frame. No digital editing (which can simply be done on a smartphone these days) & no other gimmick, other than using a filter (screwed on the lens) to expose the same film twice. The outcome depends heavily on stability of the camera (tripod & remote shutter release are a must), the background (key is to find a point of merger – of the two parts) & of course, Lighting.
~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy
nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series for old time(r)s’ sake.
“Nostalgia” 💭 ~ a new pixseries, looking back into enchanting slivers of time, through the Swamygraphy lens 📷 (did ya know Swamy used to be a serious amateur, who spent a fortune 💸on photography equipment 📸📹🎞 & even got fab ratings online👍, in the film SLR era👻, when platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, et al didn’t even exist 🤗 & even Google was relatively unknown as Yahoo was the King🔱) – not for reliving the past 📟📻📺(which is like willingly adding to the already humongous pile of karmA😒) but to let go of the long gone, yet still cherished, past, 👋 once & for all (umm.. twice, may be 😜)
Swamygraphy = [Prakash]Swamy + [photo]graphy.
This isn’t another photography blog about technicalities and nuances of this enchanting craft, which is best left to the masters. There have been and are so many of them and many share their knowledge through various media for eager and willing learners. Google returned about 5,41,00,000 results in 0.60 seconds for ‘Photography lessons + Free’!
Swamygraphy is an eclectic mix of enticing photos and enchanting tales by @PrakashSwamy, a blogger and author who also happens to be a photographer. Swamy got enticed (& inevitably encompassed) by this marvelous craft during film SLR era (Millennials’ only hope of knowing about those devices are Google, Books & good ol’ photographers like yours truly ;)) and continues to dabble with it as a serious amateur till date, with the equipment varying from now extinct film SLRs to compact digital cams to digital SLRs to smartphones toting SLR rivaling megapixel cams.
Good photography isn’t about the craftsman, i.e., photographer or the equipment [s]he uses.
Good photography is about capturing a fleeting moment of Life, so precisely that it connects instantly with anyone who eyes it.
A good photograph inevitably makes an emotional connect with the viewer by teleporting him/her to that precious moment and place in time and gets etched in memory forever.
A good photography will tug at the heartstrings and brings out a sliver of a smile, drop of tear or frown in the brow from the viewer.
Things like lighting, composition, etc. are talked about a lot at length, but they only enhance and elevate a good photograph.
Great photography is taking good photographs consistently and repeatedly.
So, keeping that KISS (no not that you wet dreamer – it’s just the abbreviation of Keep It Simple Stupid :O) principle about photography in mind, let’s get started on this enchanting Swamygraphy journey and view good photographs, hear enchanting tales and cherish those precious moments of Life, captured by @PrakashSwamy!
Be Joyful & Spread the Cheer 🙂
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