Blog Feature | World Photography Day … the Google+ Way {August 19, 2013, Mumbai}

“Skills are never taught, they are acquired. I can give you a camera, but can’t feed your vision.”
Raghu Rai

World Photography Day

Mumbai, Aug 19th, 2013

It was Aug 19th, 2013. I landed in Mumbai early that morning armed with my camera. Shot the above as I was driven to the hotel. Google was celebrating World Photography Day in Mumbai, the city of dreams. Shantaram’s Mumbai for me, the book that brought the city virtually alive for me. It played out like a film in my head as I read the book. Then came Slumdog Millionaire. It offered the world this bustling city frame by frame, captured to take your breath away! The Mumbaikers, the colours, the light, the smells of Mumbai … all fascinating! All this has one common thread. IMAGES.

World Photography DayMy world is dominated by the moments that I capture. I have a million pictures that I love to look at, share, tag, and use on the blog. I’m no different from most of us. Cameras and mobiles have resulted in photography enthusiasts like never before. An active social networking community means that we like to share the pictures we capture. We need to curate too, organise them. That’s just where is where Google steps in.

World Photography DayGoogle celebrated World Photography Day in Mumbai with an event at the Race Course at Mahaluxmi. It was  a day when professional photographers and photo enthusiasts were invited to  step into Googles dynamic world of photo sharing. Google invited photographers to embrace technology with its easy to use features.

“Google+ offers plethora of advanced features for budding and professional photographers to add effects, edit, and improve the quality of their photos. It provides a powerful platform for photographers to showcase their work, receive suggestions, and network with other photographers with similar interests.”

World Photography Day I have been using Google images in my G+ account for a while. My first real insight into Google’s world was when I was invited for Google Day in September last year. AMAZING GOOGLE were my thoughts that day. I hadn’t realised how dynamic, how responsive, how brilliant Google was. There are subtle changes that I notice as I use this platform increasingly. Non invasive, good helpful features that attempt to make life easier.

Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 19th, 2013

For a world now obsessed with images and social networking, cameras and mobiles rule the world. The whole worlds clicking, and Google’s here to simplify things! Being the dynamic and proactive company that it is, Google has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make G+ image friendly.

ITC Grand, Parel, Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 19th, 2013

They chose to celebrate World Photography Day in a big way. I was privileged to be invited. They flew me down, hosted me at the beautiful ITC Grand Central, assigned me a chauffeur driven car for the day … everything taken care of like magic. {Photography is everywhere; above adorning the walls of the hotel room}.

World Photography Day The event was hosted at the beautiful Tote on the Turf. An inspiring array of photo exhibits was on display, each celebrating India and photography…. with G+ of course. After a brief welcome, the stage was handed over to one of India’s best known photographers and photojournalists, the celebrated Padma Shri Raghu Rai, for the keynote session. {I have included some of his stunning B & W photographs below}Raghu Rai's IndiaRaghu Rai’s India is inspirational. Full of characterNo one has shot India like he has; extensively and evocatively. At the event, Raghu Rai spoke about the evolution of photography over the decades. Also about how creativity is pushing new boundaries with the easy to use technology available on hand. {The shots below are ones I took on a recent visit to Lucknow. I love the emotional connect and vibrancy that India offers}

Lucknow, India

Lucknow, March 2013

If your mind is not connected to what you are shooting then you are not a good photographer” Raghu Rai went on to explain. You need to connect with your inner self, your maker to try and ‘capture the moment’. Of that moment he says ” A photograph has picked up a fact of life, and that fact will live forever‘. He held the audience captivatedwith his stories, ending with how dangerously fascinating Google was for him.

World Photography Day From there, Sandeep Menon, Director, Marketing, Google India took over. “The advent of technology has brought easy-to-use, advanced photography tools within reach of all photography enthusiasts. Recognizing the evolving needs of photographers, Google is focused on providing useful photo-editing tools and services to help people share the special moments that matter.

Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 19th, 2013

Sandeep Menon went on to demonstrate salient features that Google has silently built into it’s photo sharing sites. With features like auto back up, auto-enhance, auto highlight and auto awesome, g+ promises to make your picture better automagically!

Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 19th, 2013

As Raghu Rai said,  “The world of photography has seen a paradigm shift over the past decade. It has moved away from isolated dark rooms to highly interactive social platforms.” With increased awareness and interest in photography, travel etc, and the growing popularity of such platforms, g+ fits in easily.

World Photography DayIt leverages the power of technology to capture and curate photographs, helps address common bottlenecks like skin tone enhancing, denoising, local contrast. In a nutshell, Google offers intelligent photo editing on the go! These are all available free at g+.

World Photography Day Also interesting was the animated gif composition where image series can be merged to make an animation. Auto awesome! Take a look at my gif below; it’s quite animated yet could have been better!! This is my first attempt to stitch a strip!

IMG_0841-1-MOTIONThe event wrapped up with an interactive panel discussion with celebrated photojournalists and photographers which included Sooni Taraporevala, Sumit Sen, Mulchand Dedhia and Ketaki Sheth. Thank you Google for having me over! 

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Blog Feature | World Photography Day August 19th, 2013 … a picture is worth a thousand words #worldphotographyday

“I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and initiate change in the world.”
Korske Ara

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.

 Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically.

Irish Creme Chocolate Cakes with an Irish Creme Caramel Sauce What an inspiring day to begin the week. As a food blogger, I learnt one thing pretty early – we eat with our eyes first. There has been endless inspiration over the years. So much to learn. I can spend all day long flitting from flickr to pinterest to 500px  to tumblr and drown myself in images. Photography never ceases to amaze, creativity astounds!

world photog day 3

The photographer’s job is to cut a frame-sized slice out of the world around him, so faithfully and honestly that if he were to put it back again, life and the world would begin to move again without a stumble.
Raghu Rai

… words that this hugely talented photographer proves each time he clicks. He has captured India like no one else.

I have had the privilege of being invited to Mumbai by the Google+ team for the Google+ World Photography Day event today. While I fly off to discover how Google has changed the world of photography and images, I leave you with some of my favourite food  shots. It’s a mixed bag  yet one thing runs common – there is always a story behind my shots, a memory, an emotional connect, a season, maybe a reason.

Food photographsIMHO, it’s important to connect with the subject to lend the photograph a soul. Soulless photography doesn’t work for me. The image must tell a story. It must also arouse curiosity. The mind should look at it and say how, when, why, who? I ask these questions a hundred times a day as I look at inspirational photographs. So much to learn and so little time. I leave you with one last photograph … a non food one. It’s very ‘India’, it has a story, the monkeys have names {Ramlal & Chameli}. It reflects a poignant part of  Indian folk tradition …

Ramlal & Chameli

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Imogen Cunningham

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SPRING HAS COME & SPRING HAS GONE- but CLICK is here to stay!

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
Al Bernstein
The Click duo, Jai & Bee have got a beautiful theme going this month, CLICK: April 2009. (Spring/Autumn), and as usual, I’m racing. This post is not a foodie post. It’s just a SPRING post, posted a little sadly, because Spring disappeared quite a while ago. Currently we are in a ‘mercury rising’ situation, where the highs are around 43C, & hot summer winds are sweeping the Northern Indian plains! Another degree & they’ll declare it a heat-wave!! Whatever…
…the life & times of my carnations
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Can you tell I’d been busy clicking when Spring was here? I loved it – new sprigs, new branches, nests in every nook & cranny, birds amorously cooing, butterflies & bees,blossoms… I posted a few more pics earlier here for Earth Hour in March when Spring was officially around!The first picture above is a guava flower from my dad’s little patch; a TI NY patch in his back yard, yet it’s amazingly fertile. He has a guava tree, a papaya tree, a curry leaves tree, a pomegranate tree & a lime tree all in one small patch ( about 6 X 6 ft) … & they are all in full bloom! There were over a 100 flowers, now turned into tiny guavas, & similarly for the poms!

Guess who built her nest in my Mom’s kitchen window? A robin!! The son looked at the chicks that had hatched 3 days ago , & then looked at the Mom who was guarding from a safe distance. Shook his head in disbelief,“How can the babies be so big, when the mother is so small?” I nonchalantly said, “Look at you & look at me! You are almost taller than me!”. Case rested!! The chicks flew the nest the day after I clicked them!!
…my green chili plant
Also followed my chili plant when it flowered much to my glee, & then the flowers became chilies. Fascinating. Loved that too!!

This last picture is my entry for CLICK: April 2009. (Spring/Autumn) @ Jugalbandi. Mulberries herald the beginning of Spring here, & are a constant source of fascination for me (as all berries are now). I can sit around mulberry trees for hours gathering this juicy berry. Used them for my Daring Bakers Cheesecake post, & also mentioned them as one of a clutch of Indian berries here!

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