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Gallery: Kolkata and Varanasi, 2020

In January and February I did visited Kolkata and Varanasi during my Photo Adventure in India. Here is a small gallery with a few of the photos I took there.

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All photos taken with Fuji XT-2, Fujinon 16-55 F/2.8, Fujinon 56mm F/1.2 and Fujinon 23mm F/1.4

Behind the photo: Varanasi, India

If you expect to nail your idea with the first shot when you are on location taking photos, you are greatly mistaken. Nobody nails the first one, this is not how photography works. 

The bird feeder, Varanasi, India 2020 / Fujifilm XT-2, Fujinon 16-55 F/2.8

I took the photo above during my 2020 Photo Adventure in India. It was an early morning in Varanasi. I feel in love with the idea of this photo, so approached closer and started taking photos.

For those interested a few numbers: I spent 12 days in India in February 2020 and came back home with 12500 photos. Used only 1 lens for 99% of the photos (16-55mm F/2.8). Broke one camera 🙂 After the first very rough selection ended up with ±1260 photos. Second selection brought that down to ±550. From them I managed to select about ±150 finals that I like enough to keep and show.

So why shoot so many photos if I end up using only a very small percent in the end?

Hopefully this will be a good example: I took 281 photos at this spot for about 15 minutes, from the same angle, with the same settings. Just one photo used in the end – the photo you see above.

You tell me if it is worth the effort 🙂

Holi celebration in Bundi, India

I was very lucky to attend and photograph one of the most colourful and interesting celebrations in India – Holi. I decided to travel to Bundi, a small village off the beaten path in Rajasthan where few tourist go and enjoy the celebrations there. It was a great decision – there were almost no tourists and the party was crazy!!

All photos were taken with Fuji XT-2 and Fujinon 16mm F1.4 lens.

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Behind the photo: Khor Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek in English) is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf located in the heart of Dubai. The creek divides the city into two parts: Bur Dubai and Deira, and has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history. I have been to Dubai a few times and I have always been drawn to photographing the towers and the majestic skyline of the city.

Behind the photo

Pakistani sailors loading a boat at Khor Dubai, Dubai, UAE

This time I wanted to see the real Dubai, so we decided to visit the Creek. I’ve had this idea to photograph the boats that carry goods to and from Dubai and the people who work on them. There is an immense contrast between and rich and new part of Dubai and it’s denizens and the sailors who load and unload the boats.

Some of them live on and around the boats for weeks working and waiting. This one was a small Pakistani boat that was almost ready for departure. We spend a few hours there and took some photos. If you want to see all of them please take a look here: Khor Dubai.



RAW vs JPEG – A simple guide for beginners

RAW vs JPEG – A simple guide for beginners

The RAW vs JPEG topic seems like a never ending debate in photography. There are photographers who say always shoot RAW, while others say shoot JPEG. A number of questions come in mind when thinking about who should you listen to.

What is RAW format? What are the advantages and disadvantages of RAW versus JPEG and why? Will shooting in RAW complicate your post-production and workflow?

Having a thorough understanding of advantages and disadvantages of both formats is essential for beginner photographers to make the right decision on whether to use RAW format for their work or JPEG.

RAW images, or “digital negatives” are virtually unprocessed files that come directly from the camera sensor. Think of them in the same way as you think about the raw food ingredients you buy from the store – they need to be cooked before you can eat them. Same goes here – you will need to edit your images before you can share and show them. JPEG on other hand can be viewed and shared immediately after you take them.

RAW images preserve the most amount of information about an image and generally have better dynamic range than JPEG images. RAW files have way greater latitude for editing and fixing mistakes.

Here is an example image shot in RAW format and edited in Adobe Lightroom:

RAW vs JPEG - A simple guide for beginners

So, just a quick list with the advantages of the RAW files:

  • RAW files contain better dynamic range than JPEG (ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities of light and black) and can later be used to recover underexposed or overexposed images or parts of an image
  • Unlike JPEG, RAW files utilise lossless compression, so they do not suffer from image-compression artefacts
  • When a RAW image is generated by the camera, all camera settings (metadata), including camera-specific and manufacturer-specific information, are just added into the file – nor applied! This is a huge advantage over JPEG, because if you accidentally use a wrong setting (underexpose, overexpose or pick wrong White Balance) on your camera, you will still have an option to change it later

The biggest disadvantage of the RAW format is the need of post-processing (editing) the files. You will spend time and effort to do that, not to mention money on a software (like Adobe Lightroom).

So, just a quick list with the advantages of the JPEG files:

  • JPEG images are fully processed in camera and all settings you have adjusted on your camera such as White Balance are already applied to the image
  • JPEG images are much smaller than RAW images and therefore consume a lot less storage
  • Most modern cameras and software packages support JPEG images, making the format extremely compatible
  • JPEG files can be used / shared immediately after you take them, without the need of editing

So, what format should you use? My answer will always be this – do you plan on editing your images? If yes, RAW is the way to go. If you are serious about your photography, want to grow and want to be able to showcase or sell your work, you should be using RAW format.

For me shooting in RAW format far outweighs the advantages of using JPEG. I edit all my images, professional and personal, and RAW format gives me much more flexibility to do that.

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