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These amazing photographs have been captured by Jayanta Roy. He is one of the few landscape photographers from India who have captured the beauty and mood of these stunningly beautiful locations. He loves working in B&W, because of its ability to convey extraordinary atmospheric and dramatic effect.
What inspired you for photography? Is there a theme that you prefer in your photography? Ans- For me inspiration is the most important driving force behind my photography, and my inspiration comes from the subject that I have photographed, whether it be a landscape or a person. Yes, i have my preferred theme and subject. I like landscape and portrait photography, especially landscape in black and white because of its ability to convey extraordinary atmospheric and dramatic effect . Which i like most.
Locations and weather are crucial factors for a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable situations? Ans- Locations and weather are very important and crucial for my kind of photography, I choose locations very carefully and do as much research as possible before physically present at the location. When I start photography the approach was different but now I plan as per the weather conditions of a given location, I see photos of other photographers in that place, try to pre-visualize the frame and composition based on those photos, I took help of Google earth and accuweather.com to understand the weather and other environmental factors that are going to affect. As a landscape photographer I hate, yes I simply hate good weather in general sense. Blue sky and flat light make me sick, I love rain, fog and snow storms , those are most important weather elements to create mood in photos. But it is always uncertain and unpredictable what I am going to get, I always go with less expectation and only capture what nature offers me.
What challenges do you face as a photographer in Indian perspective? Ans- In India, landscape photography is most neglected genre, we have a master like Raghu Rai in peoples photography, but we don't have a master in landscape photography. We don't have culture of landscape photography, the idea of landscape is extremely poor and sometime people don't even consider it as a creative art in India. You can find 100's of wonderful street photographers in every corner of India but it's difficult to find good landscape photographer. All we see is only highly saturated badly lit flat photos with tilt horizon, and here is the challenge and opportunity, our country is beautiful, it has everything for good landscape photography, we have world's best and biggest mountain range,forest,desert and vast coastal area waiting for us to explore and photographed properly.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures? Honestly I learnt photography by just watching photos of Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and Hengki Koentjoro, i saw their photos again and again to understand what they really do to achieve that kind of beauty. I saw photos of other people too, read the EXIF data ,read articles and tutorials online and offline, I think i am still in the early stage of learning curve. I also used to give myself small assignments, like capturing a series of photos of a waterfall from a single point but every photos must show something different without repetition. I am not a member of any photography club as I like to work alone. It give me time and space to think myself , when I do mistakes I try to rectify them on my own. It's hard way , but photography is always a slow and long process of learning, and I enjoy it.
When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why? Ans- Digital slr Nikon D3100, tokina 11-16 mm F2.8,and 50 mm F1.8 , few filters, batteries, tripod etc. Recently I started carrying a film slr too, as I wish to start shooting in films from next year. I try to keep it simple; i think if we carry so many hardware with us than our focus gets shifted from photography.