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Monday, 13 July 2009
Nikhil & Upasana
Category: People 'n Portraits

Upasana has appeared here more than once and may not need much inroduction (check the 2nd pics from 'Kids @ Padinharayil, 2009' or 'Kids @ Padinharayil, 2008'). But, Nikhil is here for the first time and he is a live wire. The only reason why I think Upasana was happily posing is Nikhil's influence! If you dont believe, me look at the poses Nikhil was giving in these shots. How can somebody not be inspired?

I wouldnt lie that they were not posing! Infact I had the camera, mounted on a tripod right in front of their face.

In about 5 minutes time in front of the camera, Nikhil gave me some ten different poses and all of them were so natural and innovative :) I was wondering which one of these shall I post here. Finally, decided to post a couple of them and some more as a collage. Thats the only way I could do justice to the miriad expressions Nikhil gave in front of the camera!

Would you believe me, if I say that Nikhil and Upasana met each other only half an hour before these photos were taken. Atleast those who know how shy Upasana is ... just cannot!

By the way, I have acquired a new lens, a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens. Ashi and Pappan got this to me from US almost two months back and I never got a chance to use this lens for landscape shots, since I never really travelled after buying it. But, I had to try it out somewhere and this is the first occassion. By the look of it, the f/2.8 is pretty handy for indoor shots! Thanks Ashi and Pappan for all the trouble to get this to me :)

The setup comprises of my usual bed sheets, curtains and a white wall, a little over exposure for the clean white background, a Vivitar 285HV for the extra light needed indoors and a Manfrotto 728B digi tripod for better stability. I used manual mode @ ISO-400 and f/2.8 aperture. The first two pics are @ 35mm focal and 1/30s exposure.

Posted by usandeep at 12:34 PM
Updated: Monday, 13 July 2009 12:38 PM
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Tuesday, 14 July 2009 - 2:45 AM

Name: "Dinesh"
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Cute kids nicely taken!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009 - 2:25 PM

Name: "Rakesh Holla"
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Dear Sir,

Nice photos..really superb...

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 - 5:30 PM

Name: "Rajesh"
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Beautiful shots.

Kids are so natural. If we leave them on their ownthey giveexcellent stuff for camera

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 - 7:53 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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As you have given, the cute little boy is taking the lead and is clear on his left knee. BG is great, but the images are flattned.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 - 8:10 PM

Name: "Thomas"
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You can surely start a SOHO business, especially in today's tough times. Very innovative and effective Sandeep.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 - 9:41 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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Kids make for such wonderful shots. Did they protest to get photographed? Though looking at the photos it seems they are enjoying.

Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 2:05 AM

Name: "rocksea"
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i liked how you captured nikhils pose in the 2nd shot.

Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 10:33 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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hahahaha so lovely, especially how nikhil is sitting in the second image! 

Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 11:47 PM

Name: "Klaus"
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excellent portrait serie

Friday, 17 July 2009 - 10:19 PM

Name: "R.Ramakrishnan"
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Delightful photographs of two wonderful kids - their moods & expressions captured so realistically & beautifully. Enjoyed seeing this post.



Saturday, 18 July 2009 - 2:43 PM

Name: "Cuckoo"
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The photos are so lively with both kids. And I agree how Nikhil is sitting in 2nd image. :-)

Background idea is great.

I have been seeing all your posts thru reader,  have not really been able to come & comment here.

Friday, 24 July 2009 - 3:27 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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Dinesh: Thnx Dinesh

Rakesh: Thnx Rakesh. But sir??? I guess the name sounds better :)

Rajesh: Agreed Rajesh ... but some of them are very camera shy and conscious. So, I prefer not letting them know that they are being shot :) Atleast for the first few shots. After that they'll anyway figure out :)

Mohkum: Were u referring to the scar on his left knee :) Hmmm ... I'd not been able to avoid the flattening. I wanted to get the white BG without any image edits. If I bring down the exposure a li'l bit, it shud work better. Another thing to explore is RAW mode ... next time I guess :)

Thomas: I wud luv to :)

Mridula: Protest, not the least bit. Usually Upasana is a li'l reluctant, but this time even she was OK :)

Rocksea: Thnx buddy :)

Joshi: He was a live wire :) The best model I ever had :)

Klaus: Thnx a lot

Ramakrishnan: Thnx

Cuckoo: I am glad that u r seeing the pics :) and wish u'll keep coming back

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