Graduating from Mumbai University in the late 90s, I was amongst the fortunate to be born in an era when Internet wasn’t so prevalent. Physical activities such as hockey, cricket, football were part of my life then. During those days, we had cameras with 35mm Kodak films and I remember my Dad taking pictures painstakingly to ensure that we were all in the frame together and smiling at the same time. The pictures would be seen only after the film developed and that too after all the 36 pictures were taken.
Undecided on what I would do after graduation, I ended up taking statistics & Computer science in the final year of my bachelor’s degree. A part time computer course in Pune set the building blocks in my life for computers. I soon realised that numbers were my strength and my love for solving problems grew by leaps and bounds. I learnt a new language apart from English, a programming language, QBasic. This is what we had in the final year. But little did I know that that was just the beginning.
I delved deeper into the wonderland of computing what with working on computers, assembling, writing code, deploying, visiting client places, web marketing and everything else being part of the role. I soon discovered a new me and enjoyed my evolution as a software professional.
After my first visit abroad, I was left with $100 in my wallet. I was feeling rich considering my young age at that point in time and being a bachelor. I wanted to spend on something different. A friend, who was on an official visit to US suggested that I buy a Digital camera. To add to the persuasion, I was told that there was a rebate on the camera and I fell for it hook, line and sinker.
I received my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix. An excited me, I rushed out to take the first picture and that was of my best friend. I quickly copied the same on my desktop to view. And it was amazing to see the results so quickly.
What started off as a pastime soon grew into a passion as the years passed by. I got hooked on abstract photography, landscape, flowers, food and whatever else I could lay my eyes on. Thanks to the internet I read and learnt on how to improvise.
Somewhere in June 2011 is when it all started. I started gazing out of the office window and started clicking pictures of birds …. Common Tailorbird, Purple Sunbird, Indian Golden Oriole, Alexandrine Parakeet, Coppersmith Barbet, Chestnut-tailed Starling, etc. With another colleague, visited a few places in Mumbai in search of feathered birds. Bought a book which helped me identify the birds too.
Thus began my wonderful journey. Along the way, I made new friends who were equally passionate if not more about birding.
From birding I evolved into wildlife photography too. And now I am transformed into a nature lover. Flora and Fauna both excite me.
Please visit my gallery which showcases my humble effort at capturing the offerings of Mother Nature.
My kit contains
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
- Fujifilm X-E1
- Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
- Vanguard 10×42 Sprit ED Binocular