I am kamalesh Das and I have been doing photography seriously for a decade now.Though by profession I eke out my living being a teacher of Highschool , I tutored my passion so deeply that it has made me travel extensively around India where i captured some vibrant colours of religion, cultures, humanity.
here are some of my Photographs with Detail on each of them
- I took this shot at the Ram Singh Akhara in Varanasi. I happened to meet a man at the ghat who gave the address of the akhara. On reaching there i met with the uncleji, the senior most kusti wrestler who gave me some unknown information about Kusti, the traditional Indian wrestling. It was a well lit training centre. But the issue was that there were many students who were doing their training. Space was enough but I was wandering for the exact composition. After changing my locations I got my exact frame. I used here Nikon 18-105mm kit lens with Nikon D90 body.
- I have shot this in the Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery in Mirik. It was the classroom of the Buddhist monks. The room was not very well lit. Again the vibrant red colour was the main attraction of the frame. So I used my 35mm f/1.8 prime here. The wide aperture had done the job.
3. I took this image of the lady in the Mahakumbha mela in 2013 in Prayagraj. The time was in the evening when the light was not suffient. Again the lady was in a distance from me. If I went close to the lady I might have got a photo-conscious face of her. So I decided to use my 105mm f/2.8 lens here. And the black-n-white conversion made the final job.
4. We were heading towards Humayun’s tomb. Our car was stopped at the traffic. Some begger came, some baloon seller, some electronic gadgets seller came in the window…but all off a sudden this lady came at the window of our car to sell roses with her baby in her lap…what an effort for her livelihood….and the contented smile of the lady and sparkling eyes of her baby still flases in my mind. As you can see I was inside the car and I had my Canon 17-40mm f/4L attached with my canon 5D mark 2. I quickly used that combination and got this wonderful frame.
5. This is a sudden shot taken while i was walking backf my son Kaju and his aunt. I stopped while seeing this great light peeping through one of the door of Bhulbhulaiya’s narrow and dark passage. As you can see the light is very poor, you have to take time when you get into the dark narrow passage to see around. Kaju was very happy and enjoying all the stories from his aunt. I took the shot in the end of the dark passage with my 24-70mm f/2.8 jack of all trade lens. And finally the darkness in the passage made my photo of the day.
6.It was the day of Biswakarma puja of 2013. I was in the Kumartuli. Suddenly it started raining. The idol makers were busy in shading the idols and I took the refuge of their shelter hut. There I found this man checking if there is any water dripping from the roof? As you can see there was pitch dark in the room. The light of the kerosene lamp made the exposure for my frame. I used my canon 17-40mm lens with a ISO value of 3200 in my canon 5D mark 2
7.This is one of my favourite shot. I took this in Lava monastery. It was a foggy winter morning. I was wandering inside the monastery in search of a good frame. I suddenly found this student monk walking hurriedly towads the prayer room blowing his red attire. This was a wonderful composition beside a leading line of a wall inscripted with Tibetan language. I used my Canon 17-40mm with 1/1000 shutter speed and 3200 ISO value.
8. This frenzied dance was taken in the Durga Bisarjan in my city. Every year I tried to go to see the bisarjan of Ramakrishna math in the Torsa river. Because they do it well before the dusk. The holy crowd, beating of drum, cheering of the people made something charming atmosphere for excellent festival mood. I perched my 5D mark2 body with Canon 17-40mm lend upon my monopod and went close to that dance. This was a really tough crowd management indeed.
9. This camel seller was guarding the herd of the camel throughout the night in the Pushkar camel fair. He was like standing there with support of the stick in the morning. I had a Sigma 10-20mm lens attached with my Nikon D90. Therefore I tried to go too much to the man. This was my first experiment with a wide angle lens.
10. I feel fortunate to visit Barsana in 2015. It was a wonderful experience to see, feel and explore the much discussed Lathmar Holi. Males from Nandgaon (Birth place of Shri Krishna) used to visit the Barsana village which is the Birth place of Radha. After Worshiping in Radharani Temple while returning they tries to offer Gulal to the ladies of Barsana. Meanwhile the ladies of Barsana get themselves ready with “Lath” that is big bamboo stick to strike them rather to welcome them. They restrain the strikes by “Dhal” or armour. This is an age long tradition.I found this Lathmar in Rangoli Galli in Barsana. The guy is Sonu Goswami AKA Pradhan Ji from Nandgaon. He is enjoying the strikes of Lath with a smiling face. I tried here to catch the expression of a male which was my main purpose. I used here my favourite Canon 17-40mm lens attached with my Canon 5D mark2 body.
Kamalesh Das –