Sandeep Murali | Photography : Sometimes, I click.
Another day, another sunset

Another day, another sunset

2.13.2012 |
The great gig in the sky

The great gig in the sky

11.15.2011 |
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Good morning, Singapore!

Good morning, Singapore!

11.14.2011 |
You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.

— Galen Rowell

What has digital photography led us to?

The other day, friend of mine uploaded some pictures from back when we were ye big. One picture amongst them caught my eye. It was a portrait of my childhood friend sitting on a table in front of a window, through which one can see their backyard. From what i can recollect, it was taken with an ordinary Minolta with a fixed focal length lens. And yet, the color tones, the bokeh… everything was exemplary.

It got me thinking. A cheap-ass camera from two decades ago had a FULL FRAME imaging area. It had decent bokeh. It had pictures that looked great SOOC, if you used it wisely. It didn’t have hot pixels. You didn’t worry about high-ISO noise because you chose ONE ISO and stuck with it. You didn’t worry about your camera getting “Outdated” in 6 months when the latest “XYZ Mark whatever” came out. You didn’t worry about maximum print sizes because, guess what? That cheap-ass camera gave you images that could be blown up really, really big if you needed to.

Can we say that about the digital equivalent of that Minolta with a sensor the size of my pinky nail?

No, this isn’t a rant on how film is superior in EVERY WAY to digital. Digital has significant advantages which led to its widespread adaptation around the world. When I was a student, photography was a huge financial burden on me, thanks to costs attached with film photography. So when digital came along, I embraced it completely. Much like millions of other aspiring photographers around the world.

But in the process, we also sold our souls. We gave up things that we took for granted; things like large imaging areas and brilliant color tones for convenience. We took shots indiscriminately, going home and then choosing 3 out of the 500 we shot that day. We started taking variable aperture, slow lenses as the norm.We resigned to the fact that to get big sensors, one has to shell out a fortune.

But you know what I miss the most?

I miss the feeling I got when I developed my first roll of Black and White film myself. It looked foggy and I screwed up something or the other, but that didn’t matter.

It was tangible.

That’s more than what we can say about a CF card that gets imported into Lightroom/ Aperture.

I am under no illusions that a film revival would take place. I will continue to shoot digital primarily. But hey, here’s a thought. Mamiya M645s go for 200 odd bucks on Adorama.

Sometimes, it’s good to slow down and take a good look around. Don’t be in a rush to find the good photos, wait and let them come to you.

One body. One focal length. One ISO. Limited amount of shots available.

Sometimes, less is indeed more.

Fire ‘n Ice

Fire ‘n Ice

10.22.2011 |
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Julius and I

Julius and I

10.16.2011 |
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Hide ‘n seek

Hide ‘n seek

10.14.2011 |
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Did someone just call my name?

Did someone just call my name?

10.10.2011 |
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Music video: Experiment in DSLR video shooting and digital color correction

One fine day at Sentosa

One fine day at Sentosa

10.17.2010 |
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DJ Hokus

DJ Hokus

12.1.2009 |
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Porsche 911 GT2

Porsche 911 GT2

9.6.2009 |
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No understanding of the concept called fear

No understanding of the concept called fear

9.5.2009 |
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Underneath every glass tower, there are unsung heroes trying their damnedest to make ends meet.

Underneath every glass tower, there are unsung heroes trying their damnedest to make ends meet.

9.2.2009 |
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