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- About MeSeeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood on numerous trips to some of the most breathtaking locations on the Indian subcontinent. His passion for such magnificent places now manifests itself in a continuous search to capture nature’s majesty with his camera. Jay’s career in photography began in the summer of 2001 when he purchased his first digital SLR. In subsequent years, he spent much time reading photographic magazines and Internet articles and studying the styles of great landscape photographers. He has had no formal education or training in photography.
Although Jay produces most of his work in rich vibrant colors, he also enjoys the creativity and latitude offered by B/W photography in digital format. His photographs try to capture both the physical and emotional nature of light. “Light in nature takes on astonishingly diverse shapes, forms and colors that allow us to interact with the world around us. The calm deep blue of twilight, the dynamic fiery red glow of lava, the piercing beams of sun breaking through the clouds, and the soft romantic moonlight reflected in a glacial lake all affect our mood, our feelings and our very outlook on life”. It is this physical and emotional nature of light that he passionately struggles to capture through his photographs. He is well aware, however, that his photographs can convey only so much of the wonder as it is beyond his abilities to replicate the awe and magnificence of the natural world. He is not sure his efforts will endure the test of time, but he certainly hopes they will provide inspiration for others who may also try to capture the nature of light.Equipment
Create a Solid Foundation
Understanding the theory behind post processing techniques and knowing how to effectively use your equipment will allow you to make most out of them.
It is necessary to know how to deal with diverse conditions that you encounter in the field. Your life and your photography often depend upon it.
It will allow you shoot under any kind of light conditions and create unique photographs. Creativity should not be restricted to use of the camera, but should extend in how you approach post processing.
Fine Tune your Workflow
Fine tuning your workflow can mean the difference between spending several hours working on a single image in Photoshop or taking 10 minutes to get it right in the camera.
Every one learns at their own pace, have different opinions and have their own challenges. Being tolerant and respectful toward everyone.
Don’t forget to enjoy the great outdoors as you are pursuing your passion for photography…I hear it is the best therapy.
We always have a great time talking with Frederick Van Johnson on This Week in Photo. Our latest conversation was no exception.
In this issue, I share my process for creating a black and white photograph, and Jay and I share tips for developing your post production fine art workflow.
Varina’s photograph of Metlako Falls in the Columbia River Gorge (Oregon) was chosen for the cover of Lightroom Magazine Issue #7.
Jay’s photo is on the cover of Light and Landscape Magazine, and inside issue #1, Varina and Jay discuss photography and marketing.
Varina Patel speaks with Ibarionex Perello about getting started in photography on The Candid Frame.
Have you ever taken the time to look back your older photographs and think about how you’ve improved? What was most helpful to you?
Varina and Jay Patel discuss gear, post-processing workflows and more with Frederick Van Johnson and Topher Martini on This Week in Photo.
Varina and Jay Patel talk with Brent Mail about our differing photographic styles, finding great light on location, and so much more.
Varina and Jay Patel talk with Brent Mail about starting out in photography, shooting RAW or JPG files, and shooting in some cool locations.
Varina and Jay Patel with Frederick Van Johnson on This Week in Photo. The complete interview is available on TiWP. Episode: #302