End of Photoblog

It is time. I started this photoblog almost 7 years ago as a means of sharing my photos. Then I started adding some text along with my photos. Then I started writing other articles. Of late, I have been letting this photoblog languish.

And so, like all things, this photoblog is ending today, in this incarnation.

I am still taking photos. And I am still writing, a lot more. But just not here. You can look at my photos on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/suprada.

Someday, if fancy strikes me, then I might start a different format of sharing photo works again. But for now, goodbye!

A Mutation of the Leica Year – LMMMs

Of late, it has been bothering me that I have not improved in my photography over the past 3-4 years. It feels like I\’ve been wallowing in mediocrity – not even attempting to better myself. And the other thought rattling around in my brain cage is this: Should I attempt the Leica year?

What is the \”Leica Year” you say? Go here and read the article – an exercise proposed by Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer. In short, it is a commitment of one camera ( a fully manual Leica), one lens and black and white film for one year. One whole year! Maybe someday, I\’ll jump in headfirst…but not right now.

Currently, I am unable to make myself spend the $1.5k in buying a Leica (though you can regain that money by selling this), when earlier this year, I spent a similar amount for my lovely, beautiful and scrumptious Olympus E-P5 with the VF-4 and the 17mm lens. But I really do need to improve, learn to see better and feel better. So here is my mutated Leica Year.

I will use only a Konica Hexanon 50mm AR f1.7 lens, with its Konica AR to M4/3rds adapter on my Oly beauty. Since this is a manual focus lens, with manual aperture controls, I will shoot in Shutter priority Mode only. I will also use only one ISO setting – ISO 1000. I will also shoot in at the native 4:3 aspect ratio and in monochrome only. Also no continuous shooting. Electronic viewfinder allowed. No histograms, guides or any such this. Only the shutter speed display is allowed. No framing on the LCD.

Cheats allowed: Focus Peaking is allowed. Chimping is allowed. Videos in color allowed – but with this lens only.

I will do this for a period of 8 weeks – Monday December 23, 2013 to February 17.2014. In this time period I will endeavor to shoot between 2 to 6 film rolls a week (2×24 to 6×24). I will also try to keep this blog posted with what I shoot.

So that is it. Today, the first day of the \”Legacy Manual Monochrome Months” (LMMMs) for short, my new exercise in bettering my photography begins. Wish me luck folks!


It\’s about time I did this. I am releasing copyright for all work in the past – my photographs, words in blog posts etc. As of today, Dec 19, 2013 they are all in the public domain.

Now, you can use my content however you want. No need to email me for permission. You can use my photographs however you want – however many times you want. You can claim them as yours if you so choose (though that is extremely rude…where are your manners?). You can share them, re-post them, print them and put them on your wall, use them for advertising – whatever. It\’s yours to do whatever you want to do with it – if you want it.


When you use my content – attribution is appreciated, will bring you good karma. Its awesome if you can just link back to the original photo or blog or just link to www.suprada.com. However it is not a legal necessity.

Why would you give attribution? Especially a link to my website? Apart from being a nice thing to do, so other people can find the stuff here so they can use it if they need it (More good karma for you).

Why Uncopyright?

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits says it better than I ever can: \”I’m not a big fan of copyright laws, especially as they’re being applied by corporations, used to crack down on the little guys so they can continue their large profits.

Copyrights are often said to protect the artist, but in most cases the artist gets very little while the corporations make most of the money. In the 4+ years I’ve done this experiment, releasing copyright has not hurt me, the creator of the content, a single bit.

I think, in most cases, the protectionism that is touted by “anti-piracy” campaigns and lawsuits and lobbying actually hurts the artist. Limiting distribution to protect profits isn’t a good thing.

The lack of copyright, and blatant copying by other artists and even businesses, never hurt Leonardo da Vinci when it comes to images such as the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, or the Vitruvian Man. It’s never hurt Shakespeare. I doubt that it’s ever really hurt any artist (although I might just be ignorant here).

And while I’m certainly not da Vinci or Shakespeare, copyright hasn’t helped me, and uncopyright hasn’t hurt me. If someone feels like sharing my content on their blog, or in any other form for that matter, that’s a good thing for me. If someone wanted to share my ebook with 100 friends, I don’t see how that hurts me. My work is being spread to many more people than I could do myself. That’s something to celebrate, as I see it.

And if someone wants to take my work and improve upon it, as artists have been doing for centuries, I think that’s a wonderful thing. If they can take my favorite posts and make something funny or inspiring or thought-provoking or even sad … I say more power to them. The creative community only benefits from derivations and inspirations.

This isn’t a new concept, of course, and I’m freely ripping ideas off here. Which is kinda the point.\”

I am very lucky in being able to earn a comfortable living, having a fulfilling job and at the same time being inspired by my horde of muses. There is so much more for me to create, to learn…and all this hanging on to my old stuff – the \’my\’ in this is somehow holding me back. After all, I am but a channel through which these things come into existence – I need to let go of them into the world too. Can\’t hold on to everything, can I? Need to make space for the new as well. There are so many new photos, new projects, new ideas in my head – creating is what makes me happy – not owning these things.

Yay! Hi-Res jpegs for one and all

So, from now on, when I post photos here, I will start posting the Hi-Res jpegs you all you good people to use – no obligations. It is too much work to go and add hi-res links to my older photos..but going forward, you will find the links.

I hope you can find good joyful uses for these photographs and words – wishing as much joy to the viewer as it was to create them!

Sea Theme for Flogr / Flickr

Sea Theme for Flogr / Flickr

I have finally done it! After planning to do so for almost 2 years, I have finally come up with a free theme – Sea for Flogr for you to use!

Let me rewind a bit – If you have gone to the \”Flickr Gallery” section of my website, you will see photos in a web photo gallery format. These photographs are actually my Flickr Sets.

I use the excellent free program – Flogr by Mike Carruth for this section of my website. From Mike\’s description: \”Flogr is a flexible script that displays your flickr photos in a customizable photo gallery you host on your website. If you use flickr but want to have a different look and feel for your photo gallery you may like flogr.\”

What you do is: you install this script on your web host space (with your domain name), and point it to your Flickr account – now you have a website to showcase you photographs. You can see how convenient this is, can\’t you? All you have to do is manage your photographs on Flickr, organize into sets and tag them, and voila – you have a fully functional web gallery!

Well, for my website, a while back, I had customized the stock themes which came with Flogr to match the rest of my website and customized the pages I wanted it to show. Over time I had a lot of people ask me (ok… maybe just a few people…) how I did it. That had given me the ides of coming up with a similar theme and distributing it for free.

So after a lot of procrastinating, here it is! My new theme Sea is yours to download. It is a light bright serene theme which will relax and de-stress you while at the same time inspire you to take your photography to the next level – and it will stun visitors to your web gallery by how awesome your photos are and what a bad-ass photographer you are— all for free! (Is that a good marketing pitch or what!).

You can take the Sea theme for a test drive and find out for sure – here. And after that, since you were stunned and wanted to stun other people with your photos, you can download the theme here. And you can download Flogr here.

Enjoy! (All marketing speak aside, if you do use the theme, I would really appreciate a note!)

And for those of you who didn\’t want to read through all that, here are quick links.

Quick Links:
Download Sea: Here
Download Flogr: Here

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Esther Emma Jongste – Photo Talk #23

PhotoTalks is back! This is the first of the twenty interviews I\’ll be posting in the next half year (meaning November 2011 – May 2012). Here is the interview with Esther Emma Jongste.

Below is a preview: To read the full interview head on to Esther Emma Jongste – Photo Talk #23\”

\”Welcome to PhotoTalk #23. This week\’s interview is with Esther Emma Jongste, a photographer living in Friesland, Netherlands. I got to know about her work going through the successful submissions of SoFoBoMo 2011 – a challenge where photographers photograph and complete and publish a pdf ebook in 31 days. Emma\’s book for SoFoBoMo 2011 Time Off or Some Holiday Impressions is a very enjoyable book with some very beautiful images. Looking through her images made me want to look at more of her photographs.

That led me to her blog – Emma, and then to her Flickr stream at www.flickr.com/photos/estheremma. After reading this interview, I would recommend setting aside some time to enjoy her photos\”


iHDR Seminar by Jay and Varina – Attendee notes

Over the weekend, I attended the iHDR seminar taught by Jay and Varina Patel here in the Bay Area. I went in expecting to be shown this new technique – but what I learnt was so much more.

The first day, they covered some so called \”basics” – composition, filters, chasing the light, histograms. Things which everyone knows all about, right? Wrong – Its amazing how much I learnt. For instance, the concept of \”Chasing the Light” opened my eyes on how to maximize the probability of good photographs – especially for me, a weekend warrior. Then there was the session about hyper focal distance, very patiently and clearly explained by Jay and Varina. They also talked about researching, and composition, and how to get it right in the camera. Then we moved gradually to Photoshop – layers and masks.

At the end of the first day, I had already learnt my money\’s worth. On day 1, when we started using photoshop, iHDR seemed like a long way away. At the end of Day 2, it seemed very easy, do-able and familiar – thanks to the excellent teaching which led us gradually step by step through the whole process.

On the whole, I really enjoyed the seminar and would highly recommend it.

Jay\’s website – www.jaypatelphotography.com
Varina\’s website – www.photographybyvarina.com
Workshops and classes – http://www.photographybyvarina.com/workshops.html

Gogol – ebook

I am very happy to release my first ever e-book: Gogol. This is an ebook of photographs of my buddy. You can download it by right-clicking the below thumbnail and selecting \”Save File as” or \”Save link as\”. You can also do so in the freebies section of my website.

Gogol pdf ebook

Be warned, it is a large file (about 8MB). It is in pdf format and you will need to install the free Adobe reader to view it. You can download the Adobe Reader from here – http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

I was supposed to make this ebook as a part of SOFOBOMO 2009. However I could not keep up the rules: 30 day deadline (this book took 40 days) and 35 photos (It has 27 photos). Alas, I\’m a sofobomo failure. However, I intend to participate next year, meet the deadline and come up with better work.

I will talk more about this book, the experience, what I learnt and some tutorials in the next few blog posts next week.

Meanwhile, please share this book with friends and family as you see fit. It would be absolutely awesome if you would leave some comments, critiques, suggestions for improvement on this book.

My first Photo Exhibit

I am pleased to announce that a few of my photographs will be exhibited on the back walls of Barefoot Coffee Shop, here in Santa Clara, all of April. I will be sharing the space with another artist (painter), Woody Miller.

Come join me for the artist reception at Barefoot on Saturday, April 4 from 7.00PM – 9.00PM. We can just hang out and try some of their excellent coffee and participate in activities.

And did I mention that all artwork exhibited at Barefoot is for sale!

Here\’s the location info:

Barefoot Coffee Roasters
5237 Stevens Creek Blvd
(At Lawrence Expressway)
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Landmark: In the same complex as the Bed Bath and Beyond on Stevens Creek Blvd and Lawrence Expwy

Hope to see you there on Saturday.

10,000 views milestone

As of yesterday this photoblog reached a big milestone (for me) of 10,000 views. Thanks to all of those who visit regularly and to those who just happen upon this site once in a while. Special thanks to Vikas, Sreekar, Nelcha, Sheila and Mitesh not necessarily in that order. Without your support I wouldn\’t be as motivated.

Going forward, I hope to continue improving my photography skills, add more content along with the photos which hopefully people can use, and to provide some more inspiration and motivation through interviews.

Thanks all!

Starting PhotoTalks

I am very pleased to announce what I hope will be a regular feature on this blog. Every Friday I will be posting an interview with a photographer, professional or amateur, feature their photos and link to their websites. I hope this will of interest to everybody!

First post will be this Friday. Stay tuned…

Welcome to my new Photoblog!

This is the restart of my photoblog, with a difference…The new plan is to post one image a day, 5 days a week and take weekends off. I hope to discuss the images with any of you who happen to visit this site and feel like discussing my photos…I do hope there are at least a couple of people out there…

I have now moved to wordpress to host my photoblog and we\’ll see how this works out.

Thanks for being here and thanks for your comments!