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Focus on wide angle

Readers showcase their photography skills

  • By Mohammad Jihad Community Web Editor
  • Published: 18:51 August 30, 2012
  • Gulf News

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You can learn so much from looking at a picture – whether it is of someone’s culture, work or lifestyle.

Deputy Picture Editor Sankha Kar noticed that readers concentrated more on people’s daily life during the month of July.

He said: “We saw bakers, potters and fishermen going about their daily work and it gave us an insight into their life.”

The month of July also gave us many pictures that showed people’s expressions.

Kar said: “Our readers captured a lot of emotions in the images that they took and in a way it speaks to us.”

On the other hand, there were quite a few pictures of landscapes and cityscapes.

Kar said: “Such photos bring out a lot of colours and lights. It shows Dubai’s glorious skyline.”

What impressed Kar the most is the angle at which these photos were taken, as he said that objects are usually taken from eye-level.

He said: “I noticed that many of our readers last month took pictures of common subjects but from an interesting angle and perspective.”

Common subjects seem different as the readers captured them from their viewpoint.

Kar encourages readers to take photographs that have a human element, as it tells a story and it is easy for the viewer to relate to the subject.

Fact Box

Randy Legaspi

Picture published: July 23

Profile:

Randy Legaspi has always been fond of photography but only started practicing it last year.

Legaspi is a 32-year-old civil engineer and has been living in the UAE for the past five years.

He said: “My wife and I bought a camera for the purpose of documenting our son’s childhood years. We believe that it is somewhat part and parcel of being good parents.”

However, his passion for travelling and learning about cultures encouraged him to take photos to keep them as memories.

Legaspi, a Philippines national, said: “I have since taken nice pictures from my travels to show people who are not fortunate enough to travel and see these places.”

Legaspi loves taking photos of landscapes during sunrise and sunset.

He said: “Taking pictures during that time is a sort of yin and yang of warm and cold contrast of emotions.”

Reason For Winning:

Deputy Picture Editor Sankha Kar said: “The angle and lighting are exquisite. The picture consists of so many elements – the clouds, blue sky, skyscrapers and people playing football.”

Gracious Rodrigues

Picture published:

July 23

Profile:

Gracious Rodrigues was always fascinated by photography and considered it a ‘serious passion’.

He said: “My foray into photography started as early as 1980 when I purchased my first camera – an Agfa 70 millimetre film camera, which I still have till this day.”

Rodrigues, a 55-year-old Indian national residing in Dubai, received some training while he was in college and ever since then he had used every occasion as an excuse to take photographs. He is not the type to put together elaborate setups just to take a photo.

Rodrigues, an architect, said: “I try to reflect in my pictures what I see and what I find interesting in this world.”

Most of his images are based on a theme or are street shots that bring out the most interesting human emotions and behaviour.

Reason For Winning:

Deputy Picture Editor Sankha Kar said: “The reader chose a simple subject but he took the picture from a different perspective and it changed the meaning behind this common object.”

Biju Bhaskaran

Picture published: July 23

Profile:

Biju Bhaskaran is a 40-year-old Indian national who has been living in Dubai for the past 15 years.

He admits that he is not an expert in taking photographs and is only a photography enthusiast.

Bhaskaran works in the travel industry.

He said: “My job helps me travel to different places and capture the beauty around.”

Ever since he was a child, Bhaskaran was inspired by people who excelled in the field of photography and painting.

For the past two years Bhaskaran started thinking more about photography and has been trying to learn more about this art.

He said: “Although I never got the opportunity to learn photography from an expert or an institute, I try to experiment on new things in photography.”

Reason For Winning:

Deputy Picture Editor Sankha Kar said: “The expression on the child’s face is what caught my attention. The reader succeeded in capturing the child’s emotions.”

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