Light & Composition http://www.lightandcomposition.com Towards the true essence of photography Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:04:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Life and the Sea, by Mohammad Saiful Islamhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-september-01-life-and-the-sea-by-mohammad-saiful-islam/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-september-01-life-and-the-sea-by-mohammad-saiful-islam/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:43:45 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=41017 Human beings have explored everything they could for their survival. Besides exploring all arena of the land they are also discovering brand new things along the sea every day. Even these young boys are also enthusiastic to explore the life around the sea. Award Winner: Photo of the Day | September 01 Award Score: 66 […]

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Human beings have explored everything they could for their survival. Besides exploring all arena of the land they are also discovering brand new things along the sea every day. Even these young boys are also enthusiastic to explore the life around the sea.

Life and the Sea, by Mohammad Saiful Islam

Nikon D90 with 35mm f1.8G | Exposure 1/2500sec @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Focal Length 35mm
Life and the Sea, by Mohammad Saiful Islam

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | September 01
Award Score: 66 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 13, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Black & White Photography
Photograph Location: Kuakata, | Bangladesh

Photographer: Mohammad Saiful Islam (Sylhet, Bangladesh) Registered Photographer
Mohammad Saiful Islam was born on 23rd Febuary, 1984 in Bangladesh. After completing his Secondary and Higher Secondary Education he joined Bangladesh Army as an officer in 2005. Beside photography, he loves traveling. He has traveled in many places around the world and explored lives of people including Africa.

He got into vast arena of photography in the early 2011. Since the very beginning, he was interested in photographing the diversity of human lives from different perspectives. Besides, he also photographs nature, people and the lives on the streets. He loves working in both color and monochrome.

In his short carrier as a photographer he achieved recognition from national and international organizations. His photos have been exhibited in many exhibitions in Bangladesh. He got honorable mention in the Biggest Photography Contest in Bangladesh “Celebrating Life Photo Contest – 2012. He was a finalist in “CGAP Photo Contest – 2013. His photo was shortlisted in “Click a Smile Photo Contest – 2013″ organised by “The Akshayapatra Foundation” as well. Besides all these his numerous photos was featured in many national newspapers and in yearly calendars.

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Calling of the Distant Heightshttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/calling-of-the-distant-heights/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/calling-of-the-distant-heights/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:14:08 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=14454 Have you ever been to Kashmir, India? Seen the great Himalayan glaciers, situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar? Well, I haven’t. But after seeing this photograph of that place taken by Saumalya Ghosh, I feel an irresistible urge to visit this place! As if the distant heights are calling […]

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Have you ever been to Kashmir, India? Seen the great Himalayan glaciers, situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar? Well, I haven’t. But after seeing this photograph of that place taken by Saumalya Ghosh, I feel an irresistible urge to visit this place! As if the distant heights are calling me… . Intoxicated by the vastness of the landscape, it seems to me as unending and indefinite. Look at the photograph with your whole heart and soul and tell me if you too feel the same or not? Does the vastness of the remote heights seem to call you too? Share your thoughts with me!

Kashmir, the Heaven on Earth, by Saumalya Ghosh

Kashmir, the Heaven on Earth, by Saumalya Ghosh

Article written by: Ridita Mizan
Inspired by: Photo of the Day | October 25 | Kashmir, the Heaven on Earth, by Saumalya Ghosh

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The House Crow, by Masudur Rahmanhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-31-the-house-crow-by-masudur-rahman/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-31-the-house-crow-by-masudur-rahman/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:16:57 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40814 House crow is a common bird in our country. You can find everywhere. I took this image at my home while I was practicing with my new lens in one afternoon. House crow (Corvus splendens) also known as the Indian Greynecked, Ceylon, or Colombo crow. It is a common bird of the crow family from […]

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House crow is a common bird in our country. You can find everywhere. I took this image at my home while I was practicing with my new lens in one afternoon. House crow (Corvus splendens) also known as the Indian Greynecked, Ceylon, or Colombo crow. It is a common bird of the crow family from Asian origin.

The House Crow, by Masudur Rahman

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM + 2.0X | Exposure 1/320 sec @ f/5.6 | ISO 640 | Focal Length 600mm
The House Crow, by Masudur Rahman

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 31
Award Score: 66 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: South Khulshi, Chittagong | Bangladesh

Photographer: Masudur Rahman (Chittagong, Bangladesh) Registered Photographer
Photography is a passion of Masudur Rahman Mamoon, which he started back in 1998. Initiated with portrait photography using a film camera, Mamoon was unable to give time, due to his work in RMG sector. In 2007, when he had started his own business, he managed to give more time, especially in wildlife photography. Mamoon was born on 15th October, 1967, and completed his post-graduation in Marketing from Chittagong University. He believes that photography can give freedom of expression and can bring positive changes into our lives and society. He loves wildlife photography, especially bird photography, for which he traveled many places across the country. He is one of the members of Chittagong Bird Club (C.B.C). His bird photographs and writings publish in local newspaper weekly.

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Up to the Blue Sky, by Zahraa Al Hassanihttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-30-up-to-the-blue-sky-by-zahraa-al-hassani/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-30-up-to-the-blue-sky-by-zahraa-al-hassani/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:34:29 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40720 I was laying on the grass and the cloudy sky was looking so different from this angel and perspective, so I wanted to know how it would look through my lens. And here we get the result! Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 30 Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, […]

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I was laying on the grass and the cloudy sky was looking so different from this angel and perspective, so I wanted to know how it would look through my lens. And here we get the result!

Up to the Blue Sky, by Zahraa Al Hassani

Nikon D7100 with 70-300mm | Exposure 1/20sec @ f/18 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 70mm
Up to the Blue Sky, by Zahraa Al Hassani

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 30
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Nature Photography
Photograph Location: Junnieh | Lebanon

Photographer: Zahraa Hashim Salih Al Hasani (Baghdad,Iraq) Registered Photographer
Zahraa Al Hassani is a passionate photographer, and works as designer in Zain Telecommunications for more than 6 years. Graduating from the University of Technology Bagdad, her first job was at Wacther Company Ltd. as a graphic designer for constructions. A year later she joined Iraqi-American Chamber for Commerce and Industry. As senior graphic designer and photographer in Marketing Communication at Zain Telecommunications, she helps over submitting her consultancy to better enhance company image to be shown in elegant pattern. Blessed with one child, Zahraa and her family lives in Bagdad, Iraq. Resources in Iraq are mostly limited, thus she used her photography skills to get a visuals for her designs. She started photography with Sony H7 and Carel Zias lenses, and eventually moved to Nikon. Graphic Design has helped her to strengthen her photographic perspective. Zahraa believes she is here to acquire knowledge from the trove of purist photography.

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Tamal Debnathhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/tamaldebnath/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/tamaldebnath/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:16:58 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40717 Tamal Debnath is a School Teacher in English Language. He is 28, and an amateur photographer. He has a deep love for photography. Though he started photography in 2008 with Nikon D40, he always try to learn by observing others’ works. To him, each and every day his camera teaches him new lessons. His camera […]

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Tamal Debnath is a School Teacher in English Language. He is 28, and an amateur photographer. He has a deep love for photography. Though he started photography in 2008 with Nikon D40, he always try to learn by observing others’ works. To him, each and every day his camera teaches him new lessons. His camera is his best companion and he believes it will be for ever.

Tamal Debnath

Tamal Debnath

Camera Gear: Nikon D3100
Lenses: Nikon 55-300mm ED VR
Current Location: Cooch behar, West bengal, India
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Best Achievements & Exhibitions:
Light & Composition Photo of the Day Award


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Life in waiting

There are times when all we have to do is wait, wait for a result, a decision, for a yes, wait for our dream to come true, wait for our life to happen. For that moment the world stops turning, time freezes, every thing seem…
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Tamal Debnath is a school teacher by profession and a passionate amateur photographer. Tamal lives in a small town Tufanganj, in the District of Coochbehar, West Bengal, India. Though he started photography in 2008 with Nikon…

King's Flight, by Tamal Debnath
Double Trouble, by Tamal Debnath
Under the Twilight Sky, by Tamal Debnath
Vivacity, by Tamal Debnath
The Savior, by Tamal Debnath
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Photo of the Month | 50th Monthhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-month-50th-month/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-month-50th-month/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:19:18 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40638 1st Place | Photo of the Month | 50th Month Misty Morning, by Sanjoy Sengupta Starting from a hotshot point and shoot camera in late 80s to a Nikon FM10 film camera in late 90s, Sanjoy Sengupta used to get 32 out of 36 exposure wrong to a day of digital cameras like canon Powershot […]

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1st Place | Photo of the Month | 50th Month

Misty Morning, by Sanjoy Sengupta
Starting from a hotshot point and shoot camera in late 80s to a Nikon FM10 film camera in late 90s, Sanjoy Sengupta used to get 32 out of 36 exposure wrong to a day of digital cameras like canon Powershot A520 and a decent hybrid version canon SX20IS, which were with him wherever he went to capture some beautiful moments, moments of life which would be cherished forever. Then when he finally could not resist the alluring pricy Nikon DSLR, his actual learning started from that moment. Sanjoy’s photograph Misty Morning awarded in the Photo of the Day Award in the category of Artistic Photography, as it scored a solid 70 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13) from our international jury of 5. The number of Tweets, Facebook shares, and StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 7.18 from social media (Facebook Share 4.48, Tweets 2.7, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.000, and Comments 0), and in total 77.18, the highest score in this competition for the 50th Month. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 50th Month, 1st Place.

Misty Morning, by Sanjoy Sengupta

Misty Morning, by Sanjoy Sengupta

Prize:
These photographs will be published on Pages 2 and 3 of our magazine. We will publish a special interview with Saniar Rahman Rahul and Shahnaz Parvin in the Photographers with Style section of the magazine, and the Exclusive Interview section on our website.

Based on the social media responses, awarded photographs received on the 50th month, we set the maximum number of Facebook Like at 400, Tweet at 100, Stumble at 1000, and our subscribers Comments at 50. For this month, we had a head-to-head contest between the top scorers and the photographs that scored the highest became winners of the Photo of the Month. Our team decided to honor these top scorers as 2nd and 3rd places with a page in the next issue of our magazine, where the photographers will share their stories of these photographs. We will also publish their interviews in the Exclusive Interview section on our Web. One can see the details of the score from this file. Award Score details, Photo of the Month, 50th Month

We always try our best to make this competition as transparent as possible. Please read the award rules, and don’t forget to participate in next month’s competition for a chance to win this prestigious award!

2nd Place | Photo of the Month | 50th Month

Fishing Reflection, by Tisha Clinkenbeard
Tisha Clinkenbeard works have been in exhibits at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Black Box Gallery in Portland, and in several fine art shows in Texas. She believes photography captured her years ago before we had the digital wonders for cameras. Her life offers many opportunities to capture the things that she sees as she wanders this earth. Tisha’s photograph Fishing Reflection, in the category of Artistic Photography scored 67.5 (Value 13, Clarity 12.5, Composition 17.5, Style 12.5, Skill 12) from our international jury of 5, and gains a good position in the competition. The number of Tweets and Facebook shares, StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph a notch, raising its score to 9.065 from social media (Facebook Share 4.36, Tweets 4.7, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.005, and Comments 0), and in total 76.565, the 2nd highest score in this competition for the 50th Month. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 50th Month, 2nd Place.

Fishing Reflection, by Tisha Clinkenbeard

Fishing Reflection, by Tisha Clinkenbeard

3rd Place | Photo of the Month | 50th Month

Tunnel Light, by Zoe Ladika
Born in Greece, Zoe has grown with lots of beautiful seeings around her. She started taking pictures of her friends and family and soon realized she has a great interest in learning more about photography. She participated in lots of seminars and workshops and still does. Zoe’s photograph Tunnel Light awarded in the Photo of the Day Award in the category of Night Photography, as it scored a solid 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 17, Style 13, Skill 13) from our international jury of 5. The number of Tweets, Facebook shares, and StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 6.1 from social media (Facebook Share 3.6, Tweets 2.5, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.000, and Comments 0), and in total 75.1, the 3rd highest score in this competition for the 50th Month.

Tunnel Light, by Zoe Ladika

Tunnel Light, by Zoe Ladika

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Geothermal Plant, by Mickey Striderhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-29-geothermal-plant-by-mickey-strider/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-29-geothermal-plant-by-mickey-strider/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:29:24 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40731 This is part of my ongoing series, “Power”, which is made of many different studies of the Geothermal Power Plants that can be found along the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea. There is plenty of volcanic activity in the area and I am fascinated by these power plants. This was shot on a day […]

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This is part of my ongoing series, “Power”, which is made of many different studies of the Geothermal Power Plants that can be found along the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea. There is plenty of volcanic activity in the area and I am fascinated by these power plants. This was shot on a day with great clouds that seemed to blend into the steam/smoke released from the plant, which I love seeing as a long exposure. To accomplish that, and darken the sky, I used a B+W 10 stop ND filter and a 15 sec exposure.

Geothermal Plant, by Mickey Strider

Canon 60D with Sigma 10mm-20mm | Exposure 15 sec @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 20mm
Geothermal Plant, by Mickey Strider

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 29
Award Score: 69.5 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 12.5, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Black & White Photography
Photograph Location: Calipatria, California | The United States

Photographer: Mickey Strider (Encinitas, CA, USA) Registered Photographer
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mickey Strider got his first taste of film making by taking first runner up honors at the Baltimore County Film Festival with a stop motion animation short, “The Coo Coo Conspiracy” in 6th Grade. He later studied art at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art and an advertising career soon followed. First working as Jr Art Director, Mickey then moved into film production where he worked as an Assistant Cameraman and Assistant Producer on commercials, music videos, films and television shows.
In 1989, Mickey made the jump to New York City as a Producer at ad agency Bozell. There he worked on productions for Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, A&P Supermarkets, Valvoline, FEMA and Tyco Toys among others. While working on the Tyco campaign for their smash toy hit, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Mickey gained a credit on the FOX TV Saturday Special featuring The Crash Dummies- becoming the very first TV special produced entirely using CGI.
A move south to Richmond, VA followed, where Mickey eventually started up his own commercial film production company with friend and long-time collaborator and DP, Frank DeMarco (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Margin Call”, “BeerFest”). The directing duo, cleverly titled MICKEY+FRANK, helmed spots for agencies and clients from Atlanta to Charlotte to New York City. Mickey also worked on the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Patrick Dempsey, Angelica Huston, Vera Farmiga and 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He also netted a brief cameo in the film opposite Ms. Swank. Mickey then contributed second unit camera-work on the 9/11 Documentary “Rebirth”, filming scenes in NYC on the One Year Anniversary. During this time Mickey also directed and produced the short film, “Zilch” with writer Brian Fox. The film went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals across the country including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, where Mickey and Brian also helped lead a panel on screenwriting. “Zilch” was also screened at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City and was awarded First-Runner Up at the James River Film Festival.
Winston-Salem, NC and advertising shop Mullen was the next career stop, where Mickey took over Head of Production duties and shepherded campaigns for Wachovia Bank, CSX Transportation, Sealy Mattresses, Marshall’s, LaQuinta Hotels and TJ Maxx, which garnered a Shortlist nod at Cannes. Mickey currently resides in San Diego, CA and as Director of Broadcast at ViTRO, he has produced TV and Web campaigns for Asics (Cannes Silver Lion 2012, One Show Bronze Pencil 2012, FWA Site of the Day 2012), Newcastle Brown Ale (Cannes Shortlist 2010, FWA Site of the Day, 2011 Webby Award), IHOP, Kwikset, Alaska Communications, PF Chang’s and Quickie/Lysol.
Mickey also continues his art and photography pursuits as well. In the past year his photographs have been selected for exhibitions across the country including the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX and has been included in two exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. He has also been featured in several online exhibitions, including Still Point Art Gallery and the Light
Space and Time Gallery where he was awarded Special Recognition. Mickey was a Finalist in the International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition 2012 at Artspace in Richmond, VA and had three photographs and one sculpture as finalists in competition at the 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA. Mickey also had photographs selected and published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best Of Photography 2011 Annual and also in the Best of Photography 2012 Annual. Mickey’s artwork has recently sold to buyers in New Jersey, Ohio, California and Japan.

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Natalia Torrealbahttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/nataliatorrealba/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/nataliatorrealba/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:19:23 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40591 Natalia Torrealba is a person who loves art, design and photography. Her favorite words: respect, integrity and professionalism. In the past, she had the responsibility to be the Associate Director of a Museum of Visual Arts, and the Graphics Coordinator in a publishing company where she was exposed to a number of demanding responsibilities. Presently, […]

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Natalia Torrealba is a person who loves art, design and photography. Her favorite words: respect, integrity and professionalism. In the past, she had the responsibility to be the Associate Director of a Museum of Visual Arts, and the Graphics Coordinator in a publishing company where she was exposed to a number of demanding responsibilities. Presently, She is working as an independent photographer. Her education in Art and Photography has allowed her to build technical as well as creative concepts when developing a strong message for particular audiences. For Natalia, being a professional doesn’t mean to have it all. It means being a better observer in life, where her knowledge and confidence play an important role in her own decisions.

Natalia Torrealba

Natalia Torrealba

Current Location: Coro, Venezuela
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nataliatorrealba/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nathie7770
Best Achievements & Exhibitions:
Light & Composition Photo of the Day Award


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Fly Away Home, by Natalia Torrealba

I took this picture in a warm evening of July. My mind and heart was filled of deep emotions because my Mom passed away a couple months ago. At that moment of loneliness, I remember that the only thing that made me feel close…

Fly Away Home, by Natalia Torrealba

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A Silent Smile, by Biplab Arahan Majumderhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-28-a-silent-smile-by-biplab-arahan-majumder/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-28-a-silent-smile-by-biplab-arahan-majumder/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:11:39 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40726 I found this elderly woman in a tea garden, where she was plucking tea leaf with others. When I was taking their photographs, she was laughing at them, then when I went to her, she gave me a real silent smile. Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 28 Award Score: 66 (Value 12, […]

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I found this elderly woman in a tea garden, where she was plucking tea leaf with others. When I was taking their photographs, she was laughing at them, then when I went to her, she gave me a real silent smile.

A Silent Smile, by Biplab Arahan Majumder

Canon 50D | Exposure 1/250sec @ f/5.6 | Focal Length 50mm | ISO 100
A Silent Smile, by Biplab Arahan Majumder

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 28
Award Score: 66 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Jaigaon Tea Estate, Jaigaon, West Bengal | India

Photographer:Biplab Arahan Majumder ( Alipurduar, West Bengal, India) Registered Photographer
Biplab Arahan Majumder has been doing photography for last 4 years. At the beginning, just after start clicking, Biplab didn’t know that there is a subject called photography; and it’s a language of one’s own perspective. He started to learn photography from his own instinct, and from so many moments of life. Moreover there are so many cameras that always teach him that there is so many ways to set the canvas, set the exposure, and set the perspective, or set the composition. He acknowledge those people who helped him to take it in better way, gave him courage to do better in photography. He thanks everyone once again for encouraging him.

Portfolio: http://www.flickr.com/photos/biplabmajumder/
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Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Striderhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-27-night-train-to-brawley-by-mickey-strider/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-27-night-train-to-brawley-by-mickey-strider/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:26:01 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40584 After spending the night shooting around the Salton Sea and surrounding area, I went looking for a pair of old and dented silos I had seen on a previous trip to the area. Turns out those had been demolished, which disappointed me, but I came across this scene and was stopped in my tracks- no […]

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After spending the night shooting around the Salton Sea and surrounding area, I went looking for a pair of old and dented silos I had seen on a previous trip to the area. Turns out those had been demolished, which disappointed me, but I came across this scene and was stopped in my tracks- no pun intended, really. It was the last shot of the night and I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end the night of shooting. Full moon, train tracks headed off into the distance and touching at the horizon with just enough cloud movement to make the long exposure that much more interesting.

Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Strider

Canon 60D with Sigma 10mm-20mm | Exposure 300 sec @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 14mm
Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Strider

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 27
Award Score: 66.5 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12.5, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: Brawley, California | The United States

Photographer: Mickey Strider (Encinitas, CA, USA) Registered Photographer
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mickey Strider got his first taste of film making by taking first runner up honors at the Baltimore County Film Festival with a stop motion animation short, “The Coo Coo Conspiracy” in 6th Grade. He later studied art at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art and an advertising career soon followed. First working as Jr Art Director, Mickey then moved into film production where he worked as an Assistant Cameraman and Assistant Producer on commercials, music videos, films and television shows.
In 1989, Mickey made the jump to New York City as a Producer at ad agency Bozell. There he worked on productions for Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, A&P Supermarkets, Valvoline, FEMA and Tyco Toys among others. While working on the Tyco campaign for their smash toy hit, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Mickey gained a credit on the FOX TV Saturday Special featuring The Crash Dummies- becoming the very first TV special produced entirely using CGI.
A move south to Richmond, VA followed, where Mickey eventually started up his own commercial film production company with friend and long-time collaborator and DP, Frank DeMarco (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Margin Call”, “BeerFest”). The directing duo, cleverly titled MICKEY+FRANK, helmed spots for agencies and clients from Atlanta to Charlotte to New York City. Mickey also worked on the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Patrick Dempsey, Angelica Huston, Vera Farmiga and 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He also netted a brief cameo in the film opposite Ms. Swank. Mickey then contributed second unit camera-work on the 9/11 Documentary “Rebirth”, filming scenes in NYC on the One Year Anniversary. During this time Mickey also directed and produced the short film, “Zilch” with writer Brian Fox. The film went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals across the country including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, where Mickey and Brian also helped lead a panel on screenwriting. “Zilch” was also screened at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City and was awarded First-Runner Up at the James River Film Festival.
Winston-Salem, NC and advertising shop Mullen was the next career stop, where Mickey took over Head of Production duties and shepherded campaigns for Wachovia Bank, CSX Transportation, Sealy Mattresses, Marshall’s, LaQuinta Hotels and TJ Maxx, which garnered a Shortlist nod at Cannes. Mickey currently resides in San Diego, CA and as Director of Broadcast at ViTRO, he has produced TV and Web campaigns for Asics (Cannes Silver Lion 2012, One Show Bronze Pencil 2012, FWA Site of the Day 2012), Newcastle Brown Ale (Cannes Shortlist 2010, FWA Site of the Day, 2011 Webby Award), IHOP, Kwikset, Alaska Communications, PF Chang’s and Quickie/Lysol.
Mickey also continues his art and photography pursuits as well. In the past year his photographs have been selected for exhibitions across the country including the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX and has been included in two exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. He has also been featured in several online exhibitions, including Still Point Art Gallery and the Light
Space and Time Gallery where he was awarded Special Recognition. Mickey was a Finalist in the International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition 2012 at Artspace in Richmond, VA and had three photographs and one sculpture as finalists in competition at the 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA. Mickey also had photographs selected and published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best Of Photography 2011 Annual and also in the Best of Photography 2012 Annual. Mickey’s artwork has recently sold to buyers in New Jersey, Ohio, California and Japan.

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