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Interview with Ravikumar Jambunathan

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10 September 2015

Posted by Sally Hart

Hi Ravi! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

My name is Ravi, I live in Singapore. I am a computer science graduate presently working with a multinational Bank in Corporate Banking division dealing with Corporate Clients. Although I had interest in photography since childhood and played with some kodak film cameras to shoot family functions, I really got serious about photography about 4 years ago when I bought my first Canon DSLR camera. Since then, I have been trying to improve my skills everyday. Photography is my real passion and it really helps me to get out of my monotonous and stressful banking job..

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

AI had been to my usual beach spot in the morning a few weeks earlier. It was low tide on the day and the sea water was well beyond the shore. There was a big tree fallen amid the shallow sea shore which I wanted to capture since it was a good subject for my ongoing project “Broken Trees”. But, I had to walk on the shore in order to achieve composition I had in mind. I assumed the surface was strong and firm as there are few mangroves near by. As I started walking in suddenly the surface started collapsing and lot of small baby crabs started crawling out as I had broken their home. I was stuck and the mud was well above my ankle. It was difficult for me to balance and take a step further. It was also difficult to find a firm place to keep my tripod sturdy. Finally, I managed to find few stones to keep my tripod firm and took the shot I wanted. I followed my steps and slowly walked back to the shore with my gear. My tripod, camera bag, legs and my shoes were full of mud. Despite the struggle, I am happy that I got the shot I wanted.

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AMy gear is very simple, just one camera with one lens. I shoot with Canon 6d with 24-105 f4L. I have two Hoya ND filters and a circular polariser. My post processing is with Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.
I recently upgraded to a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with ball head. For long exposures, I use my ND filters and my polariser is always attached to my lens. Although I used to take hand held shots, since the beginning of this year 99% of my shots are taken using tripod with live view for better composition and accuracy. My image quality is really improving after changed the way I shoot.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

ALearn & Practice. This is not something new nor did I discover it, but this is the best way to improve your skills. Do not afraid about failures. In fact, mistakes are the best way to create better images. Do not rush to shoot your image. Take your time, read the scene, envision the image and execute it. Because, execution is simple but envisioning is difficult. It takes lot of practice and time. In addition, constantly improve your post processing skills as well. It will help to attain the result you wanted.

“The Lotus” is my very favourite image because I had failed many times trying to picture this amazing architecture building of Singapore. My office is nearby. Everyday, as I see... Read more

“The Lotus” is my very favourite image because I had failed many times trying to picture this amazing architecture building of Singapore. My office is nearby. Everyday, as I see this building like many tourists do, I am trying to visualise how to best represent this beautiful building which conveys both its beauty and excellence. Finally, one day I reached to a vantage point from where the view was un-disturbing and conditions were excellent. I took two hand held shots and processed in Lightroom; the resulting image was very satisfying. And, this is the first image which improved my self-confidence and gained me some exposure. Therefore, I have a personal attachment to this image as well. Read less

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'This is was taken during my family trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. We reached the place during the night and reached our room on 9th floor with a balcony. As it was night,... Read more

'This is was taken during my family trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. We reached the place during the night and reached our room on 9th floor with a balcony. As it was night, I had no idea what the balcony was facing and what the landscape looked like. I woke up around 7:30 am the next morning and came to the balcony. I was stunned by the view. The sun was slightly up in the sky and the entire landscape was full of fog with beautiful texture. Next day, I set the alarm at 5:30am, came to the balcony in the freezing temperature, setup my tripod and waited for sunrise to capture this image.' Read less

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'Again, this is one of the fascinating buildings I wanted to capture as part of my project “Contemporary Architecture - Singapore”. As this is near to my office, I brought my ge... Read more

'Again, this is one of the fascinating buildings I wanted to capture as part of my project “Contemporary Architecture - Singapore”. As this is near to my office, I brought my gear to my office and in the evening I made sure I was in the place I had already planned and waited for the soft light to capture this shot.' Read less

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'This is was taken during my family trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. As we drove around the Highlands we reached a vast tea plantation and pulled over for a fresh hot tea. A... Read more

'This is was taken during my family trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. As we drove around the Highlands we reached a vast tea plantation and pulled over for a fresh hot tea. As we were about to start, the weather conditions started changing, clouds were rapidly forming causing streaking sun light. In order to capture the sense of the place, I placed the tea shop as part of my composition.' Read less

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'This is again one of the beautiful tall buildings in Singapore. I had this shot in mind but failed a few times to get this image as I miscalculated the light. I planned a early... Read more

'This is again one of the beautiful tall buildings in Singapore. I had this shot in mind but failed a few times to get this image as I miscalculated the light. I planned a early morning trip to this place and fortunately the sky was blue with soft light and a gentle breeze with a few clouds crossing above. I knew I was going to get my shot today. I setup my tripod and with 10 stop ND filter and I was able to capture the building which elevate its patten and majestic appearance.' Read less

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'This is another image I have a personal attachment to. With this image, I started my personal project “Broken Trees” to capture the fallen, dead and cut trees which is happenin... Read more

'This is another image I have a personal attachment to. With this image, I started my personal project “Broken Trees” to capture the fallen, dead and cut trees which is happening so often in Singapore, as the City expands to accommodate the increasing population and to meet the infrastructure demands.' Read less

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'The same shot as “The Lotus”, however this time I wanted to capture the amount of hard work and risk put forth by humans for the cleanliness of the building.'

'The same shot as “The Lotus”, however this time I wanted to capture the amount of hard work and risk put forth by humans for the cleanliness of the building.' Read less

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'This building's name is “Concourse”. This has very beautiful and unique design patterns which cannot often be seen in modern office buildings. This is my first image of this bu... Read more

'This building's name is “Concourse”. This has very beautiful and unique design patterns which cannot often be seen in modern office buildings. This is my first image of this building and honestly I am not quite satisfied with this image as I revisit it now. I need to study this building further in order to capture the real beauty of this excellent structure.' Read less

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