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DPC PhotoBus to Haunted Bhangarh and Alwar 26th and 27th August

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DPC PhotoBus to Haunted Bhangarh and Alwar      26th and 27th August

Launching a Brand New Travel destination for the month of August 2017

The Day trip is basically a Idea to rejuvenate your photography and yourself with 2D1N  long trip which is full of information , Photography and gossips .

The Trip will give an opportunity to click places which are in close proximity to Delhi but they are worth Visiting .

Next in series is Bhangarh and Alwar     26th and 27th August 2017

About Bhangarh

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Bhangarh fort is located in the ruined city of the same name, somewhere between Jaipur and Alwar, in Rajasthan. The place is so haunted by paranormal activities that even the Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board that restricts people from visiting the fort area before sunrise and after sunset. Legend has it that a tantric named Singhiya fell in love with a princess from the fort. He tried to use black magic to get her to fall in love with him, but it backfired and he died. Just before his death, he cursed the fort saying all who lived within it would die.

Today, villagers who live in the area continue to build roofless dwellings because everytime they do build a roof, it inexplicably collapses. People have also mysteriously gone missing after-hours inside the fort. It’s an hour and a half by road from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Alwar road.

About Alwar

Located in Rajasthan , Alwar’s history dates back to 1500 BC. Located around 160 km south of Delhi , the capital of Rajasthan. A Rajput state for a long time, Alwar eventually fell to the Delhi Sultans in the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1771 AD Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kachwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won Alwar back and founded a state of his own.

Known earlier as Mewat, Alwar gained reputation as a remarkable seat of art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. In the 18th century, Pratap Singh evicted the rulers of Jaipur to the south and the Jats of Bharatpur to the east, and successfully resisted the invasion of Marathas. It was one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the British Empire. Like all the princely states, this stronghold of the Rajputs also came under British rule and remained so until India gained independence.

Places we will be visiting  Siliser lake, mooch Maharani Ki Chatri and Bala Quila

About Bhangarh

Other Important Details

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen AND umbrella!

Fee (per person): Rs. 4800/- For Members

Rs 5400 for Non- Members   (including registration fee)

Fee includes travel & group transfers and meals

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

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Meet the Real people from the world of Photography this week we are featuring Ashok Verma

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography this week we are featuring Ashok Verma

We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.

Ashok Verma | Street Photography | Advertising, Fashion, News & Street Photography

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How you started your photography?

My photography started when I was gifted a SLR camera (Pentax k1000) by my father.

It took wings and became an extension of my deep-rooted love for painting, sketching and writing since my school days.

I was not allowed to join an art college as it was considered a bad career choice and photography became the medium to bring out all my creative ideas to the floor. This all happened after I finished my school and three years of my graduation period. In 1995 I opened a small studio to take up photography as my profession, with no formal training and no mentor. 

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

The new technology has revolutionized photography and gave everyone an opportunity to become photographer with cameras producing amazing picture quality and output. The first change I see is in the mindset of photographers. As photography, has become more accessible to everyone. It’s become easy for everyone to jump into photography with digital revolution. Every second person wants to be a photographer. People are looking for overnight results and fame while doing photography. People have lost the patience and practice which is the base of photography.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

The digital revolution and access to social media has made such a deep impact on emerging photographers that they feel that success can just be achieved by merely buying the best cameras and laptops.

The fact still remains the same that there was no shortcut when there were analog cameras nor there are any shortcuts even after the digital technology has takeover.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

It’s just that in today’s world we have produced more of would be photographers then actual serious professionals.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Anything specific that you want to share with people.

The only suggestion I can pass on to all budding photographers is simple, when you see a great photographer and get inspired by them to jump into photography, just see the number of years they have given to photography to reach to a point where they are able to inspire you.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

In nutshell… there are no overnight success tricks for you. All you need to do is have a lot of patience, deep love and passion for what you do, not just in words but in actions. Never give up, till you reach where you want to reach, no destination is easy and no destination is inaccessible too.

What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedule.

My motivation is to beat myself by creating a better visual than the last best image I shot. All the visuals I present on social media or on my website/blog are my favorite shots.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

But over a period of time I start to hate them when I produce other interesting work. I feel the process of learning and unlearning makes this happen and it’s this phenomenon which keeps me going.

The day I feel that I know everything, will be the end of me. I am still learning and unlearning. So, a photo which I love today becomes a normal when I improve, learn and produce a better work. This is the process of growth and self-evolving.

About me

Born and raised in Delhi, India.

Parents Dream: To see me as a Doctor.

My Dream: To pursue Arts.

End Result: Revolt.

Final Outcome: I graduated from Delhi University with Retailing &Trade

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

The inclination and passion towards Arts made me jump into photography with the sole dream in young eyes to establish as an Advertising & Fashion photographer.

With no mentor and experience, a long struggle was inevitable.

Immense Faith, Strong dreams and an instinct to never give up, propelled me to make my space in the industry.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Worked with top advertising agencies, models, designers, art directors, magazines, stylists, make-up artists and production houses in India and abroad.

Migration: Year 2007-08 from Advertising & Fashion photography to Photo Journalism.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

From controlled environment to candid and story based shoots.

Same camera made me see things differently.

Photo Journalism led me to a new passion called Street Photography around 3 years back.

Based in UAE the challenge got tougher to do street photography to produce work of international standards.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

The challenge, challenged me more.

Bought a small fixed lens, mirrorless camera just to do street work. Made sure to produce at least one picture for myself every day. Learnt from my bad pictures.

My Mantra is to Unlearn to Learn more.

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Street Photography. Photo by Ashok Verma

Presently, I do Street Photography with advertising and fashion work as my backbone propelled by the experience I gain while doing Photo Journalism.

“I share what I learn and I never hesitate to ask what I don’t know.”

Website : www.ashokverma.com
Blog : https://ashokvermablog.wordpress.com/
Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/123460390@N05/albums/

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DPC Photobus to Garh Mukteshwar ( the First day trip)

The first in series is the Garhmuketshwar , An old historic town and place for River Ganga .

About  Garhmukteshwar

Garhmukteshwar is situated on the National Highways 24 joining New Delhi   with Lucknow. The town is the closest point from the capital where the river  Ganga flows. Garhmukteshwar is also famous for its bathing fair that takes place on the Full Moon Day in the month of Kartik. This city hosts two important fairs in a year. One is the bathing fair on the full moon day of Kartika and another fair is held on the occasion of Dussehra, both of which attracts tourists from all over the country.

The Gadho-ka -Mela which is a part of the big Garh Ganga fair is a huge trading center for asses, donkeys and horses.

Garhmukteshwar has also been mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata. It is said that Garhmukteshwar was a part of the ancient city of Hastinapur. The place boasted off a very ancient fort that is said to be built by later Pandavas, brothers of Kauravas. The name of the place is derived from the great temple of Mukteshwar Mahadeva that is dedicated to the goddess Ganga who is worshipped here in four temples. The place is also known for its eighty Sati Pillars.

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Tiger and GST ? Oh Really (God Save the Tigers). by Sh Vinod Goel

Tiger and hottest topic in the air  G S T—Any connection between the two ?

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For the last 3 years when Sh Narendra Modi came to power we heard that to solve all the problems of the country the biggest economic reform would be introduced by the Government  and hence  all efforts were made to bring Goods and Services Tax (G S T )at the earliest.

At present there is just talk of this tax reform as it has been introduced from 1st of July in spite of the fact that  many of the stake holders from the trade and industry are  at a loss to understand its fundamentals. Even most of the staff at the grass root level from the department Customs and Central Excise  is not able to comprehend its basic concepts and their implementation  . I am sure in the time to come those difficulties would get sorted out and country would be on a much safer ground.

It may be recalled that to save the tigers in the country Indira Gandhi the then PM brought Project Tiger ( in 1973) as the population of tiger which used to be about a lakh in the beginning of the 20th Century got reduced  to about a thousand. In order to save them from extinction  India came out to save them. The situation improved some what. But again the crisis at Sariska Tiger reserve in Rajasthan  in 2004 and later in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh in 2009 opened the eyes of the government and they were forced to take some hard steps such as translocation of tigers within the state from one tiger reserve to another ( Ranthambore to Sariska  and  Bandhavgarh , Pench and Kanha to Panna ) and monitoting of tigers by having radio collars on them.

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Though the strategy of counting the tigers have completely changed so that the numbers can not be manipulated as the census of tigers is done by the Wildlife Institute of India Dehradun  through camera trappings but  there is hardly any control over poaching of tigers  as they command a premium in the world market. The only solution with the general public is to prey GOD to SAVE the TIGER (GST ).

 

Sometimes while shooting tiger in the wild  I could freeze some moments when it appeared as if he too is praying God to save him from the atrocities committed over them.

 

Let us all prey God to save the most magnificient specie on the planet so that the future generations can see them roaming on this earth.

 

GOD SAVE TIGER (G S T )”

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Peacock Fight ——– After the breeding season by Sh Vinod Goel

Peacock Fight ——– After the breeding season

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Why do they fight is the natural question?. Can they not live in peace and harmony ?

I think they fight for the same reasons as the human fight.

They are also living creatures with emotions ,fear, hopes and dreams.

They fight to defend their territory, mating rights ,their mates and the food resources and of course their dwelling places however temporary they might be.

I have observed a number of birds such as mynas ,doves ,pigeons ,peacocks ,peahens ,house sparrows etc fighting during breeding and non breeding seasons.

Last year the breeding season was over by the month of September and most of the peacocks had moulted all the tail feathers .

I happen to observe a fight between two peacocks on 15th October 2016.The way they fought in the air and on the ground and the poses they gave were remarkable. I am sharing one of them . I am sure you will love it.

Like two wrestlers they fought . One of them slipped while defending the probable attack from the opponent which is still in the air ready to pounce on the rival. Yet another one in the vicinity is observing the fight as if trying to understand the tricks of the trade.

Enjoy the fight as I enjoyed the real fight from the eyes of my camera.”

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

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Largest butterfly of India ….Southern Birdwing by Sh Vinod Goel

Largest butterfly of India ….Southern Birdwing
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Butterflies has always dazzled me from my childhood. I remember during our school days ,having the entire school complex at the edge of sea shore at Sainik School Balachadi ,Jamanagar, we had a garden compound in each of our house . On holidays students from one dormitory use to catch hold of butterflies from the garden and release them under a mosquito net for some hours and then release them finally into free atmosphere after a hour or so.
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Nature lovers have always been fascinated by their colours , wings and their flight. These are the most beautiful jewels of the natural world. In the present times they are often used as flagship species for the conservation purposes.
In August 2011 while staying at a resort in Cochin I happen to observe a large butterfly in the garden. Later on I came to know that it is known as Southern birdwing and it is the largest butterfly of our country. A big and a pleasant surprise for me.
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This is endemic to Peninsular region and found in abundant during and post monsoon season. Since our visit was during the monsoons it was a treat to watch even other butterflies.
The State of Karnatka has adopted it as their State Butterfly.
We all delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
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Can we learn from these jewels of nature and make this planet worth living not for ourselves but for the future generations.
Enjoy the beauty !

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

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Interview : Anchal Seth Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.

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Anchal Seth| Photoenthuiast| Fashio Photographer/ Director  (ANX Media PVT. LTD.)

  1. 1. How you started your photography?

I’m a self-taught and a passionate photographer who started to be interested in photography 8 years ago and this is only the interest which I’ve developed along the years. This is the main or the most important passion of my life, considering the maximum time I can dedicate to it, and surely it has changed my way of looking at the world around me, because my eyes now always seem to move trying to go beyond the simple appearances of things in search of their intrinsic beauty and, overall, of my personal way to show it through my photography. Thanks to DPC also for the wonderful experience always.

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I worked in corporate for 8 years in a U.S company but decided to leave job and start my own photography venture. I have established my own media and photography firm a year ago and trying to take it into next level in the world of Fashion, Bollywood, lifestyle & weddings, but learning is still on.

  1. 2. What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

Today the tables have turned as photography has achieved its new standing as most favored medium, a host of technological innovations, especially computer-aided processes for making and manipulating images so easily and in most creative way.

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  1. 3. Anything specific that you want to share with people?

Always be creative and you should have that dedication towards this art and this is the best way to see the world around you.

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  1. 4. What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedule and ongoing conditions?

It has always given me motivation for taking pictures in any circumstances. As photography is not only a profession for me it’s still my hobby, my passion and will remain the same and my love and dedication towards this is increasing by the time. And I am still exploring and learning photography.

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Write up about Anchal Seth

Anchal was  born and brought up in “City of Nawabs” called Lucknow. He came to Delhi around 10 years back and started my career in KPO industry.  It took him 9 years of passionate hobby photography before I took the decisive step to become a full time photographer.  When people ask him about his background, he answers the same way for many years – that I’m a self-taught photographer.

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आपकी नजरों नें समझा प्यार के काबिल मुझे ,दिल की ऐ धड़कन ठहर जा, मिल गयी मंजिल मुझे

Grey Hornbill ( Most devoted husband in Avian world ) with Lizard in beak
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They are mostly arboreal and come to the ground:-
(1) To pick up fallen fruits from their beak  or
(2) To pick up mud pellets during the breeding season for sealing the cavity after the female has entered the cavity or
(3) For hunting of insects ,birds or reptiles such as garden lizard or small snakes .
Their presence in an area are indicators of large and long trees having hollow cavities.
Frankly speaking it is not a beautiful bird but has the most unique behavior and characterstic which birders know. The male is the most devoted husband who feeds the female while she is inside the cavity for more than 2 months .
At the end of the breeding season when female is about to come out of the cavity to supplement her diet I have observed male feeding the female garden lizard a number of times .
At this time of the year breeding season for this specie in Delhi is coming to an end as the females are already out of the cavities and even some of the chicks are out and the weakest are still to come out from their nesting cavities.
This was shot on 4th June 2015 in Delhi.
The way I have been covering this bird for more than 4 years this specie appears to communicate with me and I remember a very lovely song from the old film ANPADH ….आपकी नजरों नें समझा प्यार के काबिल मुझे ,दिल की ऐ धड़कन ठहर जा, मिल गयी मंजिल मुझे

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

DPC announces Day trip a brand new series of Photo trips.

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Launching a Brand New Travel series for people who cannot spare two days to travel on our amazing DPC Photo Bus trips due to scarcity and unavailability of Time .

The Day trip is basically a Idea to rejuvenate your photography and yourself with a day long trip which is full of information , Photography and gossips .

The Trip will give an opportunity to click places which are in close proximity to Delhi but they are worth Visiting .

The first in series is the Garhmuketshwar , An old historic town and place for River Ganga .

About  Garhmukteshwar

Garhmukteshwar is situated on the National Highways 24 joining New Delhi   with Lucknow. The town is the closest point from the capital where the river  Ganga flows. Garhmukteshwar is also famous for its bathing fair that takes place on the Full Moon Day in the month of Kartik. This city hosts two important fairs in a year. One is the bathing fair on the full moon day of Kartika and another fair is held on the occasion of Dussehra, both of which attracts tourists from all over the country.

The Gadho-ka -Mela which is a part of the big Garh Ganga fair is a huge trading center for asses, donkeys and horses.

Garhmukteshwar has also been mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata. It is said that Garhmukteshwar was a part of the ancient city of Hastinapur. The place boasted off a very ancient fort that is said to be built by later Pandavas, brothers of Kauravas. The name of the place is derived from the great temple of Mukteshwar Mahadeva that is dedicated to the goddess Ganga who is worshipped here in four temples. The place is also known for its eighty Sati Pillars.

Other Important Details

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen AND umbrella!

Fee (per person): Rs. 2500/- (including registration fee)

Fee includes travel & group transfers and meals

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

Please carry the amount with you (only cash) :), (please ignore if paid already)You can also pay the registration amount online or  at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.

Registration fee is non refundable and non transferable

http://www.delhiphotographyclub.com/register

Please carry your ID cards along, it helps.

For further clarifications feel free to call Virendra – 08826712162