|About Krish Mandal's Photography|
|Thursday, 13 December 2007|
I've been creating travel and landscape images since about 1998 and portraiture for nearly as long. However, I've been photographing on-and-off since childhood, and was initially introduced to a 35mm camera by my father, who owned a Pentax K1000 at the time, and instructed me in the basic inter-connectivity of aperture, shutter speed, film speed and metering. Eventually I became the family photographer by default. Without knowing it, I started a love affair with images of all kinds, not just still photos, but moving images too, all types of realistic art including trompe l'oeil; anything that dazzles the eye, engages the mind, and shows the hidden beauties of our planet. I love beautiful things. But what may be beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you, as in my infatuation with old and dilapidated subjects.
While 4x5 is still my primary "wow" and "high resolution" camera, and I love the slow working speeds needed for it, digital capture has proven itself to be of very good quality since about 2004; enough so that I can produce sharp 16x20s from it, not to mention that I don't have to fuss with scanning and film dust; of course a CCD collects its share of dust too; I suppose it's all about the devil you care to dance with. For my digital work now with the Pentax K20D, I use a Pentax 10-17mm Fisheye, 28-105mm zoom, a 20mm rectilinear wide angle, a 50mm f/1.4 with superb bokeh, and a 70-300mm tele zoom with image stabilization. Ninety-nine percent of my image making uses either a polarizer, a neutral density, or neutral gradient on my lenses, and a Manfrotto 3021 tripod with a ball head. I never have used any specialty, solid colored, or color-gradient filters to create my fine art images.