I’d a great start to my week when I was invited by Uma Desai to conduct a photography workshop at Breeze– A spectacularly desi & ethnic village resort. It is located in Gulsunde, about 10 miles south of Panvel. What one instantly notices from the resort is the amazing view of the historic Karnala fort. The quietude and the rustic look of this place are refreshing. There are many explore-worthy locations around the resort like the Karnala bird sanctuary, Patalganga river and Gramini pottery at a nearby village. The resort itself is a 400 year old house- a piece of history. It’s been recently spruced up with modern rooms, private open place, musical rain dance and a big garden.
I was asked by Uma to teach photography to the largely young staff of the resort- all fresh college graduates. It is highly satisfying for me to get an opportunity to teach photography to anybody especially the young. After being served a sumptuous breakfast at the resort, I started with a theory session. My way of teaching is more practical than academic. I illustrated the three principal characteristics of a good photograph- Composition, Focus & Exposure through a series of good & bad photos. In the post lunch session I walked the class through some of my professional images and discussed the challenges and techniques used while clicking them. By five in the evening, we broke for a shooting session.
The photo shoot was easily the best part of the day. Some enthusiastic guests at the resort happily volunteered to be our models. Uma and her husband Pranobh, too energetically participated. It was during this shoot that I demonstrated to my students the portable photography gear that I carry and the different ways to use it. My gear includes speedlites, light stands & monopod, portable softboxes, shoot thru & reflective umbrellas, 5-in-1 light reflector, Snoot, colour gels and other accessories. The peaceful, private and pretty resort premises made the shoot a pleasurable experience.
Mostly, I lose track of time when on a photo shoot and this occasion was no exception. It was dinner time by the time we finished the workshop. After a nice dinner comprising the village thali, I left the resort by 10 in the night. What a way to spend a day!