Kids. From the street.

2 Jan ’14

Spontaneous. Street kids in Jodhpur, India. By Animesh Ray.

I love this photograph. And believe it not, this photograph was completely spontaneous!
Details: ISO 320, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure-, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, B&W conversion.

I don’t usually shoot street, and even when I do I don’t usually shoot portraits. I have always been a quiet type of guy, and invading someone else’s personal space doesn’t really fall inside my zone of comfort. But when people, or in this case kids, themselves put up a show and get all enthusiastic to get clicked, then I don’t keep myself from humouring them.

Gear used: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G, Nikon DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR.

Happy in the moment. Street kids in Kolkata, India By Animesh Ray.

The kids don’t have anything. Yet they smile. Does that teach us something?
The girl is going to have a tough life. That thing is without doubt. I don’t know what the boy is going to turn into as he grows up. I wish they both could have this photograph with them, if only to remind them of a moment when they were innocent and happy, because I am sure they are going to lose it all in the years to come.
Details: ISO 1600, 24mm, f/3.8, 1/125s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure-, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Blacks+, Clarity+, B&W conversion.

Street Kids are posers too. At Kolkata, India. By Animesh Ray.

A couple of kids. Love the kid boy’s pose and expression. And yes, their background is composed of some of my old photographs. The young girl is trying to make sense of the poster, the young boy was just trying to see the images in it I guess. Will they get an education? Because that’s the only thing that can make or break their future.
Details: ISO 1000, 18mm, f/4.0, 1/125s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure-, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Blacks+, Clarity+, B&W conversion.

The kid with an aim. In Kolkata, India. By Animesh Ray.

A kid. Aiming.
Details: ISO 250, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/500s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure-, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, B&W conversion.

Kids on the streets of India: Proud daddy. By Animesh Ray.

I hope she is loved. I hope she has a future where nobody forces her to wear a burqa or cover her face using her pallu. I hope she has a future where nobody forces her to give birth to sons, and kills the newborn daughter. I hope in the future nobody molests her, nobody rapes her. I hope she isn’t burnt to death for the lack of a dowry.
Details: ISO 250, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/400s
Lightroom Adjustments: Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, B&W conversion.