Report on Photowalk & Workshop on World Photography Day at Puttenahalli Lake

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Puttenahalli Lake Events

Aug 22, 2023, 12:26:59 PM8/22/23
to Digest Recipients, Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT)
Dear All,

In 1826, a French inventor called Nicephore Niepce made the first photograph, using a pewter plate coated with bitumen, and exposing it to the sun over eight hours. In 1829, Niepce and French artist, Louis Daguerre, developed an improved process that came to be known as Daguerreotype. In 1839, the French government purchased the patent from Daguerre. And on August 19th, 1839, the French government released the Daguerreotype photographic process to the public for free. That is why this date is considered the beginning of the era of Photography.

PNLIT celebrated the World Photography Day at Puttenahalli lake by conducting a workshop and photowalk. The event was led by SK Srinivas, who by his own definition, is a serious amateur in photography. He has been a PNLIT volunteer for the last ten years, and has captured many memorable moments at the lake in his camera.

Here is what the participants had to say about him and the photowalk !

Recently, a friend of mine forwarded the announcement of a Photowalk & Workshop to be conducted at Puttenahalli Lake on Aug 19th. World Photography Day.  I had been looking to attend just such a workshop for many days so I quickly registered for it. Another attraction was that the event conducted by PNLIT was free of cost and open to all!

The photography expert Mr. SK Srinivas (Srini) and PNLIT events coordinator Sapana were cordial and welcoming. Srini began by asking how well each of the participants were acquainted with photography. Most of us were early beginners. We spent a good amount of time learning about the basics of photography and the technicalities of different types of cameras. This was no doubt very useful but it also meant that out of the two hours, the time we got to spend on actually photographing the birds and knowing how to spot them got reduced.

Srini also talked about how human activities are damaging Bangalore lakes, their ecosystems and the fauna dependent on them. We were fortunate to have the right venue for the photo workshop.  Puttenahalli lake, JP Nagar is indeed a "hidden gem" as described by the participants and I fully agree.

We are grateful to Srini and the organisers for this opportunity. I would request him to conduct more photography related events  for participants with different levels of skill. This will help us to become better nature photographers.

-Osama Ansari

On the occasion of World Photography Day (Aug 19) about 20 of us met at Puttenahalli Lake in JP Nagar 7th phase. The objective was to be given a few basic lessons on photography and how to plan and execute good photos by Mr. SK Srinivas (Srini).

Srini is a photography and wildlife enthusiast and has immense knowledge on cameras, photography and taking great shots.

We were greeted by a light drizzle which would have been otherwise welcome after a long dry spell but threatened to wash out the workshop. Srini started with the history of photography and how it has evolved over the ages from camera obscuras (pinhole cameras) to mirrorless DSLRs. He then explained how good photography is fundamentally about camera optics and explained how to manage trade-offs among aperture size, shutter speed and ISO settings and that practice makes perfect.

We then walked around the lake which was full of water and had plenty of aquatic birds as subjects to practise our newly acquired knowledge and dispersed by about 11 am after a group photo.

-Srivastha Yajaman

Thank you,
Pic credits - Arathi Manay

Sushil Prasad

Aug 23, 2023, 3:18:20 AM8/23/23
to Puttenahalli Lake Events, Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT)

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I luckily happened to be in Bangalore on that day and so could participate.

Attaching one of the photos I took with my iPhone! 


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