Something about me!

I am a research scholar working for my Ph.D. (in the field of Structural Bioinformatics) under the guidance of Prof. R. Sowdhamini at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India. My native is Udaipur, Rajasthan.

I found my interest in photography when I bought my first camera, Nikon P100, in December 2010. Occasional clicks turned into hobby and later into passion. I click almost everything which pleases my eyes. I shoot fine-arts, macros, nature, landscape, architecture, portraits, candids, events, etc.

Awards and Achievements

I was awarded as the “Best Photographer of the Year” 2012 and 2013 by Pixoto in “Artistic Objects” category and for the year 2013 in “Products and Objects” category. Please visit my Pixoto profile for more details.

I won 1st prize in “Amateur Photography Contest” as conducted by UdaipurTimes (a local online news website in Udaipur) in the month of August, 2013, when one of my images “Saturn_Rings” was selected as the best among the lots by the judges.

One of my images, “My..Army” (chessboard) was among the top 15 images as selected by The International Union of Crystallography and Agilent Technologies. The image was selected for the Australian satellite competition, displayed all over in Australia, and was featured at the SCANZ Crystal29 conference in Queensland. It was also used in the celebratory Agilent/IYCr2014 Academic Calendar for 2014/2015.

One of my images "Diwali Night in Udaipur" got featured on PolkaCafe and as a cover image of Udaipur Times' facebook page.

I have also won several Monthly photo contests as organised by NCBS.

Hobbies

I love playing cricket, badminton and chess. I like listening to music and love reading articles on various topics.

Recent Interests/Activities

I am currently reading and learning about how to develop websites and improve their ranks using better Search Engine Optimization. I recently developed a website for my uncle as well and it can be reached using this link.

What's in the Bag?

I am by-and-large a Nikon enthusiast. Currently I own three Nikon D7000 and a set of 8 lenses : Nikon 50mm f/1.8, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon 135mm f/3.5, Nikon 55mm-300mm, Nikon 70-300mm AF-S, Nikon 18mm-140mm and Nikon 18mm-200mm lens. Among all these, 50mm is my go-to lens for most photoshoots. In tripods, I use two Photron Stedy Pro 560 tripods. Yongnuo flash trigger (RF-603 N3), a wireless remote, UV filters, ND filters, various infrared filters, a polaroid filter and two sets of batteries are some other accessories for my D7000s. I also have Nikon SB700 and SB 910 off-camera flashes.