Chiiz Volume 2 : Maternity Photography

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EDITORIAL

Editorial

Donatella Nicolini

Prakhar Garg

Mukesh Kumar

Design

Sheetal Mann

Prateek Bhardwaj

Mayank Sehgal

Writer

Sana Singh

Rahul Batra RB

Tushar Sharma

Business

Urshita Saini

Sahil Gupta

Neha Arora

Marketing

Kanika Maurya

Joel Hiekha

Anurag Khaneja

Analysis

Prateek Kashyap

Audrey White

Technology

Lee Nguyen

Rishabh Jain

Public Relations

Barkha Chandra

Priyashi Negi

Finance

Neelu Singh

Anjali Chaudhary

Consultant

Mansa Inc.

Cover Photo

Tina Sokolovskaya

Birth is like magic, that too of the purest form a woman can

experience. Birth is something that widens our thinking about

the world. It makes us realize that no matter how small things

are, they surely can hold a greater importance.

Many of us think that having babies is magical. But for a miracle

to happen, you don’t need a prayer or a wish granting kiss, you

just have to actually believe in it. The actual reason of it being

magical lies in the transitions one undergoes after it. It makes

the two rather carefree individuals more responsible and

mature towards life, not just for the sake of baby but also for

the bond they share with the baby. Through this journey of the

story of pregnancy, birth and the newborns, we hope that many

photographers will explore unique avenues related to the field.

And talking about the avenues and endeavors that a photographer can achieve, Julia has set a perfect

example for the upcoming and aspiring photographers. Her idea of photography defines much more

than just creating something new, but it pushes you to push the limits, to scourge the grounds for the

mere possibility of an idea, and to always keep finding that lone source of inspiration that has kept

you going all this while.

Not only this, but the amount of dedication and perfection you get to see in Benny’s work is

commendable. His feelings and his understanding of the wild beasts has brought a face changing

revolution in the protection of these animals. Believe it or not, but it is the hour of the need. We all

have to come together to eradicate this strong and evil force of illegal animal killing from the face of

the earth and only that can help in saving our beautiful abode.

Festivals like Holi and Hornbill are something that indicate the celebration of the ways of our lives.

But the sad truth is that our ways have changed drastically and they are surely not for the good. Man

has ever been in search of farthest lands for serene beauty and solace, but he has only damaged those

districts upon arrival. Kashmir, the paradise of India, was once one of the most beautiful places, but

time and man has taken its toll on it. The Tulip Festival is a way to tell people the tales of forgotten

times, the times we so fondly cherish but never made an effort to preserve. Dr. Kaynat, a well read

person and a female solo traveler, knows the importance of keeping our ways a bit on the older side.

In the end, it’s not about what we have achieved so far or what we are going to achieve, it’s about

being responsible for the generations to come and leave behind a better place for them to live in.

That’s the only way we can work it out and strive towards a happier and peaceful world.

Donatella Nicolini


CONTENTS

8

Hues of Holi

The Streets of Vrindavan

75

Gear Review

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

Nurses And I

Benny Rebel

21

Tulip Festival

The Tulip Bulbs

76

37

Old Is Gold

Wait For Me, Daddy

79

App of the Month

VSCO

45

70

The Story Of A Life

Maternity, Birth & Newborn

Guess What

Hornbill Festival

Symbol Of Unity In Diversity

Concepts of Solo Travel

Swati Rawat

38

66

82

Model Of The Month

Tatiana Abramenko

MakeUp Artist

Pratishtha Arora

Paint It Snail

Julia Wimmerlin

80

84

74

Tips and Tricks

Tilt Shift Photography

Movie Review

City Of God

72

87

Group Of The Month

Your Shot India

Fashionista Behind The

Camera

Tina Sokolovskaya

88


HUES OF HOLI

The Streets of Vrindavan

Mukesh Kumar

New Delhi, India


Bloody Faith

Nikon D800 31mm F/4.5 1/125s ISO2000


Every year as the month of March

approaches, my heart starts to swell

with excitement, for with this month

comes my year-long hope of being there

in Vrindavan once again for the festival of

Holi. Though, since the last 7-years of my

life, I have been celebrating the festival in

the bewitching streets of Vrindavan, but

still, there is something that keeps enticing

me to this place. I don’t know whether it’s

the place, or the people or the temples or

the sound of ‘Radhe Radhe’ which lures me

to be there every year.

Amit Nimade

Bhopal, India

Rahul Batra RB

rahul@chiiz.com

Rahul is a culture

based writer who left

his engineering job

to pursue a career in

writing. He wishes to

write a psychological

bestseller one day.

I eagerly wait for the Holi festival every year

to celebrate it in the streets of Vrindavan

and the memories of this festival remain

always fresh in my mind throughout the

year. Vrindavan is a place where, I believe,

people lose their heart in the divine beauty

of the place and its enchanting streets, but

find a connection within their soul.

This year, I reached there a day before

the main Holi festival (also known as

Dhulandi) and my Holi started at 4.30 am

with an ‘early morning Puja’ at the ISKCON

temple which is colloquial for its Hare

Krishna movement all around the globe.

After the Puja, I took some rest and then

headed towards Shri Banke Bihari temple.

As the temple got nearer, the narrow

streets of the Vrindavan got jammed by

the swarms of devotees. This temple is the

heart of Vrindavan; and if you are there and

didn’t go to this temple, your visit would

always remain incomplete and you would

not get the blessings of the lord.

Devotees from all around the globe come

here to celebrate Holi with Lord Krishna

himself. Inside the temple, the priests throw

colors and holy water from their pichkaris

(water guns) and the crowd chants ‘Radhe

Radhe’ in unison. In this very same temple,

just a few days before the Holi, flower petals

are showered over the devotees to celebrate

a unique Phoolon wali Holi (Flowers’ Holi)

without the conventional dry or wet colors.

People were awestruck by the divine beauty

of the moment and were celebrating as

if it was their first Holi. From every nook

& corner of the temple, only one sound –

Radhe Radhe - was audible. And believe

me, had the police and security personnel

were not in action, nobody would have left.

After somehow managing to get out

of the temple, I headed towards Radha

Vallabh temple. In this very same temple,

2-days before the Holi, widows gather and

celebrate Holi with the lord. Holy water

from huge water guns is sprayed in the air

which gives a feeling as if the lord is himself

showering his blessings over his admirers.

Holi festival also comes as a treat to the

photographers. For the colors and the joy of

happiness is so enticing that they can’t stop

themselves from picking up their lenses and

getting out on the streets drenched with

vibrant emotions. All around Vrindavan,

I could see photographers from around

the world, trying to capture some of these

enthralling moments.

A Child’s Play

Nikon D750 44mm F/8 1/320s ISO560

After that, I

moved towards

ISKCON temple

which is a very

famous tourist

hotspot and for

the same reason,

it is also called

angrejo ka mandir

(or the temple

of foreigners).

The music, the

dance and the

tranquilizing

sound of ‘Hare

Krishna Hare

Krishna, Krishna

Krishna Hare

Hare’ are what

exactly defines

this temple.

One of the

defining moments

of this year’s Holi

was when I saw

3 boys disguised

in the form of

female (or Radha’s friends), playing kikli,

and frolicking in the Lord’s name. The

genuine smiles on their faces (which rather

signified their devotion towards the Lord)

gave a jaw-dropping view which left me

wondering whether the lord was visible

to them. Some things are meant only to

observe and you can’t give words to them,

such was that feeling.

The dance which these boys were

performing is traditionally known as Raas

Leela – the dance of passion - depicting the

life of Lord Krishna and, his beloved, Radha;

and how their love painted this world in

the colorful essence of togetherness and

belonging.

This very moment reminded me of the first

time when I was there in the temple as an

atheist. I could easily recall the scenario

where an old man of around 70 was


dancing and being completely immersed

in the name of Krishna to bewitch the lord.

I was not only enthralled and overjoyed

by the scene but also my senses found a

new rhythm. My feet started moving and I

knew not when I started

dancing and jumping

with only ‘Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna, Krishna

Krishna Hare Hare’ on

my mouth. This very

same feeling is what, I

believe, connects me to

this temple. I feel it’s not

my body that takes me

there, it is as if they want

me there every time

around.

People strolling in the streets of this holy

city often get surprised when mildly hot

water is pelted over them from different

corners. They try to run away as quickly as

possible but only to find someone else color

around 12-years-old playing with her water

gun and coloring people on the streets, a

bewitching smile emanated from her face

every time she made a successful attempt. It

was such a beautiful sight for which I could

Similarly, after a while, I

lost myself again in the

divine name of the lord

and didn’t know what

happened next, until it

was the time to close

the darbars (or gates)

of the temple. I had to

undesirably leave the

temple and felt as if the

hours passed in minutes

that day.

Abbas Baig

New Delhi,India

Street Hunter

Canon EOS70D 18mm F/3.5 1/1250s ISO1000

Holi is celebrated to depict the victory of

good over evil and has a very religious

purpose associated with it, symbolising the

legend of Holika. The night before Holi,

bonfires are lit in a ceremony known as

Holika Dehan (burning of Holika Demon).

People gather near the bonfire, sing, dance

and pray to the Lord.

As the Holika was being

burned in the evening,

I met a Brazilian

man, who being fully

disguised in the attire

of a yogi with a rosary (a

string of prayer beads) in

his hand, asked me what Holika

Dehan was about. After explaining its

history, I asked him if he was doing okay

because he looked depressed. He said,

rather broken-heartedly that the next day

would be his last day in the city and he

would be leaving for Rio after staying in the

country for 5 months. Then I realised that

there was something spiritual in this place,

as everybody who comes here finds some

kind of solace within their soul.

The next day which is celebrated as

Dhulandi all over the country, I decided to

explore the streets of Vrindavan, to catch a

sight of some smiling faces of the devotees

who get lost in the moments of pure bliss.

their face in frenzy.

Holi festival also comes as a treat

to the photographers. For the

colors and the joy of happiness

is so enticing that they can’t

stop themselves from picking up

their lenses and getting out on

the streets drenched with vibrant

emotions.

The cows and monkeys strolling around

are an intrinsic part of Vrindavan. Cows

with festoons of flowers around their neck

and monkeys who are always ready to grab

your eyewear in return of some food are

discernible in its every street.

Shops with lassi, bhang

and sweets (especially

peda) sprinkled with

color are present at

almost every corner.

The city and its streets

are mired in colors, even

the clouds turned red on that

particular day, bringing a spectacular sight

from below.

You could see people all around spraying

colors at each other, be it a friend or

stranger. But herein lies the downside

associated with it, which would refrain any

women from visiting the festival. Women

are especially colored on their faces, necks

and sometimes even their intimate parts

which was very disheartening to see.

Soon it was 11.30 A.M. with all the major

doors leading to the temples getting closed,

marking the culmination of this year’s Holi.

While walking back home, I saw a girl of

have given everything if I could see that for

the rest of my life - which literally summed

up my Holi for the year.

HOLI AROUND THE WORLD

Holi is celebrated as a social event in parts

of the United States. For example, at Sri Sri

Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork,

Utah, NYC Holi Hai in Manhattan, New

York and Festival of Colors, Holi NYC in

Brooklyn. In New York, Holi is celebrated

as the Festival of Color, where thousands

of people gather from all over the United

States to celebrate.

A number of Holi-inspired social events

have also surfaced, particularly in Europe

and the United States and UK, often

organized by companies as for-profit or

charity events with paid admission, and

with varying scheduling that does not

coincide with the actual Holi festival. Some

places you can head to, are:

LIFE IN COLOR, MIAMI, FLORIDA

‘Life In Color’ is the biggest color festival

out there. A concept that started out as a

college festival in Florida, it has progressed

into a worldwide color party. This festival

takes places all over the world in short

intervals and you can head to this festival

for the perfect combination of music and

colors.


Their website has everything you will want

to checkout before heading out to LIC.

www.lifeincolor.com

COLORJAM COLOR MUSIC FESTIVAL,

TEXAS

‘Colorjam’ is a color music festival that took

place in Texas in 2014. With the euphoric

combination of music and color, this festival

captures the essence of Holi perfectly. Their

line-up also featured acts such as Green

River Ordinance, Sunny Sweeney, etc. Till

now, no one can speculate their next date,

but keep an eye out on this one. It’s worth it.

Amit Nimade

Bhopal, India

FESTIVAL OF COLORS

This festival goes on all summer around

the whole world in about 30 countries.

‘Festival of Colors’ is a hippie’s paradise.

It’s a music festival with a dash of color,

featuring bands like The Bhakti Dance,

this festival has a peaceful

and tranquil demeanor.

Promising good vibes,

great music and above all,

an incredible time, this

fest is a must.

www.holifestival.com

HOLI ONE

‘Holi One’ is a color festival

held in Cape Town where

it commenced. This event

aims to adapt our vivid

culture of celebrating Holi

with music and colors and

cherish the power of one.

It took place in August

last year in London and

no dates have yet been

released for 2017.

www.holione.com

Prismatic Happiness

Nikon D750 120mm F/4 1/500s ISO2000

Luigi Roberto Spano

Bari, Italy

MUMBAI COLOR FESTIVAL,

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS

Based on the traditional Hindu festival,

Fort Vechten will become alive with color

as festival-goers party hard to house and

techno. Breaking down all distinctions

of race, gender and sexuality, electronic

music lovers come together for a day

under a blanket of color, embracing their

individuality and becoming part of one

of Europe’s most creative music festivals.

Sadly, organisers have decided that this year

will be the last for the festival, calling it their

final countdown. But there’s always a silver

lining in every situation. Head out, the date

is 5th May 2017. www.mumbaifestival.nl

HOLI GARDEN FESTIVAL, IBIZA

‘Holi Garden Festival’ held annually in

Ibiza, is the brightest music/color stage

there is. Propagating their agenda of joy and

amiability, this festival is as happy as it gets.

Check out their website for the upcoming

ones, www.holigardenfestivalibiza.com

PROTECTING YOUR CAMERA

Cover your camera

You can use camera raincoats which are

available on Amazon or www.lenscoat.

com. Now you could take your expensive

underwater housing and use that, or a

plastic bag also works just fine. Make sure

your lens hood is attached as it can provide

extra protection from the powder getting

into your lens. Duct tape is also a good

option.

Don’t open/change anything!

DON’T change your lenses and same goes

for batteries and SD card. Do not open that

camera body at all! Photographers solve

the lens’ problem by simply bringing two

cameras.

Cover the details.

When capturing the festival, don’t forget to

shoot the details – often the smallest things

are the most beautiful, like this shock of red

powder in a blue hand.

Shoot in a comfortable mode.

Don’t plan on fiddling around with manual

settings unless you are a pro at it. Go

with auto focus mode. Do test shots first

and ensure you have your ISO, aperture,

metering, focal point set as much as you

can for each Holi situation before you walk

into it. Then just keep those settings and

fire rapidly.

Get on top of anything.

Images displaying colorful powder with a

view from above are always great. Get on

top chairs, balconies or anywhere you find

space. Shots of powder being thrown in the

air are loved by many.

Some do’s and dont’s.

Watch out for colored water at all times.

Cover your camera at all costs.

Take a lot of duct tape for emergencies.

Don’t change or open any component.

Be ready to go to auto focus, for color in the

air can interfere with manual.

Take extra batteries and memory.

Holi is celebrated to depict the victory of

good over evil or so they say. I think the

reason it is celebrated is to show people

how beautiful it is to live in harmony and

peace, and let us do that, not just for one

day but for eternity. Let’s show the world

how colorful it is to live in peace.

The Color Run

Samsung SMG920I 4mm F/1.9 1/220s ISO40


Prakhar Tripathi

Mumbai, India

Blissful Drizzle

Nikon D4S 18mm F/5.6 1/30s ISO1000

Amit Nimade

Bhopal, India

Jai Shri Radhe

Nikon D750 95mm F/4 1/640s ISO320

Sourabh Gandhi

New Delhi,India

Breaking Old Impediments

Nikon D810 24mm F/3.5 1/640s ISO200


Somia Mallick

Calcutta, India

Showering Blessings

Sony SLT 50mm F/1.8 1/500s ISO100

Amit Nimade

Bhopal, India

Sparkling Colors

Nikon D750 120mm F/5 1/640s ISO450

Prakhar Tripathi

Mumbai, India

Caught In Action

Nikon D4S 50mm F/2 1/800s ISO200


Beluga Whale, also called White Whale, is an

Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. Beluga whales

are among the smallest species of whales. The

absence of a dorsal fin allows them to swim under

ice with ease. They are now protected under

the Endangered Act because of the reducing

numbers. The Beluga was placed on the International

Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red

List in 2008 as being “near threatened”.

Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Smiling Beluga

Nikon D4 70mm F/5 1/500s ISO1600


Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Lost under water

Nikon D810 16mm F/8 1/250s ISO100

Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

The one

Nikon D810 16mm F/8 1/250s ISO100


Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Take me skywards tonight

Nikon D810 52mm F/5 1/100s ISO400

Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Puffed with Pride

Nikon D800E 60mm F/18 1/320s ISO200


Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Long time, Friend

Nikon D4 16mm F/6.3 1/200s ISO1600

Anthony Britten

Queensland, Australia

Gliding

Nikon D800 15mm F/8.0 1/400s ISO400


Anthony Britten

Queensland, Australia

Looking Out

Nikon D800 15mm F/8 1/1000s ISO200

45

Anthony Britten

Queensland, Australia

Halfway There

Nikon D800 16mm F/8 1/800s ISO400


other words, many Chinese people hope to

become more sexually potent. This alleged

effect is, to this day, nowhere proven!

In order to produce these questionable

products, thousands of rhinos were killed.

They were brutally slaughtered to the brink

of extinction. Only by harsher punishments

to the perpetrators and a paramilitary

surveillance on the last of the rhinoceroses

could a complete extermination of these

wonderful animals be prevented. Although

in the end, animal protectionists won and

the number of rhinos gradually increased.

The Nurses And I

By Benny Rebel

More than 20 years ago, I came in

contact with several environment

protection organizations and learned about

the various abuses caused to wild animals

by greedy people and companies. They

ruthlessly destroyed nature and had already

exterminated many species of animals,

while others were on the brink of it.

Benny with a Friend

When we started helping out endangered

species, mainly elephants, whales and

rhinoceroses, we had to take several

extensive measures to protect them.

During that time, I was very busy helping

different species, especially rhinoceroses.

They were, then poached to make dagger

from their horns for the rich Arabs of the

Middle East, and their horns were pulverized

to be used for the often questionable

Chinese medicines. In traditional Chinese

medicine, the powdered horn of the rhino

is said to have an aphrodisiac effect. In

Years later, I flew to South Africa to do

some sort of ranger training. I wanted to

learn more about the world of animals, and

the behavioral patterns of certain species.

During this time I lived with the rangers

and was with them round the clock and

helped wherever and whenever assistance

was needed.

At that time, a drought period plagued

the reserve where I was traveling as an

apprentice. In order not to lose the precious

rhinos, elephants and some other species of

animals by the drought, we were forced to

import tons of grass from the water holes,

which had been bought from other greener

regions of South Africa and transported

to us. We had to load a few tons of grass

every day on a large pickup - bring to the

The mother and child

Canon EOS D60 14mm F/8 1/500s ISO200


waterholes - unload the grass there - loosen

up with a manure fork - enrich with a

special syrup with minerals and vitamins

and leave the animals to eat. By the fact

that the animals could hardly find anything

in the wilderness, they were waiting for

our arrival every day and plunged into the

food as soon as we arrived. Often they gave

us little chance of loosening the grass or

enriching it with the minerals and when

the big ones arrived hungry, we quickly had

to clear the field before they attacked us.

For me, this was one of the most beautiful

experiences of my life, although it was

extremely dangerous and a tiresome effort.

Had it not been for my colleague, the

ranger, I would be dead by now because the

drought had increased the animal’s natural

fear of humans and also the animals were in

competition with each other. It was about

naked survival and everyone fought for

their share of the food.

We had to work at dangerous distances

with buffaloes, rhinoceroses or elephants,

at times as less than 10 meters. We had

to get out of the car and carry the heavy

grass balls to the water holes by hand. Our

work almost always took place under the

observation of these hungry animals.

One day I saw a rhinoceros with her baby

about 100 meters from a waterhole. They

were standing next to an acacia tree trunk

and the mother animal did not seem

particularly aggressive. I told my colleagues

that I would like to take my camera to

photograph these animals up close. He

surely had a lot of confidence in me, so

simply said, “Try it!”.

I walked up alone and unarmed to this

rhinoceros and her baby. A rhinoceros

with a small calf is like a ticking bomb in

the wilderness. She would do anything to

protect her baby and her tolerance limit

is much smaller than if she did not have a

child to defend. I was aware of this; yet I

was confident that I could stalk a bit closer.

I somehow ran a few steps and took a photo.

I stopped for a few seconds and watched

the behavior of the mother animal. Then I

came step by step up to about two meters

close to these two animals. Meanwhile,

the car was about 100 meters further

away and there my colleague stood and

watched the situation with astonishment.

When I reached the two-meter limit, I

knew that I should not risk any more with

these animals. I took a moment to take a

picture from a bit below. This makes the

animals look even more spectacular and

the perspective is more unusual, which is

good for the picture. While clicking, the

rhinoceros gave me the sign that it is now

enough. It was a loud snort, accompanied

by a kick on the ground, which also stirred

up a lot of dust.

I got up and walked very confidently

and slowly backwards. My colleague was

totally surprised that I went so close to the

rhinoceros without being attacked. So it

came to this photo showing the rhinoceros

with her baby. Two days later, a picture of

another rhinoceros, which I recorded from

less than a meter, was created. Here, too, I

have continually observed the state of mind

of the rhinoceros and approached him step

by step. When I took the last picture of this

rhinoceros, I could have touched the horn

of the three-toned rhinoceros with my arm

outstretched. The picture of the individual

rhinoceros, which you see here, has been so

developed.

The ranger, who was with me, said he

had never seen or heard that a human

being can stalk up to a few centimeters

of wild rhinoceroses without the animals

running away or attacking. I have my own

explanation for this: by applying many

years to the protection of rhinoceroses and

emotionally loving these animals, I radiate

a positive energy towards these creatures.

This energy is perceived by the animals so

that they do not conceive me as frightening

or aggressive. That is why they have allowed

me several times to approach them close

to a few centimeters. I am convinced that

this would never be possible if a person

emanates fear or aggression!

When I see baby rhinos in the wilderness

today, I am particularly happy because I

feel that they are like my own children.

Through this strong connection to the

rhinoceroses I radiate a deep sympathy

towards these wonderful creatures.

The poaching of the rhinoceroses

unfortunately has been booming since

about 2009. Since the Chinese are doing well

financially, they pay horrendous amounts

for the horns of these animals, and wherever

a lot of money is paid for something, there

will also be unscrupulous people to cover

this need. Several environmental protection

organizations have also developed plans to

solve the problem. Thus, we must take up

the fight against the poachers and much

more against the mafia in order to save the

rhinos from extinction.

Prakhar Garg

prakhar@chiiz.com

Prakhar is always engrossed in his books and his

diary. He believes in the saying ‘It Is What It Is.’ A

wanderer by temperament, he wants to walk out on

his story when the day comes.

Born in Iran and living in Germany ever since, Benny is one

the most successful wildlife photographers of this century. Until

now he has organized and carried out numerous film, photo,

environmental protection, and adventure expeditions to several

countries. He is famous for his extreme close-up portraits of dangerous

wildlife of Africa by approaching within feet of the animals.

Recently, PRAKHAR GARG from Chiiz chatted with Benny about

his wildlife excursions and what all he has earned from the wild.

What gears do you use while shooting wildlife?

I have been using Sony’s Equipment for the past 8 years. I mainly

shoot with Sony A7R II with lenses from 10mm up to 600mm.

Some survival tips when out there in the wild.

Always take enough water with you. Study the behavior patterns

of the animals that you want to photograph.

Most important lesson you’ve learned from your work?

Take your time and give your 100% towards it.

Any one photograph of yours that inspires you the most?

There are many photos that inspire me in different ways.

According to you, how our world would look like in one photograph

as a whole?

If you shoot a photo from a flying balloon, during the wildebeests’

migration in Tanzania or Kenya, you will see, how beautiful and

wonderful still our planet is and you will get the feeling that you

are already living in paradise.


Want a kiss, now?

Canon EOS D60 14mm F/8 1/750s ISO200

Bush Baby

Canon EOS 5D 17mm F/9 1/500s ISO200


Lurking Shadows

Sony DSC NEX-5 27mm F/5.6 1/500s ISO200


The Last Laugh

Into The Wild

Canon EOS 1D Mark II F/8 1/80s ISO200


Not So Lowland

Canon EOS 1D Mark II F/8 1/50s ISO100

Celebrations All The Way

Canon EOS 1D Mark II 28mm F/3.5 1/2s ISO800


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Andrea Izzotti

Genova, Italy

Tails Of Lemur

Nikon D800E 200mm F/4.5 1/200s ISO200

Julia Wimmerlin

La Côte, Switzerland

You Heard it too

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 27mm F/2.8 1/800s ISO200


Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Oops moment

Canon 550D 100mm F/6.3 1/100s ISO250

Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Dancing Frog

Canon 550D 100mm F/4.5 1/160s ISO400

Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

The Green Eye’s

Canon 550D 100mm F/14 1/160s ISO100

Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Eye of the Fly

Canon 550D 100mm F/14 1/160s ISO100


Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Peek-a-Boo

Canon 550D 100mm F/5.6 1/500s ISO400

Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Hey, It’s me

Canon 550D 100mm F/7.1 1/160s ISO400

Andreas Karyadi

Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

Better Together

Canon EOS 550D 100mm F/3.2 1/320s ISO200

Julia Wimmerlin

La Côte, Switzerland

The Human

Canon EOS 60D 200mm F/5 1/250s ISO400


Garett Patz

San Diego, USA

The Ironwool Magic

Garett Patz

San Diego, USA

Lost Stars

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 15mm F/2.8 30s ISO1600


Garett Patz

San Diego, USA

To Eternity

Garett Patz

San Diego, USA

Star Trails

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 15mm F/2.8 30s ISO100

Abhishek Deopurkar

Pune, India

Camping Under The Sky

Canon 550D 11mm F/3.5 30s ISO400


Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Attaining Peace

Nikon D800 155mm F/3.2 1/1000s ISO400

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Food Hunters

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 17mm F/9 1/400s ISO320


Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Work Call

Nikon D800 24mm F/8 1/25s ISO1000

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Carefree Monks

Nikon D800 140mm F/3.2 1/160s ISO160

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Honors’ Fight

Nikon D800 16mm F/9 1/500s ISO250

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Go Fetch It

Nikon D800 200mm F/3.5 1/1250s ISO200

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

A Day’s Labour

Nikon D4 24mm F/8 1/400s ISO640


Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Lost in the Peace

Nikon D4 32mm F/8 1/200s ISO200

Saravut Whanset

Sakolnakhon,Thailand

Gateway To Stars

Nikon D800 14mm F/2.8 25s ISO2500


If you ever happen

to be in the City

of New Westminster,

Canada, just walk up

to Hyack Square near

the 8th Street. There,

right in the middle, is

a glorious sculpture

commemorated in the

memory of the very

famous photograph

clicked by Claude

P. Dettloff of The

Province. ‘Wait for me

daddy’ is considered as

one of the most iconic

photographs clicked

during World War II.

The photograph actually

meant to showcase the

marching of The British

Columbia Regiment

(Duke of Connaught’s

Own Rifles) on October

1, 1940 but suddenly,

a kid, Warren ‘Whitey’

Bernard, no more than

five year old at the time

ran off, freeing his hand

from his mother’s just to

have one last moment

with his father, Jack

Bernard, an officer in the

regiment. The mother,

Bernice Bernard, was

totally surprised by

Whitey’s actions and

her expressions clearly

justify the story.

“Whitey” Bernard was in Grade 1 at General

Wolfe Elementary. Whitey’s Dad was enlisted

in the British Columbia Regiment and was

stationed in the city on various sentry points

throughout the city. Since the declaration of

war in 1939 the men of the BC regiment had

been doing various guard duty assignments

which were boring and monotonous. Finally

after months of waiting the regiment received

Claude P. Dettloff

word that it was to be moving to a secret

destination “Overseas”. The secret destination

the regiment was heading to turned out to be Nanaimo, only three

hours away. The regiment spent time on the coast defending

against German and then Japanese attack. But it wasn’t until later

in August 1942 that they all sailed for England. They didn’t see any

action until July 23, 1944 when they participated in Operation

Totalize, one of the first attempts to close the Falaise Gap. The last

battle they took part in was on April 17, 1945 when they crossed

the Kusten Canal. A month later, Victory in Europe day (VE-Day)

was declared on May 5, 1945.

Anurag Khaneja

anurag@chiiz.com

Youngest member of our team, Anurag

handles the marketing department. He

loves adventure and is a quick learner

and motivator for people around him.

Old Is Gold

Wait for me, Daddy

Whitney’s dad, Jack

survived the war and

came back home in

October 1945. By the

time Jack Bernard

showed up in the town,

Dettloff was ready to

capture the return of

Whitney’s dad. This

was the most talked

about photograph of

that time, and it hung in

every school in British

Columbia during the

war.

The City of New

Westminster also

commissioned a bronze

statue honoring the

photo to be placed at

the bottom of 8th Street,

in Hyack Square. The

city unveiled the statue

on October 4, 2014.

At the same event,

the Royal Canadian

Mint announced the

issue of a series of

three coins featuring a

scene adapted from the

image. It was released

in denominations of $2

(alloy), $3 (1/4 ounce

silver) and $10 (1/2

ounce silver). Canada

Post also issued a stamp

featuring the iconic

image.

Although there is a second story hidden in the photograph and

not many people are aware of it. Dettloff unwittingly captured a

lesser known story in this photograph. On the left-hand side of

the photograph, the third woman behind Whitey’s mother (in a

dark long coat and staring directly towards the camera) is Agnes

Confortin who had accompanied her friend Phyllis Daem that day

to see the young men of Westminster off. Even with the limited

resolution of the photo, Agnes’ somber expression reflects her

concern for her two

brothers, Wilfred

and Larry Power,

who have already

enlisted in the Nova

Scotia Highlanders.

Larry returned to

Canada in 1944 with

severe post traumatic

stress disorder.

Wilfred was killed

in action in March

1945 near Arnhem

as part of Canadian

Forces preparation

for the Liberation

of Arnhem in April

1945.


Tiffany Burke

Washington, USA

Rewards Of It

The Story of Life : Maternity, Birth and Babies

Keeping a human being inside the

womb and giving it a chance to grow

is a fascinating journey in the life of any

woman and any woman would be blessed

to have given birth to another human. And

documenting that journey is the new trend

that has literally taken the world by storm.

A lot of couples these days try to get their

entire journey documented. This involves

clicking pictures during pregnancy and

moving on to capture the birth of the child

and then the newborn shoots as well.

Yes, we agree, maternity shoots are not a

new concept. A lot of women have already

got their baby bumps captured on film by

professionals. But because of the growing

trend in this genre, photographers are

being challenged to look for new ways of

conceptualized shots that can really stand

out.

As a photographer, it is a challenging

task to conclude the shoot without any

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Urshita Saini

urshita@chiiz.com

Photography is her passion,

wedding shoots is her forte. She is a

lawyer turned photographer turned

businesswoman. The transition was

quick but it was what the camera

ordered.

uncomfortable situations being faced. So,

the mental and physical comfort of the

mother is the first priority during such

shoots.

Although there are certain clichéd shots

that every mother-to-be wants, but it is

the photographer’s responsibility to make

sure that each client gets a unique take on

her pregnancy shoot. Being creative and

incorporating people or elements in the

pictures that mean something to the couple

and the family is a great way of ensuring

such uniqueness.

Involvement of the siblings in the pictures,

or maybe the family dog can also help.

Instead of having an outdoor shoot,

taking pictures at the couple’s house can

be considered as well. It will be a better

backdrop for the pictures because of the

emotional connection and it will also be

cozier to the expecting parents.

Maternity shoots are a great way to

announce a pregnancy or even the gender

of the child. More and more

photographers are coming up

with unique ideas to capture this

magical journey of the expecting

couple.

Coming on to it, birth is considered

as the most beautiful and rewarding

moment for any woman. Also at

the same time, it is exhausting, gory and,

extremely graphic, yet women around

the world are now embracing the idea of

getting their baby’s birth journey captured

by professional photographers.

Though the world is slowly warming up to

the idea of birth photography, it is still a

sensitive topic for the majority of people. It

is, after all, capturing a woman when she is

at her most vulnerable state. It also involves

her privacy and the medical implications of

having another person in the room when

things tend to go in any direction. And no,

it is not always about photographing the

private parts of the woman, but that is what

people generally conceive of this genre.

In many countries, there are still some

restrictions on any person other than the

father to be present during birth. Although

the couple can request the doctors and

get due permissions for the photographer

to be present during the birth, but it is

not always guaranteed that the doctors

will allow it. From the medical point of

view, a third person can be a disturbance

in the procedure and the doctor’s word

is final. Despite a lot of questions and

controversies, couples are really eager to

get a photographer to capture the process.

Nicole Hoschke, a family and fine art

photographer, says that it is very important

for the parents to feel comfortable with


the photographer and they should make

acquaintances beforehand.

As a photographer, there are certain things

that a person should keep in mind.

Be very open and communicate extensively

with your client. She is already going

through a very exhausting phase so respect

her decisions and comply with every

detail. There may be a point when she

feels uncomfortable with you around her

especially if a medical procedure is going

on. You may not get the shots of the baby’s

birth but you can always take pictures of

the baby right after it has been born.

Being a birth photographer is not a 9 to 5

job. Be ready for a call in the middle of the

night. Labour can go on for hours as well.

Ensure that you wear comfortable clothes

and be prepared to stay for the entire haul.

You need to be committed until the end.

Never post pictures of the woman or the

photographs you took, on the internet

without her permission. During birth, a

woman may expose more of her body than

what she would otherwise be comfortable

with. Be sensitive to her privacy and make

sure that she is comfortable.

Births can take place in a dark room with

very dim light. Do not ask to switch on the

lights or use flash. It can be very disturbing

for the mother if there is a constant flash

of light around her especially when she is

working so hard on her body. Ensure that

you can work in low light and are not in any

way, creating any disturbance or getting in

the way of anybody just to take that perfect

shot.

Once the baby is born, you get the chance

to capture some amazing newborn shots.

Capturing the expressions of the mother

and the father when the baby is born is very

much recommended. It is a surreal journey

to bring a child into this world.

Newborns are an amazing subject for

any photographer. A tiny little being all

bundled up in a blanket can give you the

most adorable expressions.

Babies change appearance very rapidly. So

photographing a newborn when he or she

is just 3 hours old would be very different

from what you would get after three days.

Ideally, newborn babies are photographed

within the first 2 weeks of them being

born. That is primarily because during this

time they sleep more and can curl up in a

‘womb-like’ position.

Although babies are considered newborn

for the first three months after birth, the

older they get, the lesser they sleep and their

feeding schedule gets more frequent which

could end up in a longer photo shoot.

While photographing newborns, the

following points can be considered helpful:

Capture details. Yawning or crying babies

can give you amazing shots. Macro shots

of their hands and feet are also a very

important part in capturing the details.

Try and use more of natural light. Babies

are sensitive to light and it can potentially

harm them. Ensure that the studio or the

location where the photo shoot takes place

is warm and comfortable for the baby.

Ensure that you are well equipped to take

care of a baby. Babies can be fussy and need

lots of attention. Ensure that you stay calm

and the baby is always comfortable and well

fed. A cranky baby is not what you want.

Try and incorporate a personal touch to

the photographs. Props are amazing, but

try and get something that the family feels

more connected to.

Be gentle and understand that the parents

of the baby are probably sleep-deprived

and high on adrenaline rush. Ensure that

they are active at all times and keep them

involved in the entire process.

A baby can be of the fourth generation in

a family. Try and get as creative as you can

while photographing babies, keeping it’s

family background in mind.

A baby is worth everything in this world,

and after a few years, when you want to

look back at the moments from his/her

childhood, make sure you don’t regret that

chance.

Expert Opinion: Take instructions from

the midwives, they are incredibly helpful,

and will let you know where you can move.

Place yourself in one position and take

several shots from there. Using a zoom lens

can give you more variety in images. Then

after a while move to another position in

the room, that way you are not moving

a lot, but also covering the birth from

different angles.

Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Have Patience, Love

Nikon D800 14mm F/2.8 25s ISO2500


Tina Sokolovskaya

Kiev, Ukraine

Nikon D700 50mm F/11 1/125s ISO200

Tiffany Burke

Washington, USA

Zanele Nyembe

Tshwane, South Africa

Nikon D3200 22mm F/5 1/80s ISO200


Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Nikon D750 60mm F/2.8 1/100s ISO100

Tiffany Burke

Washington, USA

Reginald Thermidor

Miami, FL, USA


Paula Galvao

Natal, Brazil

Nikon D610 24mm F/5.6 1/250s ISO2000

Paula Galvao

Natal, Brazil

Nikon D610 44mm F/7.1 1/320s ISO640

Paula Galvao

Natal, Brazil

Nikon D610 24mm F/8 1/60s ISO640

Paula Galvao

Natal, Brazil

Nikon D610 24mm F/5 1/250s ISO1000


Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Nikon D750 70mm F/2.8 1/125s ISO1000

Paula Galvao

Natal, Brazil

Nikon D610 32mm F/5 1/50s ISO1800

Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Nikon D750 70mm F/2.8 1/125s ISO1000

Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Nikon D750 70mm F/2.8 1/125s ISO1000


Sandra El-Ayoubi

Sydney, Australia

Let Me Love You

Canon EOS 6D 70mm F/3.2 1/320s ISO500

Taran Rai

Vancouver, Canada

Prized Possesions

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm F/3.5 1/100s ISO500

Taran Rai

Vancouver, Canada

Sugar

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm F/2.5 1/160s ISO800

Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Sandra El-Ayoubi

Sydney, Australia

Sleeping Beauties

Canon EOS 6D 44mm F/2.8 1/200s ISO800

Saurav Dhyani

Noida, India

It’s Not Over Yet-2

Nikon D90 50mm F/1.8 1/250s ISO160


Sandra El-Ayoubi

Sydney, Australia

It’s Not Over Yet

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 50mm F/2.8 1/250s ISO250

Taran Rai

Vancouver, Canada

It’s Not Over Yet-2

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 70mm F/3.2 1/125s ISO160

Tiffany Burke

Washington, USA

Smile My Love

Guess What ?

“Guess the subject in this photo correctly and

stand a chance to win Chiiz goodies,

by sending your responses to editor@chiiz.com”

Photo Credits : Emmanuel Canaan

Vol 2

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Brandon Mikesell

Seattle, WA, USA

Brandon Mikesell

Seattle, WA, USA

GoPro Hero4


GoPro Hero4

Brandon Mikesell

Seattle, WA, USA

GoPro Hero4

Brandon Mikesell

Seattle, WA, USA

GoPro Hero4


Rudolph Comeaux

Chicago, USA

Garreau vs Hammons

Canon EOS REBEL T3i 50mm F/2.5 1/320s ISO1600

Rudolph Comeaux

Chicago, USA

Pearl Ground and Pound

Canon EOS REBEL T3i 50mm F/2 1/400s ISO3200


Rudolph Comeaux

Chicago, USA

Quartus vs Sultan

Canon EOS REBEL T3i 50mm F/2.5 1/320s ISO3200

Rudolph Comeaux

Chicago, USA

Figueroa vs Wheeler

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 96mm F/5.6 1/640s ISO3200

Rudolph Comeaux

Chicago, USA

Derrick Rose LayUp

Canon EOS 7D 50mm F/2.8 1/1000s ISO5000

Jim De Sitter

Dendermonde, Belgium

Triumphant Strokes

Canon EOS 7D 50mm F/2.8 1/1000s ISO5000


Henry Do is an adventure seeker,

passionate traveler and a professional

photographer from Las Vegas,

Nevada. His love for seeking new

destination and passion for photography

have led to the creation for

some of the most beautiful images

that are truly unique and captivating

to the viewers around the world.

The Golden Gates Aligned

F/2.8 1/720s ISO100

Dubai-Marina

F/10 15s ISO64


NYC Skyline

F/9 1/250s ISO500

Atop Burj Khalifa

F/2.8 1/500s ISO100


The photo(right) depicts people

praying on the last Friday of the

auspicious month of Ramadan in

Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque

in Asia. Eid marks the end of the

month long fasting festival and

festivities are held across the

nations. The prayer is also called

Juma tul Mubarak of Ramadan.

Sourabh Gandhi

New Delhi,India

Nikon D810 24mm F/6.3 1/500s ISO31

Julia Wimmerlin

La Côte, Switzerland

Caught In Blizzard

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 105mm F/5 1/640s ISO800

Smikash Mohapatra

Orissa India

Nikon D7000 50mm F/13 1/320s ISO100

Vivekananda Rock Memorial(left) is a popular

tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari,

India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks

located about 500 meters east off mainland of

Vavathurai, India’s southernmost tip. It was built

in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is

said to have attained enlightenment on the rock.


Jukka Heinovirta

Matkaniva, Finland

To the Other Side

Canon EOS 50D 1/2s ISO800

Tassapon Vongkittipong

Bangkok, Thailand

Concrete Jungle

Nikon Df 290mm F/8 6s ISO50


Anthony Britten

Queensland, Australia

When Love Came to Stay

Nikon D3200 28mm F/7.1 1/125s ISO100

Zanele Nyembe

Tshwane, South Africa

Love Unconditional

Nikon D3200 38mm F/11 1/160s ISO100

Zanele Nyembe

Tshwane, South Africa

When Love Came to Stay

Nikon D3200 28mm F/7.1 1/125s ISO100


Julia Wimmerlin

La Côte, Switzerland

See The World Turn

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 40mm F/4 1/60s ISO320

Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

Three Generations

Nikon D810 24mm F/2.8 1/60s ISO220


Amit Nimade

Bhopal, India

Proud Parent

Nikon D750 ISO100

Sourabh Gandhi

New Delhi,India

Dattatreya Patra

Bhubaneshwar, India

Blessed In Banaras

Nikon D810 50mmF/4 1/250s ISO31

Sourabh Gandhi

New Delhi,India

Roadside Lullaby

Nikon D810 50mm F/1.6 1/60s ISO1000


Chhath Trio

Nikon D810 86mm F/4 1/320s ISO200

Sourabh Gandhi

New Delhi,India

Poker Face

Nikon D800E 85mm F/7.1 1/40s ISO640

Abbas Baig

New Delhi,India

Lady In The Window

Canon EOS 70D 50mm F/1.8 1/8000s ISO400


Paint Me Orange

Nikon D700 24mm F/2.8 1/20s ISO200

Thai Paradevatha Theyyam

Nikon D810 200mm F/2.8 1/200s ISO500


In The Shadows

Nikon D810 175mm F/2.8 1/200s ISO220

Theyyam Dance Festival

Theyyam festival, also known as Teyyam or Theyyattam, is a popular folk culture which is celebrated

majorly in the northern Malabar region of Kerala. Theyyam is also referred as a God where the people

of the region seek blessings from it. This culture dates back to almost 800 years and is associated not

only with Hinduism but also with Islam. Also called the “Dance of God”, it is a unique dance festival

where the dancers dress up and wear colorful make-ups and ornaments to imitate the mythological

figures of gods and demons. It is believed that there are as many as 400 forms of Theyyam, each

with their own unique style, music, choreography, make-up, costumes, etc. This festival showcases

performances such as drama, music and mime, celebrated from north Malabar to south Malabar.

This cultural festival is one of the most beautiful traditional festival in Kerala. Being a winter festival

running from December to April annually, it is a must place to be for cultural and photo enthusiasts.

Manish Lakhani, Photographer


Natalia Klenova

Arendonk, Belgium

Spiced Flavours

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 100mm F/6.3 1/160s ISO100


Natalia Klenova

Arendonk, Belgium

Blood Soup

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 50mm F/8 1/160s ISO100

Natalia Klenova

Arendonk, Belgium

Winelust

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 100mm F/6.3 1/160s ISO100

Natalia Klenova

Arendonk, Belgium

Fish Tails

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 100mm F/8 1/160s ISO100

Natalia Klenova

Arendonk, Belgium

Two To Tango

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 100mm F/7.1 1/160s ISO100


Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

HORNBILL FESTIVAL: Symbol Of Unity In Diversity

Hornbill Festival is the most awaited,

and anticipated festival for the people

of Nagaland. This festival symbolizes

solidarity which binds the inhabitants

of different tribes who come to a single

platform to showcase their culture and

traditions to the outside world. These

are the customs which they have been

following for centuries, and were passed

down to them by their ancestors.

The state of Nagaland is one of the smallest

states in India, which shares its borders with

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Burma, and

Manipur and is inhabited by 17 tribes which

are known for their unique and unorthodox

practices. Angami, Ao, Chakhesang,

Chang, Kachari, Khiamniungan, Konyak,

Kuki, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma,

Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchunger, and Zeme-

Liangmai (Zeliang) are the major tribes as

well as some of the subtribes are among the

few major participants.

This festival is celebrated in an open air

museum at the Naga Heritage Village,

Kisama which is located 12 kms to the

south of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

Being known as the ‘Festival of Festivals’,

this open-air museum offers a vibrant

culture of the 16 officially recognized

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tribes of Nagaland which are exhibited

with each tribe being represented in their

respective traditional houses or Morungs

(Youth dormitory). The festival is named

after the majestic hornbill, which has its

history rooted in most of the state’s tribal

folklores. All members of the different

tribes talk about the majestical stories of

this bird when they meet at the festival.

Traditionally, hornbill’s feathers are used

for display on headwear, which is made of

boar’s teeth and orchid stems.

This festival was the result of government’s

step to promote tourism in the state, with

an underlying objective of promoting the

rich heritage & culture to the world and

also to keep the tribal spirit ignited among

the people of Nagaland. Different tribes in

Nagaland enjoy myriad of festivals based

on their agrarian calendar which makes

it a land of festivals. Predominantly, the

economy of the state is dependent on

agriculture and is known for their principal

crops like rice, corn, millets, pulses,

tobacco, oilseeds, sugarcane, potatoes,

and fibre. Most of the festivals of tribals

in Nagaland revolves around agriculture

based on the harvesting of different crops.

Naga’s are also known for their highly

spirited and brave warriors who have

Will Kill You With My Smile

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gained the ability and art to conquer battles

for their tribes. This Festival is the biggest

celebration for all the indigenous warriors,

who had fought battles for the protection

and preservation of their tribes. On this

special event, songs are sung for all the

brave warriors. Each tribe in Nagaland

has their own traditional ceremonial

attire, including multi-colored spears,

ivory armlets, dyed goat’s hair, and exotic

headgears.

This festival is organised by the State

Tourism and Arts & Cultural Department

of Nagaland. This festival is celebrated every

year from 1st to December 10th with lots of

enthusiasm and religious spirit among the

members of each tribe. The place welcomes

tourists with full warmth and love at the

venue by addressing them with cultural

artistry, music, multi-cuisine, dances, and

Tushar Sharma

tushar@chiiz.com

Tushar Sharma is an

advocate by profession.

He believes that

“thoughts are not just

merely an expression of

someone’s idea, rather

they are a voice that brings a change and can

provide the world with a new perspective to think and

contemplate different ideas''


the Nagas. Another fact is that

each tribe has their own unique

cuisine so there are a number of

delicacies to try.

Hornbill festival boggles

the mind as it has attractive

distractions at every corner,

be it the film festival, cultural

performances, indigenous

games, craft bazaar, art, music,

literature, fashion events, the

intriguing Vintage Car Rally

and various other activities

including competitive shows.

The natives have kept their

traditions alive amidst the

changing times with great pride

of their respective ancestry.

Shiva Rajvanshi

Lucknow, India

games. The festival gathers festivities of all

different tribes of Nagaland at one place

under a common roof to cherish and enjoy

their different culture and tradition gifted

to them by their ancestors. The excitement

and fun gets doubled with lots of love

for music when you attend the Hornbill

International Rock Contest, wherein there

are regional, national, and international

bands who participate in it. The night of the

festival is followed by the amazing market

where one can go buy souvenirs, different

traditional clothing, and other handmade

products.

The significant idea behind organizing

this festival is to develop a sense of

belongingness among the various tribes of

Nagaland which

uniquely stands on

its own with their

rich culture and

traditions. Though

being a state with

less demographic

population per sq.

km, it has so much

to offer among

themselves from

their practices and

traditions.

mesmerized. The land of festivals is also

abode to great art and culture which makes

it amazing for visitors to explore traditional

clothing filled with vibrant colors, art on

canvas and tribal paintings which exhibit

the feeling of tradition and culture.

Be it for a pleasure seeker, history buff,

photo enthusiast or a foodie, this is an all

in one package. Tourists and visitors are

warmly welcomed to the land of festivals,

which was once fiercely protected by

brave warriors. One can participate in

the ‘Pork Fat Eating Competition’ or the

renowned ‘Naga Chilli (Bhut Jolokia)

Eating Competition’. A must try for the

visitors is the locally brewed Rice beer

(Zutho or Thuthse) which is famous among

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Apart from the festival, the

lands have been blessed with

natural and scenic beauty,

making it a tourist hotspot, which also

made its way to a traveler’s itinerary.

The land of uncontested wild and primeval

beauty will leave you in awe and solace as

the festival concludes. The ride through

the mountains cutting across green fields

with ever smiling people waving at you and

the hills covered in fog and the sound of

the tribal triumphant echoing within the

landscape will be all that you’ll miss in the

end. But always remember that behind all

this was a community who made it possible

for you to experience all that is obscure

under the canopy of its vast forest cover.

For those people

who have a love for

fusion of different

colors, this would

be something

which should

be experienced

as different

colors of clothes

and makeup

of performers

will leave you

Ramakrishnan Krishnan

Bangalore, India

Why So Serious?

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Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

Male Taurean

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Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

Generations Of Hope

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Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

King In The North East

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Shiva Rajvanshi

Lucknow, India

Games In The Wild

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Manish Lakhani

Gujarat, India

Battle Formations

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Swati Rawat

New Delhi, India

The Concepts Of Solo Travel:

Swati Rawat

T ravel.

One word, two syllables, and a deep

feeling of contentment at the core of your

being.

Just one word, when in action can suddenly

make your day a lot brighter.

One word, endless memories.

So much power…….all enclosed in just one

word!

The Solitary Reaper: Swati Rawat

swati@chiiz.com

Strange, isn’t it? How just a word can

instantly make you feel alive, a word as

powerful and lively as ‘love’. But would it be

fair to give the credit to just the characters

that arranged themselves to form this term

while forgetting the essence behind it’s

all so subjective meaning and associated

feelings? Maybe not, but travelling like

many great things, is easier said than done.

People always make plans, some for the

upcoming weeks, other for the coming

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years and many times, these eggs remain

unhatched and the undeveloped baby

never really comes out of their thin cracked

shells.

I don’t blame them. In this era where people

work hard not just to cope-up with each

other but with the evolving technologies

too, one hardly gets time to take out for

themselves, let alone travel. We get so

consumed in the process of creating a future

that we press a skip button for creating our

present. We trade our bucket full of travel

wishes with shabby procrastination and

we do it until we come face to face with

‘The Push’. Like many travellers, I too was

made familiar ‘The Push’ during my early

twenties and I had never been so grateful in

my life for such a horrid thing because if it

wasn’t for that, I would have never travelled

solo.

Being a 90’s kid, I witnessed the evolving

hues of life before and after the social media

apocalypse. In a digital era with ‘update’

overload where someone at some corner of

the world has something to share, you are in

a constant state of decision making of either

responding to the information (physically

or mentally) or completely ignoring it with

a down scroll. And when you are somebody

who’s fresh out of college, still trying to

figure out your place in the universe and

employed in an office where work is dull

and burdensome, every little new update

looks unnerving. My personal life was

draining down a spiralling rabbit hole and

I was getting consumed by the constant

hammering of existential crisis and a search

for self-identity - all in all, I was having a

millennial’s quarter life crisis at the age of

22. One day, I had a panic attack on my way

to work and I knew, this was a sign of my

mind yelling, It had ENOUGH.

And in this unconventional way, I met my

‘Push’.

I wanted to run away to the farthest

possible place as soon as possible but a

quick casual glimpse into my bank account

burst my hopes in the cold mid-air of

December, like a balloon crushed by some

angry kid and my soul gave an involuntary

cry whose low range mosquito frequency

was limited to my mind. As per my poor

calculations, I had money to afford only

two things out of the three - Transportation,

Accommodation, and Food. This thought

in itself was daunting enough to give me

another anxiety attack, but I knew I had to

get away and I had to do it before I lose my

mind.

So like any person standing on a tightrope

hanging between the chasm of sanity and

its other darker half, I started evaluating

my options. I made a list of close friends

and family residing at least 1000 kms away.

I didn’t hold myself back when the search

began. I pushed my callow ego to the

backdoors of my mind and included every

single person I had once called my friend.

As Hippocrates aptly puts it - ‘Desperate

times calls for desperate measures!’. I

forecasted that rejection would be inevitable

and mental preparations were needed to

cushion the blow. Within next couple of

months, there had to be a considerable leap

of physical distance between my past and

my then present, come what may.

It’s funny how we can reach out to the far

extents of our imagination in building

worst case scenarios when we approach

a long forgotten friend, while at the

same time we underestimate the power

of building meaningful relationships.

Almost every person responded with an

enthusiasm I could never fathom in my

wildest dreams. Most of them were happy

to hear from me and all of them welcomed

to accommodate me to their place for few

days. The silver lining was shining brighter

than I imagined and it only made me more

determined to take the next bold move, to

travel solo. Amongst the long list of replies,

there was a little blue notification from

my cousin. She was living in the lands of

palm beaches and corals and mangroves,

and I was already captivated with my vivid

imagination of white sand grains and the

passing cool breeze of the deep blue ocean.

My fingers couldn’t resist, and the next

thing I knew, I had a flight booked to the

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Andaman Islands.

I embarked on my first solo trip on 12th

January 2015 and that day I realised how

rudimentary my idea of the term ‘living’

had been ever since I gained consciousness,

up until now.

The minute we entered Andaman airspace,

my sight shot out of the window. I held my

breath and my world stopped. I fell in love,

I fell in love with that place and it was the

first time I ever realised that apart from

people, one could fall sincerely in love with

places too. That thought took few minutes

to sink in my practical and pessimistic

mind.

Andaman welcomed a scared, skeptic, lost

girl from Delhi, with a warmth of a mother

and it ushered me with the sheer revelation

of what it meant to be alive. Suddenly it

dawned on me, all the beautiful texts, vivid

imagery, stupendous stories that I ever saw

and read about people’s travel tales, this was

how they were revelling in the pure ecstasy

of life all along. I was tripping on this newly

found drug that my mind immediately

registered and in turn pumped up my brain

chemicals to bolster this escapade.

In hindsight, those twelve days

metamorphosed me into a better version of

myself, like a new human update installed

by my processor. But now that I think of

it, at what moment did it exactly happen?

Was it a cumulative result of the series of

events which unfolded with each passing

moment of that journey? Did it happen

on that evening when the freshly painted

shamrock bench at the end of the pavement

comforted me with the breathtaking view

of the setting sun? Or did it happen during

that refreshing afternoon I spent devouring

delicious prawns under the sky with

nothing but the sound of blowing wind

creating a mesmerizing symphony for me

to make my meal more enjoyable? I still

don’t know.

What I do know is that every street felt like

home and every person familiar. I found

myself in bits and pieces in the Islands I

visited, the sunsets I enjoyed, the travellers

I met, and the places I dusted with my

footprints. I connected to every narrow

passage and every passing picturesque

scenery. I found solace under the generous

shadow of ageing trees and met some

beautiful souls along the way.

It’s quite enthralling how a change in

horizon in your sight can literally change

the horizon of your perceived self, how

a place can make you weak in your knees

and wet your cheeks at the same time with

a smile on your face, how you can have

the most meaningful conversation with a

stranger knowing very well that you too

will share this intimate bond and then

shoot off to completely opposite directions

and most of all, it’s enthralling how these

events gets imprinted on your soul, forever.

Ever since then, I haven’t stopped. Even

though I have travelled to many places,

only a few of them being solo, I always

carry that discovered solitude within my

heart. I still see every new thing with the

vision of a child and experience the same

exhilaration on encountering beauty. I find

peace being with myself, contemplating

at natural and man-made marvels. I find

contentment in getting lost and discovering

unbeaten paths, off the map. Even if I’m not

able to create a luxurious life for myself in

the future, I’ll still be rich with my collected

tales and experiences.

My definition of ‘Travel’ has a spectrum

that reaches far out to the limits of this

world and myself.

One word, which upon embracing, can

set you on a path of self-discovery that’s

going to alter your physical, spiritual,

psychological, moral, and mental self.

Are you willing to find your own meaning

to it or are you going to wait for your ‘Push’

forever?

Raghav Khanna

New Delhi, India

Breathing Serenity

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Tips and Tricks:

Tilt Shift Photography

Tilt–shift photography is a really interesting form of photography that is catching up some interests now. It involves the use of camera

movements on small and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for

simulating a miniature scene.

Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp. Shift is used to adjust

the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel

lines when photographing tall buildings.

In photography, a perspective control lens allows the photographer to control the appearance of perspective

in the image; the lens can be moved parallel to the film, the terms PC and TS are also used by some

manufacturers to refer to this type of lens.

Short-focus perspective-control (PC) lenses (i.e., 17 mm through 35

mm) are used mostly in architectural photography. Longer focal lengths

may also be used in other applications such as landscape, product, and

closeup photography.

The first PC lens manufactured for an SLR camera in any format was

Nikon’s 1961 f/3.5 35 mm PC-Nikkor. Other manufacturers, including

Olympus, Pentax, Schneider Kreuznach (produced as well for Leica),

and Minolta, made their own versions of PC lenses. Olympus produced

-The 1961 35 mm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor lens—the first perspective

control lens for a 35 mm camera.

35 mm and 24 mm shift lenses. Canon currently offers 17 mm, 24 mm, 45 mm, and 90 mm tilt/shift

lenses, whereas Nikon currently offers 19 mm, 24 mm, 45 mm, and 85 mm PC lenses with tilt and

shift capability.

Shape control

With a PC lens, the camera’s back can be kept parallel to the subject while the lens is moved to achieve the desired positioning of the

subject in the image area.

Aperture control

Most SLR cameras provide automatic aperture control, which allows viewing and metering at the lens’s maximum aperture, stops the lens

down to the working aperture during exposure, and returns the lens to maximum aperture after exposure.

Tilt

Using tilt changes the shape of the depth of field (DoF). When the lens and image planes

are parallel, the DoF extends between parallel planes on either side of the PoF. With tilt or

swing, the DoF is wedge shaped. The DoF is zero at the apex, remains shallow at the edge

of the lens’s field of view, and increases with distance from the camera. The angular DoF

increases with lens f-number, the angular DoF decreases with increasing tilt.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Shift

Shift is a displacement of the lens parallel to the image plane that allows adjusting the

position of the subject in the image area without changing the camera angle; in effect the

camera can be aimed with the shift movement.

Nikon 24 mm lens which tilts (as seen above) and also shifts

Miniature Faking

Selective focus via tilt is often used to simulate a miniature scene, so much that “tilt-and-shift effect” has been used as a general term for

some miniature faking techniques. Basic digital post-processing techniques can give results similar to those achieved with tilt, and afford

greater flexibility and control, such as choosing the region that is sharp and the amount of blur for the unsharp regions. Moreover, these

choices can be made after the photograph is taken. One advanced technique, Smallgantics, is used for motion-pictures; it was first seen

in the 2006 Thom Yorke music video “Harrowdown Hill”, directed by Chel White. Artist Olivo Barbieri is well known for his miniaturefaking

skills in the 1990s. Artist Ben Thomas’s series Cityshrinker extended this concept to miniature faking major cities around the

world, one such example is in his first book, Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini (Chronicle Books, 2014), which depicts Tokyo in

miniature.

Applications

With a perspective control lens, however, the lens may be shifted upwards in

relation to the image area, placing more of the subject within the frame.

Another use of shifting is in taking pictures of a mirror. By moving the camera off

to one side of the mirror and shifting the lens in the opposite direction, an image of

the mirror can be captured without the reflection of the camera or photographer.

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Rishabh Jain

rishabh@chiiz .com

Youngest member and tech guy of the

team. He loves finding bugs not in

the backyard but in the servers. An

ardent soccer fan, Rishabh is also the

sports freak of chiiz.


Movie Review

City Of God

Cidade de Deus (Portugese)

Duration: 2hrs 10 mins.

IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

Released: 2002

Directed by Fernando Meirelles and

Katia Lund, the movie revolves around

the lives of some hoodlums in the Cidade

de Deus(City Of God), a slum(ghetto) in

the suburbs of Rio De Janeiro. The movie is

based on a novel by Paulo Lins, who grew up

in the City of God, somehow escaped it, and

spent eight years writing his book. A note at

the end says it is partly based on the life of

Wilson Rodriguez, a Brazilian photographer.

The tagline of the movie was, ‘Damned if you

do, damned if you don’t.’ The movie depicts

drug abuse, violent crime, and a boy’s struggle

to free himself from the slums’ grasp.

Plot Summary:

It starts with a rather more jovial scene of a party, when a chicken escapes and the whole gang runs after it with their guns drawn. They

end up being seized by the police, although the cops retreat and another gang jumps in headed by Knockout Ned(played by Seu Jorge,

the rival to Li’l Z, a major character in the movie.The character, Li’l Z, played by Leandro Firmino, portrays the role of a sadistic person

who enjoys killing people for no reason.

The movie has a furious energy to it and it never gets low. It gets more and more intense with every passing minute. Tender Trio, the very

first gang of the city, loots government and from business and share their loot with the residents of the ghetto, so they are liked by all and

no one speaks against them. The gangs have money and guns because they sell drugs and commit robberies. But they are not very rich

because their activities are limited to the City of God, where no one has much money.

Although the film is grim all the way, but it has a dash of coolness as well. Benny, played by Phellipe Haagensen, is the accomplice of Li’l

Z and the coolest hoodlum in the vicinity. He is loved by all and holds the gangs together upto some level.

Rocket, the narrator, wants to get away from the chaos of the ghetto, so he moves to the city. He obtains a (stolen) camera that he treasures

and takes pictures from his privileged position as a kid on the streets. He gets a job as an assistant on a newspaper delivery truck, asks a

photographer to develop his film, and is startled to see his portrait of an armed gang leader on the front page of the paper one day.

He, later on, joins the newspaper as a photographer since no other photographer was able to get in the ghetto because of all the raucous

amongst the gangs.

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Review:

The movie ends very well for everyone and

is a superb eye-opener. It narrates the tales

of people and their everyday fight to survive

in such a god forsaken place. The most

important lesson we get from the movie is

no matter what the circumstances are, it all

depends how you turn out to be. So, that’s all

it is about, survival of the fittest and not just

the bravest.

Prateek Kashyap

prateek@chiiz.com

A n

adventure seeker by heart,

his passion for photography

was ignited in the Great

Himalayas. Clicking clear

frames and solving the

mysteries of life, he just

wants to spend his time as a

confused photographer.


Gear Review:

Sony CyberShot HX350

S​ony has recently launched a new Cyber-shot HX350

camera with high zoom capabilities. The camera will

be available exclusively via Amazon for a price of Rs

28,990. The new high-zoom camera claims to pack in a

commendable performance into a compact body.

The camera comes with Carl ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T

coating lens which offers a 50x optical zoom capability

from 24mm wide-angle to 1200mm super-telephoto. It goes from wide to full zoom in a jiffy, and that too very smoothly. Complementing

the hardware, the Clear Image Zoom feature built-into the software further maximise the magnification to 100x. Further, the device

comes equipped with 20.4-megapixel high-resolution illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X imaging processor to provide

seamless and accurate image processing. The color of the photographs are very good, especially with the outdoor photography. The

camera can also handle indoor and low-light photography and videography efficiently, claims Sony.

We also get an Optical SteadyShot which prevents any kind of casual wobbles and camera shakes to help provide stable and steady shots.

This enables rapidly shifting of a group of lens elements to correct the slightest hand

tremors. Also, to record Full HD videos with maximum sharpness and blue-free

quality, Sony has given an Intelligent Active Mode inside. Talking about the video

recording, the new HX350 camera comes with a manual focus and zoom ring along

with an easily-accessible mode dial and a custom button for quick adjustment of

favourite settings. The camera comes with all the exposure options and also offer

24p shooting option. Also, the video capabilities are very good. It even comes with

a stereo microphone inbuilt. Given that, adding a zoom lens of this kind on a DSLR

would cost a bomb, this could end up being a good video camera option for those

who need the extra zoom to shoot birds or the moon. Another nifty little software

feature is the Motion Shot Video which can basically trace a tennis serve or golf

swing as a split-second series of superimposed images.

Coming to the viewfinder, we get a 7.5 cm (3.0-type) LCD screen with 921k dot resolution. It lacks precision and you will end up using

more of the screen almost all the times. It is quite a transition for DSLR users. Lastly, we also get the ability to connect the camera to a

4K TV with the support for TRILUMINOS Color on the device with BRAVIA TVs enhancing the overall viewing.

QUICK SPECIFICATIONS

Body type

SLR

Max resolution 5184 x 3456

Effective pixels

20 megapixels

Sensor type

BSI-CMOS

ISO Auto, 80-3200

(up to 12800 in Multi-Frame NR

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Focal length (equiv.) 24–1000 mm

Max aperture

F2.8–6.3

Articulated LCD Tilting

Screen size 3”

Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec

USB

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

Weight (inc. batteries) 652 g

Dimensions

130 x 93 x 103 mm

(5.12 x 3.66 x 4.06”)

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Born in India, Kaynat is an avid traveller and photographer. She decided to travel beyond the cliched

destinations and discover the new. Her enthusiasm to travel and love for writing finds expression in her

photography too. She has travelled 1,000,00 Kms in just 3 years. Kaynat’s passion for travel, writing and

photography paved way for ‘Rahagiri’, her blog. ‘Colors of India’, her solo debut exhibition celebrates the

rich culture, spectacular crafts & exotic artifacts, great traditions and rituals of India. In her experience,

she discovered the real India in the streets of old cities, in the smiles of innocent children running on streets,

in the skilled hands of the craftsmen, and in the eyes of the people who are beautiful from within.

Dr. Kaynat Kazi

kaynat@chiiz.com

The Tulip Bulbs:

Shining Bright in Paradise

I love tulips. Maybe that’s the reason

why, when spring arrives, my traveler

mind starts wandering in search of

tulips. I believe, deep inside me there

is a soul of a “Flower Hunter”. Last year

during spring, I was in Keukenhof,

Holland, to see the world’s largest tulip

garden. This time, I decided to visit

the Tulip Festival in Kashmir which

takes place in the month of April every

year. It is organized by the Kashmir

Tourism Board, which was opened in

2007. One will be surprised to know

that this tulip garden is the biggest tulip

garden in the whole of Asia. The Tulip

Festival takes place in Srinagar’s Indira

Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. Set at

the foothills of The Zabarwan Range,

the Botanical Garden spreads over 30

hectares of land, which is a feast to the

eyes.

Over 2 million tulips were on display

in the garden, with people from all over

the world visiting to catch a glimpse of

this beautiful sight. Kashmir, known

as the ‘Heaven on Earth’, was once

under the reign of the Mughal Empire

in the past, so one can see the Persian

influence on the designs of the gardens

as well. The terraced fashion gardens

were considered an essential part in the

Persian horticultural architecture. One

could see its influence on the Nishat

Bagh and Shalimar Gardens as well.

This garden which is open for a period

of 15 days to the crowds is a view which

will remain forever in the memory of

a visitor. The bulbs which are used to

cultivate the tulips are brought in from

Holland. As the festival culminates,

all the tulip bulbs are color-coded and

preserved with utmost care for the

next season. All this work takes place

under the expert eye of the floriculture

department.

Flowers are nature’s gift to us which

refreshes our mood and rejuvenates

us all. No matter what the mood of a

person is, flowers can bring a smile

on everyone’s face. According to a

recent study conducted by the State

University of New Jersey, people who

receive flowers or remain surrounded

by flowers, experienced a substantial

decrease in their stress level, they were

happier and contented. Flowers are also

the most powerful medium to express

our emotions, they say.

The magnificent tulips cover a long

distance from the great Himalayas to

Europe. In spite of being the national

flower of Netherlands, it is not a native

crop of Europe. It’s from the great

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Himalayas, which became a status symbol

for the people of Europe over a period of

time. The Europeans loved, cherished, and

made it an integral part of their culture.

Here in Srinagar, seeing these colorful

tulips, one can easily acknowledge the

amount of hard work & efforts put behind

to transform this land into a colorful and

vibrant meadow. No wonder Kashmir is

called a paradise on earth.

About the Garden

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip

garden is situated very close to Dal Lake,

giving it a spectacular look. This threetiered

tulip garden is home to around 60

varieties of tulips. Many fountains have

also been placed in the garden to make

the garden more splendid. There is a small

food point here too, where one can savor

typical Kashmiri foods like Bakarkhani,

chocolate cakes, and Kashmiri Kehwa. This

festival also showcases cultural programs,

Kashmiri folk songs, and an exhibition of

traditional handicrafts.

When to go

The Tulip Festival is organized every year in

the month of April at Indira Gandhi Tulip

Memorial Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir. The

dates are liable to change, due to weather

conditions. However, it is advisable that

you check the dates on the website of the

Kashmiri Tourism before planning a visit.

How to reach

Srinagar is well connected to various big

cities through air and roadways. If you wish

to travel by railways, then you can take a

train till Jammu, beyond which one has to

travel by road. And there are regular flights,

flying in and out of Srinagar.

Travel tips

Though India is pretty warm in the month

of April, the weather in Kashmir remains

pleasant. Chances of rainfall are high

too due to which the temperature drops.

Do check on the weather forecast before

working out on your plans.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III 35mm F/4 1/640s ISO160

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 105mm F/4 1/2000s ISO160

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 105mm F/4 1/1250s ISO160


App of The Month

VSCO: A sharing friendly editor

Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.4(Android), 4/5(iOS)

the month, this edition

Though there are numerous

choices available for photography

lovers these days, there’s always a

room for an app like VSCO Cam

which combines photo taking, photo

editing and photo sharing. With it’s

robust assortment of editing tools

producing elegant photo effects,

VSCO Cam makes it to Chiiz app of

The Oakland, California, based VSCO lets users use its gorgeous

filters and editing options to turn their otherwise boring pictures

into masterpieces. Plus, like instagram, you can create a profile

on VSCO Cam and follow other users, although it is essentially

a more artistic and curated version of Instagram. VSCO Cam,

which is available as a free app (with in-app filter purchases) on

both iOS and Android stores, is a great option among artistic

and photography-focused users. Its minimalist interface lets you

to create great-looking shots in only a few steps. It might take a

little time getting acclimatised to its over-simplified and wordless

iconographic interface, but once you learn its working, it is a joy

to use.

VSCO is a versatile app that lets you shoot with its built-in camera

interface while allowing you to import images from your phone’s

gallery. VSCO camera toolbar lets you toggle the flash, change the

display (you can select a square preview, ‘rule of thirds’ or nothing).

Though most of the features available on both iOS and Android

platforms are similar, but only iOS users can apply the two-finger

swipe to set different locations for focus and reading the exposure.

The iOS users also have access to a white balance lock which allows

them to apply the color temperature of one scene to another.

Editing Tools

The editing part of this app is where things get a little odd and

somewhat fascinating too. When you tap on a photo to edit it,

you’ll find a dozen of filters called “presets” that you can apply to

provide a different look to your pictures. These Presets doesn’t have

any fancy names — they’re simply called B3, F2, C3, P5, X1 and so

on — so you are expected to just try them out and see what you can

make out of it. Presets are not a one-tap and done affair, instead

they’re applied as layers and can be used in different intensities.

Going one step further, you can also edit “traditional” aspects of

your pictures like exposure, contrast, straighten, crop, sharpen,

saturation, highlights save, shadows save, color temperature,

tint and fade. With all of these tools, you could easily spend

hours editing photos for different looks. Edits that you apply are

completely non-destructive, meaning you can backup your last

edits — one at a time — or completely remove them all — even

after you’ve “saved” an image with edits to it.

Sharing

VSCO Cam also provides a Grid - its social network platform -

where you can browse photos, follow users and share pictures and

there’s no spammy likes, comments or other cruft getting in the

way like other platforms.

When you are finished working with your photos, you can share

them on other apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+,

email, etc. which are installed on your phone or tablet. While if

you share your images on VSCO’s Grid, it’s not necessary that they

will be displayed to the public because only high-quality images are

curated on the platform.

Chiiz Opinion

VSCO Cam is a great camera and editing app with a half-baked

online sharing experience bolted onto the side. The editing tools

and filters are better than what you’ll find in many other apps, and

most of the experience is free (you only need to pay for additional

filters). And while the sparse icon-driven UI is initially confusing,

it’s easy to figure out. VSCO needs only to find a way to smooth

the rough edges in its interface to be a truly essential camera app

alternative.

Joel Hiekha

joel@chiiz.com

A patient and an open minded guy, Joel is madly in

love with Electronic Dance Music. He is an ardent

game lover and a fashion enthusiast who loves to try

out latest trends.

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Her career at a glance:

Theater:

How important it is to be serious (Sessili)

Tartuffe (Marianne)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Germany)

It shines and does not heat (Reneva)

The Last Victim (Julia Pavlovna Turgina)

Wolves and sheep (Murzavetskaya, Anfusa

Tikhonovna)

The Old New Year (Dasha)

Tram Desire (Blanche Dubois)

Filmography:

The Last Face

Zemsky doctor

Fortune-teller

Dark World: Equilibrium

Practice

High kitchen

Cold front

Chiiz’s correspondent, ANJALI CHAUDHARY got in talks with

Tatiana about her preferences in world of fashion. Here is the

excerpt:

What does fashion mean to you?

I’m an actress, a loving wife and a happy mother of two. When

I have time I attend runway shows and fashion events. I watch

Fashion TV occasionally to stay in touch with what’s going on in

the fashion world. That’s it.

Model of The Month:

Tatiana Abramenko

Tatiana Abramenko was born on October 4, in the city of

Taganrog, Russia. Since childhood, she was fascinated by

theatre and cinema, and kept herself engaged in various dance

related activities. By the time she completed her school, she had

already planned to enter a theatre school, but in an agreement

with her family, she first had to graduate from Taganrog Radio

Engineering University, with major in Economics and Enterprise

Management.

Also donning an actor’s skills, Tatiana joined the Theater School

of Konstantin Raikin. Simultaneously, she was engaged in

modeling as well, which provided a nourishing environment and

an opportunity to perform on stage even while her studies were

going on.

She was also the winner of an Internet contest for “Best Fashion

Model”. She has worked globally in China, Korea, France, Italy,

Poland, Lithuania and Spain. In 2006, Tatiana was among the top

five finalists for Miss Russia and in 2008, she stood second in the

Italian contest, Miss Cinema. Again in 2011, she was named the

“Best Fashion Model 2011” by the popular fashion and lifestyle TV

channel, “Fashion TV”. Her debut in the movies took place in 2007

in the film, “The Last Slaughter”. She is happily married now, and

was blessed with a daughter in 2013, named Vika and very soon

she will become a mother of two.

Your favourite designer?

Christian Dior and Chanel. It’s classic, it’s always on point, and it’s

mesmerizing. Among Russian designers I like Ulyana Sergeenko,

Alexander Terekhov and Alena Akhmadullina.

What would be your ideal outfit for – a fun party/casual day out

with friends/hot date/a formal work setting?

For a party or any casual occasion I’d wear some jeans and top or

denim skirt with t-shirt and blazer. When you’re going to a friend's

gathering you can wear anything you want because it’s your people

and you should feel comfortable in all ways. When on a hot date,

it would be a sexy dress or skirt but nothing too much. The only

appropriate outfit for formal work meeting is strict costume either

with trousers or skirt plus white shirt.

A fragrance you swear by?

I like a lot of fragrances. These days I often wear Versace Bright

Crystal and Kenzo World Eau De Parfum. Right now I have Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle on me.

Three essentials of a man/woman’s wardrobe?

For a man it is pair of decent shoes, solid watch and tie. Woman

should have at least a pair of high heels, one black dress no matter

how short or long it is and a leather jacket. If it fits you well then,

you can wear it with anything. That’s why I consider it essential.

Anjali Chaudhary

anjali@chiiz.com

Although a portrait of innocence, she is our one of

the boldest member. She’s like a bird, ready to spread

her wings and fly, for living & learning, a celebration

in herself. She is sharp, quick-witted and discerning,

often a dreamer who sees her life as having a higher

purpose than simply earning a living.

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MakeUp Artist of The Month:

Pratishtha Arora

akeup is all about enhancing

‘Mone’s features, without making

them look plastic!!’

These are the beliefs of our very young

and talented makeup artist, Pratishtha

Arora.

She, so fondly, narrates the story of her

life to our correspondent, KANIKA

MAURYA.

Pratishtha is the founder of the makeup company, Rupasso that

provides one-stop makeup solutions for all the occasions like

weddings, editorials, pre-weddings, fashion shows and shoots.

Her achievements include working with big brands like En Vogue

Dubai, Kaltblut Magazine, MensXp, Clarions Miss Indian Diva,

Times Internet, etc.

From having a degree in philosophy to being the founder of

Rupasso, it’s a journey that surely had its ups and downs.

Recalling her time as a makeup student, she apprised us what a life

changing experience it was to finally learn what she loved. After

attaining a double certification in makeup artistry from Singapore

and Delhi, she further went on to doing her makeup diploma from

VTCT, London.

For her, it feels like a dream come true. Pratishtha says, “I was born

to do makeup. When I close my eyes, I don’t see the usual black,

it’s the rainbow rings dancing round in that void. And that’s how I

always knew I was born to play with colors.”

She worked as a senior makeup trainer with a well known

international academy before starting her very own successful

brand ‘Rupasso’ and still wishes to continue teaching makeup apart

from freelancing for fashion world, weddings and events. ‘Teaching

and Makeup have always resulted in a state of contentment for me,

and MSTC gave me the most blissful opportunity to be a makeup

teacher,’ she says.

Bridal makeup is her forte and Pratishtha feels that getting one’s

makeup done on their Big Day should be an experience in itself.

She is well known for her attention to detail and likes to work with

each one of her client to create a customized look that will bring

out the best in them. The whole process is definitely a collaboration

and the end result is a confident and gorgeous face.

This enthusiastic artist believes that half of the revenue she generates

from her work is purely emotional. It cannot be calculated in

monetary terms and solely depends on the satisfaction level of her

clients. “The bright accomplished smile on the faces of my brides is

my reward. And that confidence they get by looking at themselves

in the mirror makes all the difference.”, says Pratishtha.

On being questioned about the effects Rupasso brought with it and

how it has changed her life since, she so sincerely answered that

it gives her more power to exercise and more flexibility to work

with. She was very flattered when unexpected recognition started

coming her way and people started recognising her in public

through her work. “A girl just randomly came up to me while I

was out shopping and said, ‘you are Pratishtha, right? I have been

following your work on Insta and I just love what you do’, - I

couldn’t stop blushing”, she recalls with a smile.

Having a brand of her own is the biggest achievement for Pratishtha

so far. She nourishes Rupasso as a mother feeds her only child and

believes her busy schedule is a must in her life. ‘Sitting idle is just

not for me, it gets on me in a negative way!’

Out of her personal choices, Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, Morphe

and Urban Decay stand a steady ground as she keeps utmost trust

in these brands.

In her words, “It is important for people to follow their heart.

Things will fall in place but for that you need to work hard. Never

stop your practice, for it enhances your skills!!”

Kanika Maurya

Kanika@chiiz.com

Hit by wanderlust, Kanika is a hard core food addict.

A dancer who danced her way happily out of college,

Kanika is a photographer keen on capturing things

or moments that are majestic. When not capturing or

eating, Kanika is exploring places in and around delhi

with her friends.

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A Photo Series by Julia Wimmerlin

Paint It Snail

What do you think of snails? Snails

– the soft-bodied, thick-shelled

molluscs - which you must have seen in

and around ponds, rivers or at sea. Have

you ever thought of snails entering into

the makeup wardrobe and becoming

an inspiration to a fashion designer or a

makeup artist?

Julia Wimmerlin

Well, it’s very hard to put your thinking cap

and create a story around such a matter

but Julia Wimmerlin, a Ukrainian-born

photographer, used snails to portray her

creativity and imagination in her latest

“paint it snail” photography collection. She

chatted with SHEETAL MANN about how

she went on to create such masterpiece.

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Sheetal Mann

sheetal@chiiz.com

A silent tigress working up

her way against the societal

norms. One hell of an interior

designer for your beautiful

homes and thoughts, she is

quite an introvert and serenity

drips from her face.

Don’t Touch My Shoes

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 23mm F/11 1/160s ISO100

“Snails are known for leaving traces behind

them, and in a fantasy world, snails and

their traces could be multi-colored. ‘Paint it

Snail’ is a series of snapshots of this fantasy

world where snails would become makeup

artists, fashion designers and jewellery,”

says the award-winning photographer

Wimmerlin, in an email conversation

from Switzerland, where she is currently

residing.

Wimmerlin is a marketing professional

turned photographer who loves

photography as a whole and always brings

something personal whether it’s a business

portrait or a famous landmark. She believes

her strength is the creative approach with an

amalgamation of true emotions in them. In

her short but fairy tale-like career, she has

pushed all the boundaries of photography

to create images that are not only creatively

enthralling but tell stories of their own.

“The snail story was shot in studio and the

snail models come from around my house

in Switzerland as well as from the rural

areas in Alsace, France. The snails lived

with me for a few weeks whilst the series

was shot, and now I am an experienced

snails’ feeder and cleaner”, she replies with

a smiley face. “All colors on the model

– Anastasia Konetskaya – were painted

with acrylic paints and all the snails were

painted later in Photoshop. No snail was

harmed during the shoot. All snails were

let go next to a river on a rainy Swiss day

after the series was finished”. she explains

further on how she shot the story.

Wimmerlin, who won a silver medal in

Color Open category at International

Salon of Photography PhotoArtist 2016

for her ‘Snow Monkeys, believes that, in

her nearly self-taught career, she relied

a lot on her advertising and marketing

experience to construct an image. “First

there is an idea that can become a theme

for the series. It takes time for an idea

to settle and develop into a story that

later becomes a series of photographs.

Sometimes I make a detailed storyboard

of a hat on how each shot would look like

and other times I just go with a general

idea and mood and let the model find

her way,” she says while explaining how

she works around a story.

Her fashion portfolio includes

collaborations with famous Filipino

designer Pia Gladys Perey who enjoyed

an international uprising after dressing

Angelina Jolie. She has worked with Pia

Gladys Perey for her Junior Bridesmaids

and High Tea Collections, and

advertising images for Spring-Summer

Collection 2015 which were presented

at the World Fashion Week in Paris. Her

celebrity fashion portfolio also includes

collaboration with another Filipino actress

and model, Rhian Ramos.

The most prized accessory for her, while

on the shoot, is her ‘compact hood loupe’

without which she can’t live. “I can’t live

without it as it allows me to see the shot

on camera’s LCD magnified enough to see

some particular details, and shields the shot

from any ambient light that might influence

my perception of the shot,” replies National

Geographic & Vogue photographer,

Wimmerlin.

Wimmerlin has received 2 Honourable

Mentions at IPA’s (International

Photography Award) in One Shot Climate

Change Competition (2016). Her travel,

animal and creative photographs have

been published in various travel magazines

including National Geographic(USA),

National Geographic Travel(USA), Digital

Photo(UK), GEO(Germany, France), “DJI

Focus”(China), Animan(Switzerland),

Travelife(Philippines), travel section of

The Telegraph(UK), The Times(UK),

The Guardian(UK), Daily Star(UK),

Metro(UK), Le Matin(Switzerland), 20

minutes(France), etc. She is a regular

contributor to the PhotoVogue site of

Vogue Italia having several shots selected

as “Best Of ” and “Photo of the Day”.

Before Julia signed off to prepare for her

shoot, we managed to ask her if she had

to define the world in a single photograph,

what would it be? She took some time and

replied after few minutes, “Though I have

never thought about it, but if I were to

show the world in a single shot, it would

be a macro shot of one’s eye – you have the

whole world there”.


MakeUp Artists

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 200mm F/18 1/160s ISO160

Making Me Smile

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 100mm F/18 1/160s ISO200

Eye Shadows

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 100mm F/13 1/160s ISO100


Nail It Snail

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 168mm F/11 1/160s ISO100

The Necklace

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 115mm F/11 1/400s ISO100

Black Seam Tights

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 26mm F/11 1/160s ISO100

Bracelet Diaries

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 135mm F/14 1/160s ISO100


Group OF The Month

@yourshot_india

We

believe

t h a t

photography is not

just a talent, it’s a

lifestyle. Each one

of us experiences

moments which

we wish to absorb

and capture as it is, keeping them alive

forever.

It all began in 2016, when Arpit Verma (@

explorer_eye), 20, an engineering student

and a freelancer photographer decided to

set the page up on Instagram naming it @

yourshot_india. As the page soon gained

recognition and started getting bigger and

better, it was joined by Harsh Agrawal (@

harshagrawa.l), 20 and Malvika Srivastava

(@malvikasrivastava),20.

The basic idea behind @yourshot_india

is to surface the talents of budding

photographers and provide them a platform

to showcase their vision all over the world.

With the course of time more and more

photographers sent us their photos, used

our hashtags and tagged us in their photos

to get them featured on our Instagram page.

Also, we took to Instagram stories and

live session to share tips, suggestions and

resolve the queries of our followers enabling

us to connect better with them.

The love and appreciation we receive have

@kartik231987

helped us come so far and motivates us to

grow and work harder each day in the same

direction.

Our motive is to promote the art of

photography, introduce to this world the

best of photographers with the best of their

photos and to inspire and help others find a

photographer within themselves. .

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@vignesh_snaper

15mm F/2.8 1/160s ISO1600


Fashionista Behind The Camera

Tina Sokolovskaya

Starting with night clubs and ending up with Playboy Ukraine’s

magazine, this isn’t just luck, but it is when hard work pays off

and Tina Sokolovskaya surely has her way with it. This Ukraine

based photographer now works with celebrities, famous artists,

and singers all over the globe. BARKHA CHANDRA from Chiiz

gets in talk with her on her successful career and lots more.

When did you first think of becoming a photographer and how did

you get into fashion photography?

Since childhood, I liked the art of photography. I did my first

experiment when I was very young, and at the age of 17, I seriously

thought about photography as a profession and began to learn it.

I was a student, living in a city away from my parents and needed

money. But soon, my work w recognised and people began to

notice me. Magazines and Television channels started approaching

me to work with them. During the first 1 to 2 years, I chose to focus

mainly on portrait and fashion photography.

Also, tell us about all your beloved possessions and some tips for

fashion photography?

I love working with natural lighting and playing with shadows. I

always try to use all sources of natural light as much as possible,

and when I do not have it, I rent photo studios to avoid the impulse

flash as much as possible.

It is important to keep in mind that 90% of the results of a

beautiful photo is in the model itself. If you are just starting out

in photography, train with professional models. They know much

more about the work, as you can focus only on the process and

learn quicker. Also, all the best shots are spontaneous, so relax

and just have fun with what you do. Love your profession or your

hobby.

We hear a lot about the obstacles women face in the workforce, but

surely there are advantages. So what do you think are the benefits

of being a female photographers?

Perhaps my words will not

sound right, but I really

think that it is much easier

for men to succeed in this

profession than women.

In addition, men are more

enduring. A photographer’s

work implies that you work

for approximately 15 hours

a day without food, with

almost 20 kgs of equipments

behind you. Not everyone

can do it, but I myself think

that I’m strong enough to

take it. And of course, there

are also a lot of advantages of

being a female photographer.

Many female models are

very shy, so it makes it much

more comfortable for them

to work with fellow female

photographers, or in some

countries, for example, in the

United Arab Emirates, male

photographers are not allowed

to take the photographs of female models for religious reasons.

What do you consider the most important break in your career

and why?

I don’t know about the most important, but one of the last is my

photo “On the wave”, where a model is lying on the beach and the

wave is hugging her. It went viral in a matter of days after it was first

published, and has been published in more than 100 well-known

publications. It was a huge surprise for me.

What is the one quality that you possess as a Playboy Ukraine’s

Official Photographer that sets you apart?

I was invited to work in Playboy magazine because I have a special

ability of observation of the female body and my own style of post

production. I always preserve the naturalness, and do not like a lot

of photoshop on my photos. And at the same time, I try to show

only the best side of a female model.

What advice do you have for other female photographers who are

looking to get into photography?

The main advice that I can give them is to believe in themselves.

In the past few years, some of the goals that I had already achieved

seemed impossible to me, but by hard work, constant development

and self-confidence, it has helped me achieve what I wanted. The

main thing is to never stand still and always keep moving forward.

In 2014, when the war hit Ukraine, most of the cities were in state

of utter unrest. Tina had to move to Kiev from Donetsk, where she

basically had to start from scratch. After a year in Kiev, she moved

to Odessa, where she met a wonderful makeup artist name Vika,

with whom she is now practically inseparable at work.

Barkha Chandra

barkha@chiiz.com

She is the laughter dose of Team Chiiz currently

rocking up the PR dept. She is always high on life

and hooked to freedom. A great philosopher, living in

her own imaginary world as she juggles through the

highs and lows of life.

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“By the way, my famous pic “On the Wave” was made in Dubai.

This was an “accidental” shot. It was a usual commercial

shooting for our client from Latvia, we were on the beach, and

thou`ght to shoot some interesting. Nearby there was a bridge,

and I said: “Let me try to take a picture of you from above!”

The sea was just a little restless, there was a wave, and this shot

turned out. In fact, all the best is the result of the right moment.”

On The Wave

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I

n 2015, she was invited to become an official photographer for Playboy Ukraine’s magazine. Europe, Seychelles, Santorini and

Dubai are the major places for their photoshoots. Tina was contented when she talked about how most of the influential and

powerful people of Ukraine knows and trusts her work. We are proud that she could still hang on and be strong enough to start from

scratch even after the war devastated her home. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Dance Away

Nikon D200 105mm F/5 1/800s ISO100


Santorini Stories-1

Nikon D700 50mm F/7.1 1/800s ISO200

Heartthrobs

Nikon D700 105mm F/3.5 1/250s ISO280

A La Mode

Nikon D200 35mm F/3.5 1/100s ISO250


Santorini Stories-2

Nikon D700 50mm F/3.5 1/4000s ISO200

Santorini Stories-1

Nikon D700 50mm F/3.5 1/4000s ISO200


Sandeep MV

Bangalore, India

Meera Lost In Happiness

Canon EOS-1D X 50mm F/1.6 1/500s ISO100

Sandeep MV

Bangalore, India

Supermodels

Canon EOS-1D X 70mm F/2.8 1/80s ISO2000

Bernadette Newberry

Ohio, USA

Yellow Lips

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 75mm F/4 1/200s ISO100


ANDREY KELS

Andrey Kels was born in Siberia. Andrey was

introduced to photography by his parents at a

very small age, when they presented him with

the FED-3 film camera and taught him how

to develop and print photos. He really enjoys

working with black and white photographs in

the nude, as it portrays a certain charm and

atmosphere of the shot, without distracting

the viewer.


Cruising On High Tide

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm F/6.3 1/160s ISO100


Fading Footsteps

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 35mm F/2.5 1/3200s ISO100

Over The Bridge

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The Harp Effect

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Bernadette Newberry

Ohio, USA

Carry Me Home

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 28mm F/4 1/160s ISO100


Miss Lollipop

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Hips Don’t Lie

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Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Bedroom Pearls

Nikon D750 70mm F/2.8 1/125s ISO640

Nicole Hoschke

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Around The Mysticals

Nikon D750 58mm F/2.8 1/125s ISO640

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