“रंगुनी रंगात साऱ्या रंग माझा वेगळा! गुंतुनी गुंत्यात साऱ्या पाय माझा मोकळा!”
Even being lost in the crowd I’m still different and free from all chaos of the world. I have my different world of myself, my wanderers friends, gusty Sahyadri winds, and my camera… a different chemistry altogether.
म्हणजेच… आगळीच दुनिया आहे माझी…माझी भटकी टोळी (जगाच्या झगमगाटापासुन दूर, आपली वाट शोधणारी भटकी टोळी…), त्यातले मित्र, सह्याद्रीचा रानवारा अनि माझा camera मिळून एक रसायन बनलय…त्याचे नाव आहे: पंकज
कायम सह्याद्रीच्या कुशीत भटकंती…माज आणि मस्ती जिरवायला…
रोजच्या मीठ-भाकरी साठी संगणकाचा माऊस पुढे-मागे फिरवतो. बाकी सगळ्या गप्पा फोटो आणि ब्लॉगमधून होतीलच..
Middleware expert by profession, a passionate photographer and an avid traveler by choice. Trekking and traveling are my prime hobbies. I have found out a unique way of relieving stress on weekends, away from the world of AC and the PC. Proudly born and brought up in Maharashtra – the land of the mighty Sahyadri ranges, with abundance of offbeat trek routes, the land having a glorious history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and land of more than 370 forts jewels. I have completed more than 60 treks and bike journeys overing almost 50,000km on the untrodden paths in Sahyadri and the Konkan region, encompassing almost every corner of the western Maharashtra region. I have also completed a couple of coastal bike prowls of 1200kms each. I have explored almost the entire coastline of Maharashtra from Vasai to South Goa.
Photography as a hobby:
I have taken no formal education in photography, it came along with extensive traveling and trekking. It started with a point and shoot film camera nine years back, after which i shifted to a digital Kodak 3MP camera, then bought a couple of digital SLR bodies. After going through the different lenses available today, each having a unique optics technology, I have settled with 4 lenses appropriate for my work and couple of macro filters in my arsenal. Landscape photography is my most favorite genre followed by portrait and macro photography. Photography as a serious hobby started 4 years back with the purchase of a SLR camera and since then I have been learning continuously from my friends and fellow photographers from my group called Photographers@Pune. I strongly believe that learning is an endless journey and I keep on improving myself as and when possible.
Work and media:
Many of my Photographs have beeen published in a variety of media publications and exhibited in annual exhibitions held across Pune. I have been one of the official photographers for some unique events across Pune, like Vasantotsav, Pune Motocross Racing, Sakaal’s 1000smiles project and many more. I have been official photography competition judge for the Bhararti Vidyapeeth’s Intsiture of Management and Research. I am closely involved in running the largest passionate photography enthusiasts’ group of Pune having 2300 members, called Photographers@Pune and judge the photo entries for their annual exhibitions “Drushtikon” for successive three years. I have had the privilege to write a weekly travel article for a leading Marathi newspaper, ‘Sakaal’. I am also involved in managing a common platform especially for Marathi bloggers , called MarathiMandali.com. I also participated in the Bloggers Copyright conference conducted recently by the ‘Sakaal’ media group. I am also one of the awardees for the best blog in Star Maza’s Blog Maza competition.
Canon EOS-5D Mark II.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens.
Sony α NEX-5 with 18-55mm Lens
Canon EF 28-90mm Lens.
Raynox DCR-150 Macro SnapOn lens.
Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro SnapOn lens.
Canon Rebel Ti (35mm Film SLR).
Cosina CT 1 Super with Pentax 50mm f/2 SMC lens.
Prgrammable wireless remote for timelapse videos.
Remote Shutter Release Cable.
Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack.
Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW.
Tripod Manfrotto 190XPROB
Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head
Hoya Pro-1D Circular Polarizer Filter
B+W-Schneider 6stop ND Filter.
Intel Core i5 Processor, 16GB Memory, 2.5 TB + 0.5 TB Storage, 22″ HD Monitor and wireless desktop.
Kodak 6330 (Point and Shoot camera).
Nikon Coolpix L1 (Point and Shoot camera).
Canon EOS 350D.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm (Ultra Wide) lens.
Canon EF 50mm 1f/1.8 II Fixed lens.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens.
Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS (Tele) lens.
Sigma APO DG macro 70-300mm Lens.
KATA DC-441 Bag.
Lowepro Flipside 300 Backpack.