RAMMOHAN  PARANJAPE

PHOTOGRAPHER
SURF     TRAVEL     ADVENTURE      EXTREME SPORTS

 

Ladakh 2013

ABOUT ME

I'm fortunate to have extensively traveled and documented some amazing expeditions and adventures across India. Offbeat landscapes, ocean and extreme adventures inspire my work.
REDBULL      SURFER MAGAZINE      BANGALORE MIRROR

TRAVEL INDIA

Extraordinary things to do, see and experience at every step.

EXTREME SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Watchout! You'll either miss-out on a great shot or hurt yourself.

SURFING IN INDIA

One of the least explored surf destinations in the world - A surfers paradise with no crowds.

PEOPLE & CULTURE OF INDIA

Forget time-lapses. These are age old traditions, slowly adjusting to the contemporary world.

Extreme Sports Photography

Extreme sports photography isn't just about capturing fast paced action shots of athletes but capturing the essence of their emotions, endeavour and determination with great technical and artistic skills. India is still warming up to various extreme sports and only a handful of younger generation have taken unto surfing, skateboarding, BMX, mountain biking, parkour and various other water & mountain sports. 

Amidst the growing number of extreme sport athletes in India there is a dearth for talented photographers to document the growing movement. To be a successful extreme sports photographer it requires 100% commitment from a photographer who is ready to risk all and sweat as much as athletes do. 

Great action images are produced by anticipating and getting as close to the action as possible with creative angles for stunning compositions and using light to your advantage to highlight the athlete in action. Other techniques like burst mode, motion blur and being able to shoot proficiently on land, water and air helps to cover most of the extreme sports.

Extreme sports photography is definitely not for the faint-hearted and have a certain amount of danger involved. There are great heights, depths, speed and stunts involved. Only a genuine interest in extreme sports can make a photographer successful in this field. 

 

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People and Culture of India

People and culture of India is largely diverse and complex. It is the second most populous country in the world after China. India, it is often said, isn't a country but a continent.

India's rich culture and history goes back to many thousands of years and it's among one of the world's oldest civilizations which still continues to exist. With it's vast expanse of geographical features, India is widely divided by different cultures, people, languages, religions, food and art. But such diverse features of India is again united by the spirit of 'Unity in Diversity' and the concept of multi-cultural society. Indians are largely peaceful and tolerant people.

People of India practice major religions & faiths, Hinduism being the major one. Followed by Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. Indian food is also heavily influenced by region, cultural and religious choices. Vegetarian diet is widely practiced amongst many Hindus and is a growing dietary trend in Indian society. Indian cuisine has also been heavily influenced by foreign invasions, trade and colonialism. Indian spices have also influenced other Asian and European cuisines during the pre-colonial times.

India's history and culture is rich of abundant art and architecture found through out the subcontinent of India. Many forms of arts and architecture are indigenous and pre-dominantly religious themes. Ajanta and Ellora, Stupas of Sanchi and Sarnath are fine examples of ancient India's art and architecture. The Hoysalas, Cholas, Pallavas and Vijayanagara rulers also contributed heavily to the South Indian arts & architecture. Some of the regional kingdoms too developed their own style of art and architecture in places like Orissa which made a remarkable contribution to India's art and architecture heritage. India's art and architecture has also been heavily influenced by invading foreign rulers from Greeks to Persians, Central Asian rulers and up until to Colonial era.

Performing arts such as dance, drama, music and theatre have also been a part of India's rich culture and heritage since time immemorial and is admired around the world for its exquisiteness.

Other cultural aspects of Indians include festivals, Indian clothing, jewellery, education and movies which are unique and play an important role in every Indian, irrespective of their diversities.

 

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Surfing in India

India is the new surfing frontier and one of the most sought after destinations amongst surfers looking for uncrowded swells. 

Surfing in India is becoming an active lifestyle and a popular water sport activity amongst various sections of society from young to old. Currently, it has about couple hundred active community of surfers spread throughout southern coastline of India. 

India with it's vast coastline of 7,200 Kms offers plenty of gentle waves for beginners and big fast reef breaks for Intermediate & advanced surfers. 

Surfing Federation of India is the National Governing Body of surfing in India recognised by International Surfing Association. The organisation is responsible for the growth and development of surfing in India. 

Over the years, India has got plenty of global attention in the surfing world through popular surf magazines i.e Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Surf Europe and other popular lifestyle and travel magazines. Iconic surf film maker Taylor Steele also shot his famed surf movie 'Castles in the Sky' in India with pro surfers Dave Rastovich, Kalani Robb, Mitch Coleburn and Craig Anderson. And I've had the great pleasure of photographing them all. 

Surfing in India is going to become even more popular in the next few years through celebrities, T.V. shows and Bollywood embracing the sport. India will also be regularly hosting many national and international surfing events to popularise the sport of surfing in India and bring international exposure and surf tourism to the country. 

 

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Indian Landscapes

India is considered as a sub-continent on it's own due to it's vast geographical and cultural diversity. India is a land of striking contrasts. The northern most region of India is bounded by the mighty Himalayan ranges and some of the tallest peaks in the world. Indian Himalayan Range spans across ten states of India. The region is responsible for providing water to a large part of the Indian sub-continent and contains varied flora & fauna. Indian Himalayan ranges can be divided into Greater Himalayas (Himadri), Lesser Himalayas (Himanchal) and Outer Himalayas (Siwaliks). I've had the great pleasure of photographing the record setting Stand Up Paddle expedition in bone chilling river amongst the Himalayas. 

If the Himalayan ranges form an everlasting impression in one's mind, so do the vast Gangetic plains and numerous rivers of India. Civilisations began around these rivers and deltas many thousands of years ago and cease to continue today. The region is dominated by three main rivers, the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. These rivers are an integral part of national identity, culture and customs for many Indians. Indo-Gangetic plain is the world's most intensely farmed areas and also the most densely populated regions of the world. 

The significant portion of Western India is covered by Thar Desert, which is the world's seventh largest desert. Most of the Thar desert is situated in Rajasthan. The region has retained it's own distinct culture and heritage over many centuries. 

Southern India is dominated by Deccan Plateau flanked by Western and Eastern ghats which consists of tropical rain forests and home to many amazing wildlife sanctuaries. Many rivers such as Krishna, Godavari, Narmada and Cauvery takes birth in the slopes of Western and Eastern Ghats fed by heavy south-western and south-eastern monsoons which acts as a lifeline to the people of this region. All Deccan Plateau rivers depend on rains and dry up in the summer. 

 

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Travel India

India, for first time visitors and long term residents alike, can be a powerful assault on the senses - noisy, frenetic, vibrant, and chaotic; a land of incredible contrasts and paradoxes. And yet, underlying the contrasts, there are patterns of continuity, an indefinable essence that is quintessentially Indian.

Overwhelming at first, this country of a billion people and “a million mutinies” can gradually unfold rare delights. You may find it in the centuries old temples, tombs and forts; in the exquisite crafts still made in the traditional way; in the bustle and aromas of bazaars; or in the sudden glimpses of serene beauty that filter through the chaos.

Much of India’s fascination lies in the fact that it is both a young nation and an ancient country rolled into one, where the past and the present constantly collide. People of love India love celebrations, every nook and corner of the country if filled with innumerable festivities and social events of various religious diversities. 

India, as it opens up to a globalized world, still has it roots firmly in it’s history and culture that still awes and fascinates the many who visit.  

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I   MY CANON

CAMERA

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Go Pro 4 Black Edition
  • DJI Phantom Vision+ 2

LENSE

  • 18-200 mm f/3 5 - f/5 6
  • 70-200 mm f/2.8
  • 50 mm f/1.8
  • 60 mm f/2.8 (macro)
  • 100-400 mm f/4.5 - f/5.6
  • 28-300 mm f/3.5-f/5.6
  • 10-22 mm f/3.5-f/4.5

ACCESSORIES

  • KNEKT GP4 Trigger
  • KSD6 Dome Port
  • Canon Speedlite 580X II
  • Manfrotto 055XPROB
  • Apple Mac Book Pro 15"
  • Apple iMac 24"

SOFTWARES

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple Apperture
  • GoPro Studio

 

 

 

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