Ordinary People with Extraordinary Dreams!
INSIGHTS INTO THE PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE OF NATIONAL AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER – SHRIKANT SHIMPI : IN HIS OWN WORDS.
I am sharing a little piece of my photography schedule from the last summer since I always get requests from a lot of people. People keep on asking how I manage my schedule. Well, here’s how I do it.
Exploring the Sahyadri Mountains will never fade away from my mind. I will always be in search of epic adventures and untamed wilderness. Alongside, I also do weddings as it provides with a much needed source of income to help survive a life of a wanderer that I am most attracted towards.
Here is a sneak peek of my schedule from last summer
Day 01 Sunday : Wedding shoot at Surat
Day 02 Monday : Back to Pune
Day 03 Tuesday : Bike ride, Trek & Night shoot at Harishchandragad with Abhishek Gore
Day 04 Wednesday : Ride back to Pune from Harishchandragad
Day 05 Thursday : Night drive & milky way shoot at Pawana with Vishal Naikwadi & Pravin Murkute.
Day 06 Friday : Back to Pune after morning shoot
Day 07 Saturday : Trek to Rajgad fort & night shoot with Kamal Varma
Day 08 Sunday : Back from Rajgad, attended afternoon function @ Pune, off to Rayling pathar & night camping with Vishal Khairnar
Day 09 Monday : Morning @ Rayling pathar & back to home
Day 10 Tuesday : Off to Hyderabad for a 3 days wedding shot
This is pretty much the story once or twice in every month. In fact, months or weeks were never a benchmark for me. I will be happy with such a schedule all the time. I always feel that, there are so many things to do in life but time is limited.
Interestingly, in photography perfect timing is very important. I love to capture the environment I witness and that is why I love landscape photography. I equally love to shoot star trails and the Milky Way in the night.
If you want to take landscape photos in the Sahyadri Mountains, the month of May and September is the best to do it. Let’s come to my schedule again.
Last summer the mercury was extremely high and I was quite busy with a wedding assignment, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to shoot in the beautiful Sahyadri either.
So I completed a 2 days wedding assignment in Surat on Monday and immediately on the next day I moved with my friend Abhishek Gore to Harishchandragad.
After a 190 Kilometer bike ride and a hot summer trek, we reached to Kokan Kada of Harishchandragad. Since it was a weekday there was nobody else on the fort, the whole world was ours to explore…We reached kokan kada by the evening.
Bhaskar’s parents warmly welcomed us in their small hut. It is always a pleasure to visit Bhaskar’s family as we have become familiar with each other. It was my 3rd visit in a month to Harishchandragad. Next day, after Sunset, Sunrise and a Milky Way shoot we returned back to Pune.
Again, on the very next day (Thursday night) we went to Pawana for a night shoot with Vishal Naikwadi & Pravin Murkute. We were back home by Friday afternoon and the rest of the day was spent at home.
On Saturday, I went to Rajgad fort for the weekend shoot with my friend Kamal Verma.
We started the trek in the afternoon summer heat, so it was a really hectic trek up the fort… We camped at Bale Killa and returned home the next day that is Sunday afternoon.
After returning back to Pune I attended a function in Pune and called up Vishal Khairnar for a night shoot and trek to Rayling pathar. We left at 11 pm in the night and Vishal was really excited as he was outing after a long time.
The weather was foggy and it was almost a no visibility drive to Rayling pathar. I must admit, Vishal was a bit scared due to the darkness and also of roaming in a no man’s land but I motivated him to calm down and enjoy every process.
At 2:30 am we pitched the tent. To our astonishment, the valley was entirely covered with fog and the Milky Way was clearly visible to the naked eye.
We could witness the beauty of Milky Way and millions of stars in unforgettable moments. It was a really an out of the world experience. Not only we shot amazing pictures in the night, the next morning shoot was great as well.
Raigad and many peaks were coming out of the blanket of the fog basking in the golden shower of sun’s rays. I was waiting for this rare moment from a very long time.
I had visited this place several times before in search of this beautiful moment. Finally my thirst has been quenched.
After a day’s rest, I moved to Hyderabad for a wedding shoot. Though it was a really hectic week, it tested me physically and mentally. I am only happy to have come out with a more refreshed mind and body.
I am glad to have spent those days exploring the Sahyadris. Getting good pictures is no simple task for me. At the same time I have to beat myself and improve as a photographer.
I do not like to be bound by schedules to improve my capabilities. With such an attitude and a camera in my hand, I am pretty much unstoppable. After all, what do people live for? Their dreams… Well, I have a dream too and I am going to do all it takes to live it.