Rakesh is one of those oddball photographers who actually uses natural light for nearly all of his photography. He is in a small minority for the fact that he does not go hiking without his large format camera; it’s one of those old time box cameras like you have seen in pre-World War II films. Sure, Rakesh may bring his digital camera on the outings as well, but has found that nothing can match the image quality of the big film camera.
Most lightweight backpackers bring shelter, something to sleep in and a tiny point-and-click camera. Rakesh adds to that, a large metal box with bellows (pleated leather like on an accordion), several lenses, film the size of a postcard, and a sturdy tri-pod. It’s not uncommon for Rakesh to lug 60 lbs. of gear for 30 miles up the side of a mountain. It is worth it. For someone else, it might seem like a constraint, but he finds that it allows him to be more creative and get far better photos.
Rakesh’s clients appreciate his photographs for their vibrant color; range of tones; and exquisite detail. He often hears that the images are like windows that inspire the viewer to get outside. There are many photographers who do much of the image making after the photo is taken. That is one approach, but Rakesh does not rely on Photoshop or other software to create the gem, he uses Photoshop only to polish it.
Over the years, Rakesh hiked the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, The Grand Canyon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. His images reflect both the majesty and the intricacy that he loves about the natural world.
Learn more about Rakesh’s approach to nature photography by following the adventures on his blog.