I had a very pleasant surprise this week, when I brought in the mail.
My online friend whom I’ve never met Jo Chopra McGowan sent me their Karuna Vihar Foundation calendar.
It brings me joy to look at the kind of work she does not just as an administrator but as a photographer documenting the clients in the foundation.
I see her becoming more and more aware of light.
Her portrait of her daughter Moy Moy is such an example.
It has contrasty dramatic lighting with highlights and shadows mostly.
Also known as low-key portraits, this sort of light have been emulated for centuries by the European art masters because those highlights and shadows create depth on a 2-dimension canvas.
I can see Jo takes a lot of time to choose the quotes and verses of poetry they use with each picture unlike my terrible captions usually done in haste.
Please consider a donation to this wonderful foundation in Dehra Dun, India.
The cost of this calendar is $20 and it barely covers the cost, keep in mind, the cost of postage.
Jo has changed the aspect ratio of the pictures this year to more vertical format compared to last year’s calendar,it works and looks great.
If you prefer to write a check, make the check out to “Indians for Collective Action,” don’t forget to write in the memo section, “Latika Roy Foundation“.
The mailing address is:
3838 Mumford Place
Palo Alto CA 94306
Take a look at the wider shot and you’ll see the placement of my Speedlite.
There is a big picture window on the left with sun shining directly in.
I attached a grid spot and a color temperature orange gel (to match the early morning sunlight) and aimed the light on Shiva because I didn’t want the light to spill all over .
The white sheet close to the Speedlite would have been totally over-exposed without this grid spot.