Anil Joshi, ePHOTOzine member Shutterplanet
, was shortlisted in the 2013 HIPA competition for his image of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Here, we find out more about him and his winning image.
Image © Anil Joshi
How did you get into photography?
I started serious photography around 3 years ago. Before I started, I used to join my friends who were into photography on photo walks mainly in the forests and woodlands. Basically, I come from a medical background and work as an ENT surgeon in London where I find attention to details is quite important, similar to that in photography. I guess that helped me subconsciously. I started developing an interest and bought my first kit straight away.
Congratulations on having images shortlisted in the HIPA 2013 competition! Can you tell us a bit about how you took the image of the London 2012 games opening ceremony?
Thank you. It is an interesting story about the picture that got into the HIPA 2013 finals. I had planned for this for months as I live close to the Olympic site in East London. I was part of the Industrial Revolution segment of the Olympic Opening Ceremony of London 2012 under Danny Boyle's direction.
I had to complete my act in the ceremony by around 10pm and run back home to get changed and start taking pictures with my camera already mounted on a tripod and all the settings ready! I took a lot of fireworks shots towards the end of the ceremony but the laser beams that shone from below at the very end just took my breath away and I used that shot.
How did you hear about HIPA? What drove you to enter?
I had first heard about HIPA a year before on ePHOTOzine in the competition section. I was quite busy with my exams towards the end of 2012 and hence couldn't apply. However for the 2013 competition, I looked at their theme 'Creating the future'. This photo fitted appropriately as we had the games tagline of 'games inspiring future generations'. I was quite happy that my photo got into the finals out of over 26,000 photographers and 36,000 photos from 156 countries!
What equipment do you use and why do you like it?
My kit is mainly Canon products. During my initial period of photography I went for Canon as most of my friends had that brand and we could interchange lenses on our trips! Later on, I suppose I got used to Canon cameras and obviously you build your kit over the foundation of what you already have.
What would you say is your favourite genre of photography?
My genre is mainly landscape photography with cityscape and architectural during my travels as well. Occasionally I have tried with street and wildlife photography just to vary my interests.
If you could give three top tips to an aspiring landscape photographer, what would they be?
It sounds cliched but I believe in the saying: 'the harder you try, the luckier you get'. I have always found that I have got my best shots when I have gone that extra mile (sometimes quite literally!).
Correct settings on the camera and compositions are obviously quite important but it's the connection that you make with the audience over and above that is something quite difficult to achieve. I am still working on that.
Also, always blow up the photo, put it on the wall and see if it's something you'd buy. If it is, then use that shot!
HIPA's 2014 photo competition, with a theme of 'Life in Colour' is now open. For more information and to register, take a look at the HIPA website