I am a Landscape photographer who loves to find beauty close to home. This does not mean I am averse to travelling which I love so much but I do not wait till that happens. Most of my shots are taken in the Chicago neighborhoods but what I want to present through my shots are forest preserves, trails, neighborhood lakes that look surreal and dreamy. Just like any landscape photographer, I do not mind waking up in the middle of the night or early in the morning before sunrise to hit my scouted locations. I love to shoot into the light, rather than behind me as this always tells a story in the shot by creating a shape and form. I have all kinds of weather apps on my phone to track the weather yet I am not a storm chaser. I would rather wait for the sky to turn dramatic before I press the shutter and visit same place time and again to discover something new every time.

If I am shooting cityscapes, I apply the same concepts – dramatic light, patterns, light and shadows, minimalism. I guess follow the recipe and not much can go wrong.

I am not much of a street shooter but I absolutely love people who do those effectively that tells a story. Every now and then I get motivated to shoot that style too, applying the same principles of light. I am not sure that is the right way or not but photography being so subjective, you never know what you create till you start doing it.

Some of the photographers that I follow are Sean Bagshaw, Alex Noriega, Michael Frye. All of them are great landscape photographers and amazing teachers. If you are into landscape photography, I am sure you heard about them anyways and if not follow them wherever you can.

Oh, one more thing – I do not believe any shot straight out of the camera (SOOC). To me shooting RAW and post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop is part of the entire photographic process.

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Thank You.

Ratul Maiti