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Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 5D MKII, Canon 5D
Canon 7D, Canon 50D, Canon 20D,
Canon 10D, Canon D30
Canon EF-s 10-22 F3.5-5.6
Canon EF 17-40 F4 L
Canon EF 28-70 F2.8 L
Canon EF 135 F2 L
Canon EF 180 F3.5L Macro
Canon 70-200 IS F4L
Hoya Multicoated Circular Polarizer
HiTech 0.6, 0.9 ND Soft Grad
HiTech 0.6 ND Hard Grad
HiTech 1.2 ND
Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood on numerous trips to some of the most breathtaking locations on the Indian subcontinent. His passion for such magnificent places now manifests itself in a continuous search to capture nature’s majesty with his camera. Jay’s career in photography began in the summer of 2001 when he purchased his first digital SLR. In subsequent years, he spent much time reading photographic magazines and Internet articles and studying the styles of great landscape photographers. He has had no formal education or training in photography.
Although Jay produces most of his work in rich vibrant colors, he also enjoys the creativity and latitude offered by B/W photography in digital format. His photographs try to capture both the physical and emotional nature of light. “Light in nature takes on astonishingly diverse shapes, forms and colors that allow us to interact with the world around us. The calm deep blue of twilight, the dynamic fiery red glow of lava, the piercing beams of sun breaking through the clouds, and the soft romantic moonlight reflected in a glacial lake all affect our mood, our feelings and our very outlook on life”. It is this physical and emotional nature of light that he passionately struggles to capture through his photographs. He is well aware, however, that his photographs can convey only so much of the wonder as it is beyond his abilities to replicate the awe and magnificence of the natural world. He is not sure his efforts will endure the test of time, but he certainly hopes they will provide inspiration for others who may also try to capture the nature of light.