About Manmohan Verma
I am Manmohan Verma (Manu), always passionate to capture the beauty of nature in my camera. For living, I am an IT consultant who has so far spent more than 12 years in the IT industry. I am born and raised in beautiful state Himachal Pradesh, India. Currently settled in Sydney, Australia since 2010.
What gear do you use to take your photos?
- Canon 5D Mark IV, 16-35mm 2.8 IS III, 24-70mm 2.8 IS II, 70-200mm 2.8 IS II
- NISI 100mm V6 Filter kit with CPL, ND & Reverse Grade Filter
- SIRUI Tripod w-2204 + K-30 Ball Head
How did you start photography? What/Who inspires you?
My first photography experience was at the age of about 7 years when I clicked my first photo of my family & friends sitting in the garden of Taj Mahal Agra, India with a Yashica film camera. I still remember everyone was exhausted and the only person interested/excited to take that photo was me behind the camera. Finally after coming to Australia, I bought my first camera gear in 2013 and since then enjoying my photography journey. In Sydney my first sunrise was at Bondi beach with my friend. It was such an amazing sunrise which made me fall for sunrise photography. Since then I regularly enjoy sunrise landscape photography on weekends. Always been a nature lover, I love landscape photography.
Top 3 photo locations to shoot?
- Sunrise On Northern Beaches, my favourite spot is Turimetta Beach
- Anytime of day love to visit Bombo Headland, Kiama
- For Night photography love Sydney Opera House view from Kirribilli
Top 3 photo tips?
- For the beginner, try to learn more about your camera and its functions first. As they say, Ferrari can take you faster on road only if you know how to handle it.
- To improve your composition, on a given day I prefer to stick to one focal length or use a prime lens. It forces to move around the object and helps to find good compositions.
- There is nothing called as bad light, every condition has its own moment to shoot. Before the rain, you might get dark clouds to shoot and after rain we get puddles to get reflection. Go out and enjoy photography.
What has been your most memorable experience?
One recent experience is worth sharing with you all. It was a long time wish to capture the sunrise moment at one of the famous spot Figure 8 Pool. Almost 6 months back we planned to visit the spot during low tide conditions with high clouds sky. Early morning after an hour’s drive to Royal national park we found that the entry gate remains closed till morning and it’s not possible to visit the spot for sunrise. On that day we were a bit disappointed since we had planned for this a long back. We were still determined to find an alternative way. This time decided to do overnight camp in a nearby campsite which was around 3.5 km away. This was my first camping experience so it was all memorable experience from all the way buying a tent, learning how to set up and on the final day walking under stars to reach Figure 8 pool. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of sunlight under clouds. Believe me, walking back to the car park was another story. I did jump in excitement after getting the perfect shot of Figure 8 pool.