Selected photographs shot over the last six years

When I tried to select some photographs from among the photos that I had shot over the years, I’ve discovered myself to be mainly a event-photographer.

I consider myself a true nature lover and wildlife enthusiast. However, my photos do not reflect that much.

Organizing these photos had made me to refocus on what I consider myself to be. Nevertheless, these photos carry a lot of emotional values. As I look at them, they literally take me to the exact moments they were shot. I loved revisiting those old memories while compiling this post. Hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting.

_MG_0524
Detroit skyline at night from Windsor, ON, Canada. It was little chilly out there when I drove to the riverside at night only to photograph the skyline. The river was unusually calm at that time. The camera was positioned on the roof of my car and a 6 second exposure did the rest. This is my one of the earlier photos that is somewhat presentable. Photo dated September 2008.

_MG_0661
Painted Turtle at Ojibway Nature Park, Windsor, ON, Canada. I had to crawl quietly so not to scare the turtle and get close as much as possible. Used the longest end of my 28-135 mm zoom lens. Dated October 2008.

_MG_1103
December 2008. Waiting for another Winter storm in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Pre-phase of the snow storm that swept through Southern Ontario with a snowfall amount of 15-20 cm. Photo was taken handheld 40 minutes after midnight with 1/5 exposure and ISO 1600.

Ambassador Bridge on 31st December 2008
Taken on 31st December 2008, and posted on 1st January 2009. This bridge constructed over Detroit river connects Canadian Windsor and Detroit city of Michigan, USA. Its a three-shot panorama shot with a tripod. Processing was not so great but still a keeper for me considering how cold it was at that time.

_MG_1147
Beautiful Niagara falls at night. Photo was shot hand held, but I do not remember the exposure. For some reason, Flickr page is not showing the EXIF data. Dated December 2008.

_MG_2181
Ojibway Nature Park, Windsor, ON, Canada in May 2009. This photo reminds me of a beautiful and inviting afternoon at the nature park. Wish I could go there again.

_MG_2190
Look at her camouflage! Eastern Screech-Owl at Ojibway Nature Park, Windsor, ON, Canada. May 2009.

_MG_2712
A watchful white tailed deer, exactly looking at my camera at a distance of over 50 meters. University of Toronto at Mississauga, ON, Canada. June 2009.

_MG_2643
Possible only in Canada! On the wall of South building, University of Toronto at Mississauga, ON, Canada. June 2009.

Fireworks over Detroit River
Fireworks over Detroit River, MI, USA as seen from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Photo dated Jun 24, 2009. Canon EOS 40D with 28-135 IS USM lens.

Detroit skyline from Windsor, ON
Detroit skyline as seen from Windsor, ON, Canada. Photo dated July 8, 2009. Taken with Canon EOS 40D, EF 28-135 F/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Made with three bracketed shots post processed in DPP.

Paan-Shupari
Paan and shupari (Betel leaf and Areca nut) is a traditional palate cleanser usually served for guests as a sign of hospitality in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries. In some part of Bangladesh, paan is served after the dinner as a palate cleanser and breath freshener.

Photo taken at Tanvir bhai’s home, after the dinner on July 23, 2009.

IMG_4359
This place, this location, these items, and their owners– all are there except the moments when this photo was captured in the October of 2009. Recently, I’ve re-processed and posted on Flickr.

IMG_4388
Colors of Fall on a lovely afternoon somewhere near the intersection of Askin and University Ave, Windsor, ON, Canada. Photo dated October 25, 2009.

World Environment Day 2011 (IMG_6549)
World Environment Day 2011. A squirrel eating water melon at Mic Mac park on a humid summer afternoon. Photo dated June 4, 2011, Windsor, ON, Canada

_MG_9062
Varieties of vorta — a traditional smashed food common in Bangladesh. Celebrating Bangla new year 1419. Photo dated April 14, 2012

_MG_0254
একদিন আমি এই পথ দিয়ে হেঁটেছিলাম – Once I walked on this path. Miner’s castle at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI, USA. September 2012.

O Canada (Goose)
O Canada (Goose). Green Bay, Wisconsin. May 5, 2013

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern at Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Dated May 2013

বাংলাদেশের পিঠা
Pitha (traditional cake) Festival, Colorado, USA. December 22, 2013

_MG_2573
Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo, Denver Colorado, USA. Photo dated December 31, 2013

IMG_0035
It was 1 F (-17 C ) outside when this family–enjoying the sun inside was caught on camera. Denver, Colorado, USA. February 2014

IMG_3609
Estes Park–on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA. This park has over 415 square miles of protected mountain terrain with a huge network of hiking trails & wildlife. May 2014.

Lookout Mountain in Golden (Edited by Mustafizur Rahman)
Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado, USA (Edited by Mustafizur Rahman). October, 2014

American Pelican at Carpenter Park
American Pelican at Carpenter Park. I had literally a split of a second to decide about the composition. The end result is very satisfying to me :) Thornton, Colorado, USA, September 2014

The Denver Cheetah!

The Denver Cheetah! This cheetah at Denver Zoo never disappoints a photographer. Whenever I visit the zoo, I always stop by its enclosure and it will always be there to pose for me (and others). It would look from left to right making eye contact with everyone out there. A great animal for portraiture. I love him. March 2014.

Flamingo and her chick
Flamingo and her chick. There were two chicks among a flock of flamingos. This is one of them with its mother. August 2014.

Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child. August 2014

Moon photo taken on September 3, 2014
This is my first moon photo! I was really excited to see how the shot would come out. And it turned out satisfactory!. 420 mm is not long enough for moon photography but cropping had solved the problem and I’ve got a reasonably clear moon shot. September 2014.

The Watermelon Rock
The unofficial watermelon rock at the Carpenter Park, Thornton, Colorado, USA. The name was given by my 10-year old daughter. September 2014

I was walking by the lake and suddenly it caught my attention. It was among many such rocks placed around the lake. However, this one looks special because of moss build-up near its bottom. And the setting sun has made it look all different. I am glad that I was there at the right time.

I was testing a 6-year old Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens mounted on a Canon 6D. The result was not bad. September 2014

Rice Paper Butterfly
Rice paper butterfly at the Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, Colorado, USA, November 2014

A view of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado
A landscape of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge just before sun set. Photo was shot from a vehicle with window rolled down. Commerce City, Colorado, January 2015. [EXPLORED]

My first EXPLORED photo on Flickr!

I have been on Flickr for many years now. About 10 6 years to be more precise. Photography is my part time hobby. Part time because I cannot allocate the amount of time it deserves to be a hobby. To me, hobby does not simply mean you love it. You love it and spend time on it.

It was an otherwise dull afternoon when I visited the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. We have been in here for over a year now but we didn’t get that time to explore much of the surroundings yet. We were hopeful last year, and we are hoping for some “time” this year and the year after.

The arsenal was calm as usual with only a few visitors slowly driving by. Everything seemed lazy all around. Cloudy overcast condition with a little chill made it every less eventful.

I stopped for a herd of white tailed deer grazing just beside the road we were on. A stopped car was there who came ahead of me and was enjoying the peaceful grazing of the deer. With no wind and no sun, it was only the deer that were moving. I snapped a few “keeper” photos of the deer.

By then the sun has gone over the Rockies and it was getting cold. I saw this beautiful scene on my left, a little far from the road and from the grazing deer. I moved ahead and passed the deer herd, then stopped the vehicle. I rolled down the driver side window to get a better position with my 70-200 F2.8 IS USM–a sizable lens, to be honest.

I took two or three shots. Later, I post processed in Lightroom to my liking by adding some color to the cloud. It looked pretty contrasty after I had processed it. Then I posted it on Flickr like I do for all my photos.

And here is the photo.
A view of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado

The next morning, I noticed some activities on my Flickr photo, and an invitation to submit the photo to a group called “in-explore”. My heart jumped a little–did it make it to Explore? I wasn’t sure. Then I visited that day’s explore photo page (flickr.com/explore) and found mine. A ha! at last it had made it to the Explore list!

For those interested ones, here’s the exif data:

Canon 6D with EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
ƒ/4.0 105.0 mm 1/200 ISO 100

It was a happy moment for me to say the least. My first photo that got explored! It had made my day. I think this event has changed my philosophy of how I shoot photos. Now I am starting to think about the evolution of my photographic philosophy.

Thanks for reading!

বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে শিক্ষাদান ও শিক্ষক প্রশিক্ষণ প্রসঙ্গ

জানিনা শিক্ষক প্রশিক্ষণ বলতে কী বোঝানো হয়েছে, তবে উন্নত দেশে আমার জানা সব বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়েই Teaching and Learning Academy বা এধরনের একটা ডিভিশন থাকে। যারা নতুন শিক্ষকদের প্রফেশনাল ডেভলপমেন্টের জন্য নানা ধরনের একটিভিটি পরিচালনা করে। এসব একটিভিটির মধ্যে আছে টেকনলিজির ব্যবহার (যেমন ডিটুএল, ব্ল্যাকবোর্ড), কোর্স আউটলাইন বা কোর্স সিলেবাস তৈরী করা, প্রফেশনাল ডসিয়ে/পোর্টফলিও তৈরী করা, আন্ডারগ্রাডে শিক্ষাদানের কৌশল, ইউনিভার্সিটির কালচার এবং তার ছাত্রদের কালচার সম্পর্কে ধারণা, ইত্যাদি।

শিক্ষা দান একটা আর্ট। বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে শুধু মাস্টার্স আর পিএইচডি ছাত্রই পড়ে না, এখানে আন্ডারগ্রাডের ছাত্ররাও পড়ে যারা সদ্য স্কুল/কলেজ পার হয়ে এসেছে। তারা যেমন স্কুল কলেজের গন্ডি পেরিয়ে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে পা দিয়ে রাতারাতি ম্যাচিউর হয়ে যায় না, ঠিক তেমনি একটা মাস্টার্স পাশ করা ছাত্র/ছাত্রী যখন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের শিক্ষক হিসেবে যোগদান করে তারাও রাতারাতি ভালো শিক্ষক হয়ে ওঠে না।

ট্রেনিং সবারই দরকার আছে–বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের শিক্ষক মানেই তারা ট্রেনিংএর ঊর্ধ্বে এমন মনে করা দাম্ভিক মনে হয় আমার কাছে। আমি প্রায় ৩ বছর ঢাবিতে পড়িয়েছি। তবে উত্তর আমেরিকায় না এলে বুঝতাম না ক্লাসে কিভাবে পড়াতে হয় বা ছাত্র হিসেবে শিক্ষকের কাছে কী পাওনা থাকে। আমার শিক্ষকদের আমি কোনভাবেই ছোট করছি না বরং তাদের দেয়া জিনিসটুকু নিয়েই এতদূর এসেছি। তাদের ঋণ কোনদিন শোধ করা যাবে না। তবে নতুন শিক্ষকদের জন্য বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের অনেক কিছু করার আছে যার শুরুটা হওয়া উচিত ওরিয়েন্টেশনের মাধ্যমে।

ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের কয়জন শিক্ষক জানেন কিভাবে অসদুপায় অবলম্বনকারি ছাত্রের বিরুদ্ধে ব্যবস্থা নিতে হয়? এসম্পর্কিত সিনেটের রুল গুলো কোথায়া পাওয়া যায় সেটা কিন্তু বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় আমাদের জানায়নি বা আমরা কখনো জানতেও পারিনি।

ট্রেনিং বা লারনিং একটা প্রসেস যেটা সবসময় চালু রাখতে হয়।

অন্যের কথা জানিনা, তবে আমি প্রতি দিনই শিখছি–সিনিয়র শিক্ষকদের সাথে আলোচনা করে শিখছি, টিচিং-লার্নিং একাডেমির সেমিনারে গিয়ে শিখছি (যেখানে অভিজ্ঞ শিক্ষাবিদগণ লেকচার দেন), ছাত্রদের কাছ থেকে শিখছি। শেখার কোন শেষ দেখছিনা। আমৃত্যু শেখার সুযোগ আছে।

আমি আমার কথা বললাম, অন্যের অভিজ্ঞতা ভিন্ন হতে পারে। এসব বলছি এ কারণে যে পরিস্থিতি উন্নত করার অনেক সুযোগ আছে।

আমি মনে প্রাণে বিশ্বাস করি আমাদের দেশে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় পর্যায়ে শিক্ষাদানের ক্ষেত্রে আরেকটু যত্নবান যদি হওয়া যায় তাহলে আমাদের ছেলে-মেয়েরা বিস্ময় ঘটতে সক্ষম।

আমাদের ছেলে-মেয়েরা অসম্ভব মেধাবী–কেবল তাদের মেধাকে সঠিকভাবে নার্চার করতে হবে। এর দায়িত্ব বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এবং শিক্ষকদেরই নিতে হবে।