Bal Deo

I have never had the opportunity to study photography in any school or institute. My background is more technical involved in the High Tech Engineering fields. I always had love for art and a great appreciation of photography. Growing up in the UK was tough, with family making ends meet. I would regularly go window-shopping for about 4 years every weekend until I got my first camera, a Nikon FM2 with a 50mm Lens, which I still own.

My Photography career really took off once I had moved to Vancouver. During my journey in photography, I have used various cameras in all shape and sizes. I was never married to a brand but used what was required for the job. I started off with Nikon, and Contax (BTW The G lenses are just outstanding) and then 2010 moved to Canon due the video capabilities. During this time I was also shooting with the Hasselblad H4D -50 and there isn’t a DLSR that will match the quality.

Just due to the hype, recently I invested in to the Sony A7R and the Sony 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens. Within a few days I was hooked and it has become my go-to camera. Contax G glass (Contax 28mm f/2.8 Biogon, the Contax 35mm f/2, Contax 45mm f/2 Planar and Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar (is just beautiful on this compact body(. Although I have a complete Canon Kit including Canon 1Dx and a Canon 5D MkIII with primes lenses, including Canon 35mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.2 and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II with various accessories but the Sony kit lives in my Bilingham 225 classic bag 100% of the time.

I just ordered the Sony A7 as a second body.

People photography has been my prime subject. I had the opportunity to travel in India for a short period capturing local tribes and my submissions were selected as a finalist in the most recent “2012 Hasselblad Masters” competition.

I have been a low-key photographer until the recent few years, exploring the social media networks to get my work out there. I have produced imagery and marketing material through film and photography for the fashion and commercial industries worldwide. My work can become very personal. I’m always looking to bend light to give that perfect look. I don’t think there are bad pictures; it’s just how we perceive what is good or bad. We often feel time never stops and I feel photography allows you to keep a moment from running away. People are certainly my cup tea in terms of subject and I’m always thinking “will my pictures express what is that person thinking at that very moment?”

My Philosophy:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.

– Erma Bombeck

Inside Bal’s camera bag:


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