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The Forbidden Fruit

The Forbidden Fruit

The Forbidden Fruit was a concept totally derived from the one photographer I admire the most and her name is Brook Shaden. I absolutely love her work and she is the reason why my photos are turning out the way they are.

Lately it has been raining a lot down here in Sydney and as much as I love cloudy weather because it is so easy to take photos when it’s cloudy, the rain keeps playing villain. Somebody has to fix this rain roster for this month as it is my holiday and I wish it didn’t rain as much so I can go out and shoot more.  All that said, we finally got a chance last Thursday to go out and finally do a concept shoot and I am really really happy with the result. The photo in this post is actually the photo shoot that I was wanting to do and I was talking about it in my last post (” And She Danced Beside the Sea ” ) where I was talking about the Little Red Riding Hood Concept. Did I end up doing the Red Riding Hood shoot? Well, yes I did shoot my concept but the end result was not really what I was looking for. I guess it means I still get another chance to do the shoot but what was good about this shoot is that we got heaps of other good conceptual photos that we worked out on location.

So, couple of weeks ago we bought the material to make the red cape. Sarmila our model who also happens to love to design and make her own dresses was more than happy to make the cape for us. Besides, we were going to use it for her shoot anyways. I also bought a black Lantern which cost me about $20. It’s a turpentine lantern, very old school and yes, I have already been yelled at by my wife for buying this cause she reckons that we could have used a candle lantern which we could have bough it from Ikea for half the price 🙂 .. We also bought a woven fruit basket and about 8 – 10 apples ( green and red mixed ).

Last thursday we headed down to Wallstonecraft ( Sydney ). This is one of my favorite location because it’s got this green wet forest feel all over the place. The lighting there is just amazing. I went there all prepared with flash and everything and didn’t end up using any equipment besides a reflector for like one shoot.

This time there was just Reece helping me out with the shoot. I am pretty sure he would have bagged a few good shots himself. I did miss my wife during this shoot because she is always there keeping and out for details.

Lastly, thanks to our model Sarmila and my friend and fellow photographer Reece Peninton for the day. It was an awesome shoot. Totally loved it and we are already planning our next shoot which I think will be in a desert, if we can find one nearby.. 🙂 .. Please do visit again.

Shooting Info:

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

ISO: 500
Focal Length: 48mm
Subject Distance: 3.4 m
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter: 1/160 sec

Photoshoot at Garie Beach with Sarmila

Photoshoot at Garie Beach with Sarmila

Sarmila and I were discussing about an artistic conceptual shoot for a while and I had just the place in mind. Almost a year ago, me and my friends had accidentally found a forest location where I wanted to do a my version of ” Little Red Riding Hood “.  So, on 17th December we set out looking for this location.

For the shoot, I had pretty much got most the stuff that I needed. I had a fruit basket, almost a dozen green and red apples, a lantern, fuel for the lantern, and we even stopped on the way at Spot Light to buy a red material to make a makeshift red hood. We drove for almost 2hrs but alas we couldn’t find that same location. It was really disappointing. We have to give up looking for this location and headed for second location where I had planned to do a fashion shoot after the first shoot.

The photos that I have posted here is from the second location at Garie Beach in NSW. The location is itself on the far left on the rocks after crossing the beach. This location is also a very popular spot for fishing but luckily that day there were no fishermen.

Along with me were my wife Sabnam and my friends Reece and Sam who tagged along to assist as well as bag a few shots for themselves. Sabnam does not shoot, she helps us out with creative direction.

” And She Danced Beside the Sea “

– We started shooting about 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
– Camera Used: Nikon D700 with Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens
– ISO: 800
– Focal Length: 70mm
– f/6.3
– Shutter: 1/400 sec
– Flash was fired at 1/2 power to balance the sunlight coming from the opposite direction.


Beauty Needs No Face

Beauty Needs No Face

Beauty Needs No Facewas an idea that was totally inspired by Brook Shaden’s style. The reason why I choose this name for this photo is because the hidden face was totally accidental. When I looked at this photo in my computer, it stunned me because in front of me I had a beautiful photo of a model (who herself is very beautiful) but the face was not visible. The name for the photo instantly came to me. I instantly knew that I had to name it ” Beauty Needs No Face “.

My friend Archana who lives in Perth was visiting Sydney because she was Dj-ing at a party a couple of months ago. Even months before she came, she had mentioned to me that she wanted to do a photo shoot with me while she was here. We had discussed about the type of shoot that she wanted to do and I had told her a few ideas that I wanted to do as well. She being a model herself, wanted to do a few modelling, fashion style shoot but when I told her about my ideas and I also showed her Brook Shaken style, she loved the idea and we decided to do the artistic style. I still feel a little bad that I didn’t get to do the fashion shoot that she also wanted to do but we have said that we will get together again and do another shoot for fashion only 🙂 .

This location I had in mind was this beautiful place called Wattamolla Beach in NSW. The location is just heaven. It has the beach, the waterfall, a little lake, trees. It’s all there. It’s just so beautiful. So, I already knew where I was going to do the shoot because I had been to this place before and I was in love with this place. I had also imagined what kind of dress she would be wearing and we went shopping and found a cheap dress at a charity shop. This creamish white dress was beautiful and I knew instantly that it would look amazing in the photo and would complement the shoot really well. I also bought a few picture frames for a few bucks which I used for a different photo.

Finally, I cannot thank everyone who helped me to make this shoot a success. Firstly thanks to Raktim Joshi for helping me out with hair and makeup. My darling wife Sabnam Karki for her creative directions. My good photographer friends who came along with me to assist and also get a few shots for themselves, Reece Peninton, Kewal Rai and Tez Wahnem.

Hi and welcome to Vivek Basnet Photography, my online portfolio and blog page.


Hi, I am Vivek and I am a photographer from Sydney, Australia. I’ve been taking photos over a few years now. I first bought my camera to take pictures for a community based events website ( ) that I run for my Nepali community living here in Australia. Even before I bought my first SLR, I used to go parties and nightclubs with my digital camera and take pictures of people dancing and couple and beautiful girls and post in my site. One day when I was browsing my site, I saw a comment on one of the photos that said, ” Such a good website but the photo qualities and crap”. I found it funny but at the same time concerned what the person had said cause it made perfect sense. If people want their photos posted, they want good photos posted, they want photos that look different than what even they capture.

Next morning, I gathered my friends and we went shopping. I think I dragged my friends along with me for over 4 hours trying to find a camera that would fit my budget. My first ever camera was on my hand, the allmighty Canon 450D. I bought this camera with a twin lens kit. Now equipped with a more sophisticated camera 🙂 , the photos that I getting were amazing. At first, I was taking photos for my site and later I found I was taking photos for myself. My love for photography had begun.

I absolutely love photographing people. I love every aspect of it and I get a thrill out of directing and getting results that I have in my head. I love taking portraits of people and recently, I have been drawn more towards the artistic approach. One of my inspiration and a photographer whom I idolize is Brook Shaden. I love her work and follow her blog all the time. I love how easily she can compose a photo and capture it perfectly. Through her teaching, I have learn’t that the biggest part of photography was how one composes the photo in the mind’s eye and then takes all the care to bring that vision out onto paper. I cannot talk about her enough.

Recently I have upgraded to a Nikon and I have found my peace with Nikon. I absolutely love my new camera and I will be posting lots of photos.

Well, I hope you guys will enjoy looking at my photos as much as I enjoy creating them. Thank you all for stopping by. Please leave your comments and feedbacks which means a lot to me.