Rejoice TV nerds: The time has come. After yet another year of incredible impatience (well done, by the way), the new fall TV season (September to December) is finally upon us. Now comes the bigger challenge: Sifting through all the noise and finding the perfect show to binge on. But not to worry, we've compiled a list of the most exciting shows of the new season.

    There are already too many shows being produced these days. Sure, it's the new golden age but there are literally hundreds of programmes vying for your attention.

    We're all aware of Priyanka Chopra's Quantico. Only a year after Nimrat Kaur gave a great performance in the worst season of Homeland, Chopra is taking it a step further. She's starring in her own show about a group of young agents in the FBI's Quantico facility, complete with soap-opera level drama and an iffy American accent.

    For the purpose of this preview, we're mostly ignoring regular network television because we all know that golden age has bypassed networks and that they're producing mostly rubbish (we're looking at you Gotham). We also won't be including any returning series (now we're looking at you X-Files). It's all about the fresh stuff here.

    Cable and streaming on the other hand is showing no signs of slowing down. And that's where the best storytelling is happening and where the best talent is headed. So here goes.


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    Narcos
    The puply, violent and extremely entertaining story of the world's most infamous drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, a man who used to earn a reported $60 million a day at his peak and the cops tasked to track him down. More than anything else, what this show will do is make your entire life's ambition to get yelled at by the great Wagner Moura. Want even better news? The show's already streaming on Netflix.

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    Moonbeam City

    Sample the cast: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Mara and Will Forte. Now sample the setting: A 1980's cop show with neon pink visuals and a synth-infused score. Oh, and did we mention it's a cartoon? The show premieres on Comedy Central on September 16.

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    Into the Badlands
    Remember that really cool martial arts show that you were binge-watching all those years ago? That's right, neither do we. Why didn't anyone think of this before? The show's loosely based on the Chinese tale The Journey to the West, about the epic journey undertaken by a warrior and a young boy across a violent feudal land. It's another attempt by AMC to luck out in the post Breaking Bad/Mad Men age. It premieres on November 15.

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    Scream Queens
    This holds sentimental value, especially with the great Wes Craven's death still fresh in our minds. Although it's another in Ryan Murphy's (Glee, American Horror Story) never ending output, the cast kind of sells it. Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and the original scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis. You can safely chalk this down in the guilty pleasure category and contemplate whether Neve Campbell making a cameo is asking for too much. Look out for a September 22nd debut on Fox.

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    Flesh and Bone
    From ex-Breaking Bad alum Moira Walley-Beckett and visionary Aussie director David Michod (Animal Kingdom) comes an exciting miniseries set in the world of professional ballet. "Like Black Swan?" we hear you ask. Well, yes. Even the trailers look eerily similar to that great Darren Aronofsky movie. But ask yourself this: Is that really a bad thing? The show premieres on Starz on November 8.

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    Fargo
    We're going to cheat a bit here. Yes, we know this is technically a returning show and we promised not to include any of them here. But it's also an anthology, featuring a young Lou Solverson played by Patrick Wilson. Yes, we know how True Detective season 2 panned out. But while that show's overly grim tone killed it, this looks like a return to the darkly humourous universe we've come to love. FX has set a premiere date of October 12.

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    Hand of God
    Ron Perlman stars as a corrupt judge who, after suffering a breakdown starts thinking that God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice. Think Preacher meets Judge Dredd. With a pilot directed by World War Z's Marc Forster, this looks like another great entry in the Amazon Studios roster. All episodes premiere on September 4.

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    Red Oaks
    Another Amazon Studios show. This one boasts the incredible behind-the-scenes team of director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL) and Steven Soderbergh (who's changing the game with his Clive Owen-starrer The Knick). Craig Roberts (Submarine) plays a tennis player who takes a temp job at the high-end Red Oaks Country Club in the 1980's. Amazon's other dramedies Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle were both brilliant, and this looks like it will live up to that high benchmark. All episodes stream on October 12.

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    The Bastard Executioner
    Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) returns with his new show. But this time there aren't any hairy bikers. There are however, lots of hairy medieval guys. On the surface this looks like a cheap cash-in on the Game of Thrones wave. But Sutter is running the show and it's set intriguingly during the Welsh rebellion. Oh, and Ed Sheeran has a recurring role. FX will premiere all the episodes on September 15.

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    Wicked City
    This is the sole network programme on the list so it must be extra special. It's set in '80s LA on the Sunset Strip featuring two LAPD cops on the hunt for a romantically-linked serial killer couple. Think Dexter meets that great Brad Pitt movie Kalifornia. There's something really enticing about a good old-fashioned noir drama. The show will premiere on ABC on October 27.

    The author tweets @NaaharRohan

Wedding photography gets a makeover

  • Supriya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: May 18, 2014 20:03 IST

The date is set. The wedding venue too. Most arrangements are in place. But there’s the apprehension of choosing the best photographer to capture the moments of the most important day in your life.


You would want to settle for nothing less than an artist, who could capture the moments, as they are — candid, rapturous, poignant.

While in the ’50s and ’60s, the newly wed couple would go to the nearest photographer to get clicked or at the most he would be called home for a big family picture, by the ’80s, video recording of the events had also begun.

But gone are the days of video cassettes, heavy wedding albums and camera rolls, which only offered limited pictures.

With digital cameras ushering in the possibility of experimenting with photography skills, over the recent years a new genre of candid wedding photographers has emerged. They not only ace in visualising the best possible outcome of a moment, they also leave no stone unturned to ensure that the results leave you amazed.

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Meet 28-year-old Gaurav Kainth, who left his well-paying job at Dell, to pursue his passion for photography that he nurtured since childhood. Taking cues from online tutorials, watching YouTube and some seasoned photographers on Facebook, one day he impromptu stepped out to photograph a friend’s wedding.


http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/5/kissi_compressed.jpgTo his amazement, all her friends and family members were spellbound by his photography.

From thereon, there was no looking back for Kainth, who after posting the shots from his friend’s wedding started getting lots of offers for photo shoots.

For Harleen Deol, 25, who is pursuing BEd, photography was just restricted to random clicks and capturing things for the sheer pleasure of exploration.

But, she never knew that posting her work on social media to share it with friends and family, would straightaway land her a wedding photography deal from a family, who was enchanted with her work.




Wedding coverage seeing change

According to Kainth, unlike in the past, when couples and families would settle for photography of events preceding the D-Day and the wedding itself, the trend of pre- and post-wedding shoots is catching up among the youth. Also, over the time a lot of changes have come in photography style and technology. Therefore, to be at the top, one needs to keep learning and upgrading the gear, he adds.

Call it the photographers’ initiative or customers’ preference, photographs are increasingly becoming natural looking and theme-based.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/5/jhumke_compressed.jpg

Customers expect something unusual and never seen. They don’t want to pose for the camera; they want the photographer to find the right timing, correct expression and perfect location to click candid pictures.

“I am mixing a lot of styles and tones to my pictures to try and make them stand out and bring forth novelty. I don’t want people to merely look at a photograph, I want them to enjoy it,” Kainth says.

Echoing Kainth’s views, Deol says people are becoming weary of the hackneyed approach to wedding photography. “Pretentious posing against uninspired backdrops and sterile group shots of the lineups on stage are all passé. There is a growing keenness towards candid photography. The idea is to capture the gamut of emotions that the couple and their loved ones experience in those most-special days of their lives. A shy smile, a loving glance, teary eyes or a naughty laugh — a shot that touches the heart is catching up! Wedding photography today is all about captivating those beautiful moments as truly as possible,” Deol adds.


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Twenty nine-year-old Siveni Puri, hailing from Jammu, got married in November last. Based in Chandigarh, she got to know about such photography through social media. ”I saw some shots and it was really interesting, the way they click pictures, make you comfortable and discuss the whole process. A photographer himself should be confident, how and when to click pictures and out of the box ideas are a must.”

Inderjot Chatwal, who wanted something unique for his wedding photography, says, “Kainth’s work revealed a side of me that I never knew existed. His efforts resulted in an album full of beauty, colours and happiness. I can see the joy in the eyes of anyone who lays eyes on our pictures.”

Nupur Bhardwaj, who hails from Chandigarh and is now settled in Canada, wanted to explore the photography options for her wedding. She says, “I was a bit confused. It was not lesser than taking a risk, as it was the question of capturing my wedding. But once I had a meeting with my photographer and discussed the theme and understood his ideas, I was pleasantly surprised. The kind of work these young talents are showcasing will take them a long way.”

Not to forget the opportunity that these candid photo shoots give to the couples to come closer and enter a comfort zone, which becomes the icing on the cake.

So, if you, too, want to get the feel of something exclusive when it comes to your wedding photographs, go for a change. Go for candid photography!

 

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