OCOL: Early Morning Watch

Now a days, it seems there are photo opportunities everywhere. Slowly, the 50mm i.e 75mm on my Nikon D3100, frame is getting set on the eye. I can guestimate the rough frame even without the camera. Guess, the regime has begun showing its effect already.
This was the scene today as I woke up and went to brush my teeth. The lone crow, keeping watch.

Lone Watcher

Exams begin tomorrow. Next post, might be delayed.

OCOL: The Mess Hall

We come here every single day to eat, chat, chatter. Sometimes with our friends, or maybe solo. It’s always full and buzzing. This hall sees us more than our classrooms and maybe knows us better too. Calm, serene and all absorbing, the mess hall.

The calm mess hall

I feel, a mess hall is an apt example of change in progress. Year after  year, batch after batch, they come as students, and depart as business professional. That, is some change.


OCOL: Exams are approaching

Hi there all,

Am beginning a regime, and also a new category of posts named One Camera One Lens (OCOL). This has been inspired by a lot of amazing photographers and is a tough thing to do too. But then again, this is the only way I ll ever come close to mastering a focal length. My camera is Nikon D3100, and the lens, 50 mm f1.8 D manual focus prime.

Here I begin with the first photo of the regime.

My worktable amid exam preparations

The only way to improve, is to strive hard.  And yes, dont smoke, they kill, eventually.


Grid Play

Grid..most commonly seen in squares and rectangles, but any repetitive pattern of closed geometrical structure might be termed so.
The emphasis on the structure being closed is high. So comes the word gridlocked. Yet, once a while, through the grid, while in proper conditions, we get to see the outside world in a very different and refreshing way. Here’s my take to it.


And you might ask, wheres the play in all this…do you notice the blinking dots at each gird intersection? Let me know if you could decide that those blinking lights are real or not 🙂


Shades of life

Monochrome, the first thought that comes to a lot of people is a black and white picture. Some others think a bit more and realize that it basically means containing of a single colour tone. So technically, painting a rainbow to a sepia tone, will make it monochrome too, but then, that isnt what we want to show. When I say monochrome, I understand the picture to be made up of natural elements which share a common colour, in variation of shades. Let me show you what I mean.

Green..the shades of life

Hope you like my point of view to monochrome.


The previous Saturday….

Almost every other day, after attending classes till 1730h, little energy is left to pursue the passion, so the previous Saturday, I called out to three of my closest friends at college for a impromptu photoshoot. Having a photo shoot with friends is one of the best ways to unwind, I am sure you would agree. Also, I had to shoot for a competition, the themes I chose were Silence and Fear.
Silence, can be very very loud if portrayed correctly, and I wanted silence to ring out loud and clear. Hence, the following photo.

Not every silence is voluntary

Here, a commendable job by Gowri, my model here. Such expressive eyes are very rare and she understood the scene to the letter. She featured in the next photo, for Fear.

Now, the demons have familiar faces

Again, such vivid expressions, that too from an amateur model is simply awesome.

While shooting these, it did take a toll on us. The mood had turned a bit depressing. So, we changed the location and went to the lawns for another shot of Silence.

Peace and Tranquility

The best part I feel here is the beginning of the smile that has started to creep on Laxmi’s face. She is calm, peaceful and is happy. Agreed, we needed to take a few retakes as we would all keep on laughing, but she managed to hold on to the smile for just the right amount of time and the shot was done.

One of the prettiest photos of the evening was of Rishika, who is to credited for the shot ideas for fear and the second shot of silence.

Pretty You

Some more impromptu shots were taken too and the mood became much much lighter and better.

Featured in connected
My model trio 🙂


Featured in connected

Then, as evening descended, hunger crept in. So, we left the college premises for some snacks. And with this final shot, my camera went in the bag for the day.


Lots of thanks to Rishika, Laxmi and Gowri. You guys are amazing.

Its been quite some time that I havent gone out to shoot the nature around Pune, lets make a plan soon.


In touch..

In the digital world, when we say connected, the first image that comes to us has something to do with the phones.


Look beyond the phones, and do remember that being in touch with your loved ones is very important. So, go on, make a plan right now, and go meet up with the ones who are near to you 🙂


Just remember, do not lose touch!


Immense thanks to Rishika and Gowri for being my models for the evening and to Laxmi for being the helping hand. Thanks a lot you guys! 🙂


New Award :D

I shall begin with a huge thank you to Deeksha  and Arun for nominating for the Liebster award. It is really an honour. I apologize to Deeksha for not responding  sooner.

So, the answers to Deeksha…

1. Which is your favourite book?  The Immortals of Meluha

2. Describe yourself in three words. Curious, Dependable and Resolute.

3. Cat person or a dog person? Dog person, any day! But wont mind cuddling the kittens too :p

4. Who is your role model? My father for being sharp and calm. My mother for instilling the sense of right and wrong.

5. What is your ultimate goal in life? To be satisfied and be at peace with life (get the job that pays well, spend my life with my love, have a Labrador, have a Jeep/Thar…..) 

6. What are your hobbies? Photography, and talking to people, making them comfortable enough to be my models :p

7. Which is your dream travel destination? Loved the Andaman Islands, would go there times over.

8. If you could meet one person from the past, who would it be and why? Jiah Khan. She would be an awesome model.

9. Favourite movie? Eight Below.

10. Favourite quote/ proverb? I took the road less travelled, and that has made all the difference – Robert Frost

11. Favourite song/band? Yesterday once more – Karen Carpenter.

And now to answer Arun…

  1. Dream travel destination? Andaman Islands
  2. Preferred mode of transport? Self Driven car and walking
  3. Facepalm moment in any trips? To go to a monument to find it closed for the day
  4. Most beautiful place that you visited? Shillong
  5. Has traveling changed you? In what way?  Yes it has. It has taught me the importance of being able to gel with people and the power of a smile. A smile does open up a lot of avenues.
  6. Solo Trips or Friends group or Family trips? Why? Small group, max of 4 members, else solo. More the merrier works only while splitting the bill, otherwise, more clashes of opinions and indecisiveness.
  7. Have you ever thought of quitting job for travel? Will you do it? Thought, yup! Will I do it….dunno. Need the money to plan the future trips :p
  8. Have you Ever forgotten to carry a camera to a trip? What was your reaction? Nope, never done that mistake yet. Forgot a memory card though, had bought one immediately.
  9. What is your reaction when you see people posting every minute of their life on SM? Its a way to keep people informed of where they are. Loved ones worry less. I post regular updates to keep my mom from worrying a lot.
  10. Have you cancelled any travel plan last minute because something came up at work?  Reaction? Yes, had to. The reaction was a bit of sadness and the plan to go out the next weekend.

Thank the one who  has nominated you.
Answer the questions thrown at you as honestly as you can and make 10 questions of your own.
Nominate at least 5 members who you think are deserving the appreciation and go on spread the love. Let them know by commenting on their posts.

My questions..

  1. Travelling solo or in a group? Why?
  2. Backpacking or Luxury trips?
  3. Planned trips or spontaneous plans?
  4. Local food or food chains? Why?
  5. Do you take a guide or an audio guide or trust the internet?
  6. The hills or the oceans?
  7. Do you try out the adventure sports? Which ones have you done?
  8. Bikes or cars to travel around?
  9. DSLR/Point and shoot or Go-Pro and variants?
  10. Do you take a lot of selfies? Why and why not?

My nominees are:
1. Nimmi
2. Rutuja
3. Shreya
4. Subhashree 
5. Raksha
6. Soumya
7. Jasan

Feel free to use the following Image as your badge, for you have earned it for sure. Congratulations.




Varying Angles

It is indeed true that with change in perspective, the feel of the object under inspection changes dramatically. True for all animate and inanimate objects. Here, my subject was  the boat created by my fellow college mates for the Onam festival which was celebrated just a few days back. The change in angles, made quite some difference.
In terms of day to day photography, it reminds us to look from a perspective, that is not normal to us. Climb up high, get down low, or maybe, try the immensely used and re used, tilted shots. They come as a welcome refreshment to the photo styles we generally follow.

The normal, eye level shot


The one from below.
The portrait shot

A plan for a trek to a nearby hill is on the chart. Hope it materializes soon. Till then..