A Furry Friend

On a Sunday evening, few friends met, and what ensued, was peace, happiness and a lot of cuddling!

Featuring, the amazing Vikram Karve, stunning Tanaya Haldar and the absolutely adorable Chrissie!!

 

 

This post marks a major change in my blog. Let me know when you see it πŸ™‚

Cheers!!

Wandering through Delhi

Hi there readers,

The prompt came up as Wanderlust πŸ™‚ and they asked about the places which made me feel different and amazing. The place that comes up readily, will be Delhi.
The hustle bustle, the crowd, the historic monuments, the food and uniquely, the company. It all amalgamated to be one of the most amazing trip of 7 days.
I wrote about them in detail in the posts which can be found here.
I ll share one of the shots that was a predetermined shot, as I call them, and it came out perfectly.

Bangla Sahib Gurdwara at Night, New Delhi, India

This, right here is, Bangla Sahib Gurdwara shot from across the tank.
Go through the link above, and let me know what you loved and what you believe could have been different.

Cheers!!

Surprise Surprise!!

A week back, I was at Pune for my post graduation convocation ceremony. As a rule, I had my camera along with me. After all was over, as we were packing our bags to return, I notice this kitten, sleeping soundly. Approached her a bit and stroked her fur, she purred contently. I pulled out my camera, fired off a few shots, and she was surprisedΒ at the sound, a bit curious too I guess! Loved the expression on the face πŸ™‚

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Kitten awake and curious

Kitten surprised

My schedule has restricted me to shooting quite occasionally. The stream of posts has become shallow but by no means dry! New post shall be up soon!
Cheers!!

From up high, Mumbai

Dear readers, I apologize for not being as consistent as I used to be and would have loved being. Honestly, after pulling a 8 hour shift and another in travelling, the energy left in me, is not much. Hence, the delay.

I am also guilty of being inconsistent in posting for the Weekly Challenges on wordpress, so when today, when I came across the prompts of Dense and Atop, there was this one shot, that came to my mind.

It is old, a year old almost, shot from one of the floors of a high rise, during my internship days.

slums and high rise buildings sea ships and the sky, Mumbai, India

This photo reminds me of contrast. What do you see in this photo? I would like to know πŸ™‚

Cheers!!

Repurpose – Flash Diffuser

Photographers, both, budding and experienced, have faced the issue of flash whiteout quite often. Sometimes it can be handled by varying the settings and we immediately realize the importance of a flash diffuser.
Like the name suggests, it is used to diffuse the harsh light from the flash and make it more soft and soothing, while still lighting up the subject. It is useful as it does not produce harsh shadows and lights up more area, albeit in a little less intensity.
One can get clip on diffusers for the on board pop up flash, while the external flashes generally come with a diffuser flap. Here is a method of repurposing a used cigarette packet as a flash diffuser in a hurry.

Get a white pack, rip off the bottom of it carefully and pull out the silver or golden foil from inside, carefully so as not to tear it away.

Cigarette pack with a ripped bottom

Reverse the foil so that the shiny bit will be facing inwards.

Foil reversed in a cigarette pack

Push it to till the head, in such a way that light doesn’t escape and is rather reflected and the head behaves as the flash.

Foil positioned to reflect light

Clip it on your camera’s pop up flash. It may need a little tweaking here and there for it to be set correctly.

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Repurposed pack clipped on on board flash another view

Results:

 

Brain coral, loses detail due to white out by direct flash
Normal flash

 

Brain coral, much more detailed due to diffused light
Same settings, with the diffuser

I hope you have found this useful. This is quick fix solution, a typical Jugaad πŸ™‚

Cheers!!

Light Chaos

In a train, you dont have a lot to shoot, until, you stick the camera out of the window…chaos!!

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TTL: Tamhini Ghat

It had been planned by the group that we must go on a trip. So, a group of about 40 photographers, varying from novices to professionals, we made our way towards Tamhini Ghat. About 60 kms out of Pune, this place is known for the lush greenery and the numerous waterfalls.

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It is here, thanks to one of the members, that I got to use the Tamron 90mm macro lens for the first time, and I simply loved it. The lens is not a speedster at acquiring focus, true, but once you manage to focus it right, you are in for a treat. The following images ought to convince anyone who would be doubting whether or not to get a macro lens towards the lens.

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Now, this lens can also be used for shooting the perfect frame too. Its all about how you choose to use it.

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A huge thanks to the Pune Photography Lovers group for the trip. Special thanks to Medha for lending me the macro lens and to Rutuja for being my model πŸ™‚

Till the next trip, cheers!

Rare Elements of the Fauna

Albinism, is considered to be a rare phenomena, be it in human beings, or animals. Here we have, one albino tiger, and a white cat. Rare, because you don’t see a lot of them naturally occurring πŸ™‚

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Cheers!!

A Dash of Blue

What is your idea of fun on a Sunday? Lazying around, relaxing?? I went to a trek/outing to a nearby hill, Vetal Tekdi, and look what I found there πŸ™‚

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The hill gives a nice view of the Pune city but thats not the main attraction of the location. This is….

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The place is filled with peacocks. One ought to have a minimum of 400mm reach on the lens to be able to capture these beauties. I had a 55-200 on me. I must admit, the shots were difficult. Not enough light, some camera shake, and yes, a lot of cropping.
We shifted locations, and we got some more shots.

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To part, I ll share a photo that mesmerizes me for the camouflage. Hope you find the peacock in there.

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Incidentally, the Peacock is considered as the national bird of the country, my country, India, and today, its the 70th Independence Day too.

Cheers!!

 

Look Up Beautiful!

We were having our freshers’ party and this lady here Β was being dolled up by a friend of hers.

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I went up close, and asked her to look up. She did, and the shot came into being!

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Prerna, you are beautiful πŸ™‚

 

Glimpses of Mumbai – The Queen’s Necklace

There are iconic locations and spots in a city which make it instantly recognizable to the world. Here, I show one such icons of Mumbai.

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The shots were pre visualized ones. Hence, when I actually shot them, and got the result that I wanted, that made me absolutely jubilant.

I went to the Bandra Fort for a few shots of the Bandra- Worli Sealink, photos, coming up next.

Cheers!!

Going Abstract

Abstract, the word may be defined in a number of ways, with one being close to imaginary.
Here, I have cobwebs, imagine them as life lines for the spiders, or death traps for the insects, its all valid.

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