Sunday, June 15, 2014

0 Rise and Shine!!

I had been awake through the night watching the football world cup matches and it occurred to me that it was the perfect chance to redeem myself. I have wanted to head to the beach early morning and capture the break of dawn for over a year now. A combination of laziness and some more laziness had me failing. But today, it finally happened.

It was not perfect though. I got the timing wrong. Even though I left the flat before 0530 IST, by the time I reached the beach, this was what was lying in wait. The sun was over the horizon and I had missed the break of dawn.

After the initial bout of disappointment died, I woke up to the realisation that it was still quite beautiful and just focused on getting a couple of decent shots. And here you are:

Until next time, folks. Ciao!

Friday, May 16, 2014

0 Into the night we go, go, go.

Couple of shots from a recent walk back home.

 Fellow wanderers.

I had to wait for about 5-10 minutes for someone to walk by to get this shot. And I think it was worth all the effort. It is now one of my all time favorites.

Brands and lifestyles.

Until next time. Ciao!

Monday, May 05, 2014

0 Jane's Walk, Chennai

What is a Jane's Walk? Its a walk conducted in honor of Jane Jacobs, on her birthday. It happens in over 100 cities across the world and Chennai happened to be one of them. And further more, it was planned as a photo walk. Which meant that the moment I happened up on their poster via Twitter, my interest was piqued.  The area chosen was Mylapore. We met up at the Tirumailai MRTS station and after a brief introduction we were on our way. After about two hours of walking, which included a glass each of coffee and rose milk, here's what I have to show for it.


 Admittedly I ve increased the saturation of colours a touch too much. I plead "artistic insanity".

Because elections were just here.

"And that's where that used to be."

"No parking? Yes, please." Because we are in India!

 And the hour was upon us. The golden light was coming.

Aaand the golden light shot. Got to love it.

And until next time. Ciao, people!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

0 100 Strangers Project - Stranger #14

Meet, Mr. Rajgopal. I met him in Mylapore during a photowalk that I was taking part in. He had a kind face and that prompted me to approach him and ask his permission for a click. He immediately obliged and later peering closely at the picture on the camera screen, he told me "Smart photographer!". Hehe, nice man indeed.

I asked him about the variety of incense sticks that he was offering up for sale. He told me that he has been in the business for decades. And then I went on to ask him if he had voted in the elections. He told me an emphatic "No". And then sadly the language barrier took over.

But the end result is that we move one step further in the 100 Strangers Project

Until next time, folks. Ciao!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

0 From the archives - Sikkim 2011

These are some shots from my family trip to Sikkim back in 2011. I dug them up the other day as I was refreshing my memory on my first trip with a DSLR (even if borrowed). Not a lot has happened in terms of photography in the recent past owing to the strenuous work load that I ve had to grapple with. Anyway, so am gonna have you make do with these (previously overlooked) blasts from the past.

My love affair with the black and white photos is destined to be with me till the end. Until next time. Ciao!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

0 By the power of greyscale!

I am not sure how many of you get the He-Man referential pun in the post title. Well, if you were a 90s kid, chances are that you did. But in case you were never the kind to watch cartoons or some such, watch this video to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Now that that's done with let's get on with the actual post content. Today, I share with you what are arguably two of my best portrait shots in monochrome. They were shot in the last couple of months with the 50mm prime lens.

The shots illustrate the advantage of having a fast lens and consequently a large aperture (f/1.8 in this case). The quality of the bokeh in the first snap is also indicative of the power of the lens.

f/1.8, 1/100, ISO 200 

f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 500

If you are not hooked to B&W photography even after seeing these snaps, I am sorry to tell you that you are beyond help, my friend. Until next time then. Ciao!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

0 Summer is coming

Today is the first Sunday of April. And it began as Sundays often do, lazily and painfully slow. It was lunch time before we knew it and after much deliberation it was decided that we will indulge ourselves today. It was going to be a pizza day. But not before I clicked something random. 

B&W love.

At Domino's we met this charming little lady who was truly a live wire.

 After several futile attempts to get into the kitchen, she finally called it quits and went back to her parents.

Because drinking from a single cup is too mainstream! :)

Back home in Kerala, the sight of these yellow flowers ("konna", they are called) signifies the heralding of the summer. And it seems to be no different in this city of Chennai. With each passing day, the temperature keeps rising and the fans feel lesser and lesser effective.

Summer is coming. *ominous bg music*

Until next time, folks. Over and out!

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