Sunday, 8 July 2012

Through Your Lens

Over the years, with its vibrant colours, diverse culture and varied architecture, influenced by
various rulers, India has to be known as one of the most favourable destinations for photographers.

Here are some of the most popular locations for photo opportunities.

1. Taj Mahal- There is no doubt that this wonderful monument has put India on the
international travel map not only for its historical significance but also for its beautiful
architectural details. Taj Mahal is best photographed early morning or just as the sun starts
descending to get beautiful soft light on it. While it has been photographed from every
angle look for unusual perspectives or add some human interest into the foreground to
make your pictures stand out.

2. Rajasthan- This north western state is a repertoire of art and culture. Vivid colours can be
found in the brightly coloured clothing of the local people while, busy markets, beautiful
monuments and forts and the energetic festivals of Rajasthan make for great photography

3. Street Life – India’s markets provide an impressive amount of subjects for photo-
enthusiasts. Close portraits, the arduous lives of push-cart vendors, heaps of fresh
vegetables, a splash of colourful dresses and sparkling jewellery shops all lend themselves as
great subjects for your lens.

4. Wildlife - India is known for its thriving wildlife in the vast stretches of forests. From
Kaziranga in the North East to the Deccan region with five prominent reserves, there is no
shortage of great wildlife destinations in India. Use the help of local experts to get you the
good spots on watchtowers. Jim Corbet, Pench, Kanha, Ranthambore and Gir are some of
the national reserves which you may like to visit. Don’t forget to carry a zoom lens for this

5. Varanasi- Having acquired multiple sobriquets ‘Forest of Bliss’, ‘Kashi’ and ‘Anandvan’,
Varanasi is truly a photographers delight. One of the oldest cities in the world, nothing here
would escape your awe – whether it’s the morning rituals on the ghats, the evening arti or
the narrow streets accommodating a plethora of fantastic subjects.

6. Kingdoms of Grandeur – While Rajasthan is replete with monuments and forts, the
Southern pride lies in the Vijaynagar Kingdom of Hampi and remains of Tipu Sultan’s
eminent rule. The ruins of Hampi are much loved by photographers; miles of boulders
appear to be strewn around carelessly, making this a spell-bounding topography. The cities
of Mysore and Srirangapatnam also hoard decades of history in all its architectural delights.

7. Trains & More – Indian railways is often discussed as a case study in B-schools owing to its
vast network and accessibility to various strata of people. A train journey to get upclose to
Indian culture is definitely a must for photography aspirants. Capture the intimate moment
shared while offering each other food or arguing over Indian politics or just step away near
the door to catch the whizzing topography outside.

This guest post was written by Mahindra Homestays who have a
range of homestay accommodation throughout India and run the popular India Travel Blog.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

When clouds fall in love with structures

Nikon D3000
Focal length 20 mm
1/8s F20 ISO100

One of the tombs in Lodhi Garden, New Delhi, on a lovely clouded evening. Shooting this click has nice memories as the sun was setting fast. Additionally I wished to lick this image at slow shutter speed to get the slight motion trails of the cloud and high F point for capturing  the textures properly.

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Carnival of Stones and Rocks

Nikon D3000
Focal length 18 mm
1/50s F7.1 ISO100

Clicked this image during my bike trip to Chitkul, HP, India. Its an amazing place sowcasing the natures' bounty in best of its form. The splendid scene throws you a vividly open carnival of rocks with amazing snow-capped mountains in back drop and wild mountain trees adding beauty to the scene. Since it was evening time when we reached this place the sky colors are also dramatic and adding to the  splendor of this marvelous place.

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Friday, 18 May 2012

In the service of Lord

Nikon D3000
Focal length 22 mm
1/125s F10.0 ISO100

To shoot in freshly falling snow itself is a great motivator. But if you have this event happening at a divine place like Tungnath then there can be nothing more sublime for a travel photographer. Tungnath temple is the highest hindu shrine in the world and carries a charisma of its own. It is part of panch kedar (five kedar temples) in the Himalayan ranges and carries great sanctity.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Divine lights shot in Uttarakhand

Nikon D3000
Focal length 55 mm
1/125s F10.0 ISO100

I have always been amazed and inspired by seeing photographs like these being clicked by other photographers. In my recent bike trip to tungnath i got lucky enough  to see and click such a divine natures aura near devprayag. Felt really really lucky that the scenic opportunity stayed for some time.
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A Smile With Pride

Nikon D3000
Focal length 30 mm
1/50s F5.0 ISO100

Recently visited Osian a small town located at some 65 kms from the city of Jodhpur and comes under Jodhpur district only. Nice cloudy weather gave me the opportunity of pleasantly walking through the streets of this town and interacting with locals. This pic cites one of those instances only. The old man in this pic gladly illustrated to me the history of the town and their culture. He had such impeccable serenity and calm prevailing on his face and body language that I had to ask him for a photograph and luckily for me he did not mind that either. :))

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