Thursday, 27 December 2012

To be me is to be different...

centipedes - loneliness

Subject : To be me is to be different... 

Story behind the shot: Black centipedes are very common and I see them in hundreds near my house. This brown one stood different among them and that's when the idea of taking a shot of it struck me. This photo gives me two different yet connected feelings .. " To be me is to be different" and " I am alone " .

What made me capture the image : I switched on the camera to macro mode and focused on the brown centipede so as to throw the other ones out of focus. This implies the subject clearly. Now I think of an undeniable fact  - Being different from others might make us feel lonely. Still , we need to move forward like this brown centipede instead of letting ourselves down.

Have faith in yourself ! Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Have a happy day :)

Perfectly Imperfect!

Subject : A Beautiful Butterfly with a Broken wing

Story behind the shot : This shot wasn't planned. I had my camera with me and saw this butterfly flying around . It rested for a while on a small plant and without any thought I took a shot of this without any ideas nor any plans of how to frame the subject.

What made me capture the image : Imperfection hasn't made this butterfly stop being a butterfly. I felt that it never minded its imperfection and it went on doing its work .. being a butterfly ..

“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That's what connects us--that we're all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” 
― Emilio Estevez 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Birds of a feather will flock together

Two birds

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” 
― J.M. BarrieThe Little White Bird

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Oil Lamp

Indian Ornate Oil Lamp
Oil Lamp
Subject: Oil Lamp

Story behind the shot: Lighting up an oil lamp in front of the images of deities is a widely followed practice of Hindus [On a religious context]. It is believed that the darkness of the soul is chased by the light which has been lit up for God. Usually, single wick lamps are lit in houses whereas five wick lamps are lit in temples and special occasions.  

What made me capture the image: The divine nature of the subject is the main reason that made me capture this image. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Zameen Chakra- Ground Fireworks

Zamin Chakra - Changu Chakram - Crackers -Diwali

Subject: Zameen Chakra

Story Behind the Shot : Zameen Chakra is a ground firework. We need to place the zameen chakra on a flat surface and light it up using fire crackers or simply an agarbathi. Once the zameen chakra is lit , it swirls round and round on the ground and then dies out after a few seconds. 
It moves on the ground like a wheel hence the name Zameen Chakra .

What made me capture the image: Just an attempt at freezing the movement of a zameen chakra  :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Clever Crow

Crow holding cup in its claws

crow feeding from the cup which it is holding in its claws

Subject: Clever Crow

Story behind the shot: The crow in this photograph flew with a cup clasped in its claw and made itself well seated on the front gate of my house. Holding the cup in its claws, it bent down quickly and ate whatever was there in the cup. After finishing its food, it dropped the cup and flew away.

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Crows in deep discussion

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Total Lunar Eclipse - December 10,2011

Sequence of photos of Lunar eclipse

Subject: Total Lunar Eclipse

Story behind the shot:total lunar eclipse took place on December 10, 2011. It was the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the first having occurred on June 15. I got a chance to shoot the whole of the event since the eclipse was visible in Asia.

What made me capture the image: The fact that there will be no total eclipse for the next two and half years made me stand there in the terrace to keep shooting every minute of the eclipse. Moreover I have a lot of interest in astronomy :) These photos are only a part of the whole sequence of photos. I will upload the whole set of photos soon ..


Friday, 9 November 2012

Punching the water balloon...

water balloon burst - punch
water balloon 
Subject : Water Balloon Burst
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Balloon burst

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The language of friendship is not words but meanings

Crows in deep discussion - The language of friendship is not words but meaning
Crows in deep discussion

Subject : Crows in deep discussion

Story behind the shot: It was a cloudy day. These two crows were in a deep discussion and it was kind of cute to look at. The two crows were sitting on the leaves of a coconut tree which was quite far away from my house.I couldn't get a very sharp and grain less image since my camera was on full zoom and there wasn't enough light available. Still something is better than nothing and I'm happy that I didn't let the moment go by unnoticed.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Hey ! Watsup ? - Peeping froggy

A frog peeping - camouflage
Peeping frog
Subject : Frog

Story behind the shot: The moment I saw this froggy trying to climb the wall I ran to get my camera and got a shot of it. Simple as that!

What made me capture the image: The way the frog analysed the situation on the other side of the wall before climbing made me capture this shot. Moreover, the frog has a skin that merges well with the wall giving it a kind of camouflage.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Balloon Burst

Water balloon burst - freezing the water droplets
Balloon Burst
Subject : Balloon Burst

Story behind the shot I happened to see a few photographs of exploding water balloons. It was as if a moment rarely seen was captured perfectly. Wanting to try it out myself , I bought a few balloons, filled them with water and tied them on a rope . I fixed my camera on the tripod and made all the required settings in M mode [manual mode]. Using a timer set for 5 seconds, I pricked the balloon using a needle. Since I did not have any trigger , it was tough to sync the timings. After 7-8 tries I got this shot.

  • f -stop : f/5
  • Exposure time: 1/2000 sec
  • ISO : 100

* Using a fast shutter speed ensures that the moment is captured before it goes by

* Using a Low ISO ensures that the photo is not noisy.

* Note: I have used flash in this shot to freeze motion which has caused a mild glare. These kind of photos come out better without flash. 

What made me capture the image: The fact that a balloon burst is an event that happens way too fast for the human eyes to register made it an interesting subject to photograph.

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Freeze the smoke!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Freeze the smoke !

Candle Smoke - Photography using flash
Candle Smoke
Subject : Smoke 

Story behind the shot: My first attempt at capturing smoke in a photograph.

Power cut at 10.30 PM . Result : 3 - 4 Candles were lit in every room of my house
  • f- stop : f/4
  • Exposure time : 1/2000 sec 
  • ISO - 100
Why did I use low ISO ? When there is only a little amount of light available the photo would turn out grainy and a higher ISO will only make it worse. Hence I used a low ISO for this shot.
What made me capture the image: I never knew that smoke could be photographed . The desire to try something new was the main reason for capturing this image. 

I was playing some kind of a " happy birthday to you " game with the kids in my house. As each candle was blown off I observed thick smoke from the wick rising above and mixing in the air. I felt an immense urge to make smoke as the subject of my photograph . I set my camera mode to TV [ shutter priority mode] and used my in built camera flash to freeze the smoke. 

Why did I use a fast shutter speed? Since smoke is constantly moving, a fast shutter speed is necessary to avoid any blur from being recorded. Any shutter speed from 1/200 sec and above will work well . Since it was my first try I used 1/2000 sec as my shutter speed. 

Smoke photographs when taken with creativity can be mystical and alluring. 

Rusted Iron Fence - Usual object Unusual shot

Rusted Iron Fencing Usual object unusual shot
Rusted Iron Fence

Subject : Rusted Iron Fence

Story behind the shot: One fine evening ,  I was sitting in the terrace and observing how the sky was and how the birds flew here and there. As my eyes moved towards the terrace fencing I just wanted to grab a shot of it in some unusual angle. Switching on my camera , I moved closer to the fencing and clicked a snap

What made me capture the image: The main objective behind capturing this photo was a mere attempt in presenting an ordinary daily life object in an interesting manner. Peeled off paint and half rusted bars of the fencing is the nature of the subject and the shot was aimed to highlight that attribute of the fence.

Merry go round - At the beach

Merry Go Round - At the beach - Night - Slow shutter speed
Merry Go Round

Subject : Merry Go Round In Motion

Story behind the shot: This photo was taken for a photo competition. Theme - "Slow shutter speed"

This picture was taken at the beach at 8.20 PM . I planned to visit my aunt's house (which is near the beach). My aunt and I were walking towards the seashore . We spotted a merry go round few metres away from where we were standing. Suddenly the idea of taking a photograph of the merry go round ( for the competition ) struck me . I waited till the evening light was gone and set up my tripod . Click! The picture was shot.

  • f- stop : f/5.6 
  • Exposure time: 6 sec
  • ISO - 100

Why did I use a slow shutter speed? Using a slow shutter speed results in a photograph in which anything that moved in the scene is blurred in the photograph. Slow shutter speed was used to imply that the merry go round was in motion . Here the merry go round is blurred [ implying that it is in motion] whereas the stationary objects are in full focus. 

Why did I use low ISO ? This shot was taken in the night . So the amount of available light was very less . Using a low ISO will ensure that the photos are less noisy whereas a higher ISO will only make the photos more grainy. Hence I used a low ISO for this shot.

What made me capture the image: The Merry Go Round looked wonderful in the night lights. Moreover the way it moved round and round was graceful . The yellow colored lights against the black - brown background of the night looked ideal for a bright photograph.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Dying Matchstick

A matchstick that is about to stop burning

Subject : Dying Matchstick

Story behind the shot: This photo was taken for a photo competition. The theme was fire and objects related to fire .
I lit the room with 10 candles; placed a match stick on an agarbathi stand and kept three or four paper plates far behind it [ To give an interesting yet not a distracting background for the photo].I burnt a matchstick and placed it horizontally behind the first matchstick. I lit the first matchstick and took a shot right at the moment when the fire was about to go off.

What made me capture the image: I wanted to capture that moment between the burning and the death of the matchstick . I placed a burnt yet glowing matchstick behind the subject to give the effect of fire as it was the theme and I had to have the orange - yellow color of the fire in my photograph.

A bright yellow lizard sitting on a wooden pole

A bright yellow Lizard Sitting on a wooden pole
Lizard Sitting on a wooden pole

Subject : Lizard

Story behind the shot : I was on my regular evening walks . My evening walks are both for fitness as well as for admiring the beauty of nature .As I was walking past a house , I suddenly noticed this brightly colored lizard sitting on a wooden pole in the porch . It remained very still as if it was in a deep thought. The still posture of the lizard helped me to click a sharp snap. 

What made me capture the image : The lizard was calm and composed. The texture and color of the lizard contrasted with the plain background and the wood . 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Fluffy seeds ready for dispersal by wind

Fluffy seeds ready for dispersal by wind - plant with many seeds
Seeds ready for dispersal

Subject : Flowers and plants - Fluffy seeds of a plant

Story behind the shot : I had to go to a nearby village in order to verify some statistical data . As I was walking through the streets , I saw this plant on a vast empty land that was filled with grass and plants similar to this one. This particular plant grabbed my attention and I wanted to take a photo of it . It was sharp noon and I knew I wouldn't be able to cross that place again that day. I didn't want to miss a good shot and regret later. So, in spite of harsh sunlight [ harsh sunlight desaturates and spoils the color of a photo ] I took a photo of this plant. This picture was taken at 12.14 PM .

What made me capture the image : The way the plant enclosed the seeds looked as if it formed a natural frame for the subject . The arrangement of the seeds and the fluffy white, tufted haired seeds on the top compelled me to capture this image. 

A beautiful butterfly on a roadside plant

A beautiful orange - black butterfly on a fern
Butterfly on a roadside fern

Subject : Butterfly

Story behind the shot : I got a chance to capture this lovely butterfly when I was walking back home from the grocery store. This little thing was hopping from one plant to another and I stopped walking to observe it. I switched on my camera and waited for the right moment to capture it . At one point of time [may be after 3-5 minutes] it stood still on this dry roadside plant and SNAP! I got the photo.

What made me capture the image : The colorful wings of the butterfly gracefully contrasted with the gray background . The way the plant had its edges curled looked pretty and the butterfly itself looked bright and happy.