Saturday, July 25, 2009

Morning in Jamshedpur

A different view of the early morning environs of Jamshedpur, near the zoo, the wall and the tree borders the 'Marine Drive' ,the vegetation in the distance is across the Subarnrekha river not visible.

Mughal Architecture- Finer points

This is the intricate pattern on the wall of a room at the palace in Fatehpur Sikri

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Tamron 70-300mm

This was the first intent of the acquisition-Luna 101

The Tamron is still a great lens for long shots, however I'm sure there's no beating the 70-200 L by Canon

Lake Tahoe Revisited

A long forgotten photo, from the 2006 December California Trip, where 4 of us friends covered the length and breadth of the state in 8 days. Endless driving, changing weather, laughs and loads of snaps well archived.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Melbourne from Yarra River

Rendered in black and white, there's a lot of light to go around from the buildings even at nighttime

Camel Speed

Practicing panning, have a long way to go

The Irony of Age

Another experimental photo !

The Cellphone Camera and Picasa Collections

This is in St Andrew's Place, Melbourne, Australia.

The next is an evening shot in front of the GMP Cafeteria, Jamshedpur.

The third is that of approaching rain clouds taken from my aunt's house at Kharagpur.

Finally a photo rendered in black and white of the forest near Salwa, Kharagpur.

The photos are quite grainy for quality, but the captures from a 2 meg cell camera are interesting. And more often handy.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Filmy Green

This is the jungle on the way to the watering hole of the elephants at Dalma. Shot atop a machan- viewing tower.

The Rolling Hills

On a clear summer day after a night of cyclonic rain, the sky gives a great view of the hills

Monday, June 29, 2009

Playing with Perspective Distortion

One famous construct within Fatehpur Sikri fort, probably a palace for Akbar's queen.

Got Featured at Webshots - Photo of the day

Well on the 27th of this month, this photo was top on the roster of Webshots home page. Feels great to finally have a featured pic. This one is of the Calangute beach , North Goa.

Heres the link to Webshots Featured Gallery

Friday, June 26, 2009

Some Odd Images of Taj Mahal

With the 10-22, its easy to capture wide angle distortion, and some odd views of a very familiar mausoleum.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Jubilee Park Statue

The statue is that of J.N. Tata, founder of Tata Steel, and one of the stalwarts of Indian Industry, and to whom Jamshedpur owes its namesake.

Cloud Collection Exhibit

Another sky scape captured at Dimna Lake nearing the cyclonic storm, heavy post processing especially with shadows and contrast.

The dark rain clouds are complemented by the wispy cumulus (have to brush up on clouds), against a setting sun. I think this kind of a view is easily snapped, and you don't need a lake and hilly surroundings for that, but just in case, such a setting does offer wide unrestricted space. Sometimes I am questioned about post -processing, but my answer to it is - this is another form of expression, and the camera never truly gives the dynamic range of the human eye.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Temple in Perspective

Another angle of the same temple at Dalma Top. Here's some more information from mapsofindia

"Located at a height of 3000 feet above sea level, the exotic ranges are at a short distance of just 13 km from the main city of Jamshedpur. "

Dalma Revisited

This is perhaps the side which is leeward to Jamshedpur, probably the district of Purulia of West Bengal, or Raghunathpur.

The haze is always there,and even on a hot sunny day, this place is breezy and cool.

The Mandir at Dalma Top

Thats some location for a temple. The light from this temple is visible all the way down at Jamshedpur, a small speck.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Bigger Picture

The view is grand from here.

Tree Top again

I have a habit of posting photos of the same thing. But this place is really good, I thank the 10-22 lens for the views.

The Treetop at Dalma Top

This is a distinctive tree at the Dalma Top, the view is superb, and so is the temperature. This was my first visit to the Dalma peak in thirty years, there is both a Shiv Mandir and a Hanuman mandir at the top. The climb is quite gradual, one can easily bike-up or drive up. Dalma is famous for its elephants, but to our despair, we could not sight any !

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cloud Collection Exhibit

Never seem to tire out of these, taken from the D-block terrace, summer skies are full of surprises, especially nearing monsoon.

Another View of the Same Place

We have to drive our way to the top someday soon.


The connection to Ranchi, Ramgarh and beyond

Dalma in Black and White

Just this morning I got a chance to visit the Deori Mandir, thanks to Deepak, Jai and Tarun, who woke me up early enough for the 130 + km drive. This was taken near the 10th Milestone hotel on the highway, actually near the petrol pump where Deepak's car has its refreshments before our long lunch and drive back home.

This view reminds me of the countless trips made to Ranchi from Jamshedpur during the engineering college days, along this road. In the background are the Dalma Hills, the foreground is branded !

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Clouds in Grey Scale

A wide angle lens, cyclonic clouds and Dimna lake surroundings can create an ominous landscape if rendered in black and white !

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lone Tree, Australian Outback

On the way to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. The landscape is very similar to that near Jamshedpur, validating the Continental Drift !!!

I guess this is not even close to the real Australian outback, which I have not seen and therefore the benefit of doubt.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Always incredible ! Came back here after 20 years

Fatehpur Sikri

The outline of the fort against the setting sun.

The Hidden Minar

Fatehpur Sikri is a monumental landmark for the Mughal history. The minaret marks the resting place of Akbar's favorite elephant as per the guide. The fort also houses the famous Salim Chishti mosque and is defined by the imposing gateway known as the Buland Darwaza

Friday, May 29, 2009

Its a bird !

Yes, and enjoying itself by a fountain near Battery park, New York city. A very unusual theme for a photo, it's equally unusual for a bird to get itself photographed from such a close distance. 

Used the 17-85 at the longest setting, and it was close, believe me :), this was handheld with the IS on.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obsessed with Clouds

The cyclonic conditions have subsided today, at least for now. But for the last 2 days, it was like living through the monsoons.

Here's a photo of Dimna Lake just before the storm hit Jamshedpur. A wide angle lens is very useful for the clouds !

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

View from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Here's another one from Rajneesh, thanks again boss !!

The location is the same- Sears Tower, the view is different. They say you haven't seen Chicago if you have not been here, what a building !!!

Here's the link to purchase tickets online for the observatory

An old one - why is it a building when its already built ?

View from Top of the Sears Tower, Chicago

Taken by my friend, this is an amazing view from the tallest building in the USA. Definitely one of the places on my wish list, Chicago was the venue of the International Immersion Program for the GMP Batch -2008-09, specifically the Loyola School of Business. We had another group going to Tulane University and the rest either to Melbourne or Lille University France.

Thanks Rajneesh for this panoramic pic, lets get a few of XLRI !!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Post Storm Session

The sunset sky and the post -storm clouds over the GMP block.

Another chance of photos and general wonder at the unnatural setting !

Lights, Camera, Action

Nature has her own ways of flash photography, but man has his failings. There's motion blur on the GMP block while I tried to get the lightning shot, thankfully the spark is still sharp.

Shelter From the Storm

The faculty block is in direct contrast with the fearsome storm clouds. Indeed water has many forms.

The GMP block is opposite to this, and on other days we'd be complaining of the searing heat of the summer sun. The weather has turned around just like the stock market in recent days, also the polls portend well for the future. As a passing fact, the poll counting center is just behind the perimeter wall near the faculty block.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Pyramid of Khufu

Well, this is not Egypt but the Russi Mody Center For Excellence at Jamshedpur. The mornings near XLRI are great for snapping up the neighborhood, and a pyramid is always a welcome silhouette.

Here's some great pics of the same