Hard part of landscape photography

As a hobby photographer who enjoys shooting landscapes, the hard part is not about having the right gear. Post-processing skills, although an essential part of producing a photograph, again comes secondary. The hard part of landscape photography, actually sounds so simple that one can wonder what’s so hard about it.

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A monochrome Malnad morning

A morning in malnad, when The mist was thick and heavy, and made everything seem slow, relaxed and monochrome.

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Journey through Malnad (MalenaaDu) – Part 1

The year 2018 broke several records for crazy rains. However, for me, it’s been a rather dry year in terms of travel. Several things have conspired to keep me in the city for quite some time now – sometimes down sick at home, otherwise shuttling between home and office. In the last couple of weeks, I managed a couple of journeys through the beautiful malnad (malenaaDu) region of Karnataka – thus I beat my travel drought.

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Shapes and smaller details in landscapes

Sometimes, you can encounter landscapes that you might find uninspiring to shoot or so beautiful and grand that you want to cram everything in front of your eyes into one gigantic wide frame. Nothing wrong with either. But, you could also look for shapes and smaller details in focused sections of the landscape that can catch your eye. In either of the above cases, you...

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Cintacor Island Resort, Karwar

A holiday on May 1 opened up a possibility of a 4-day long weekend. The high level plan was to visit coastal Karnataka (off season, less crowds) and Gokarna, Murudeshwara were high on the list. But after a tip from a friend and coercion from my wife, we visited this gem of a resort on a private island just off the Karwar coast – Cintacor island resort.

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Back after a hiatus

Since my outing to Kutch in December last year, my camera was mostly confined to the cozy insides of the cupboard at home. A sort of photographer’s block had set in. Well, its still there I guess. But I’m working on it. Last few occasions I went out with the camera, I came back very unhappy with the shots I made. And that triggered a downward spiral. Therein...

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Kutagal, on a winter morning

Kutagal is a sleepy little village at the foot of a small hill-rise called Thimmappana betta, near Ramanagara in Karnataka. A small temple dots the hill top. Recently, this place has started to become popular among bike enthusiasts, as a neat getaway at 60KM from Bangalore. We visited the place on a winter morning, hoping to catch the golden colors at sunrise. In...

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Morning drive through Aiyur forest

Aiyur forest is a relatively less known place. A slightly better-known place is Bettamugilam. There are quite a few biking trip chronicled on blogs recently. The route to Bettamugilam goes through the Aiyur forest. I ventured out an early morning to drive through this forest.

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Happy new year 2018

A very happy new year to everyone! May 2018 help you realize your goals, give you good health, many a joyous moments. I’ve been busy last couple of weeks – been on a memorable trip to Kutch in Gujarat (more on this in another post), explored a few little-known places nearby, and more than anything else, spent valuable time with family and friends. I’ll...

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Deepotsava 2017

Deepotsava is a common sight during the last week of Kartika maasa of the Hindu calendar. Lots and lots of oil lamps adorning the temples’ premises during this time is a sight to behold. This year, I spent time photographing Deepotsava in my own neighborhood temple.

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Morning ride to Nelligudde lake

Revisiting a lake near Bidadi – one which I’d visited couple of years ago on an evening. This time, its a morning and I rode my bike.

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Shirale falls

Shirale falls is a lesser known waterfall near Yellapur. Situated about half hour from the town of Yellapur, while going towards Karwar, a 20 minutes walk down and off the road gets one to the waterfalls. The path crosses a private property where a 10 rupee entry fee is collected. The walk back to the road is steep and can take up to half an hour. We discovered this waterfall while en-route to Vibhooti falls and a sign board along the highway made us stop and check it out.

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Journey to Nongriat village

This post is about our visit to Nongriat – a village near Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya. Accessible only via a foot path, one has to climb down 3500 steps from a village called Tyrna to reach Nongriat. But, let me start from where I previously left off.

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Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

Umiam lake, also called Barapani, is actually a reservoir – a man-made entity to harness the waters of Umiam river for generating hydro-electricity. We spent a day, staying at a boat-house in Umiam lake and explored the surroundings, also witnessing pre-monsoon showers in the process.

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Another evening, another lake

There are beautiful places, untouched yet to the extent which might start decaying the place. All these places need, is anonymity. I’ve always believed that the beauty of a place is proportional to how far away from a major city it is. But then, there are places like this – so close to a city like Bangalore – yet, it has managed to remain untouched to a...

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Glimpses from Andaman islands

In early January this year, I undertook a much awaited vacation to the Andaman islands. I was earlier slated to visit the islands in early December 2016, but had to postpone my plans due to the prevailing cyclonic conditions at that time. It was a memorable week spent in the Andaman islands. I could not have asked for a better, more relaxing way to usher in the new...

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