A typical landscape shoot

Regular readers here will be aware that I’m a landscape photographer – check out my landscape image showcase. In this post, I thought I’ll take the example of a recent landscape shoot outing we had and take you through what typically happens on such outings. For a landscape shoot, we typically shoot early in the morning or late into the evening –...

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Sandur landscapes

As I mentioned in my previous post, Sandur, as a place, is bit of a surprise. On the otherwise barren, flat areas typical of Ballari district, Sandur stands out as a mini collection of hills and a valley between these. The hills come alive after the rains, perhaps prompting Mahatma Gandhi to coin the now famous “See Sandur in September” adage. As a landscape...

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Sandur – Shivavilas Palace

I’m doing something I have not done on my blog. I am going to tell you about a hotel! Before you roll your eyes and start wondering what’s up with me, let me tell you – the “hotel” was an erstwhile palace, now operating as a hotel since 2012. Though Shivavilas Palace now a hotel, the place retains the grandeur and charm fitting of a palace!...

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Two frames from Hampi

The UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi needs no introduction to anyone. I present 2 images from Hampi in this blog post with some commentary. Queen’s bath – Lost in time, is how I can describe this. To imagine that this “building” was a private bathing complex for erstwhile royalty should say something about the grandeur of the golden era of...

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Magical Fog

This was one of a last-minute-planned outing we set out for, on an early Saturday morning. Having chosen to leave the kid behind at home, me and my wife could have an early start – 5:00 AM. With the northerly shift of the sun after the festival of Sankranthi, winter is meant to be receding. But winter made its presence well and truly felt, the moment we were well...

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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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