Sri Lanka 2013 : Galle

A trip to photograph and attend a friend’s wedding got turned into an extended post marriage vacation that threaded on the touristy lonely planet trail. Being my first self-funded holiday, I went completely crazy planning every possible intricate detail. Obviously plans go for a toss, but surprisingly we managed to do 75% of the things we’d planned for while staying within budget and effectively pampering ourselves with a few added perks. I spent a good couple of months on TripAdvisor, travel blogs and forums planning and booking hotel rooms that met our photographic requirements. Every road, trail or train track we were meant to travel on was carefully looked into on Google maps and saved on the phone (offline maps for Nokia are awesome) to make sure there was never a possibility of us being taken for a ride. The OCD was in a happy place… Continue Reading…

Frankfurt 2013 : Part 3

The past two months turned into an unexpected medical vacation and everything took a back seat. The vacation is still on but with the thought of putting things in order here’s another effort at kick starting that blogging habit I’ve been trying to infuse into my weekly schedule for a year now. Continue Reading…

Frankfurt 2013 : Part 2

Hopes of blogging pictures from all the trips from last year were clearly dashed. Let’s see if I can finish them all before the next trip I go on which should be a couple of months away if not more giving me enough time to clear out the backlog (hopefully). Continue Reading…

Frankfurt 2013 : Part 1

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging rut and I really need to get a move on. I’ve got three trips worth of pictures to edit and share before the end of the year. *sigh*

After an uneventful morning, things got a lot more busy and I got little more adventurous. Looking out of the hotel window, I hadn’t realised how close river Main was. A short walk through the market and what seemed to be a few toursit spots I found myself at Eiserner Steg (Love/Paddlock bridge). Without taking a single picture of the bridge (I’ll explain later why that was weird) I trudged across to the other side to stumble upon my first decent picture. Abandoned boots lying next to a bench can lead to a million different captions. In my head there’s an invisible man taking a nap. I’d be curious to know what other people see. Continue Reading…

Frankfurt 2013 : Intro

The first impression has been relatively underwhelming. A short walkabout around the hotel today morning was uneventful with most of the streets having an almost deserted look. Overcast weather means everything looks nicely saturated but with the lack of color in the streets themselves, everything looks boring. I guess I was expecting a London like feel so need to reassess and reset that. Time to head out again to see if I see anything differently. I wonder if I can rent out a bicycle…

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Bold Furniture

The ‘Fluttering’ feeling in the stomach when I start working for a new client has almost become customary. Stuttering and stammering as I belt out orders to people assigned to help me out while I figure out how I’m going to pull a rabbit out of the hat. And then everything turns out just fine. Over time I settle down and things start to get a little more adventurous. Continue Reading…

Lexus IS350

Unlike the previous post, more time was spent fixing flaws since the location involved plenty of reflections and distractions which needed a few hours of Photoshop. I’m not too pleased with the resulting image and would have done things different while shooting if I had a chance. This is a good reminder for me as I’d forgotten how messy reflections can be on a shiny new car (This one had just 150kms on the odometer). Continue Reading…

Mazda 6

Automotive photography has to be my most favorite kind of photography. I guess it has something to do with the fact that I’m a bit of a car geek. The first car I photographed was the Nissan GT-R along with a Ferrari F430 and BMW M coupe for DriveArabia all the way back in 2009. Life had been a lot different then since four hours of post processing per picture didn’t feel excessive. I believe this picture had over 50 layers in Photoshop and I was extremely proud of the result. Over the years the number of layers had reduced and the time spent shooting had increased. I’d have rather walked around getting the composition right while spending 5 minutes post processing it instead of senseless manually blending 9 different exposures to create a HDR mishmash. That change I aim to reverse this year. What better way to spend a summer morning outdoors shooting cars especially when it’s a cool 40’C. (O_O) Continue Reading…

Morocco 2013 : Day 3

The Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden in Marrakech. It was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. It reminded me a lot of the Hanging garden in Mumbai.

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Morocco 2013 : Day 2

I needed a concept to shoot. Instead of choosing people which would have been the logical way to go, I picked means of transport. Marrakesh to certain extend reminds me of India. Haphazard roads with no lane discipline as motorcycles, cars share space with horse/hand/donkey carts and cyclist. Marrakesh feels like the perfect city to rent out one of these tiny motorcycles and zip around alleys. That would be awesome.

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