Pinned toot

One of my favourite click of my favourite raptor, the Peregrine Falcon. This was shot in the Little Rann of Kutch in India. I have a detailed blogpost at samyukth.com/2016/08/01/the-fa




Pinned toot

My first photography post here and I thought it would be apt if I start with an extreme closeup of the gentle giant

Pinned toot

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

Have you ever tried shooting the night sky? If not, give it a whirl. It could get quite addictive.

I shot this image over 3 hours while on a family vacation in a coffee estate near Chikamagalur.

samyukth.com/2017/12/30/shooti

“Black and white can transform a scene into something magical.” – Rob Sheppard

If you haven't been to in the winters, pencil it into your list - but go prepared for a -15°C experience. I shot this image this morning at the confluence of the Indus (flowing from right to left) and Zanskar (flowing away to the top) rivers. While I shot this in colour (forgot to dial in settings) I realised that it works like a image.

“There are many characteristics associated with night photography that make it fascinating. We are used to working with a single light source, the sun, so multiple lights that come from an assortment of directions can be quite surreal, and theatrical. Drama is usually increased with the resulting deep shadows from artificial lights. These shadows can invite us to imagine what is hidden." - Michael Kenna

Another from Ladakh

"There is nothing more beautiful nor more mysterious than the stars in the sky. And look at us, we are dancing amongst them." - James Glaisher, Aeronauts

This is an interesting image for me, my first attempt at a composite (blend of 2 different exposures). The Milky Way was a standard 25-second shot. The foreground was an ultra-long 10 minute exposure to get some details in the landscape. Shot in Tso Kar, Ladakh in September.

"During the day scenes are usually viewed from the vantage-point of a fixed single light source, the sun. At night the light can come from unusual and multiple sources. There can be deep shadows which act as catalysts for our imagination. There is often a sense of drama, a story about to be told, secrets revealed, actors about to enter onto the stage. The night has vast potential for creativity.” – Michael Kenna

"Over a period of time the world changes; rivers flow, planes fly by, clouds pass and the earth’s position relative to the stars is different. This accumulation of time and events, impossible for the human eye to take in, can be recorded on film." - Michael Kenna

This is a 1-hour of the shot in Hanle, Ladakh. The car was light-painted with a torch and is a good reference point for the earths rotation.

"Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me." - Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

This is a shot of the tail of the Milky Way shot in Uttarakhand last week. You can just about make out some part of it around the central tree (and stretching upwards) in the frame. This time of the year the Galactic centre is visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” - Jay Maisel

An ordinary image of an attractive bird, the Wallcreeper. A milestone image, in a manner of speaking, as it marks (roughly) the midway point of my collection of Indian birds photograph. This was my 650th Indian bird - out of a possible 1300-ish that can be seen and photographed. Has taken 6 years to get here

“Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.” – Joe McNally

It was well past sunset, as we were heading back to the hotel, when we came across this Cheer Pheasant last week in Munsiyari, Uttarakhand. The light was so low that one could just about see the shadowy figures of this pair of pheasants as they were making their way back home. This image was shot at 12800 ISO and I had barely enough speed for this shot

“When you make four-hour exposures in the middle of the night, you inevitably slow down and begin to observe and appreciate more what’s going on around you. In our fast-paced, modern world, it’s a luxury to be able to watch the stars move across the sky.” – Michael Kenna

Star-trails over the Panchachuli Peaks, shot in Munsyari. Took about 3 hours - 300 images of the stars and 4 images of the ranges right before the last rays.

"Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities" - Michael Kenna

This is an image of a Grey Nightjar shot at Sattal near Nainital in Uttarakhand. The bird was sitting on the road, well after sunset, and was captured using the headlights of the car - blogpost has details.

samyukth.com/2015/05/12/sattal

“Perhaps most intriguing of all is that it is possible to photograph what is impossible for the human eye to see – cumulative time.” – Michael Kenna

This is how 3 and a half hours cumulatively looks like. The Polaris is the (only) nearly stationary star in the frame. If you drop a vertical line from there to the ranges, on the immediate right is the Nandadevi. The tree in the foreground seems to have been lit up by ambient light.

Happy New Year folks. May 2020 be a year that we all look up and ahead to. Here is an image of a Lesser Goldenback to kick off the year.

“Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology.” – Ken Rockwell

This is an image of a pair of Ultramarine Flycatcher, shot in Sattal near Nainital. When I saw this scene through the viewfinder I just couldn't shake off the image of Romeo and Juliet and that has stayed with me.

The blogpost has details and a few more images -
samyukth.com/2015/05/12/sattal

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

A pair of the beautiful Red-billed Leiothrix shot at Sattal, near Nainital, in Uttarakhand

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” – Dorothea Lange

A little Himalayan Bulbul trying to force a Brown Fish Owl into flying away by flying into him.

A more detailed version of the story is here -
samyukth.com/2015/05/21/dhikal

“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” – William Thackeray

This is a torch-lit silhouette of a Syke's Nightjar shot in the Little Rann of Kutch.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Minimalism, a movement started in the 1960s, was rooted in the principle of Keeping it Simple - stripping everything down to its bare essentials and just leaving just the key aesthetic elements behind. This is an image of a Kentish Plover that attempts something similar.

Blog - samyukth.com/2018/10/23/minima

“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein

“Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.” – Alan Kay

This is an image of the Himalayan Marmot - shot from a perspective that makes the image far more interesting than it would have been otherwise. As it is in life, in photography as well, perspective makes a massive difference to what one takes away from any situation / subject / topic.

“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” – Sam Abell

Shot on an unforgettable morning in Bharatpur in 2014. I couldn't have asked for better light and all I had to do was point and click - a Dalmatian Pelican & Cormorants

Blog - wp.me/p3TIlx-sb

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

A close-up of a Sarus Crane shot at Bharatpur. The blog is interesting samyukth.com/2019/01/31/folklo

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