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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




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

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“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

The Gurgaon night-sky these days is quite a remarkable change from what it has been all these years. One can see stars on a cloudless night and see quite a few of them to even attempt a star trail!! Just wish that such lovely views of nature came in less depressing times!!

Finally got a game at at St Andrews in Scotland and shot a 79 (+7) in the morning. Was so crazy that I decided to go back again post-lunch. And in rain, blustery conditions and sub-zero wind chill shot a 75 (+3). The feeling of conquering the elements at - priceless

Finally got a game at at St Andrews in Scotland and shot a 79 (+7) in the morning. Was so crazy that I decided to go back again post-lunch. And in rain, blustery conditions and sub-zero wind chill shot a 75 (+3). The feeling of conquering the elements at - priceless

“I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.”
– Galen Rowell

This is a low-key image of a rather brightly plumed bird, the Pink-browed Rosefinch. Shot in Munsyari last Dec.

Saw a number of Painted Jezebels (Delias hyparete) flying around near the home today in Singapore, 15 Feb 2020. But it took a while before I found this one resting on a leaf.

The Painted Jezebel is a common butterfly. But it usually stays in the canopy, making it difficult to get reasonable shots of it. It's hostplant is a tropical mistletoe.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ].

“Where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography.”
– Scott Bourne

This is a slightly creative take on a common Himalayan bird, the White-Crested Laughingthrush. The light filtering through the trees was like a spot-light on its while crest and that's what caught my attention in the first place. Shot in Munsyari a couple of months back.

"Van Gogh would’ve sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them." - Hobbes

A better close-up of the sub-adult female tigress of the Sukhi Patiya lineage from Bandhavgarh

"The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things. Their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of springs. They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers, is I’m the only one. IIIII’m the only one!" - A A Milne

This is one of my first Tiger images, a sub-adult of the Sukhi Patiya female in Bandhavgarh. Shot in Nov 2015.

A colourised electron microscope image of a single seed from Medicago arborea, a Mediteranean shrub with pretty yellow flowers, taken by Rob Kesseler.

Kesseler works at the intersection between art and science, using scientific techniques to create beautiful botanical artwork. His most recent work aims to highlight he effects of climate change on the plant world.

robkesseler.co.uk/

Two Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) seen while walking about near my workplace in Singapore on 3 Feb 2020.

They are very common introduced resident birds. Globally, they are considered "Vulnerable" in their native range by the IUCN Red List.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ]

"“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
— Elliott Erwitt

This was a milestone bird for me, my 550th. This pic of the Red-billed Scimitar Babbler was shot in The Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains

samyukth.com/2018/05/11/my-550

"Our inability to think beyond our own species, or to be able to co-habit with other life forms in what is patently a massive collaborative quest for survival, is surely a malady that pervades the human soul." - Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer : My life with the Herd in the African Wild.

This is an image of the Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin shot near Jaisalmer in August.

samyukth.com/2019/08/18/blowin

"Photography is savoring life at 1/100th of a second.” – Marc Riboud

This is a Small Niltava, caught mid-song somewhere near Gangtok in Sikkim. And it is a startlingly pretty bird I must add.

"Human language is lit with animal life: we play cats-cradle or have hare-brained ideas; we speak of badgering, or outfoxing someone; to squirrel something away and to ferret it out." - Jay Griffiths

This is a frontal shot of the Indian Palm Squirrel, a creature that one hears all the time. I hadn't really got myself to click one till this lil dude was literally dancing in front of my camera. Shot at Hampi last Nov.

“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz

This is the last I had clicked of our 14-yo , Coffee (may he RIP). And an experiment in focus-stacking.

“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.

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