Wow, it’s hot!!!

via Daily Prompt: Scorched

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As the mid-summer tropical sun scorched the earth’s surface in full blaze, i stopped walking on the street for a second and looked up at it wondering, ‘There is no competition. What point are you trying to make!!!’

Published under a two-line story prompt.

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Photography: that wonderful thing where you capture light to tell stories

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

You take a picture and you freeze a moment that could’ve have easily faded away in seconds. It becomes a trigger for a memory that can be tapped into anytime; when you look at the picture days, weeks, years later it just magically transports you; you time travel, back to the time the picture was taken. At that very moment, you can smell how the air smelt when the picture was taken, the sounds start ringing in your ear,  all the good and bad memories associated with that moment start whizzing through your head.

How the mind manages to do that is just mind-boggling, but thats a totally different topic of discussion; lets leave it for another day. 🙂 A picture, though, tends to trigger that reaction in the mind and a lot more. And most often a picture has a lot more to tell than what you see in front of you.

Sometimes, though, these days, I am just overwhelmed by the amount of pictures everywhere. Everybody’s taking a picture of everything, and sharing; be it on Instagram, Facebook or another social platform; and i wonder to what end. It’s like everything exists to end in a photograph these days.

Looking back, i’ve come a long way in learning to take a decent picture and actually trying to develop an interest in photography. Well, least seems like a long way considering i didn’t take up any formal education in it or wasn’t lucky enough to get to know people from that background. My father was an avid photographer and he was good, really good. we didn’t do much together in terms of photography, but i suppose it was just a matter of time that the gene took on a dominant role in my life.

He used an SLR camera made by Cosina. Beautiful old fashioned film camera. I had kind of a fascination to it. But, unfortunately, didn’t get to use it much. The camera was starting to age and, sort of, had to be put out of use. This was one of the last images taken with it in Bannerghatta zoo, Bangalore in 2010. Clearly not a very good shot; overexposed, too bright, blah, blah; 🙂 but that camera was classic. Can never forget it.

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I do not remember the exact point at which i became hooked onto seriously trying to get better at photography. Come to think of it, i usually was the “designated” photographer in most of the groups i was part of and it inevitably turned into a serious affair; between me and my camera. “My Camera”…umm…yeh i suppose thats when it became serious. i got a camera of my own when i moved to Singapore and started travelling; not that i was stuck at one place before that, not by any stretch of the imagination.

But Singapore gave me access to a bunch of beautiful places and having a camera at hand just helped me grow into the interest. The interest just “developed” (couldn’t resist the pun ;-)) from there.

Singapore offered convenient access to a variety of different landscapes i could explore.

Like the volcanic mountain in Indonesia,

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or the ruins in Cambodia,

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and many more.

From then on, I’ve held my camera in my hand pretty much everytime I go out. Getting a little better with landscapes now. People and emotions offer a very interesting range of opportunities to capture; but I have a long way to go on that subject and need to learn a lot more; i’ll get there though. Off late, I’ve been working on my long exposures on waterfalls and city lights in the night.

you can check out some of my shots on my instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/icthrumylense/

as you can see on Insta, i have a long way to go to. But i’m just starting on this journey. I will be working on my skills and I will have a lot more to write about on this topic as this is a close to my heart thing. So stay with me and we will explore the wonders of lights and shadows through my lense. And of course, do let me know if you have any feedback to share on the pictures. I will be very happy to get a different perspective and learn along the way. 🙂

By the way, what drives YOUR photographic hunger? And what subjects intrigue you?

 

Rainy day confessions

What is it about the rain that brings the romantic in you? We notice the rain and we either want to drench in it or curl up by the window with a nice hot coffee in hand, possibly a good book as well. 😉 ; more so of the latter as we grow older.

No matter what mood you find yourself in at the time, rain and coffee keep you company like nothing else can. 

Rain. Hmm. Just thinking about watching the rain fall from a window gives me a sense of serenity. It’s one of the best feelings. The sound of falling water is music to the ear. 

As kids most of us looked forward to the rains. It was a chance to get wet, hop and jump onto puddles, splash water at friends and just have a good time. Tends to bring out the child in most of us even as adults. 

Coffee. How mankind survived before coffee was invented is beyond me. 🙂 coffee is by far the most traded commodity and most consumed beverage; hardly surprising. I’m a big fan of good coffee and love trying new coffee varieties. Learning the coffee making process and brewing is something I’d love to do some day. 

Look at me rambling about coffee just at the thought of it. I could just go on and on, that’s how much of a coffee fanatic I am. 

Books. The friend who’s always by your side. You are missing something if you don’t feel the need to have a good book by your side. 

Rain. Coffee. Book. The best threesome combination you will find. I cannot think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 

What do you like to do on a rainy afternoon? 

View out the window

‘Too bright, pull the blinders down. There’s still time.’

‘You put the blinders up last night for a reason.’ 

‘Now get up.’ 

‘Got time. What’s the rush.’ 

‘Do something productive.’

 ‘Yeh right. Go away. Will get up in a bit.’

Yep, that’s me fighting to get up in the morning. Not at all a morning person. Far from that. I find the morning sleep to be much more enjoyable, albeit a little sinful. 🙂

How people manage to get up early morning and still stay fresh is beyond me. I can’t recall the last time I wanted to wake up in the morning early enough. Well I do get up early when I have to go out to play or sometimes to get to the beach to catch the sunrise. 😉 but that’s pretty much it.

I remember how I used to wake up early in the morning by myself to get to the cricket ground but always struggled to do that when I had to wake up to study. 

It indeed is bright and sunny outside. Funnily, hot and humid has been replaced by bright and sunny these days owing to the change in geography. Summer months are pretty much the happening times of the year in the eastern coast of the US, pretty much the whole of US as well I suppose. 

Parks are suddenly bustling with activity. People engaging in outdoor activities, frisbees flying around, metallic ‘clings’ of the ball hitting baseball clubs, tennis courts always occupied, people jogging around the park. People walking around with their pets, kids having fun and just enjoying the warm weather in general. 

It’s a fascinating time to be people watching. Meet friendly people, strike a conversation, play sports and enjoy the view around the city. But most importantly be outside, Walk around, meet people, explore. Always wanted to improve on my street and portrait photography skill. 🙂