A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in it's entirety. . . I believe in photography as one means of achieving an ultimate happiness and faith! - Ansel Adams

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Maghi Poornima (Full Moon)

(Picture as taken from Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Maghi Poornima (also called the Magha Poornima), the full moon day which marks the conclusion of the Hindu month of 'Magh', is considered very auspiscious in Northern India. Today, lakhs of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred waters of Ganges River as part of the rituals of the famous Maha Kumbha Mela.
Further gyan: I have also learnt that the moon appears the largest and brightest on this day.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Arabian tales


Aimless

Isn't that the way most of us are initially...

Solitude

Best time to contemplate and plan...


Retired hurt

So what if we sometimes end up that way...

Journey

Finally we find a way, the plan works and we are in motion...

Well no, I was not reading Peter Drucker today ! Even a casual observer of the Arabian Sea has so much to learn from it!

Monday, 11 January 2010

A visit to Photofair 2010


Photo frame mouldings (makes for an interesting abstract photo)



Collection of Photo frames (makes for an interesting abstract photo)



A visitor admiring the innovations of Nikon over the years



Hustle-bustle



Photofair, held in Mumbai, is supposedly the world's 3rd largest exhibition of photographic equipments and accessories. I visited it last Saturday (09/01/2010) along with my friends hoping to get the latest dope on technology and to get to know vendors for accessories I might need. However, the place was quite crowded and it was difficult to spend time at the stalls owing to the constant flow of people, which kept you on the toes. It took us over 4 hours only to tour the area. Surprisingly the exhibition, though housed with hundreds of stalls over a large area, didn't have a presence from Canon, Sony and filter manufacturers / distributors. Nikon, one of the sponsors of the event, had little on display and its stall appeared more like a gallery (see pic above).
The event also had intermittent fashion shows and Latin dance performances to titillate the visitors.
The exhibition, thus had little to offer to a travel photographer like me and was aimed more towards photographers who have a studio or are engaged in portrait / wedding photography. Nonetheless worth a visit.

Friday, 1 January 2010

First sunset of 2010

Another shot from my house. Picture of 2010's first sunset. Near the base of the tall building, nature appears to have made brush strokes in the sky with yellow colour. What a beautiful beginning to the new year!

Candle light dinner on New Year's eve






While the world was running after fancy (read expensive) DJ parties, we decided on a quiet dinner at home. Little did I know that it would turn out to be the best dinner I have ever had. My wife did up the place like a lounge - aromatic candles & flowers all around, piano on the stereo and drinks on the house! Its moments such as these that make a day special and it was truly a fantastic way to ring in the new year. A pleasant surprise for me!
Pictured above are some profile shots of my wife Sheetal.

Wish you all a healthy, wealthy and green 2010 from both of us.

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