Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse

Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse

Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse This article is about the ‘How To’ of Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse. December 2011. A friend suggested we shoot the entire Lunar Eclipse against a heritage backdrop. He was connected and was able to manage the relevant permissions required to shoot after hours at the famed Qutub Minar. It was going to be a total eclipse and I realised we would be discovering a thing or two during the…

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Using Lightroom – A Simple Workflow

Using Lightroom – A Simple Workflow

Lightroom – A simple, yet overwhelming tool for many of us! Lightroom, with its multiple modules and huge number of options, could leave people in a state of “Oh-fuck!-What-should-I-do-with-these-numerous-sliders-and-controls!” I am attempting to de-mystify this tool in a way that most images that are decently exposed could get tackled by using this post. The process outlined here will work with Lightroom Ver. 5.0 or later. The process has been defined for Mac users. ONE CAVEAT: PLEASE SHOOT IN RAW FORMAT AND…

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Dubai – The Sands of Future

Dubai – The Sands of Future

Our safari driver pointed towards the vast desert vista through the windscreen of our safari Hummer H2 and said with typical native nonchalance – ‘This is what Dubai was about 35-40 years back.’ We had reached the safari venue in a 4×4, gliding over a smooth 6-lane freeway, driving past many exits, interchanges and cross-roads; along the way, we had come across numerous high-rise structures, 5-star hotels and shopping malls; and upon reaching there, we were face to face with…

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Zoom Burst Photography

Zoom Burst Photography

This article has appeared in the current issue (March 2016 issue) of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways! The Zoom Burst Photography technique can infuse photographs with a burst of energy or dynamism; lend them an abstract, artistic quality or a sense of mystique; or create a focus or strong leading lines that draw the viewer’s eyes to the core subject. It involves zooming in or out as you click an image, which will make the subject ‘burst’ forth from the centre of the…

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The Making of an Image – Image Tech

The Making of an Image – Image Tech

All India Photographic Trade and Industry Association (AIPTIA) has launched a new magazine – Classic Imaging. I have been commissioned to contribute regularly in their ‘Image Tech’ section that is a deep dive into how an image was created. The above double-spread is my contribution in their inaugural issue (January 2016 issue). The text of the same has been reproduced below: The Making of an Image – Image Tech Equipment:      EOS 5D Mark III    TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II    Marumi…

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Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib – Watch Out For Your Camera!

Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib – Watch Out For Your Camera!

This article has appeared in February 2016 issue of ‘Smart Photography’ – India’s leading photography magazine! Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib – Watch Out For Your Camera! I was worried about my photography gear. It happens to the best of us when we step out to shoot the popular Indian festival of colours – Holi. Whether the colour is dry or wet, it is not known to mix well with electronics. Hence, I was justifiably apprehensive. At this stage I…

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Bir-Billing – Follow the Eagle

Bir-Billing – Follow the Eagle

Large birds like kites, hawks and eagles (mainly birds of prey) do not fly out for food early in the morning. They wait for the sun to come up and the rocks beneath to warm up. The reason? Warmed up land-surfaces create a rising wind pattern called ‘thermals’ that helps them glide and soar in the skies for much longer…

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Ice Needles at Tso Moriri

Ice Needles at Tso Moriri

  Equipment:      EOS 5D Mark III   EF17-40mm f/4.0L USM EXIF:                 17mm   f/16   1/125   ISO 50 This shot appeared in my Ladakh Photo Story in Aug 2014 issue of ‘Smart Photography’, India’s leading photography magazine. Ice Needles at Tso Moriri End of May 2013. For us in plains, it was peak summers. In Ladakh, spring was still in the air. Tso Moriri (Lake Moriri) was in the melt…

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Dubai – A Prosperous Oasis

Dubai – A Prosperous Oasis

JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International), is carrying this image and write-up of mine in their February 2016 issue. It is about Dubai – Prosperous Oasis. I shot this image of divers, an installation in Dubai Mall, as a fitting symbol of the flourishing oasis in the desert of Arabia! Dubai – A Prosperous Oasis Over the last few decades, man-made oases have transformed the vast endless desert landscape of Arabia. Of them, Dubai is the glitziest—scores…

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Heritage and Crafts Arc of Northern Thailand

Heritage and Crafts Arc of Northern Thailand

For a travel writer, there are instances when putting a coherent thread to a travel story may take time. My visit to the Heritage and Crafts Arc of Northern Thailand was one such instance. Though I visited these destinations in Oct 2015, it is only now that I could string together my diverse experiences into a single cogent story. Savour it and do leave a word if you like it! PS: This article has appeared in Huffington Post. To read…

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Dharamshala – Doorstep of Dazzling Dhauladhar

Dharamshala – Doorstep of Dazzling Dhauladhar

This article appeared in April 2014 issue of ‘Smart Photography’, India’s leading photography magazine. Dharamshala – Doorstep of Dazzling Dhauladhar The Alps to the Aravallis, the Cairngorms to the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush to the Himalayas – I have gone around taking in the beauty of some of the most majestic mountain ranges. But the dazzling view of Dhauladhar from Dharamshala really took my breath away. En route Dharamshala, Kiratpur Sahib onwards, we were driving in the shadows of the…

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