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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Nature’s Own Exotica – Pahalgam

Nature’s Own Exotica – Pahalgam

This article appeared in an NRI-focussed magazine – NRI Achievers. A determined-looking, dashing Sunny Deol is riding a galloping steed. In a distant lush green meadow, you spot an idyllic log hut (well, log hut here is a euphemism for a sprawling wooden mansion). The large wooden fence around it is both, rustic and low enough for a horse to jump over. Amrita Singh is anxiously waiting for him on the cobblestoned driveway while Shammi Kapoor steps out of the mansion…

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Kashmir – Spring Swing!

Kashmir – Spring Swing!

This article (Kashmir – Spring Swing) appeared some time back in ‘Smart Photography’ – India’s leading Photography Magazine. This was my third visit to Kashmir. The difference was – I was visiting to shoot for a book on seasons of Kashmir for J&K Tourism. I was asked by the department to be in Srinagar on 10th April, make that the base and move around to hitherto unexplored places – unexplored by tourists, I mean. It was a joy shooting for…

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Lucknow – Of Heritage and Cuisine

Lucknow – Of Heritage and Cuisine

…The city seems strewn with architectural heritage. Most of these monuments are surprisingly well preserved. I was told the locals take pride in taking care of these monuments…

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A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow

A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow

A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow. This travel story has been published by Smart photography, India’s leading photography magazine, in their December 2015 Travel Special Issue. Canon India had provided me an EOS 5D-SR body and an EF 11-24mm f/4.0 USM lens for review during my Moscow visit. If it were not for these pieces of equipment, I would surely not have managed to capture the stunning images you will see in this feature. My grateful thanks to the camera giant…

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Getting More With Less in Travel Photography

Getting More With Less in Travel Photography

Canon India had provided me an EOS 5D SR body and an EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens for review during my Moscow visit. This combination added tremendous firepower to my arsenal. Before we see how, let’s take a look at some of the truly useful features/specifications of this camera body and lens (In case you find any of this too technical, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to resolve the tech-query for you). Canon EOS 5D SR: While EOS 5D…

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A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline

A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline

Exif: ISO 100 | Shutter Speed 2.5″ | Aperture f/2.8 | Focal Length 70mm to 24mm A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline A quick zooming out from 70mm to 24mm during a 2.5″ shot helped create this frame. Sometimes, zoom-burst works. Do try it selectively!

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