Dear Light Lovers, A recent helicopter tragedy in South Island, NZ bought back fond memories of my trip a few months back. 7 young souls lost their lives in this tragedy. I dedicate this picture from Lake Tekapo, The Church of Good Shepherd to the departed souls. RIP all of them.
Hello Morning Lovers.( Best on Black) Been a busy week and my hands were itchy to get back to photography. This shot is called Morning Bruce as it was taken early morning along the Bruce Highway in North Queensland. Me and my friend were headed up north for a conference and left early by road and I somehow remembered to pack my gear(with charged battery and a memory card LOL, I have lost count of how often I miss one of them) My new lens(Legendary) Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED VR II had come in a few days back and I was desperate to see it in action as well, having heard a lot about it.And I must say, I was highly impressed with the handling and color rendition of the lens. Hope you like the picture. Enjoy the morning Light.
Dear Friends, (Lights up in BLACK) Welcome to a sunset from Eastern coast of Australia. After a long time my big stopper saw some light of the day and I shot this 335 second exposure with the sky filled with colors. I loved the pastel shades in the backdrop of the lonely tree. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends,(View in Black) Presenting one for my first planned outing in Mackay. It took me a while to get used to the new place and work and still in the process of settling but life goes on and I was itching to go out and do something. Finally when my friend Belinda McMahon asked me if I could join for a sunrise shoot, I just had to go. This picture is from a glorious morning from Blacks Beach, Mackay. The only one thing we wished for were some clouds and there were absolutely none. This picture is a composite of two of my images and the sky was added to the image. I liked how the rocks reflected the colors all arounbd. Enjoy the Light.
Welcome back to the Light World, Another of those which has been unprocessed for a longtime. A grand sunset from Adelaide shot more than a year back. Never could process is as I could never even come close to what I saw that evening. A few hours of hard work after many previous frustrating attempts led to this one. Hope it lives up to the expectations. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Friends, View in black. Presenting a early morning shot from a recent shoot. The rocks looked so tranquil yet the sky was in motion. The sunrise was hidden by cloud cover along the horizon. The blowing wind and the early morning light was enough to make it a memorable morning. This picture was take with a 0.6 soft grad ND. Radial blur added to enhance the effect. Love the Light.
Dear Light Lovers, The tree Again. (only in BLACK) Well the tree has been so tempting to me that I cant stop going there almost everyday to find something new. On this day, the conditions looked perfect with nice light, clouds and gentle breeze. I put the big stopper on and found a nice foreground element for this shot. The calculated exposure time was almost 6 minutes, but light was fading and I decided to give it a little more(491 seconds). Midway through the shot the sky changed colors dramatically and we had a beautiful pink and red hue. I was tempted to stop the long exposure and go to normal shooting but resisted till all was done. But when I came back home to check, I was surprised to see colors I never saw with my eyes before. The long exposure had just made it look so dreamy. Hope you like it as much as I did. Love the Light.
Dear Light Lovers,(Black Vision only) Welcome to sweet mornign light. Presenting a shot from from any early morning shoot last week. I had gone throught the local weather conditions and was pretty excited to have a decent cloud cover for a morning shoot. I reached the scene early but the cloud movement was too much too fast and and by the light was decent the clouds were gone. A little dejected , I turned the other way to start packing but was amazed to see the colors and some impressive cloud movement. Sometimes, its good to look all around then to just get fixated to the scene. A few hours of processing with masks etc etc and a gentle radial blur for the clouds. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Friends, Presenting another capture from the Melbourne series. This is a 306 second exposure shot and a 10stop filter and 0.6 Hard Grad ND for sky. The sunset was pretty colorful but it was a cold windy evening by the jetty. Radial blur added to sky for added effect.
Dear Friends,(ONLY IN BLACK) Digging the archives and trying to catch up with the unprocessed work is all I do nowadays. Between work and settlement, I try processing these shots from last year and present them to you before I dig into the new place. This was one of the most colourful sunsets I saw in Adelaide and I happy to be ready to shoot then to watch it from my workplace or home. Needed a good few hours of processing work to come to this stage. Surface blurring, dodging and adding some reflections, here and there. A 0.9 reverse grad was used for this shot. Share the Light.
Welcom back Light Lovers, Here is a shot from a few days back which I loved taking and processing. There was something about this new place that my co-shooter introduced me to that had me fall in love with this place. I went to shoot this tree having planned a long exposure with clouds flying around but as nature had planned, there were none. I kept exploring this place well past sunset till I was rewarded with some magical colors and a fallen leaf. The tide was low and slow and the receding water was diificult to capture and balance with the rest of the image till I came down to 1/3 sec shutter speed. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends, After yesterdays upload, many of my friends wanted to see the new place I have shifted to(Mackay). This was shot a few days back and processed today. This whole Queensland area is beautiful and lots of places to shoot around, which I will be exploring soon. This shot is from Lake Kinchant which is half an hour drive from Mackay. I had planned a few sunset shots but the absence of clouds kept me uninterested till I found this place just as I was about to leave. Stay tuned, lots coming up. Enjoy the Light.
A dark theme was on my mind for a long time and this picture seemed to fit the concept I had in my mind. Black and white photography always seems challenging to me and I hope to have done some justice to this image. The main element were the clouds and the human form. Birds were added in post-processing. Must view in BLACK. Would love to know how it looks.
Hello Friends, Welcome to another shot from the sunrise series a month back with Jason Crowell. It was indeed a fantastic morning and this place at Petrel Cove was like a photographers paradise. This was a very difficult shot as the waves were very unpredictable and high. Me and my friend were pitted next to each other in this narrow space submerged in water upto knees and laughing at what was ahead of us. The exposure was pretty difficult and I turned to bracketing and this final product is handblended from a 5 bracket shot with a CPL attached. It was just morning and the light was hitting one of the small rock formations. Hope you all like this shot which is one of my favourites due to the difficult shooting conditions and then processing to get it close to the fantastic morning that day was. Enjoy the Light.
Hello friends, Been off for a while, working hard. Recently have been just posting scapes and nothing else, so thought off a change and a visit yo Adelaide zoo got me some good keeper shots. This lion decides to do a head spin and I was lucky to catch the action as it unfolded.
Hello Friends, A week long of work, travel and photography(of course) has ended and I finally get time to present the new series: Sydney. Had the opportunity to meet Lin Zee in sydney and we had a long evening/night shoot together. He drove me around to the city to the best spots for shooting including the Opera House. This is the longest exposure I have done so far (942 seconds) Enjoy the city lights.
Hello Friends, The Melbourne exploration series continues with yet another long exposure from Princes Pier. Had to give this one something different so that it did not look similar to the earlier shots. Distortion introduced to give a fisheye feel. Would love to know how it looks.
Hello Friends, The Sydney journey continues with this shot of the Iconic Opera house which was light painted red for the Chinese New year. Me and Lin Zee had great time shooting till late and this was one of the last shots of the evening. Lin has better shots with the 70-200 lens. It is an amazing place and was so lively even at 00:30 when we left the place. We shot the Opera house from many angles and locations that day and this for me was the best shot I could get. The reflection has been added in post-processing. Enjoy the beauty.
Hello Sydney Lovers, My short trip to Sydney meant I had to maximize the time available for shooting, and as Joe@plasmatico always asks me what I do during long exposures, I decided to put that time to good use. I went with dual set-up and this shot was from my new Fuji X-Pro 1, taken when the D800E was doing a long exposure of the Opera house. I love the film feel of X-pro 1 and the color rendition is really fantastic. Lin Zee was pretty scared the camera was going to fall into the harbour because I was balancing it on my camera bag at the edge of the tower. Thanks Lin for that wonderful evening. Would love to know how it looks. Cheers.
Welcome friends to yet another sunset. Hallett Cove is a fantastic place to shoot sunsets and what else do you want when the sky is so colorful. The rocks leading in and the clouds just flying out was really magical. Fill your life with colors. Added some radial blur to enhance the cloud movement.
Mussoorie is known as the Queen of the hills. The sunset during winters is colors and fog. One should see it to believe. The Himalayan ranges with the setting sun is one of the best spectacles nature presents us with. THANKS FOR ALL THE FAVES AND LIKES AND COMMENTS AND VISITS.
The Yarra rives in Melbourne has glittering banks.
This is from Mussoorie, known also as Queen of the hills. The valley got submerged in fog even with the sun still high up. This was taken from the road connecting Dehradun to Mussoorie. The colors and the fog together made a spectacular scene. Birds added in PS.
these flowers reminded me of jingle bells.
Even the Kings have to look up to the Almighty.
A vibrant sunset on St.Kilda beach Melbourne.
Hello Friends, Presenting another shot from my recent Melbourne trip. This is a a longish exposure just around sunset(462 seconds) to freeze the moment. It was a wonderful evening and would have loved to have some more cloud cover, but the pier and the color cast from the filter made this a memorable photoshoot for me. Thanks again to Sharma for the great company.
Glenelg is one of the most popular beaches in Adelaide. These sea lights looked so fantastic to try a minimilistic feel image against the setting sun colors. It was pretty dark and took 155seconds for this exposure.
the pollen collector with a full bag.
No site as majestic as the roar of the King
a view from under these huge ;green leaves, The natural pattern looked fantastic
The lights and the architecture along the Yarra river in Melbourne is simply spectacular at night.
Mount lofty Botanic gardens, Adelaide
yellow flowers with some bokeh
The blue and yellow mackaw.
a view of what a divine garden would probably look like.
Port Willunga Jetty is always a pleasure trip for photographers especially when you get such colors at sunset.
the fallen leaf with the rain drops lolled like tear drops,
Port Willunga jetty remnants on a colorful evening after sunset
The late autumn bloom ion Adelaide.
this beautiful bunch of pink flowers caught my eye a few days back.
A small boat in the big ocean trying to fight the waves.
The lines left back by the waves make an interesting foreground.
These two budding roses gave a good pose and had a natural selective coloring going to highlight them against the bokeh
The bokeh of my new lens Sigma 180mm f3.5 is just amazing.
a busy bee collecting nectar.
Enjoying a mid day sleep.
A lone man in inclement weather conditions.
A bird amused by its own reflection!
the beauty of white flowers, always breathtaking.
Brighton Jetty, Long exposure, just after sunset
Brighton Jetty, Adelaide has great lights which compliment a setting son and the drama their after.
A vibrant sunset along the Grange Jetty, Adelaide.
This old couple seemed to enjoy the sunset holding hands.
A longish exposure from under the Grange jetty, Adelaide
The beautiful cloud formation complimented the stones and the sea.
always a pleasure to click some flower pics.
the cloud pattern covering the Melbourne city was what caught my eye
The Adelaide hills on a cloudy day. Had gone to shoot some green valleys and nice clouds with animals grazing but as usual forgot my filter set and just drove around till i reached this place with a decent cloud cover. Had always wanted to click hyperfocal shot for a disappearing road and this seemed like the perfect situation. Hope its come good. Thanks friends for your support
The sunset at Grange Jetty, Adelaide is always something different. My favorite spot to sit back and have a coffee at sunset. This particular day the clouds were sort of floating and dreamy,The look was enhanced by the built in artistic filter of the camHope you like it.
Goa is a tourist hub and the mornings along the Mandovi river are breathtaking. The flying crow just added to the elements. I am very lazy to wake up for early morning shots, so I end up shooting sunsets mostly.
The sun was just up and covered by clouds. The golden rays could be traced along the Mandovi River,Goa. A little color boost to make it more dreamy.
The drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie is an awesome one. ws lucky to see the sunset in the Himalayas on the way back with fog and the winding roads.Thanks for the visit
I have always been fascinated by light trail photography. During my recent Melbourne trip wanted to do something similar and ended with this shot. This is the trails created by local trains around the Flinders Railway station, Melbourne. For people who know Melbourne, this is the crossing next to the Aquarium.This a a busy train route but the photo was taken late night with few trains plying. The tracks wer pitch dark and got illuminated by the train lights.
Autumn in Adelaide hills is always colorful. Mount Lofty feels just like heaven on a rainy day with colors all around.
A few days black at Grange Jetty, Adelaide
A few rain drops held back by the leaves. Balance looked delicate.Preserve nature.No selective coloring, colors as they were.
Hi Sunset Lovers, A few days of busy schedule and here I am with another suset from Hallett Cove. The sunset colors on that day were beautiful and the tide low. Reverse GND 0.9 used for this shot.
Welcome to the Adelaide inlands. A visit to the hills after a few sunsets should be pretty welcoming for all my friends.
A fresh photoshoot after many days today. Reached the place late and set up quickly for the sunset but all I could manage was this long exposure of 319 seconds just after the sun had taken the dip. The incoming clouds did keep me happy though as the cloud movement was spectacular. Hallett cove is pretty rocky and I plan to go again for another shoot soon. Thanks for viewing.
Continuing with the fire madness after a gap. This shot was also take at the Port Willunga Jetty at late night, probably around 00:00 hours. The fire streaks looked great but I wanted something more from the shot and hence left it for later processing. This picture is processed in colorefex and I then added the radial blur to the starry sky to give it a spin. The fire spin is courtesy Maresa. Hope it looks good.
Continuing with the lightpainting series, here is another version of our madness that day. This special pattern is courtesy of my friend Maresa.
Dedicating this photo to this wonderful site were we all learn from each other and make new friends. Lets their be LOVE. The credit for this awesome lightpainting goes to my friend Emma.
New creative friends and me decided to invade the Port Willunga Jetty and set it on fire. I had never done this before and even dreamt of doing it, till yesterday. It was all fun with lots of learning experiences for all of us. Thanks Jessica Macrow for letting me be a part of this wonderful madness. Lots more to come., so keep shining. Lets play the social media Game
Went out after many days for a drive and ended up in the Adelaide hills. The sunset was beautiful with golden colors all around. This shot if from Hahndorf, The oldest German colony in South Australia. Processed in Colorefex. Radial blur added in PS.
A sunset from under the Grange jetty. Finding little time to check often nowadays. Busy schedule killing me. THANK YOU ALL FOR 50000 affections.
Trying something different. Let me know how it looks.
My short trip to Sydney did not allow me to indulge in photography during daytime but how can one visit Sydney and not shoot the Opera house. This is a 30 second exposure of the Opera house, Harbour bridge and the beautiful rainbow of city-lights. Hope you like it.
Seeing so much creativity on 500px everyday pushes me to try different things. Let me know how this one looks. Composite of two of my own images. Technique as asked by one of my friends Need photoshop. Choose a background picture that suits the bird/animal/object you want to have as the main element. Photoshop>filter>blur>motion...choose the angle and amount. Select the bird/animal and insert over the motion blurred image. Use eraser tool to fine tune the edges. Thats it, merge the layers.
Hello Friends, Sorry for brief absence, been really busy. Presenting one more from Port Willunga Jetty, My favorite place to shoot. May not be able to check back often. Enjoy in black background. Birds added in photoshop, (learning new tricks)
13th century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), at Konark, in Odisha, India. It was supposedly built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around 1250. It has been built in the shape of a gigantic chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. A major part of the structure is now in ruins. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site This is a composite of two of my own images.
Presenting another shot from the Glenelg sunset series. This one is with surrounding lights on.
Went to Willunga Jetty for a shoot after a longtime expecting some nice colors and clouds at sunset. The Colors were there but no clouds. The jetty remnants and the setting sun made me remember the old saying that "nothing lasts for ever". Sunrays added in post-processing to give more depth to the filed. May tomorrow be a bright one for you.
Hello Friends, Continuing with my Melbourne series, here is one of many shots from the 12 Apostles. It was an evening like none other and a large number of photographers had lined up to capture the sunset. The atmosphere was sensational but with a sense of calmness and the 12 Apostles had a sublime feel to them. My favorite place to shoot and the weather like last time was bone chilling. Cant be thankful enough to Sharma for taking the initiative as I thought I could never make it. Enjoy the warmth from down under.
Hello Friends, A very happy new year to you all Been away for a while for a family holiday to Melbourne. A trip to the Great ocean road is always top priority when I visit Melbourne. This time though a friend recommended this place on the way to the 12 Apostles and the visit here was definitely refreshing. Amazing place hidden from the common eye. Thanks Sharma for your wonderful company and taking me to such a beautiful place.
Processed differently as the routine was getting boring.
Hello Sun Chasers. Another sunset from Adelaide. This was,one of the best sunsets I saw early this year. Keep shining.
Hello Friends, This shot is from the Mount Compass area of Adelaide. The hay stacks have always a favorite subject with photogs and I couldnt miss an opportunity to click a few. Keep shining.
Hello Friends, Its been a long time I did some black and white work and I found this picture perfect as the tonal contrast suited conversion. This was taken during my last month Melbourne trip on our way back from Wilsons Prom. The site was spectacular and nature simply at its devilish best. This one is for my young friend Rishi who accompanied me to this spot. Boat is added in PS. Enjoy the film feel.
Hello Friends. Welcome back to sunsets after a gap. Coming back to sunsets from Adelaide, this one is from Port Willunga jetty. The plan was to do some late night steel wool fire shots but since we came in early, a sunset shoot at Willunga jetty is always something I look forward to. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Friends, Continuing with the Melbourne series. Must see in Black. This shot is from Erskine falls at Lorne and is 300 step down walk to get to this point. We were lucky as the cloud cover provided us with some diffused light. This shot has undergone digital manipulation to give it the Autumn effect and a few leaves added to the foreground. Hope it has turned out well.
Hello friends, Back to sunsets from Adelaide. This sunset was special because of the colors and the cloud formation around the Grange jetty. Loved the sky on that day and am still waiting for the next beautiful sunset to happen. Enjoy the light.
Hello Friends, I have been always a sunset shooter, probably due to laziness. Was greeted by a very dramatic sunrise in Sydney on my last day of recent trip. Had packed all my gear after a busy evening/night shooting spree with Lin Zee, but couldnt help myself from capturing this wonderful early morning drama. Behold the Light.
Hello Friends, Back to sunset world. This shot is one of my first long exposures with the Lee big stopper and somehow the exposure time came to 321 seconds, hence the name. I was with Jason Crowell on that beautiful sunset at the Grange jetty. The jetty and surrounding areas were crowded like I have never seen them before. Surprisingly the three friends sat through the 321 seconds of exposure admiring the beauty of nature.
Welcome back to the small world. posting the second image in the series. Modified the processing based on the input from my friends on the earlier image. This is take with Xpro 1 with the Lensbaby sweetoptic 35 attached via a metabones speed booster. The depth of field is literally paper thin when the lens is wide open. Let me know your thoughts.
My Sydney visit though short was pretty hectic and productive from the photographic point of view. The long shoot with Lin Zee was fantastic as we kept moving and shooting and got quite a few keepers. This shot from Jeffries Street (place handpicked by Lin) across the Harbour view of the Opera house with the Harbour bridge was special for me because of the way the moving clouds caught the color from the city lights and sunset and had a reddish tinge to them. Thanks again Lin for a memorable evening. Stay Lighted.
Hello Friends, Presenting one from the Melbourne series. Taken in December 2013, this was left unprocessed till now. This is a fantastic place to shoot and I really loved being there with atleast 20 other photogs. Love the way the Princes pier seem s to go to infinity and disappear. Follow the Light.
Hello Nature lovers, It really has been a long time since I did some serious macro work. This shot is from my backyard, and I was eyeing these flowers for a long time till this bud make me take the plunge. Hope you like it .
Dear Friends, And yes finally a sunrise shoot. It took a special effort from me to finally go out and shoot a sunrise. My friend Jason Crowell and me decided to just go out one early morning on this day and shoot a sunrise, I wouldnt have probably gone but for him. We left home early at 4am and a 90 minute drive brought us to Encounter bay. This is the scene just before sunrise when the light began to spread and the horizon was getting lit up. Enjoy the light.
Hello Friends, This long exposure taken just around sunset(Blue hour) at the Grange jetty brought some unique patterns due to the very fast cloud movement that day. The Clouds were travelling sideways as compared to the vertical movement mostly seen and left behind interesting streaks, like a paint brush. Lee big stopper used to get a more than 10 minute exposure. To maintain symmetry in composition, I cloned out the lights on one side.
Hello Friends, A break from sunsets and going back to Erskine falls.The earlier picture from the same place(http://500px.com/photo/57785058) I thought did not highlight the foreground and hence I decided to crop it to bring the foreground in prominence, Must see in BLACK Hope it looks fine.
Hello Sunset Hunters, Adelaide has been having some amazing sunsets recently and I was fortunate enough to capture one at the Brighton jetty. The colors are more or less straight out of the camera, not increased. I had a new B+W Vari-ND with me and was pretty pleased with the color rendition, accept that it vignettes at 16mm. This place has been extensively photographed, hence wanted a different composition. Hope it works. Surface blur added in post-processing.
Dear Friends, Welcome to another sunset from Adelaide. Had been planning a cross-processed look with a nostalgic feel and this picture with the vacant seat and the clouds flying by looked tempting enough to try it. As always would love to know how it looks. Enjoy the lighted view.
Hello Friends, When mates go out shooting, they go for long. We continued the sunrise shoot till a little later and were greeted by some wonderful shooting conditions. The cocktail of angry sea with fast moving clouds took us to a new high amidst this rocky terrain. SEE ONLY IN BLACK. The dynamic range was too much and I had to resort to exposure bracketing to get it all right. This picture is a combination of two bracketed shots, one for the foreground and one for the sky. Keep Chasing the light.
Welcome to the Fall world, (must see in BLACK) This trip last year ending was really fruitful for me as I was on a shooting spree for many many days. This trip to Erskine falls was unplanned but my friend Sharma insisted we go there and well he was absolutely right. We climbed down and damn, I noticed I left my polariser home. But we went ahead for an shooting and all I had was my ND4 which I reckon served me well. I plan to go again. Love that Light.
Hello Friends, Digging up the archives to finish unprocessed old work brought me to the Melbourne series. We spend a good couple of hours on the Princes pier from sunset onwards and included this beautiful blue hour. The Light was fading but still enough to bring out all the details in this 152 second exposure. The overall lighting was tricky as the pier was illuminated by some sort of halogen bulbs with a strong yellow cast. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Friends, been busy the last few days. Presenting another autumn color feast from Adelaide before the colors die and the winter set in. Taken while walking outside the Botanical gardens. The road is beautiful and it took me 4 visits to find a time when no one was around for a clear shot. Saturation and glow added to give it the heavenly feel. Let me know how it looks. Love the Light.
Welcome back to the Autumn Mania,(Only in Black) The riot of colors in Adelaide continues and before we lose all the color, lets enjoy the beautiful scenery around us. The colors were definitely beautiful and the Light, well I cant complain. The center green portion looked to be so well balanced between the Autumn colors. Love the Light.
Hello Friends, Presenting one from todays outing. The weather here has been playing up for the last few days with rains, rains and rains. Took the opportunity today morning to capture the colors before winter sets in. (Glows in Black). Remembered my friend Ole during this shoot as my CPL got stuck to the step-up ring and hence could not use it for the whole shoot with my 77mm lenses, it all happen when we go out shooting. The light was beautiful though. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Friends, Another capture from the wonderful evening at the Brighton Jetty. The sky was amazing and the new B+W vari-nd was up to the mark in color rendition. The ghost effect due to the guys fishing I thought added to the effect. Would love to hear your thoughts. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends, Been gone long but hopefully not long enough to be forgotten. Shifted base from Adelaide to Mackay and have been very busy settling down in the new place. Finally got down to process some of my last captures from Adelaide. Hope it has come out well.
Dear Friends,(ONLY IN BLACK) Digging the unprocessed archives bought out this Erskine falls shot. It was the first time I was shooting and I had forgotten my polarizer in the rush. The falls had a good attendance and the sun was straight over the head till some divine intervention happened. The sun was hidden behind clouds and people moved out and the longer exposure helped me with a clean shot. The light was diffused and a very dreamy effect which I tried to recreate in the processing. Hope It looks well. Minimal radial blur at bottom to enhance the flow. Many thanks to my friend Sharma for taking me to this spot. Rejuvenate in the divine Light.
Hello Light Lovers, Welcome to yet another sunrise. Yeah, I have moved to the east coast of Australia and sunrise is what I am doing nowadays. This shot is from today morning from Slade point, Mackay. The cloud cover was just enough to delay sunrise for some time and we had some great colors with a nice tide going along. I was almost fully drenched by the time I started back home but it was a fantastic feeling. A 0.9 reverse grad was used for this shot. Feel the Light.
Hello Friends, ( Shines In BLACK) Sunrise shoots arent fun and I am learning it the hard way. You plan the place, weather conitions, tide, cloud cover, sleep early, put the alarm on, bag packed and pray for all these things to fall into place for that one moment. But please never forget the anti-repellant.. And when the conditions are like this, you forget it all. A hide and seek sunrise from Mackay from last month. The actual sunrise was a little dull but the cloud cover on the horizon kept me busy. The sun was out but after sometime gone again and thats when the play started. I picked a spot, remote release on and fired to get the right shutter speed. Needed a 0.9 soft grad+ 0.3 hard grad to get a balance. Hope you like it as much as I liked shooting there.(except for the bug company) Enjoy the Light..
Hello Friends,( only in BLACK) A Day in the life of a seascape shooter. Can you see yourself?? This shot is called a photographers moment and was actually a moment three photographers will remember. I, the one who shot it was all set up, remote release on, tripod mounted and waiting for the splash to press the shutter. I will remember it a s a moment when I caught the big splash and also because I was on the exact spot the other photographer was on a few minutes ago. I was shooting on the edge and noticed this gentleman right behind me and I moved on telling him "Have fun." The person close to the splash was a fellow photographer whom we met while shooting and kept changing vantage points. The splash caught us by surprise but as a true photographer, he chose to cover and save the gear then run back. The third is my friend Lin Zee, also in the picture, at another vantage point against the big rock. He was already wet from an earlier splash and was all smiles after this happened. Its moments like thgese we remember for a long time. Have a Great weekend.
Hello Light Chasers, (Only in BLACK) Presenting a shot from a family outing. Cant travel without gear nowadays. This is the famous Queen Victoria Building In Sydney and has been shot from all angles over and over again. My fascination for fisheye lenses meant that the new lens got to have a go at this iconic location, and I must say I loved the effect. A different perspective and a new learning curve. It is a difficult speciality lens to deal with and I hope I did some justice to the location and the lens. Enjoy the Light.
Hello Light Lovers, ( Black View Only) I am a bit confused as to call this Goodbye 2014 or Welcome 2015. This was shot in 2014 and as per timings downunder is posted in 2015. 2014 has been a fascinating journey in my photography career and I was able to tick quite a few(from thousands) of my bucket list. But the surprise came at the end of 2014 when a chance visit to Sydney and a last miniute dash to Kiama(Bombo Quarry) made me end the year on a personal high. I had planned a visit for a long time but never materialized, however this time not only did I reach sydney but my friend Lin Zee was able to drive me all the way down to this magical place. We were joined in this adventure by Jodie Taylor as well. And believe me friends, we were greeted by one of the most spectacular sunrises, I have ever seen. I had planned well for the trip: Charged batteries, new 128GB card, new filter bag etc etc. I set the tripod, opened the bag and @@@@@, I forgot my filter pouch in the car. Well it had to happen. Run,. run, run. I knew the light would last for 15-20 minutes(max). I came back sweating and saw Lin drenched by the waves. I got a few more minutes of the magical light but I think I got enough(I cant complain). Enjoy the view and the Light. Have a Enlightened New Year.
Hello Morning Lovers, pLease see in BLACK only Hope all of you are having your share of sunshine. Presenting a shot fresh from today morning. Its been some good days for me and I went for a second consecutive morning shoot. I read the weather conditions, cloud cover etc etc and was all geared up for the morning. The tide was low and I went in deep and deep. The tide keep coming in and I kept shooting, TILL I realised .......I was half wet and @@@@ the path back shore was no longer there. Everything around me was submerged and the tides were getting stronger and stronger. I managed to wade my way through and climbed this rock to see the scene behind. It was a beautiful moment in time with the sun just up and the tide flowing in. And there I started again, forgetting I almost got drowned. You guys enjoy the scene and gear up for the festivities. Take care.
Dear Light Lovers, (Black vision only) Here is an edit of one of one last years shots. I went through my profile and somehow felt that the color pallete in the earler version was not the best and hence just put the picture through the grind again to make the colors look more realistic. I reckon we get better with age and I probably process my picture better than I used to(atleast I believe so). I still remember this shoot, as It was windy and all along the 462 second exposure I was so concerned about camera shake and with the light falling rapidly, it just kept getting more and more difficult to get the perfect exposure time. Some shoots are just forever. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends,(View in Black) I have been gone for a month or so now. Been busy with work/travel/family and all worldly things. Back home and down to processing the huge backlog of images shot in the time gone. Starting with this one, titled Reincarnated which sort of sums up my return to photography. This was shot in a travellers paradise called South Mission beach in Tropical North Queensland. What a stunning place. I was wandering along the beautiful beaches with all my gear pretty sure I wasnt going to shoot anything as daylight shooting is just not for me. Then I came caross this fish and clicked a few and moved on. I sudden chance cloud made me run back to the scene. Trust me its is not fun to lay down next to a dead fish and get a ground level shot to get it all in one picture. It took two exposures and some merging and few hours of processing to get it to this stage. Hope you all have been been having your share of sunlight, If not come over to Tropical Queensland.
Welcome to the Everlasting Light, Please view in black Themagic I witnessed at the 12 Apsotles is so so fresh in my memory and I keep going back to the hard disk digging the archives and recreate the magic. I have presented the scene a few times before but I reckon this is my best effort so far. My processing skills I reckon are getting better and I do believe that I can do even better some day. The best part I found this time is a helicopter, looking like a dot amidst the rays. Enjoy the Light and the magic like None other.
Hello and hello Everyone,(View in BLACK ONLY) Hello to all from Tropical Queensland and we are the lucky ones who just survived a cyclone. It has been a few nervous days for us people not knowing which direction the cyclone Marcia was going to take. About this picture, Well it is from the same spot(Lamberts Point) in Mackay. Taken a few months back, this was not processed till it caught my eye yesterday. I remember this shot well because I waited at this spot for around 15 minutes to get this shot, with the waterflow and the incoming wave. I wanted to get it with the sun hitting the horizon, but by the time I was satisfied with the results, it was bright and sunny. I liked the light hitting the incoming wave as well as the flow. Hope you like it. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.
Dear Light Lovers, ( View on Black) Presenting another shot from last months sunrise shoot. This is from my hometown Mackay. Its been a few days that i went out to shoot, so clearing the backlog seemed like the best option. It was a quite, relaxed morning with minimal color in the sky. I struggled to get a good composition as I have been to this place quite often and probably explored all angles. This place is close to my home and makes it easy to explore early morning. I got down between the rock formation and close to the foreground rocks. And as often happens, I did get splashed right after this shot. Hope you like the Light and have a great weekend.
Dear Friends, ( View in Black) I have been away from 500px(and photography) for a fortnight now due to work,work and work. But it was good times again to sit back and do some editing(if not shooting) last night. This picture is from early morning(pre sunrise) from Bombo Quarry Kiama. I alongwith LinZee and Jodie Taylor left sydney at 3 am to be there before the sunrise and I think we reached just on time. It was a fantastic morning and the sky was filled with colors I had never seen before. The rocky formations seemed to be forming a gateway and offer one the best views I had ever see. Hope you all have been habving your share of Light. Stay Bright, Stay Healthy.
Dear Light Lovers, Back with the morning collection from Bombo Quarry. That place is just amazing and I cant stop planning another trip. It was a wonderful morning drive (started at 2:30 am) from Sydney and we reached well on time except for my filter pouch.......... Well we continued shooting there for an hour or so, and the clouds and diffused light just made it a great morning. Coming to this shot, well as the name goes, it was taken in Bombo Quarry. It was a morning of frenzy and Zee is from my friend Lin Zee who can be seen up agaist the tallest rocks, getting that perfect shot. Enjoy the Light. Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie mates.
Dear Friends, Welcome to the First Light. This shot is from a sunrise shoot from last week. The forecast mentioned a cloud cover of 40-50% but there were hardly any clouds when we reached there. Just enough the keep the horizon busy. The sun was up pretty soon and I almost felt I would return empty handed and started to pack. A turn around and I saw the sun right behind the spiky rock and out came all gear ia a jiffy. The twirl wasnt perfect and need some touch up in post processing. The colors were more natural and I somehow liked the starburst and twirl together. The Gliiter due to the mist hitting the GND looked nice to me, would love your thoughts. Hope You all have been having your share of the Sunshine.
Dear Friends, We are often left dumbfounded by what Mother Nature presents to us. This shot reminded me of the various forms and colors of Mother Nature and what a beautiful world we all live in. The water puddles looked like eyes to me and hence the name Eye-contact. I find this beach very peaceful as most of the times it is vacant and this gives me the liberty to be one with nature. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Light Lovers, (Must see in BLACK) Been a while again since the last post, but I am happy to present this image I shot recently. Haven't shot for a while and a late evening dash to the beach was well rewarded with some fantastic colors and beautiful light. This picture is from Shoal-Point in Mackay. I have shot at this location before but never ventured deeper into the low-tide sea. The colors kept getting better and I kept getter deeper and deeper. I found this spot serene and peaceful with a few leaves collected in this little hole and the angry sky above. This is a combination of 6 exposures. 3 bracketed for the foreground and 3 for the sky. I used focus-stacking to have all in focus. But I must say, the more I use the legendary 14-24, the more i love it. Hope you have a serene and relaxed weekend.
Dear Friends, Back again with another sunset from Far North Queensland. It was a family evening out but I somehow dropped my camera bag in the back seat of the car. I actually wanted to test how the Sony A7R coupled with the Nikon 14-24mm lens. The sky looked fantastic and the silence was broken by my kid running in the water pool. Enjoy your weekend.
Dear Sunset Lovers, Living on the eastern coast has kept me away from shooting sunsets but I recently found tis spot which helps me get back into sunset mode. This picture is from Shoal Point, Mackay on a day when I was greeted by a fantastic display of colors and clouds. This is a single exposure . Enjoy the Light and Colors and have a Bright week ahead.
Dear Friends,Presenting a shot from th Beautiful Hamilton Island, shot a few months back. It was a beautiful morning and I went scouting the Island in search of a decent place for sunrise and reached this point. I have been trying to process this picture for quite sometime now but was never satisfied. Finally I caught some momentum today and decided to give the clouds some radial blur and liked the effect. The original shot was a 5 bracketed shot for dynamic range, then photo merged in LR and final effect in CC. Hope you like the Beautiful Light
Dear Friends, Presenting another shot from the Inferno series when the sky just lit up post-sunset. The colors were spectacular and the cloud formation took the shape of an UFO. I love to go to this place often, mostly for shoots but sometimes just for solace. Hope all of you are are enjoying your Life and may the Light be with you.
Dear Friends, Presenting a shot from late last year from the Bombo Quarry, Kiama. Myself, Lin Zee and Jodie reached there early morning for a sunrise shoot and were treated with some fantastic colors. The places was crowded with fellow photos who had already occupied key positions. This is a different composition from what we see from that place. 5 bracketed shots, photomerged in LR. Needed some warp and perspective correction to balance composition. Hope you like the Beautiful Light.
Dear Light Lovers, Finishing off unprocessed work is all I get time for nowadays. Been real busy with work lately and not been able to catch with all the wonderful work out here. This shot is from a wonderful summer morning from North Queensland. The twirl needed some work to bring it to its full glory. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends, Presenting another spot from lats years Sydney trip. This one is form the Bombo Quarry, Kiama. The Delayed sunrise due to clouds meant w e could shoot for some more time and we are at this spot when when the fellow photogs decided to live life on the edge. I had earlier presented one for this location where this photographer got splashed. Things we do for the love of photography. Enjoy your Sunday.
Dear Light Lovers, Presenting another version of the sunset shot from Cape Hillsborough. The light coming from behind the hills was just beautiful and lit the whole place up. Hope you all have been having your share of Light.
Dear Light Lovers, This shot is from the first morning out p Nikon 14-24mm. It was a beautiful morning and the pre-sun blaze was spectacular. This is a two shot, one for the foreground and the other for the sky. No filters. Enjoy the blaze and have a great Sunday ahead.
Dear Friends, Welcome to the Guiding Light. A bucket list item finally got ticked last week with the visit to the NewZealand south island. A truely amazing place, photographers delight. There is beauty everywhere and the word beautiful loses all significance in a few days. This shot is from The Church of Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo. This splendid location is swarmed by tourists all day till almost an hour past sunset when something like this happens. The Light was the best I have seen in a long, long time. The only sad part of this visit was the death of two tourists in the same lake just a day before my visit. Two young tourists aged 20 and 21 lost their lives kayaking in inclement weather conditions. Guiding Light is dedicated to these young souls. R.I.P.
Dear Friends, This shot is from Aoraki also known as Mount Cook from New Zealand. This is taken mid-air from a helicopter on my way to snow-landing. The weather was not great in the morning and previous night with a doubtful trip but our pilot was keen to get us up in air after confirming clear skies for the rest of the day. The Majestic mountain peeked out of the clouds in full glory and it was a view of a lifetime. The bottom of the shot show the start point of Lake Pukaki, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world with Aoraki in backdrop. This lake also has a special glacier blue color called as Glacier Flour, formed due to the fine sediments from the melting glaciers. Enjoy the light and the view.
Dear Friends, The trip to NewZealand was a dream come true as I got to visit places I had only dreamt of. Take for example the famous Wanaka Tree. I have shot at many locations before sunrise but this is different. Pure, peaceful, silent yet mesmerising. I met a couple of photos the night before and we were again there early morning, almost at the same time. While shooting we realised that our jaws had dropped, not because of the cold but the sheer purity of the place. The sun was arising from behind the mountains and only the mountains tops were touched by the early light. Enjoy the Light, and do yourself a favour, VISIT NEWZEALAND.
Dear Friends, Welcome back to yet another capture from Newzealand. The mountain weather can be very unpredictable, from what was a beautiful sunny day to a stormy evening. This shot is from Glentanner Park, on the way to Mount Cook. As the night set in, I could see clouds roll over the mountains and this little cabin standing there against all odds. The side of the cabin reflected light from the nearby light source giving a bit of a spooky picture. For me too it was extremely difficult conditions to shoot. It was cold, windy and dark. Enjoy the drama.
Dear Friends, Continuing with the NewZealand series. Here is another take on the shot-to-death location: Wanaka tree. Well, I seem to be not getting enough of the place and hence went there for a sunset as well as a sunrise. This is sunset and the tree is backlit with birds resting on the tree. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends, Taking break from the NewZealand series and back to Mackay, Northern Queensland. This shot is from one the most memorable sunsets I witnessed here and luckily I was on the beach with my gear. I have changed my processing style lately and started using layers , masks and channels more in my workflow. Would love to hear on how this one looks. Enjoy the Light and Keep your Eternal flame alight.
Dear Friends, presenting another shot from lake Tekapo, Newzealand. The famous Church of Good Shepherd is located a very picturesque location and thronged by hundreds of tourists everyday. It is almost impossible to get a clear shot during daytime but I just got lucky after close to 50 shots. It was beautiful day and the little cloud formations gave the Church a special look. Enjoy the Light and stay blessed.
Dear Light chasers, Presenting a shot from Lake Mahinapua, West coast Newzealand. I was thrilled to see a jetty after a longtime and what amazed me was the Quietude. Everything was as still as I had ever seen and the natural reflections and colors were beautiful. It was gloomy yet enticing. Enjoy the Light.
Dear Friends, Presenting another shot from Newzealand. This is from a morning shoot at Lake Wanaka. This shot is around 5:30am in the morning when I was running with my gear to capture the famous tree but was stopped midway by this scenery. I had scanned the area previous evening and loved the spot. My greed of reaching the tree quickly stopped me from doing longer exposure, hence the reflections are inverted originals. Hope you like the scene and the Light. Have great weekend.
Dear Friends, I know, I know and I know. Not the Wanaka Tree again. But what can I do, I am just in love with the place. I was there for just a night stay but saw such varied presentations of the place. This one was special, a blue and yellow mix. The Blue sky and the trees lit up with the golden sunlight. This was probably the last few shots I took before packing the memorable morning. Love the Light Enjoy your weekend.
Dear Friends, Often we look back at our work and think, Ahh, I could have done this better. During one such moment I looked at this picture of mine and thought I could do more justice to it. This is from a couple of back when i was sunset hunter and this happened to be one of the few sunrise shoots I did. This place is Petrel Cove in South Australia. i love the place for the angry sea(unpredictable) and the rock formations. Single exposure with 0.6 GND. Enjoy the Light and have a great weekend.
Dear Friends, Presenting a shot from South Island, NewZealand. It was a spectacular sight to see the sunset over Mount Cook. It had been a dull cloudy evening so far and I thought of doing some long-exposure but just before sunset the sky lit up and we had some amazing cloud formations. This is shot on the road to Mount Cook village after we cross the Glentanner park. Coming to the technical aspects, it is a 2 shot picture for depth of field and perspective. The road is shot with a 12mm and the mountains are at 105 mm. Have a great weekend.
Dear Friends, Presenting a black and white rendition of a recent shoot close to my home. I ventured out to test my new lucroit filter set for the 14-24 lens and had this small creek in mind. I have had this lens for a while and have been trying to get a decent filter set for the same. This little creek in the Botanic gardens is often thronged by Marriage and couple photographers and I was lucky to have it to myself for sometime. Hope you like the presentation. Enjoy your sunday and have great week ahead.