For the past few days, I've been travelling in India.
Today I spent a few hours in and around Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (okay, am not going to say Bengaluru as I still fancy the Anglicized name of the City) where the India vs England cricket match was going on earlier today.
These pictures were shot using a Nikon D300 using a standard Nikkor 18-55 mm lens, hours before the match was to begin.
Our human eyes are cool organs. They automatically adjust for changing lighting conditions so effortlessly. We expect the same kind of results from our cameras, but there are times when photography can be tricky. Such as at twilight, for it is that time after the sun sets but before the night sets in fully.
I like to photograph lamps. Visitors frequenting my blog may have figured that out already.
Here are a few shots of a rather dim corner on the beach side at twilight. Photos from Nikon D300. SOOC (straight out of camera).
Thanks to Susan for hosting Microfiction Monday where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer.
On this Valentine's Day, my post titled Rhapsody is the ecstatic expression of feelings of the young man in the photograph below to the woman he loves (while ignoring the chaperones around her...haha!) :
I love your glances. Each time you smile, I skip a heartbeat. With your radiant face and mellifluous voice, you set my heart on a rhapsody. Happy Valentine’s Day my love.
You are beautiful, you’re great, Then, why this distance Oh, Ms. Ballentine Che? Come closer to me, I can’t wait Until the day you’ll wed me On Valentine’s Day! –132–
The title of my post today is the name written on the yacht, or is it a boat? I would not be able to tell the difference. Looks like a private recreational boat.
I am not much of a sea going person. I love the mountains more, but to be among those, I'll have to make trips out of this country.
The weather is still pleasant around here. It rained a bit last night, and this morning it is bright and sunny. The air is crisp and cool, and I am putting up this post while taking a few minutes break from office work to sip some coffee.
Have a lovely day.
Near Kuwait Sea Club Photograph shot: 4 February 2011 ~~~
A few days back, I was out in the desert and reached the Camel Club. There were some interesting scenes but nothing was comparable to the feeling I experienced watching innocent children filled with wonder and joy.
Last weekend, I spent the entire day out deep into the desert. After a trip to the Camel Racing Club and a late lunch at a Farm, I was heading back to the City.
A few minutes into the hour long return journey, the sun was getting ready to set, and while on the lonely road, I kept glancing out at the sky. Driving at a speed of approximately 100-120 kms, I had to screech my brakes when I saw this endearing sight!
I had less than a minute to pull out my camera and shoot before they passed by. I got a total of 14 shots. Here are a few:
This post is in response to those who inquired what I have been upto because it’s been a while since I’ve been active in the blog world, and also others who may be interested in my photographs.
The weather in Kuwait has been pleasant lately. After my return from India, Rajasthan trip in particular, I have been spending considerable time outdoors. It has been a good time living out my hobbies and interests.
I have indulged in activities that I enjoy indoors. With windows wide open - few rare times when weather permits in this part of the world - and spending time at home to catch up on some reading, writing, watching movies has been indeed good.
I’ve been making visits to the Scientific Center and spending hours particularly watching the fascinating 'sea-world' there.
Near the Scientific Center
Some of the other activities outdoors have been heading to different beaches for endless jogs, followed by long walks, and a few trips deep into the desert.
Pick up a 'chai' and head to the beach
Bicycling has been possible because of good weather, and now I've got my own bicycle which is hauled into my SUV up to the beach to begin biking from there along the long stretches.
Area where I generally bicycyle
I have started with a new hobby: Angling. Or Fishing, if you prefer this term. Not a trip to the sea with the fishermen, but with a newly acquired rod. So far I haven't caught a single fish, but that will not stop me. After all, there is something cathartic about testing patience waiting for a bite in the serene atmosphere when the weather is fully in one's favor.
It has been good to do skywatching, as usual.
Wild west from the Kuwait Towers
As always, no matter which part of the world I am in, if I am up early, I stop by to catch the first rays of the rising sun...
Sunrise: 7:15 am
.... but almost every evening watch the last rays at sunset.
I hope carrying my camera around for some shots on certain days has made this post less drab because of the photographs I'm sharing here.
So that’s it, all from the local scene. My other travel stories should continue in days to come.
~~~ Go view many more interesting skies around the world at: SkyWatch
...I remember the words of my school teacher who first explained to me the significance of the Republic Day.
...I feel honoured to be a self-confident citizen of the largest democracy in the world.
...I shall remember that the outbursts of emotions and fervour of patriotism is not to be abused but to remember that a person is not bound by a certain area of land, mountains, rivers or woods, but has a connection and allegiance with the humanity of the whole world.
...I shall do my part to, however insignificant it may be, to eliminate corruption that has spread its tentacles to every segment of society and fight any threat to our unity and polity.
...I resolve not to lose faith in our system and not allow to create a generation of confused identity but one that recognizes the need to reduce poverty and alleviate hunger.
...I shall never give up hope that my nation will someday usher in a classless, free and happy society as the founding fathers of our Constitution had envisioned.
...I shall do whatever it takes, incurable optimist that I am, to send the right signals to honest law-abiding citizens that all is not lost and that justice shall prevail.
...I shall do my little part to participate and help my nation in taking confident strides in diverse fields of development and progress, and shall continue to believe in the magic of sustaining democratic process in spite of several constraints.
...I shall learn to celebrate a Constitution that is created to protect our rights and allow us to be good citizens while not trampling over the rights of others.
Indian Embassy, Kuwait
On this day...
...I salute all those, unknown and faceless maybe, but dedicated and courageous soldiers and other defence personnel of India, deployed within the country and abroad, who tirelessly work for the nation and its freedom.
...and always, I shall remember the overwhelming feeling experienced as I observed the tricolor being hoisted this morning and solemnly watched it flutter high up in the winter skies in a land far away from India.
A salute also to my dear readers on this Republic Day.