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Nice and clean

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Kenosha pass, fall of 2011. The bright red & yellow leaves all around us, and the white aspens providing a splendid contrast. I took out my camera & tripod, and started shooting away to glory.

Sqauw Pass Road, fall of 2011. Once again, we hiked into the forest, and I started clicking away.

And many other, similar, incidents.

When I look back at these pictures, here’s what I see:

  1. Experiments with shutter speed
  2. Experiments with depth of field
  3. Lots of background clutter where I try for a shallow depth of field

Sure, there are a few snaps that are good – but there’s a feeling that I am missing something. I think it’s time to start experimenting with bright colors and clean, sharp lines. Time to experiment with images that bleed outside the boundary.

And I believe that my pictures are ready for some negative space.

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Un Momento

October 15, 2012 3 comments

I got down from the bus, crossed the street, and started to walk towards my apartment. I took the shortcut between the B and C buildings, but instead of going towards the water fountain, I kept going straight around the shade tree. As I turned left, a stray ray of sun hit my eye, and I turned to look.

The setting sun was peeking through the two buildings, and the leaves were shimmering with a brilliant shade of yellow. The grass around the tree was strewn with fallen leaves, and there were three ducks swimming in the water. In an instant, my mind was divided in two – one part of me wanted to run to the apartment, get the camera and shoot this magnificent spectacle. The other part said – will it still be this enchanting when you are back with the camera? Probably not. So it’s better if you just stand here for 10 mins and watch it until it lasts.

As I wrestled between these two thoughts, I finally found middle ground. No doubt, the moment would be lost by the time I came back with my camera. But at the same time, if I stayed there till dark then my memory would get distracted by the beauty of darkness too.

So I stood there for two minutes, took in the whole scene, and walked home with a memory of a beautiful fall sunset.

I hear footsteps…

September 6, 2011 1 comment

This summer has been fairly good to us – we were able to go out for picnics and hikes almost every weekend. And Denver being, well, Denver, we have been surrounded with greenery for the past few months. Of course, it’s monotonous greenery – not like the Sahyadris where you can feast your eyes upon millions of shades of green. But that’s another post.

Over the past couple of weeks, I noticed changes – subtle at first, but more pronounced as the days passed by. The days have become cooler, and the nights are chilly too. The weather forecast has started to show “Showers” in addition to “Thunderstorms”.

And yesterday, I saw the first hint of yellow in the trees around our apartment.

Make no mistake – old man winter is just around the corner. I can hear him coming – can you?