At the Edge, witnessing the beauty ahead

A panoramic view into the canyon below from the cliff of the Tiger Point at Lonavala.

The current situation of the world is that of uncertainty and sorrow. And especially in an age when most of the people are well connected, each of us is able to witness this firsthand, helplessly.

But this same calamity has brought out a positive side of the world. Be it the tireless spirits of medical personals and the people involved, the mutual understanding and kindness between citizens, the ability of many to be there in a family and the overall revival of nature due to drop in pollution levels.

There is no denying or underplaying the fact that this is the one of the worst disasters of all times and the sorrow it has brought along. But seeing the positives even when standing at the very edge of uncertainty, holding on to the hope for a better future is just as important as the cure is.

Stay safe everyone. This too shall pass. There is beauty and peace beyond all of this 🙂

Street Shoot Part III

5.Facial expression
This is the game changer, try and act natural in front of the camera. Ask the photographer to see previous images of yours and focus on your best feature . It can also include your favourite frown look. To the natural candid smile look.

6.Keep it Cool
Shooting all day long is a tedious task for both the subject and photographer. Both are bond to get tired and irritated. So instead of getting frustrated at each other, its better to take a break, have some food and water, joke around, relax and get back your energy. Once the mind and body had their rest, inspiration will soon strike, guiding you to that dream shot.

I hope you all loved this series and the shoot. I can vouch for tips being helpful as it was a lifesaver for me- something I had never tried or been told about before.
Once again much thanks to Fiana Fashion Forward​ for being the best photographer & editor and for this lovely experience in total!

Street Shoot: Part II

3. Light makeup

Do you think that makeup is only for ladies then you are wrong. Men also can use makeup as a weapon to enhance their features. Have you not adored Aquaman (Jason Baboa) scar on the eyebrow? Do you not like Ranveer Singh’s Kohl eyes in Khilji character? Try and think of your shoot and keep following things in mind- 
Keep your face washed before
You can wear your favourite moisturizer and sunscreen if you like.
Dust some powder on your face to avoid sweat.
You can try experimenting with kajal too
Always add some gel to your hair so that it looks neat.
4. Props change the game

Don’t know what to do with your hands while shooting? Then pull up some easy props. These will not only make you look appealing but frame the pictures better. Some easy props include-Watch, hat, sunglasses, beanie, cycle, ball, racquet, bottle, musical instruments etc.
 
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First Blood, First Shoot

For a change starting this new year, I decided to be in front of the camera and pose for a shoot. That’s right!
I rarely get myself shot and a full shoot was never even a thought.
But thanks to Fiana Fashion Forward‘s constant persuasion and the beautifully perfect shoot, I finally gave in
This series will focus on how a photographer and model can prepare for a shoot especial if either or both are new to the portraiture photography. Though the tips are model focused, the photographer can use the same to talk and guide the model, getting to know the subject, their ideas, fusing them with their own artistic perception, all eventually leading to great shoot and wonderful results.
Much thanks to Fiana for this beautiful write up that has helped me in my own shoots and also for the best shoot ever!

So this one is for all the guys out there who are confused and apprehensive about posing on camera. Some sneaky tips and tricks which will make you seem like a born poser.
1. Forget the camera
Trust me once you feel that you are along, poses come naturally. Try to imagine that your camera or cameraman is absent. Try freeing your mind and pose swiftly.

2. Imagine
Who is your favourite actor who adorns your walls or boards. There is something massive and charismatic about your favourite hero. Something larger than life. So try to think about him and pose like him. This will make you feel more comfortable and confident in your skin.

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The Blue Hour Spell

A panorama of the Haji Malang Range as seen during the blue hour with the entirety of the range standing tall and the lifeless concrete jungle at the bottom. No matter how much I have photographed this scene, it always has something new to interest and captivate me.

Flyin’ to the Moon and Back

The full moon rising amidst the passing cloud cover during late evening, as viewed from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

This particular full moon has some exclusiveness attached to it. It goes by the name ‘Kartik Purnima’ in India, the ‘Hunter’s Moon’ in the West and also is known as the ‘Harvest Moon’. The specialty of this full moon is that it particularly is cooperative around the time of the autumn equinox, making this full moonrise quite unique in itself.

During the time of this celestial event i.e 13th-14th October 2019, Mumbai was facing rather untimely rains which also translated to a wet and damp Diwali in the city. So there was a certain doubt if one would be able to witness any of the moon amidst such questionable weather. Also those set of days coincided with the festival of Karwa Chauth in which the moon is of most prominence and much sort after.

But inspite of the speculation, the rain gods didn’t spoil this spectacular event, with the pre rains and the passing clouds only adding character to the magnificent show playing up in the heavens.

Content Info- earthsky.org

Audio Track: Savage Garden- To the Moon and Back

Sunset Perfect

Though it is high time for the monsoon to have stopped completely, it does rain quite often even now. The mornings usually have an overcast with the sun making a brief appearance at times. The evenings follow with raging thunderstorms that are often accompanied by spells of heavy rain. But inspite of having an unpredictable weather, the evenings often lead you to amazing scenes like these, becoming a must needed treat to the tired eye and soul. And the fact that these untimely rains keep the dust, pollution and heat in check is always a boon!

The Green Stairway

A beautifully lit sky forming the background to a vibrant lush green slope of a hill as viewed from the foothills during sunset at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Enter the month of October and the rains will be soon gone, only to surface next year. Though it rains quite often even now, the signs of the retreat are evident. This year, it had rained enough and after a point it had started becoming a pain. Yes, the monsoon is far better than the scorching heat of the summer and water is a resource that one always finds good use of. But I wished it had rained in patches and a bit more mildly, giving everyone a small window to enjoy the fruits of the monsoon. Or maybe I, as my city, should have prepared in a much better way to have take it more as a boon than a bane. But there is always a next time. And yes, I will really miss the rains once they are gone…

A glimpse of the Near Future

A panoramic view of the large empty plot (in the far background) being developed for the impending “Navi Mumbai International Airport” amidst the ever beautiful hill ranges, mangroves and various streams, as viewed while descending from the Kharghar Hills one fine afternoon.

It would be fun to watch how many airplanes would fly out of this location in the coming years and how ‘wise of a decision’ it was to make an airport in this particular location in the first place.

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A Storm rolls in… – II

A storm rolls in over the lush green plateau and the numerous peaks before descending into the valley.

The hill range acts like a boundary wall holding up a good amount of rain bearing clouds as they pass by from the west. When there is a heavy downpour, these clouds send down huge quantities of water, often resulting in swelled up streams and waterfalls across the town.

Though as beautiful as it seems, it would be rather terrifying to get held up on these highlands when a storm like this passes by.
 
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