When Nature tries Art…

The sun illuminates the underside of the leaves on a coconut tree, making for a vibrant display of colors just before sunset.

Being the peak of summer, the sun is at its best and puts up an amazing show throughout the day. But the brilliance of this almighty disk is not limited to skies alone. When shining bright on the subjects that thrive due to its existence, it often paints them in ways that that captivates most of its audience.

Marble’s Siesta

This is Marble. He is one of the many new fauna who have made their presence known after the lock down. As the land turned calm and quiet, many flora and fauna have got a much need break from the hustles of life to recover and rejuvenate.

Marble like to have his siesta in our garden, right under the shade of the coconut tree with the damp and soft soil serving as his bed. Marble does mind the intrusion by irresponsible humans who decide to jaywalk during a lock down. But he still keeps to his spot till the sun sets behind the hills. And if someone decides to disturb his peace and say hello, he maintains the social distancing norms up till 7 feet after which he takes off to another of his lairs.

Marble is a good and responsible cat. Be like Marble!

Myna at Sundown

A Myna perches on top a tree, a mandatory pit-stop before it heads for its nest at sundown.

Shooting subjects from a confined location is a challenge. Given the rather less geographical canvas to scan through and move about, one must look hard to spot a subject. And with the thick foliage around, it is often after a good game of hide and seek before a little one like this spares a moment, to get snapped before taking off to another location.

One positive effect of the lockdown is the dramatic increase in the number of birds. Though often hard to spot, they let their presence and numbers be known through amplified chirping and calls they make, something rather rare during a normal day.

Lock-down Notes

The sun shines bright, brilliantly illuminating the fresh and vibrant leaves of a tree before setting behind the hills.

This whole lock-down situation is interesting. Yes, it is being done for everyone’s safety and at the same time it also created a hell lot of problems. But one set of problems I would like to highlight today is the boredom factor people encounter. I remember the time back in the 90’s when things like on-demand entertainment through the internet wasn’t a thing. But still whenever there was a power outage or a bummer of that sorts, I don’t remember a whole lot of people being ‘bored’. Everyone always had something to do. The ‘frustration element’ never seemed to show up.

Though the current scenario is quite different and dangerous, the fact that people just got bored seems rather unfortunate. This is happening even with the internet and major communication channels still up and running. This fast-paced life has managed to take out even a generation who weren’t born with these comforts in the first place.

Though this whole situation and the lock-down are unfortunate, I still would see this an opportunity. An opportunity to clean my gear, stay calm and composed, to stop and stare enjoying the little things in life, develop hope, get started with all the tasks that had been neglected for long and most off all- learning the lessons that one really needs to and be better prepared the next time around 🙂

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