Silhouettes from the Sunset Past-III

The sun makes past the last set of cloudline before setting into the Arabian Sea, as seen from Navi Mumbai, India.

The sky is a canvas that often paints the wildest of pictures. Sometimes from looking like ‘The Eye of Ra’ (in this picture) to a full-blown monster ready to devour the land (when a storm approaches), the sun and clouds are elements that paint this canvas into a memory of a lifetime!

Silhouettes from Sunset Past-I

The sun sets amidst a pallet of colorful skies, beautiful clouds and towering buildings, as seen from Navi Mumbai, India.
The month of May has always been my personal favorite for shooting the sun during the golden hour. Not only is the sun at its best, there has always been some kind of interesting cloudscape or colors in the sky making for a much interesting and dramatic scene. A scene so soothing to the eye that one will forgive and forget the scorching heat endured during the day!
Any even though this image was made 8 years ago, May is the Way (still) to witness the best of what the sun has to offer, especially at the golden hour.

Circa-12th May, 2012

Sparrow Spotting

A male sparrow perches on the branch of a tree with a blade of glass in its beak before heading back to its nest during sunset.

I love the fact that we are able to spot sparrows much more often like we would in the past. There was a brief period when these little ones had become sparse in sight, maybe be due to the change in radio waves and pollution levels in the air. Though they can be mischievous at times, stealing fruits and vegetables being grow in the garden, I am more than happy to see them grow in numbers along with other flora and fauna in the region.

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!

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 🙂

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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Divine Canvas

The K-Town skyline one fine evening, just before sundown.

It had been raining heavily for the most of this month. The day would start with a dark and intense skyline and end with a heavy downpour, with wild winds rocking the foliage so hard that they would uproot the next second. The whole day was damp and gloomy with the sun nowhere to be seen. Stepping out of the house for work or leisure wasn’t an option.

But for the past few days, such skies and beautiful evenings have become staple, serving as a much needed break and also treat to the eye and soul. Maybe the rain gods will descend again and cause even more havoc. Or maybe not. But days like these fuel the mind with hope and give the strength to keep moving.

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