Letter O

O could stand for Ornamental, something that beautifies or used for decorating.

The word is quite fascinating and is mostly depended by every single human being to keep himself up above anybody. Seems people lost their faith in their own personality but believes more in ornamentals that can guarantee superiority and appeal.

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Posted for ‘Sundaystills photography challenge – Letter O’

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The dark side…

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

Or is it just our imagination? Because i learned moon is the same every single night, but clouds passing by decides if the moon has to look pretty or evil for us. Please don’t let anything affect your perceptions towards life, be positive and enjoy your beautiful life to the fullest

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography challenge – Night shot’

BUGz

The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began. You start to notice what’s around you, and you get very curious about how things work. How things interrelate. It’s as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you. You want to know where it goes; what it eats or may be what it does or how it does

Try watching it…damn!! it kills your time just like that, and finally to take you on a surprise when something eats it quickly when you really managed to concentrate on it. I took this pic when i was enjoying my days with Chickenpox which filled up my holidays last year back home

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Frozen

“To take a photograph is to participate in a situation or it’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

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Posted for ‘Sunday stills photography challenge – Cold as ice’

Home studio:
Slice of a lime
Purified and double boiled water
Freezer
Additional lights
Dark background

The worst hit on your best

The worst can hit on your best shot at any time, it’s an irreparable mistake especially in wildlife photography; my baddie was ‘motion blur’

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills photography challenge – Its a mistake’
Location: Waynad, Kerala – India

You, your mind, your machine and your actions needs to be really fast enough when photographing wildlife because the animals are always in motion even when they appear to be standing still. You’ll need to use a much faster shutter speed to freeze both your own motion and the motion of the animal. Honestly i was bit scared to increase ISO, but obviously learned a noisy image is better than a blurred one. Alternatively, a good anticipation and waiting game till the animal is stationary is worth a try.

A very common mistake i use to make was the Automatic AF point, this selection on your camera often look for the nearest object towards the centre of the frame, so if you let your camera choose the AF point itself your subject may not be in focus, especially when your subject is surrounded by vegetation, it’s easy for your camera to lock onto the wrong part of the scene. Try Continuous AF mode so that the lens is refocused between shots.

Legs…


“Okay okay……… if its all Leg you are looking for, you got it”

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Posted for ‘SundayStills photography challenge – Legs’

mind your eyes


An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language, a language from your own mind built from your beliefs and understandings. We need to tame our mind not the wild

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Egyptian Geese

A unique flight formation of Egyptian Geese captured at Abu Dhabi backwaters. I would say i am a very immature bird photographer, but was test firing few shots with my new machine Nikon D7000. Bird photography is still an area i need to improve a lot and i am working on it.

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Location: Abu Dhabi, Back waters

few tips i learned on bird photography:

– Settle early at a good place, preferably hiding and patient
– Position should be at a hill/high level
– The best would be when sun is behind you
– Set your camera @ continues auto focus
– Shutter speed must be 1/500 or above
– Better with shutter priority
– Firing mode should be Continues burst
– ISO could be auto or 400 accordingly to the situation
– first set of birds comes around are test rounds, let them come back

…bucK bacK

I wonder what on earth people love things made out of animals. It’s just so funny to think “I need a letter opener, I guess I’ll have to kill a deer”. Unlike wild animals, its only human being kills for sport and if you still call yourself civilized, i prefer to stay wild.
Being a lover of nature, animals and wildlife i practise not to post any photos of caged animals or birds.

Please STOP & NEVER SUPPORT Animal cruelty

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography challenge – Me soooo horny’
Location: Bandipur, India

WHITE BEAUTY

I believe it was my first snow in Liverpool back in 2006, a surprise wonderland nature sketched for me at our backyard in the morning.

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Posted for SundayStills photography challenge: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Elephant attack

Seconds before a wild elephant attack on our safari jeep, check out he is gearing up with full power, muscles and veins of his leg. Extremely dangerous especially when it is a lonely bull with one tusk. He is notorious for sure.

Me & my family survived the attack with the expert hands of our Safari driver through that slippery mud roads. It was a life time experience for my wife and 3 year old kid, but yet another one for me

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Location: Muthanga, Kerala – India

Tips to survive elephant attack:

Most of the initial elephant charges especially wild are “mock” (threat) charges or is pretending to charge but is actually testing you out to see if you’re aggressive or a non-threat. Your life is in recognizing the difference.

Listen for warnings, which we usually take it as Hello’s. With wild elephants its like ‘to hell with you’ not Hello
Watch the elephant’s ears, if it is relaxed and fanned out, he is probably making/about to make a mock charge. If they are pinned back flat, it is likely that the charge is real
Watch out trunk that is curled inward
Check out the front legs as they are indicators of an elephant working out whether to charge or retreat., the more likely the elephant was making a threatening show out of fear and had no intention to really charge.

Am not sure if it would practically work if Elephant is close, but stay downwind of the elephant at all times. It is difficult to smell you and seek you out (elephants have a keen sense of smell).

Sometimes it might be possible to shoo off the elephant by making loud noise if there is some distance between you and the charging elephant.
You might not be so willing to shout at a bull elephant in must, a time during which the elephant will be exceptionally aggressive and more likely to charge with intent to harm

If you are that brave, you have the option of standing absolutely still

Avoid showing your back to the elephant. Yes it includes turning and running which encourages chasing
If you decided to run and loose hope, look for something to keep between you and the charging elephant. Something larger than you or something that can act as a shield. If you are near to your vehicle you can honk if its safe, at normal cases they will leave the situation, but if its really close at all cases it would charge at the vehicle and tip it off. Sometimes a good ditch can help you, hop into a ditch. a large ditch and staying low if its deep enough

If you’re running and the elephant is drawing nearer, throw a jacket, hat, bag or branch a distance away from you. This might serve as enough of a distraction for the elephant to attack it instead of you

Sneaky whiskers…

In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats………until one fine day a Dog corrects it :).

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Posted for SundayStills Photography challenge – Pets

Long and the winding roads…

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome and dangerous. Let your passion rise into and above all the efforts leading to the most amazing view on the heights of greatness. …on our way to the foot of The Great Himalayas.

My inner desire always thrive to take the roads less travelled, the roads that challenges most and take me deep in to the utmost happiness of being in that moment.

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Posted at Sunday Stills photography challenge – Long and winding roads
Location: Auli @ Joshimath, India.
Thanks to my buddys: Joshious, Dany & Soloman Das

Welcome home…

Kerala, a little slice of paradise, a prosperous state on the southwest coast of India. We the people of Kerala would suggest to rest your eyes on our natural splendour and start believing in a paradise well preserved.

Yes, the picturesque green carpeted mountains of Munnar is a stunning vista to any traveller in search of serenity. Whether you travel to Kerala in search of the gods and the land they watch over, the experience is sure to be a unforgettable one.

Welcome home

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In support of Kerala Blog Express Trip2
Location – Munnar, Kerala
Special thanks to Mr. Rohan & TATA TEA

VIBGYOR

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”
Whenever i search for a quote on rainbow, that’s what comes first. What a beautiful quote, and it is the best thing we can do in this world. Yes life is all about your reflections and refractions to be the most beautiful and blessed creation of God

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Posted in Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – The Rainbow connection
Location – Liverpool, London

A rainbow is not an object, it cannot be approached or physically touched
To see a rainbow, you must stand with your back to the sun, otherwise it will not be visible.
A rainbow is in fact a full circle of light. However, due to most people viewing a rainbow on the ground we only see a semi-circle or arc of the rainbow.
Rainbows are created by both reflection and refraction (bending) of light in water droplets in the atmosphere, which results in a spectrum of light appearing.
No two people see the same rainbow, in fact even our individual eyes see slightly different rainbows. If someone appears to be standing under a rainbow you can see, they will see a different rainbow at the same angle but further away
Sir Isaac Newton identified the 7 colors of the visible spectrum that together make up white light. All of which are present in a rainbow in the order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (the acronym or name ROY G BIV is a good way to remember these colors and their order, we learned it the other way VIBGYOR  ).

Burning curiosity

A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education and it will conquer fear even more than bravery.
As a responsible parent, i usually give him directions and leave him for a safe play under strict supervision and control.

My son and his first experiences with fire crackers

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Contributed for ‘Sunday Stills Photography Challenge’ – Light my fire

Stonehenge


Spectacular Megalithic Site in Salisbury, United Kingdom.
Circular series of huge stones has the history believed to be built in stages between 3000 & 1500 BC is a huge astronomical instrument that could accurately measure solar and lunar movements as well as eclipse.


There is something magical in Stonehenge, feel like everything stands still and silent or may be slow. Or could be the whole natural setting made me lost in serenity.

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Location: Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Status: Re-post

DOF

DOF – Depth Of Field, is all about your creativity.
A shallow DOF is commonly used in Portrait Photography. It is basically a small area of the photo is in focus and is commonly used to isolate the subject from surroundings/backgrounds, and a wide DOF is where pretty much everything in the photo is focused. It is commonly used in Landscape photography.

Are you confused of those ‘ f ’s in photography terms? Let me put it in simple words. Its related to ‘aperture’ the hole which controls the amount of light that falls on a camera sensor. A smaller ‘f’ number indicates a large hole and a larger number indicates a smaller hole . When your aperture is wide open, your depth of field is really shallow and it’s hard to find a good focal point or it can be on the most nearer objects.

Below is with aperture wide open blurring the green trees in the far background to pure plain green background focusing only the dragonfly and the stem.

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Contributed for “Sunday Stills Photography Challenge” – DOF

Who am i ?

I can stay up to 15 minutes under water, but cannot breath under the water……who am i?
I use a technique called echolocation to find food and navigate, but communicate through sounds & whistles……who am i?
I am the only mammal that gives birth with the tail first instead of the head……who am i?
I have two stomachs just like for cows. The first one stores the food for them and the second one is where digestion takes place ……who am i?
I have 100 teeth in my mouth but we use them to grab our prey not to chew it. All food is swallowed in whole ……who am i?
We use a hunting tactic of circling the fish in a school and make them a tight ball. Then we patiently take turns going through the center of the ball to feed ……who am i?
Only one side of our brain sleeps at a time, allowing us to be able to breathe and to be able to watch for threats even while we are resting ……who am i?
We have a fast healing process even when we have deep wounds ……who am i?

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Location: Mussandum, Oman

Made in 1940’s

How many of us heard of Sir Henry Royce? …yes, the greatest cars of all time was his vision along with Mr Charles Stewart Rolls.
The first year 1906 when the company introduced its first car, the Silver Ghost. The car ran non-stop for a record-breaking 24,000 km.
The oldest known Rolls-Royce still on the road is the 1906 owned by Mr Thomas Love Jr of Scotland
There was only one chassis built in 1940’s as the production of chassis was ceased in 1939. If you check the production you can’t see any cars produced between 1939 and 1950.

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Contributed for “Sunday Stills Photography Challenge” – 1940’s
Rolls Royce Phantom @ Scotland

And here comes some interesting facts…
The Rolls-Royce radiator grille is made entirely by hand and eye – no measuring instruments are used
It takes one man one day to make a Rolls-Royce radiator, and then five hours are spent polishing it
Even today every Rolls-Royce engine is completely hand built
No one is certain who designed the Rolls-Royce radiator grille or the interlinked RR badge
At these times customers can choose from……….(hold your breath)………44000 colours

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