July 12, 2017

In the eyes of a child

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.
There are seven million. everything is a wonder :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 110 mm : f5.6 : 1/500 sec

   Sunset by the bay
Cedar Key, Florida, USA
July 6, 2017

Happy ID4

The crowds were crazy, but u can’t beat the fun and family time.

Shooting fireworks is fun. But including a sense of surrounding and the mood really makes it even more interesting. The crazy laser show and the pyro works was nice touch ! Here is my take and hope u like the same :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f8.0 : 20 sec

   Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA
June 18, 2017

Symphony of Light

Dying daylight & rising twilight,
Kindles the tiny angels of the endless night.
It is quiet a sight
Witnessing the symphony of light.

Specks of light, Shining bright,
Weaving a silent song by moon’s light,
So nimble & ever in flight –
To watch them twinkle, is always a delight :)

 

If you are interested with how this was shot & processed, check out this article.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 400 – 3200 : 10 mm : f8.0 : 30 sec ; 245 Shots

     Elkmont
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
June 6, 2017

Falls by the backyard

Not everyone is lucky to have a lovely waterfall in their backyard (literally),
And only some are magnanimous to open their home and lawns (again literally) to allow strangers to come in and enjoy the same.
As for myself, am just grateful to be able to visit / capture such spots and share with u all :)

 

This beautiful waterfalls – Eastatoe – is from the backyard of a lovely neighborhood, by the border of South & North Carolina. Although there are no signs along the road, the owners do welcome visitors, to share their treasure. The drizzling rain and floating fog, added a magical mood to the scene.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f8.0 : 20 sec

Buy Print    Eastatoe Falls
Eastatoe, North Carolina, USA
May 24, 2017

Just by the Roadside

You can make all the plans, but you never know what is in store.

After a lot of deliberate planning, decided to head out to the Jumping Off Rock. Starting off with delayed rental, to the not so dynamic sunset after the long and bumpy drive, the day just fizzled out. The next day when trying to chase waterfalls, the rain decided to chase us. But luckily along with rain – the mist, rolling fog and views like this – just by the road saved the day. Here it is – a view just by the roadside, from Carolina Mountains :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 160 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/90 sec

   By Hwy NC-28
Highlands, North Carolina, USA
May 2, 2017

Yellow Branch Falls

Google Maps, you need to step up. Occasionally navigating me to the back side of Walmart is manageable, but putting me on a spot (Rich Mountain Road : F744), back side of the water falls, where there is no potential trail and telling me to walk the reminder of the way, not cool :) Luckily, I was able to assess and get to the Hwy 28S and located the trail head.

I generally love waterfalls, but some are just really enchanting. This is one of them – Yellow Branch Falls ! The hike to Yellow Branch Falls is a backtrack hike over moderate terrain that ends at a beautiful waterfall with many individual cascades. Give enough time to get to the falls with regular breaks and u can call this an easy & fun hike.

On the route you pass through groves of dignified hardwood and meander across a number of streams. But the highlight of the hike is the 50 foot multi tier cascade, that awaits you at the end :)

 

When​ you are treated with views like this, all the huffs & puffs from the strenuous hike magically disappears :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 22 mm : f4.0 : 8 sec

   Yellow Branch Falls
Walhalla, South Carolina, USA
April 24, 2017

See you at Sunset

“See you at Sunset !” – This iconic phrase has embodied the spirit and history of Key West since the event took off in the late 1960s ! The “Key West Sunset Celebration” is a nightly festival @ Mallory Square. It hosts visitors from all over the world, to take part along side with local magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, local musicians, artists and food vendors, that combine for an incredible cultural experience.

But for me the sunset itself was iconic enough. I preferred the nearby Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (which probably is the true south most point in continental US, as opposed to the one commercialized at Whitehead street ). It too was a bit crowded, but much less touristy than Mallory Square.

There is something magical about Key West Sunsets, wouldn’t you agree :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 22 mm : f4.5 : 1/10 sec

   Fort Zachary Taylor Park Beach
Key West, Florida, USA
April 21, 2017

Pineapple Fountain with Sun Cherry topping

When I heard about the pineapple fountain, I was pretty exited. As per the name, it was quiet a fountain. Arrived before sunrise to shoot. Unfortunately the fountain was not turned on. It was surprising that the near by spider fountain was operational.

As I  was walking by the gardens and enjoying the twilight, found a building opposite to the fountain. The high vintage from the steps gave a nice perspective. As I set the camera for the first rays, the fountain sprung to life !

Here is a Pineapple fountain, with sun cherry topping, for you :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 85 mm : f27 : 1/125 sec

   Pineapple Fountain
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
April 12, 2017

The Pier of Clearwater

A trip to Clearwater, FL would not be complete without a visit to Pier 60, especially during sunset. It is as if the pier was put here, just for the sunsets! It was a bit touristy for my liking. But still, it was one of the best spots to enjoy a sunset by the Gulf Coast.

In addition to being a great place to relax during the day on Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 turns into a daily festival of sorts two hours before sunset and two hours after.

It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.

Canon 7D : Canon 10 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f8.0 : 1/10 sec

   Sunset by Pier60
Clearwater, Florida, USA
April 6, 2017

The Long White Bridge

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy — Guillaume Apollinaire

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 18 mm : f3.5 : 1/10 sec

Buy Print    Magnolia Plantation
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
March 22, 2017

By the Falls – Looking Glass

Looking Glass Waterfall is one of the best and easiest accessible waterfall in Pisgah Forest. And did I say there is no admission fee and its always open. The name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass. Looking Glass Creek, which flows past the rock, is also named for the impressive natural structure.

With a roadside pull off, an overlook and steps to the bottom, this is definitely a great place to stop and enjoy nature’s power. The falls cascade into a river below.  Steps lead down to the falls for a close-up view. Once you are there, definitely venture onto the rocks by the side of the stream. On a warm day, some wading and swim underneath the falling water would be great.

 

If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? – Chief Seattle

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100: 18 mm : f8.0 : 10 sec

   Looking Glass Waterfall, Pisgah Forest
Brevard, North Carolina, USA
March 8, 2017

Be Still

Once, while driving to Atlanta, the evening sky was so dramatic, that it would have been a sin not to stop. Luckily, Maps showed a blue patch near by, indicating a water body. But only in a crunch, you realize how much time it takes to drive up, even a few miles, when it is not the highway :) Shot this literally scrambling to find a spot, from where I had parked …

The light was fading down quickly and there was not enough time, but was real glad I had pulled over !!!

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. – Deepak Chopra

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 160: 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/60 sec

   Lake Hartwell State Park
Fair Play, South Carolina, USA
March 1, 2017

Be like the tree …

Be like the tree, and let the dead leaves drop – Rumi

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100: 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/20 sec

   Pisgah National Forest
Brevard, North Carolina, USA
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February 26, 2017

Let The Change Change you

Starting from the political scenario currently here in the US, to that back home in Tamilnadu,India there seems to be lot of uncertainty.

Added to this, on the personal front, it has been one unexpected start of the year, with change in work and locations. Though it was unplanned, I realized that anchoring ourselves with an abundance of security can actually become a dangerous habit :) Agreed, Uncertainty is scary, but may be that is what keeps us alive … Uncertainty and life go hand in hand. So if you want to make the most of your life it is critical  to embrace uncertainty.

I sure would miss the lovely colors of Florida Sunset, but am sure the sun does set every day, where ever you are :) So here is to life, embracing uncertainty & back to share sharing my shots from my travels ! Happy Living !

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100: 10 mm : f22 : 2 sec

   Sunset by SandKey
Clearwater, Florida, USA
December 13, 2016

December Super Moon

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us :)

– Richard H. Baker

The last quarter of 2016 had been treating us with Super Moons. To the casual watcher it does not make much of a difference in size, but it does give an excuse to go out, shoot and enjoy.

All the planning did not come together during Oct and Nov, as the weather Gods had other plans. The third and final installment of this supermoon trifecta adored the sky earlier this evening (Dec. 13, 2016). And Oh boy, was it awesome ! 

This is not a composite (not that there is anything wrong with composites). But it was much more fun and challenging to plan and get it all together, restricting to a single focal length.

As I came to the spot shortly before the moon rise, was worried the anchored boat would be a hindrance. But once I walked around, the composition fell in place – and in this case, I feel it adds to the scale of the shot :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 320: 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/8 sec

Buy Print    Moon Rise 12.13.2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
November 15, 2016

Million Shades of Magical Colors

Fall colors do happen in Florida, it just happens in the sky and all around the year :)

The name Sunshine State might bring in memories of crisp & sunny days at beach, but Florida also is the home of some amazing & best sunsets. This was shot at a secluded spot, from a not very well know local beach. The low tide enabled the kids (look close,  there are two of them) to play and venture out for shell combing. As the sun was fading behind the horizon, the entire sky burst in million shades of twilight colors. It was just magical :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100: 10 mm : f22 : 6.0 sec

    Sunset Beach
Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA
October 26, 2016

Fall Colors by that Crooked Road

Door County by Hwy 42 in Wisconsin is one of the premier spots for enjoying fall colors. During the peak fall season, any of the country back roads will treat you with a palette of colors, but this crooked road definitely takes the crown.

It really is a neat road, connecting the village of Gills Rock, Wisconsin with the Washington Island Ferry dock at Northport. At the right time, this winding stretch of road is encapsulated by a burst of fall colors. Thanks to the ongoing road work during my visit, it added a rustic feel to the shot !!!

 

There is no path to happiness
Happiness is the path :) – Buddha

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100: 119 mm : f5.6 : 1/45 sec

    That Crooked Road 
Gills Rock, Wisconsin, USA
October 19, 2016

First Strike

Just because you
didn’t see me
Doesn’t mean that
I wasn’t there

Did u know that on average there are 25 Million cloud-to-ground lighting hits per year or  ~48 strikes per second … and that is only counting continental US. Still I had managed to capture only a very few till date, this being the first strike ;-)

Being one of the most unpredictable forces of nature, lightning storms present unique challenges in photographing them. Lightning is probably happening all thru the day, but is more rewarding to photograph them once it is dark or during twilight, when the foreground accentuates  the composition. I had been trying to capture lighting for a while now, but it all came together only this particular evening at Everglades National Park. How do u like it !

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100: 15 mm : f5.6 : 4 sec

   

Pine Glades Lake
Everglades Wilderness, Florida, USA

September 22, 2016

Guardians of the Sunset

Almost always, things happen for a reason.
For the remaining times, it still happens for a reason, but we just don’t know it :)

 

This particular evening, planning for a full moon shoot, I headed to Fort de Soto Park. But since it turned out to be pretty overcast by the horizon, decided to head to the other side of the island for the sunset. Turned out to be a great evening.

It was a nice walk by the waves, enjoying the sunset. As the sun was going down the horizon, there were these two White Ibis playing by the coast. Watching these guys was fun and in the end, it was just a matter of waiting for things to align. Glad it all came together !

Eventually, on the way back, we got to see the full moon in its glory too. After all, things happen for a reason :)

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100: 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/350 sec

 Guardians of the Sunset
Fort De Soto, Florida, USA
September 18, 2016

Sunset over the World

Was surprised to learn that Palm Jumeirah isn’t the only artificial island out there in the coast of Dubai. When I was in the area, learnt there were quiet a few more – The World, The Universe and may be they will even come up with a Multiverse sometime in future :) Standing on the world’s tallest man made structure (Burj Khalifa), watching ones of the largest man made islands (the world) & the Sun going down the gulf – it was quiet a tranquil.

Though there was definitely an awe on all the man made structures (and islands & its eco systems), in the back of my mind, one thought did linger – how would we justify the energy required to desecrate natural, aquatic ecosystems in an effort to fabricate a habitable environment that is in no way sustainable merely, for the sake of being able to say that it was done.

Only time will tell …

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100: 70 mm : f5.6 : 1/90 sec

Buy Print    Sunset over The World
Archipelago, Dubai, USA
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