Archive for ‘photography’

August 6, 2018

Find the Zen within

It’s possible to travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world, to take a plane, three trains, two ferries and a bicycle, in order to stand completely still. – TED Talks

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f22 : 30 sec

  As the Sun set
Clearwater, Florida, USA
March 15, 2018

Be Curious

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. – Stephen Hawking

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

  Caesars Head
Cleveland, South Carolina, USA
March 8, 2018

Life Happens …

Life is what happens, when you are busy making other plans.
Sometimes those wonderfully insignificant moments are all that you need :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 640 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/60 sec

   First Bloom
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
February 11, 2018

Just in time by Jones Gap

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter – Ansel Adams

Jones Gap is one of a kind, so wild, yet not very far from Greenville. The main highlight of Jones Gap is the Middle Saluda River – the states first designated scenic river. The hike & terrain is somewhat challenging in a couple of places, but the views are amazing.

The late afternoon sun and the clouds were just right. The fall colors and the diffused light caused the entire place to be flooded with the golden glow. Was there just in time to enjoy this lovely scene :)

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 13 mm : f22 : 15.0 sec

   Jones Gap Wilderness
Marietta, South Carolina, USA
February 4, 2018

Soco Falls – Hidden by the road

Soco falls is a beautiful, double waterfall on the edge of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, located near Maggie Valley. Its one among the most lovely waterfalls, by the Blue Ridge parkway – just 1.5 miles south of Soco Gap @ Milepost 455.7. Look for the small roadside parking area on the left of the road. It is easy to miss, since there is just one tiny sign.

This view requires a short hike. It is not a cake walk, but not super hard either. You need to be careful as it is steep and a bit slippery, especially when wet. But the adventure is well worth the view, wouldn’t you agree :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 160 : 18 mm : f11 : 8.0 sec

   Soco Falls
Maggie Valley, North Carolina, USA
January 26, 2018

Hiking by Paris Mountain

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

One of the easiest ways to unload, unwind and de-stress is to get out and connect with nature. Natural environments are rich in the characteristics necessary for the brain to replenish itself :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 400 : 39 mm : f4.5 : 0.3 sec

   Paris Mountain State Park
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
January 17, 2018

Snowflake Snowflake

Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Little snowflake falling from the sky.
Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Falling, falling, falling, falling, falling,
falling, falling, falling, falling…falling on my glove :)

– To be read as if you were a kid !!!

 

After couple of years, got to shoot the little little snowflakes again. It was fun. Snow out here in South Carolina is rare and that made it even more exciting :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 320 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/90 sec

   Snow Flake
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
January 13, 2018

Exploring Florida Keys

No man is an island – John Donne

Flying around Keys was quiet and experience, especially with an entertaining guide. Out here, there are more than 5000 islands. Each island is its own community of ecological biodiversity. Yet, these islands have stood by time and inexorably linked by nature.

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 350 : 54 mm : f4.5 : 20 sec

   Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Key West, Florida, USA
January 7, 2018

Cosmos

At times, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, 
At times, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

 

Cedar Keys, FL is one low key place that still holds secret spots where lights have still not polluted the gorgeous night sky. Being under the stars always brings in the feeling of being wonderfully insignificant and puts one one in a contemplative state. Starting 2018 with reflection and positive thoughts & Wishing you the best for the same too :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

   Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
Cedar Key, Florida, USA
December 12, 2017

Sunset by Clock Tower

The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you. – Rumi

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 1000 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/15 sec

Buy Print    Furman Bell Tower
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
December 6, 2017

Bahai Honda Sunset

Bahai Honda State park is one of the best spots to enjoy an Florida Keys Sunset (not that there is even any bad spots :))

On the left is the ‘Bahia Honda Rail Bridge’ – a derelict railroad bridge connecting Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key. After a replacement Bahia Honda Bridge opened in 1972, two spans of this defunct bridge were removed to accommodate boat traffic. On the right is Hwy 1 – driving it feels like floating by the ocean.

The cold water felt good for the hot summer. Standing in knee deep water, the view was great. Though the crabs were kind of bothering me,  they were not as bothered by me :)

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 200 : 10 mm : f6.7 : 1/90 sec

Buy Print    Bahai Honda State Park
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA
November 21, 2017

Twilight by Grandfather Mountain

I went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sun down, for going out, I found, was really going in – John Muir

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/60 sec

Buy Print    Tanawha Trail
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA
November 6, 2017

Magic of Fall

The raging winds of Irma, Jose & Nate (2017 hurricane) took down most of the leaves this season, especially in higher elevation. The sporadic temperature swings did not help much with the colors either.

But this hidden treasure by the corner of Blue Ridge Parkway, had protected the beauty of the season. With a slight drizzle, rolling fog along the sparkling creek – the colors of the fall were just a magic to be witnessed.

Magic & Magical places do exist. You just need to believe !

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 20 mm : f16 : 30 sec

Buy Print  Jones Gap State Park
Marietta, South Carolina, USA
October 31, 2017

The Lone Kayaker

It is a general perception that the quality of light moves toward harsh, as the sun moves up the sky, and not ideal for photography. But all rules are eventually meant to be broken :)

This particular hot afternoon I was driving around scouting for a potential sunset location. Glad the car in front of me slowed down, I applied the breaks and was treated to this view thru the window. It was only for a brief moment – the moving clouds diffused the harsh sunlight. And just a little bit gleamed thru, to light up the kayaker and part of the hill.

Always be prepared … it helps with photography too :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 50 mm : f4.5 : 1/500 sec

     Devils Lake State Park
Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA
October 29, 2017

A beauty called Linville Gorge

The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area lies entirely within the Pisgah National Forest. Sometimes referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, it is one of the wildest, most rugged gorges in the eastern United States. Given the terrain, it is also an outdoor paradise.

This is from the Chimney view overlook that provides a glimpse of Linville falls. The falls view is good, but one can’t miss this lovely view behind, especially with the lovely fall colors. Standing at the edge, the sheer depth of the Gorge was scary and at the same time exhilarating :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 500 : 25 mm : f11.0 : 15 sec

 Chimney View, Linville Falls Trail
Marion, North Carolina, USA
October 21, 2017

Orionids on a Chilly Night

A Sip of a hot chai
Gentle breeze of the cold night
Shimmering of the twinkling stars
A blazing streak of a meteor
– few experiences are worth skipping the cozy sleep :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

   Orionid Meteor Shower (10.21.2017)
Whitmire, South Carolina, USA
August 23, 2017

The Sun, Moon & Regulus

Watching the Solar Eclipse was quiet an experience. Witnessing the totality was even more personal.

In the peak of the afternoon – the scorching summer sun became so pleasant ; the temperature dropped ; the crickets became exuberant ; there was sunset all around and quiet an excitement permeated in the air. It was a surreal experience to witness a 360° sunset and right in the middle of the afternoon.

High above, as the moon obscured the Sun, it was a sight to behold ! Totality is the only time during solar eclipse that can be enjoyed with out any additional protection to the eyes. The Sun’s corona extends millions of miles into space and is most prominently visible during a total solar eclipse. Regulus, a bright star in the constellation Leo and among the brightest in Earth’s night sky. Due to its extreme brightness, Regulus can be spotted next to the sun’s corona, though its 79 Light years away.

The photos / videos do no justice to the experience, but here is an attempt to freeze that moment – for my friends who were not able to experience this in person. Do check out full screen at higher resolution – definitely worth it :)

 

Moon 1,079 Mile Radius 238,900 Miles Away
Sun 432,288 Mile Radius 92,960,000 Miles Away
Regulus 1,296,864 Mile Radius 458,500,000,000,000 Miles Away

Canon 7D : Sigma 150-600 mm : ISO 320 : 600 mm : f5.6 : 1/6 sec

   Solar Eclipse Totality
Whitmire, South Carolina, USA
July 27, 2017

Misty Morning by Mississippi River

This is from one of my Aurora chasing trips. After the long drive, the forecasted Northern lights never showed up. Decided to sleep in the car and was treated to this magical sunrise the next morning – I would still call it a win :)

Be Still and You will see.

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 21 mm : f22 : 1/4 sec

   Mississippi River
Savanna, Illinois, USA
July 24, 2017

Living under the stars

It is not a magical myth. There still exist places where the entire night is blanketed in the glow of the milky way. It is up to us all to make sure it stays that way :)

Went out along with my son for a night under the stars. After the long drive, at 5 minutes past 11, the planned spot at a State park did not work out – they just closed the gates prior to our arrival. This led to a drive around the unknown rural roads. After some scintillating conversations, light painting and trying out some Milky way shots, came across this lovely spot.

It was quiet a place to take a walk. Unlike city, there were no harsh lights to showcase the stone road, just the light of the stars and the sounds of the night. On the left were close to a hundred cows, casually mowing the grass. Only after we crossed the field, were we able to see the light, at the front yard of this house. Just enough for them and not polluting the night sky. It was quiet a scene, literally !

We talked about light pollution, rural life, dark skies, stars and soaked in the night :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 800 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 30 sec

   Living by the Stars 
Elberton, Georgia, USA
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
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