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January 27, 2020

Standing Out

Fitting in does not mean you belong.
Standing out does not mean you are desolate.

Don’t be afraid to Stand out.
We are born unique, but spend the first couple of decades of our life, learning to confirm. Learn – it is important. But – Learn critical life skills. Learn what helps you to stand out. Learn to differentiate what is being shoved down your throat by so-called society.

Don’t be afraid to Stand out. Don’t lose the uniqueness that is You.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f5.6 : 1/45 sec

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Woodburn, Oregon, USA

March 15, 2019


Love is the absence of judgment – Dalai lama


Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 184 mm : f5.6 : 1/10 sec

    Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Illinois, USA
March 6, 2016

Live Everyday

Everyone eventually dies,
But only a few make sure they lived.

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 100 : 169 mm : f5.6 : 1/10 sec

  Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Illinois, USA
July 6, 2015

Windmill Wild Flowers

It might be hard to believe, but this was shot just minutes before, on the other side of the road from this thunderstorm. It is indeed amazing, the kind of light that extreme weather brings. To make things interesting, I captured multiple consecutive shots to get the flower effect. Though these windmills were close, their different rotating speeds caused different flowery effects.

Whenever I had come across a windmills, while driving in the past, I had always wanted to get a shot like this. But today, it all came together – the light, the composition, the clouds & even the flowers :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 16 mm : f4.0 : 1/125 sec

Buy Print    Windmill Wild Flowers
Hwy 65, Indiana, USA
November 24, 2013

Will you hold me ?

Canon 7D : Tamron  18-270 mm : ISO 320 : 169 mm : f5.6 : 1/8 sec

    Lily, Chicago Botanic Garden 
Glencoe, Illinois, USA
November 10, 2013

And the Winner is …

It was one crazy week, 6 days and 12+ hours each day ! It was so crazy – at one point I was not able to recall my laptop password that I use multiple times each day. It just amazes how our mind remembers things – more visual and pattern based. Anyway I digress – I started to write this post to share an amazing thing that happened this week – the results of Capture the Color Contest were announced, and read further to know who the winner is ;-)

This post is probably going to be more of my feelings and shameless plug ! Feel free to ignore :)

If you had been following me, you already know abt my entry to this competition from a month back. If not – Capture the Color is an annual color based (red, yellow, blue, green, white) photo contest by UK based Travel SuperMarket.

Being selected at the top – out of the 2000+ entries – bought in such an exhilarating feeling. It was so nice to be recognized by some amazing top travel photographer and having the chance to share my work with even lot more folks from around the world. It also bought in feelings of gratefulness and thankfulness – for you – my family and friends – who continue to encourage me relentlessly to capture what I capture – Thank You !

Thank you Judges [Daniel – Blue Judge, Dave – Green Judge  , Abi – Red Judge, Christine – White Judge, Ken – Yellow Judge] and Thanks Travel Supermarket for such a lovely contest. The quality of the submissions and the final selections was awesome.

Head to the announcement to check out the other winners ! There are some amazing shots to be enjoyed.

I really liked this contest – for the way it was organized. Unlike most of the other contest that is based on the social votes (on FB or twitter), this was purely judged by well known photographers and travel enthusiasts. Not that there is anything wrong with the other way of running the contest – just that it has a potential to be biased to who ever has a larger following. In addition – I had been looking up to most of Judge’s work even before knowing about this contest. Hence getting recognized by them – meant even more :) [Have quoted what they had to say on the winning entry below :) ]

When I learnt abt the prize , my immediate thoughts were to get back to shoot the lava from Hawaii. But looks like the ocean lava flow had stopped for now. In this case – for now- could be quiet a while ! Need to work out options on heading out to that spot, I had always wanted to – to shoot and share with you guys and girls. If you have any suggestions do drop in a comment !

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 320 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/90 sec

  Chicago Botanical Garden
Glencoe, Illinois, USA

Sathya’s work really stands out. Not only does he know how to use light, color and composition admirably to craft his images, but he also edits them to perfection and creates a moody and surreal atmosphere that just draws you in. A clear winner. – Daniel

I chose Like the Ocean because I felt the collective work really captured the essence of color in travel. From the wonder of witnessing a waterfall for the first time to walking through the forest at sunset, each photo captured a moment we can all relate to in our travels. – Dave

These images really highlight the solitude of travel and exploration. – Abi

This year’s competition was much more of a challenge to judge than last year, but Sathya stands out through some great subject choices coupled with a clear mastery of his camera. Each photo took us to a new world, and was handled masterfully. – Christine

As judges, we had more than 400 blogs to look at when it came to deciding on the overall winner. This time we looked at the overall entry as opposed to one singular image and the entry by Sathya stood out from the others. All of the images were strong contenders for the individual color categories, and as an overall submission this one was a clear choice to me as the top prize winner. I’m looking forward to see where Sathya decides to travel to with the prize money and I am eager to see the photos! – Ken

July 19, 2013

If you Love, let it be …

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies, it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” – Osho

Canon XSi : Canon 18-55 mm : ISO 100 : 28 mm : f4.5 : 1/20 sec

    Exotic Flower
Utah, USA
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May 29, 2013

Stop Running, Start Seeing …

The moment you stop running , you start seeing …

A drizzling afternoon is definitely a best time to shoot flowers. The overcast weather diffuses the light, but there is still enough light to shoot @ f5.6. The rain saturates and pops out the color. Below shot from The Chicago Botanical Garden is from one such afternoon. This is right out of the camera except for the copping. The background was from the distant cherry blossoms :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 320 : 155 mm : f5.6 : 1/250 sec

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Glencoe, Illinois, USA
May 24, 2012

She is coming

I grab a pen
I drop a cap
I opened a book
and closed it shut.

I kick the sand
and raise some dust.

I run a circle
I do a jiggle
I go up in smoke
I stumbled
I crumbled
I laughed
I cried

someone …
just told me –
that you are coming :)

June 25, 2011

Right or Wrong !!!

Flowers in general are always cool to shoot with – they are colorful, attractive and if you are lucky, they would be just stand still, for as long as you want, with a little bit of support from wind :). So when I came across the vibrant lily at Meenmutty Falls Resort , was delighted. This was shot during broad afternoon day light and was surprised the way it turned out. I had always thought that these kind of shots were made within a studio set up. All I did here, was used circular polarizer to make the water, non reflective and dark. Playing a bit with curves and levels, helped lose some of the other unwanted details. What do you think of the result ?

Below is a (so called) Haiku that I wanted to share alongside this shot !

Sometimes when
Every thing looks right & Every thing looks wrong … simultaneously
Look again
There is nothing wrong about the right &
There is nothing right about the wrong !!!

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Violet Lily
Meenmutty Falls Resort, Kerala, India

February 4, 2011

Jacaranda – The Purple Carpet of Bangalore

Jacaranda (blooming period Feb-Mar): Delicately beautiful, this tree carpets the roads and yards all over town, with fragile purple flowers. It is one of the most ethereal sights to see every feb/march or so. Of all the places in Bangalore, Cubbon Park, as usual has a prize collection of the colorful carpet flowers, apart from houses all around town.

Was quiet lucky when the sun-set treated me one nice evening, from the luxury of my balcony, with the below scene. HDR really came in handy in capturing the twilight along with the beautiful violet jacaranda in the foreground. It is probably worth to check out the full size (clicking the below image and selecting ‘X3’ in the sizes).

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View From Alpine Eco Apartments, Bangalore
Karnataka, India

January 8, 2011

OutStanding – Wishing a very Happy 2011 Ahead

2010 had been a great year. Just that it flew fast, real fast ! Wishing a very happy and a prosperous 2011 to all my readers. And to me – hoping that I would keep pace with 2011 as much as I am wanting to. Though I had been blogging on and off for quiet some time now, I had not shared as much as I wanted to (oh no, not the rare ramblings, but atleast some inspiring photographs ! ).

This 2011 am planning to share atleast one photo every week this year [and yeah u can keep a tab on me :) ]

This week shot is from the numerous sunflower fields en’route Hampi to Bangalore. Hampi by itself is so majestic, that these travel experience are noting but an additional bonus!

It is not who you are that makes you stand out. It is what you do, with what happens to you , that makes the difference !!!

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Sunflower Fields
Enroute Hampi, Karnataka, India

October 19, 2006

The World as I see

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.

At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.

The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.


I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.


I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.

– Poem by Khalil Gibran

I liked the poem, thought I really do not concur with the poet on the last para

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