Cup of Chai & the Sparrow

A very happy new year to all my readers.

Today morning, I got up with a warm inner feeling. It is the first day of the new year after all. What exciting things to do? The best thing, I could think of, was to walk down to a neighborhood kiosk and have a cup of piping hot tea with milk (or better known as masala chai) and enjoy some early morning photography. Packed a camera with a normal lens and I was on the road, striding towards the tea-stall.

 

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Bike or Car

Bike or Car… What has that got to do with photography? I’ll come to that very soon. Today, I was having a chat with one of my old friends. I am home, down with fever and on a very strict soup and diet regime. Going out for photography was out of question. Thankfully he spared time and chatted with me. Somehow we remembered the good old days when both of us had really inexpensive motorcycles (or bikes for short). As time passed by, both of us moved to different cities and kept our bikes. For me, my bike was the biggest help in reaching out to places unknown. Yes, this is where the photography comes in.

 

Hill Road

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My favorite things!

Yesterday, I was listening to a wonderful song by Oscar Hammerstein / Richard Rodgers and performed by Julie Andrews –

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things …

Yes, these would be favorite things for most and make anyone feel happy. For the photographer in me, there are a few other favorite things, that never fail to exhilarate me.

 

Grapes

(Photographing grapes while they remain untouched by human hands and then tasting a few, fresh off the vines!)

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Playing with Words

English is rapidly becoming the language of choice even for the non-native speakers. Due to proliferation of internet (which happens to be mostly in English), English is now the defacto language in many places. English is not my native language and yet I also write these articles in English. So, for the literary bend in the photographer’s mind, here are some phrases every photographer should be aware of. I have compiled this list from various sources and will keep adding to it in future.

Distant Hills

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Social Media Photography Competitions

Recently, I have been witnessing a huge number of photography competitions being conducted online. Today I sat for many hours visiting all these photography competitions and was shocked. How low has the photography gone? It seems that now some people come together, form a group and conduct photography competitions. Some of these are on a daily basis too! Some of the things that I noticed consistently in most of these photography competitions –

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