Nurturing Thursday: Take risks

For Nurturing Thursday this week would like to recall what Paulo Coelho says, “Be brave take risks. Nothing can substitute experience”.

I got into a wrong (local) bus and this is what I (we) see…

I shall be travelling today and might not be able to login to wordpress until late tonight.


Playing with lenses

It’s time for a post on another session of learning photography. In his 11th lesson Raj discusses issues related to various lenses. It’s a very informative post and I was quite happy to learn about different lenses.

I own an entry level DSLR Nikon d3200 and have only two sets of lenses. One the kit lens 18-55mm and a zoom lens 55-300 mm. I am very glad that I bought this zoom lens as I travel a lot and also I enjoy taking birds photographs. Here I show the way I use my lenses in different situations.

The first picture was taken on our way to Marleshwar Shiva temple. I was glad that zoom lens was attached to the camera.

1/125 sec. f/5,6, 98mm, ISO 280

A note: One of the moeny is looking at prasad in a thin plastic bag which he snatched from a girl. A big challenge of dealing with monkeys near our temples from north to south in India. May be there is not enough food in forests now a days.

During our journey I saw these small red-yellow flowers. Most of the time they were hidden in heavy green vines but I managed to capture this one photo.

1/500 sec. f/5,6 300mm, ISO 200

The next shot of a sunset, I tried with zoom lens but it did not work (I am not sure of the reason). Within no time I changed the lens.

1/2000 sec. f/7,1 55mm, ISO 400

Next image was taken at Mandu. To capture wide angle image I used the kit lens.

1/400 sec. f/32 40mm, ISO 6400

Whenever I am out around lakes to captures birds. The zoom lens is a must. You see the result here “for a morsel of bread”

1/2000 sec. f/7,1 260mm, ISO 400

And lastly, for capturing the scenic beauty around Villa d’Este  in Tivoli, near Rome I used the kit lens.

1/250 sec. f/8 18mm, ISO 100

Time for your comments Raj!

Life is not all black and white

I love black and white photography and love to watch work of others but for me it’s a very difficult task. I try to avoid. I tried to work on it in my earlier days and even particiapted in Leanne’s Monochrome theme but then I was not satisfied with my own work. In a way I gave up on that.

In the 10th lesson of learn photography series, Raj has discussed various issues related to black and white photography. I decided to give it a try.

I like to take pictures while travelling even though the conditions are not often supportive but then it is easy to get a black and white or at least a monochrome  photo during winter. HEre is my first photo taken on Monday while travelling. The blur tree is the proof.

1/320 sec. f/4,5 34mm, ISO 3200

I tried to work on flowers but could make it with only one rose. When the colour of petals and stamen are similar it is difficult to get a perfect balance of grey.

The second is the statue of mother with her dead son by Käthe Kollwitz taken in Berlin.  Tourist are not allowed to enter the room and respect it. I kept the space around the statue just to show the size of the room.

Next is a bright colour perfectly locked bicycle.

1/10 sec. f/5,6 55mm, ISO 100

The top and the roof.

1/40 sec. f/8 48mm, ISO 100

I took this picture for the bright colours and I don’t want to miss the fun by converting it to black and white. Would you like to turn it to black and white???

1/200 sec. f/8 45mm, ISO 100

Now it’s time to listen to Raj.

Weekend travelling: A journey from blur to abstract

Once a year,  go someplace you have never been before ~Dalai Lama


These pictures were taken while travelling through one of the beautiful roads in Norway. The storm, strong winds, curvy roads and lack of sufficient light made it very difficult to get a proper photograph. Anyways I got into adventure and now we see the results.

I have not been part of black and white photo challenge but here are my entries. Instead of black and white they are more like monochrome. The images have blue tint rather than pure white due to snow I guess.

I would love to here your comemnts on these images. Are they really abstract or they reveal all details. Do share your ideas.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

part of WPC: Transformation


Experimental: Capturing reflections while travelling

Photography is all about experiments. I like to travel which obviously creates more opportunities to learn “how to click a better one”.

Capturing reflections while travelling is a tricky business. One needs to be attentive almost all the time. I captured this image from inside a bus. I hate the trees along the road :D. They are such obstacles. Also the road was full of curves but I managed to capture some good images. I hope you like this one.


My second entry for this week’s photo challenge

A visit to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

Before leaving Hong Kong we wanted to visit Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha. I am glad we managed it. It was a rainy day with strong winds but still we managed the tour in half day.

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland and was initially known simply as “The Big Hut” (大茅蓬 Tai Mao Pung). It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue of  Buddha completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery. It symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.


I didnot take pictures of every detail as “No Photography” or “No Entrance” signs were marked at many places.

This is my 5th and last informative post on Hong Kong. The earlier posts are just a click away!


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