Travels / Places

Portrait in Snow

This year has been crazy with snow storms. Till the end of Jan, there was less to no snow fall in Chicago.  And towards the end of Winter, we are  practically having a snow Storm every week. Though Bitter cold, snow is always interesting  and provides with beautiful photo opportunities.

This Portrait is also the result of a multiple pics. This time 26 pics stitched into a Panaroma, resulting in a whooping 500 MP image :).




To Show the clarity of the pic. I have attached the Cropped version of this Image in various Dimensions. Below Image is the result of 25% crop.

Cropped Image - 25%

Image cropped at 90%




















Now the Image cropped to 200% and still the clarity holds good.



All Alone..

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Only the Shadow that Stays…

In the End

This picture that I took  in the Dunes, reminded me of steve Job’s  standford commencement speech ..

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new…”

In ♥

Any Good scenery is not so good without the presence of people in love.

One Night @ Arches

This pic was the highlight of our Road trip . This Arch in the entire national park has got a star status. Because of it’s unique formation , the difficulty in finding, what finding even viewing it and also it is the symbol of the state of Utah.

After hearing and reading about the tales of this Arch, we decided to hike ( 2.4 KM hike oneway on the mountains 😦 ) on  what the experts had classified as a moderately strenuous. we saved this hike for the end of the day to view sunset and do some star gazing. When we reached the top, the crowd had disappeared and the entire arch was left to us..

It was completely dark and we were accompanied by one more photographer Ty ( who happened to be  the National Sales manager of Lowepro )..Together for the next few hrs till midnight we light painted the arch.

The light streak at the bottom is my wife lying down and lighting the entire Arch.


After midnight Ty decided to leave and we decided to stay the entire night there . lying beneath the mighty Arch accompanied by the the summer breeze and pitch Darkness…The next day morning when the crowd started coming up, we slowly climbed down to resume our trip…











It’s been a While & A long way to Go

Woow it’s been very long time that I posted anything here ..I was busy working and traveling . Recent short trips to state parks around the house to the long Road trips, Each and every trip has taught me a lot. Understanding new people , Observing new cultures , seeing new geography..Above all every trip has given me a great photo opportunity. I love each and every moment I move out from the coziness of the couch.

As many bloggers I follow, I don’t know how to write captivating stories. I think too much, but when I start penning, my words are lost in thin air. But I do what I do Best..I can produce visually delighting pictures 😉 [atleast I think so…ha ha  ].

So starting from today, I am going to concentrate more on my pics than to fill the blog with my words..So I chose the below pic , more apt to my topic of discussion. A long way to Go before I Achieve my goals, before I create my own Artistic style , before I sell my first pic, before even I make a living out of this craft..Certainly a Long Way to GO..

The Above pic was taken during our  Travel from Monument Valley to Arches national Park..This long road symbolize the long but steady road to reach your destiny..

[HDR version, created from 3 diff exposures. My fav ;)..]

It feels so good writing this blog today..Have a GN /GM / GA guys..

Morning, Eve & Night

This post is a continuation of all the pics that I shot during our camping trip. When I look back in my sys for all the images shoot, I could see that I have spent all 3 days during camping, just shooting pics.

Just opposite to our camp site, we had a small lake in which people were fishing from morning. In the eve during this golden hour , I was surprised to see that every one had left and were busy either cooking or doing BBQ. So the entire shore was all to me , So I sat there all alone enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Next day morning , me and my wifey woke up to watch Sunrise . After watching sunrise, when we were returning to our camp tent , we saw this lonely tree  and felt compelled to click the last snap of the day.

Ok Guys..It feels good to blog after long time. Have a GN / GM  folks.

The Company

In our recent 3 day caming trip, we had all the worlds time for ourselves and I had an awesome time. That set my mind off to think, what makes a trip wonderful & memorable?, which makes you keep thinking of it even after a week passed by. And also when you are going to be in the woods for the next 3 days, what’s the one important thing that you should have taken with you?. The Answer to both is  ‘The Company’.

“A company can make or Break a trip.”

You want like minded people, people who can enjoy the nature , enjoy silence , have healthy conversations , Can help out each other and above all you can be yourselves. All this can happen when you are with the right company.

When we set out to woods on this long weekend and when my wife and her friend were busy packing the food supplies, all I had in my mind is how light or heavy should I pack my camera bag. I just received my light stand and I want to experiment it in outdoors. So I was trying a way to squeeze in with our luggage. So when we set out camp ground, I knew for sure that all I had for the next 3 days is all the time for myself and my experiments. And our friends who accompanied were well aware that I would sit for hours fiddling with my camera than lending my hand in preparing food.

So the result of all this, I had my card full of images and one filled heart with wonderful memories.

You can check my Weed and Sunrise all taken during our camping trip.

Sun setting on us as we were preparing gor our Eve BBQ.

Our Eve chat was endless. It extended till late nights and even made us worry that it would go till early morning :). This time I experimented with external flash to get this lovely blue exposure, which otherwise would have been pitch black.

Early morning View from our tent. The day was fresh , green , dew filled and beautiful in its own way.

Magic @ the Golden Hrs.

I have been away from blogging for almost a week. Job kept me engaged and I did not want to stress myself with the Edit-365 project. I think art is a creative outlet from ur routine work and creativity can’t be forced. I really want to take time to enjoy the work rather than doing it for the sake of doing..

This long weekend I set out with my wife and 2 of our good friends for camping in the woods. The State park that we chose was very close to the beach and I wanted to wake my lazy bone at least a day to see how magnificent the early sunrise would be. And when I went on Monday morning, I wasn’t disappointed with the scene that unfolded in fron of my eyes. The horizon was filled with vivid colors and when the first streak of the sun rose, it enriched all the colors in the sky for a brief moment making the scene absolutely awesome.

Technical Info : I used a ND filter to limit the amount of light to produce a long exposure, thus producing the silky effect with the water.

Ok All..Signing of for tonight. GN..


Yellow Stone – Grand Prismatic Springs

This post is the continuation to our 4 day yellow stone trip . Even on second day, we all woke up in the morning with absolutely no plans on where to go or what to see. We started from the beautiful log house we were staying in jackson Hole town, headed towards the south entrance of the park, took the Park map from the entrance and then made the decision as where we would be heading for that day.

The only plan was to keep travelling in the west direction. Look out all the geysers & springs , stop at all the wonderful lakes , admire all the pristine beauty and continue doing this till the sun sets. When the sun goes down, we would make a full 180 and head back to our cabin with no pitstop in between. Since no plans were made, we were able to enjoy everything and anything that we encountered.

Bright Flowers filled most of the area around the beautiful lakes.

On our way Exploring. The long roads were inviting.

Boiling Grand prismatic Spring.
Now when we saw this beauty in a close range, we saw that the spring was vivid in color. Our eyes were unable to capture the entire beautiful sight.  That is when we noticed the small hill and decided to climb it to check out the birds eye of this spring. I should tell you , we fell in love at the sight that we saw from the hill. Truly nature works its wonder in every possible unimaginable way.
Signing off for the day with lot’s of memories from this trip..GN folks..