Photography

Being a travel photographer, lush green nature and hills have always attracted me. I find peace in the lap of nature, walking across flower blooms while enjoying the gigantic fresh smell filling my nostrils giving me a sensation of another world. A 3 days trip to Kodaikanal was a much needed getaway to take a break from work and relax.

Kodaikanal is a city of hills located at a distance of 462 kms (8 hours bus distance) from Bangalore, India. It is called as the Queens of Hills.

This trip was all about witnessing the cool weather, seeing nature through a different perspective and clicking photographs.

March 30 – April 1, 2017

Stay

We booked a hut through Airbnb in Misty Mountains. The location and the hut were eye popping and situated at the highest altitude in the city.

Day 1, March 30

We arrived Kodaikanal at 6 in the morning and booked a taxi to our stay. It was 2.5 kms away from bus station, Naidupuram. The view was so amazing and refreshing that I kept wondering why did I not visit this place before.

Our stay in Kodaikanal:

We planned to cover Kodaikanal lake, Bryat park and Coaker’s walk on first day as they were 3 kms away from Misty Mountains.

Continue reading A getaway to the Queen of Hills – Kodaikanal

Read more

OCTOBER 30, 2016

Gear: Nikon D5300, 35mm f/1.8g Nikkor lens

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year. It is one of the major festivals of Hinduism. it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family prayers typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After prayers, fireworks follow. It is so amazing to spend hours watching the sky lightened up with vivid colors.

This Diwali in 2016, instead of burning firecrackers, I tried my hands on capturing lights through the lens. It was wonderful to see the lights in a complete different angle.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/60 at f/2.0

dsc_0849

dsc_0850

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/13 at f/1.8

dsc_0869

35mm f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/10 at f/2.0

dsc_0851

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/40 at f/1.8

dsc_0864

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/60 at f/1.8

dsc_0872

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/60 at f/1.8

dsc_0874

Same composition with longer exposure

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/15 at f/1.8

dsc_0875

Same composition with more diyas on the flame. Did you notice the yellow lights crossing each other? A magnificent capture due to longer exposure.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/15 at f/1.8

dsc_0881

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/15 at f/1.8

dsc_0882

All lights setup, let’s click again.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/25 at f/1.8

dsc_0884

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/25 at f/1.8

dsc_0885

Same shoot, this time in blue-ish and shorter exposure.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/50 at f/1.8

dsc_0886

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/50 at f/1.8

dsc_0888

dsc_0893

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/400 at f/1.8

dsc_0895

Same composition, bit underexposed

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/1250 at f/1.8

dsc_0896

More underexposed

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/2500 at f/1.8

dsc_0897

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/50 at f/1.8

dsc_0887

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/2500 at f/1.8

dsc_0898

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/800 at f/1.8

dsc_0900

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/200 at f/1.8

dsc_0901

I didn’t fire flash to shoot any of the pics shared above. No water was used to capture reflection.

Copyright © 2016, Aashish Barnwal,  All rights reserved.

Read more

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Gear: Nikon D5300, 18-55 mm Kit lens, 35mm f/1.8g Nikkor lens

Ganesh chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is an Indian festival that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This auspicious festival is observed in the month of Bhadra (mid August-mid September) according to the Hindu calendar. Ganesha, the elephant-headed God is the symbolization of good fortune who provides prosperity, fortune & success and  travels on a mouse. As per Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Dhoolpet in Hyderabad is quite an attraction for Ganesha statues. An array of Ganeshas varying from size as small as the palm of a child to that of a big cupboard. The place appears more fascinating and marvelously beautiful in the incandescent light. I got an opportunity to capture the beauty through the lens.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0638

Ganman, A unique combination of Ganesha and Hanuman  Observe the epic mountain lifted by the hand on left and Gada in the hand on right. There is a mythology that when Hanuman was asked to pick up some herbs from a mountain, unable to identify the right herbs, he delivered the entire mountain in the battle-field.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0648

The color saturation in this picture just came out perfect. Bright gleaming colors and well distributed hue is eye soothing.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/200 at f/1.8

dsc_0699

A street photography is incomplete if it doesn’t portray a story or is emotionless. A boy carrying Ganesha for sell.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0651

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0674

A two dimensional array of Ganeshas.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0715

I tried to give a different angle to the above shot and it changed to something like this:

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0716

Fascinating huge build, looking as if it is touching the sky when taken from sitting on the ground.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/80 at f/1.8

dsc_0658

As you might have observed, I never changed aperture of the lens while shooting, although I was shooting in full manual mode. I focused on experimenting with shutter speed and ISO while keeping the aperture at max.

Copyright © 2016, Aashish Barnwal,  All rights reserved.

 

Read more

September 3, 2016

Gear: Nikon D5300, 18-55 mm Kit lens, 35mm f/1.8g Nikkor lens

Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village located in Madhapur, Hyderabad, India. This place is a good attraction for art lovers and photographers alike. The best time to visit is at the evening when the sun is about to set.

Though I have been to Shilparamam many times before, I was more like a poser facing the front of the camera than seeing it behind the lens. I got a chance to pay a visit to this awesome place again. This time I took camera gear with me. It was a monsoon day. Sun was showing on and off and my only fear was that rain doesn’t spoil my experience.

My day started with this simple capture. I wanted to make sure if my settings were correct according to the light.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 125, 1/4000 at f/1.8

dsc_0520

35mm f/1.8, ISO 125, 1/4000 at f/1.8

dsc_0522

 

There is a beautiful Shiva statue surrounded by rocks complimenting the scene. The human creation on the left was adding a new angle to the composition.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/800 at f/3.5

dsc_0584

Being very amateurish, I wasn’t sure if building was adding any beauty in the frame. So, I decided to shoot Shiva in a different angle. I am not an expert, but my vote goes to the below capture.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/800 at f/3.5

dsc_0586

35mm f/1.8, ISO 125, 1/160 at f/1.8

dsc_0559

This is one of my favorite pictures. I was lucky to be there at the right moment. Sun was about to set. Reflection of the sun in the lake and that of the boat is just amazing. I tried the same shoot after 15 minutes and it didn’t come that good. I am still wondering about that rainbow effect in the picture. There was no rain. Is it because of UV filter I used?

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/60 at f/20

dsc_0604

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/500 at f/1.8

dsc_0599

I sat and placed camera at the level of the pot and took this.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/100 at f/2.0

dsc_0627

Being a landscape photographer, I always wanted to shoot waterfalls and big fountains. The silky effect on the waterfall catches the attention. The trick is to open the shutter for long time to capture the smoothness of water which results in silky milky effect.

35mm f/1.8, ISO 250, 1.0 sec at f/7.1

dsc_0634-copy

Copyright © 2016, Aashish Barnwal,  All rights reserved.

Read more
Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial
Facebook
LinkedIn
SOCIALICON
Instagram
YouTube