Random Clicks!

Photography is not about waiting for the right time and location to shoot a picture, it’s about creating a perfect picture at any time and location. Carrying my camera everywhere seems to be a good habit for me.I happened to visit my friends at a cricket match and got the below picture.

I had one day taken my camera to my friend’s place to show him. It was a bright sunny day until suddenly dark clouds formed to pour a shower and I clicked this picture from the fourth floor of the building. I was hoping for some lightning but got this.

I tried a panorama at my favorite place, Muttukadu. It’s located in the East Coast Road (ECR), Chennai. This shows the boating area and a few buildings coming up in the background. This locality is tipped to become one of the costliest place to buy a piece of land.

My father was also very much influenced by my pictures and he took a snap of the bus stand at Madurai. It is really amazing that my dad took this picture with a normal digital camera.


Mahabalipuram, a 7th century port city

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is a port city near Chennai, TN, India. Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information about the place, please visit the Wikipedia page

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Mahabalipuram was my first one-day tour with my DSLR. The 60-kilometer drive by motorcycle was a nice experience in the early morning. After reaching, my friends and I walked straight to the shore temple.

The clouds were beautiful that day and the cool breeze from the sea was very soothing and pleasant. I tried out some uncommon angles and got some cool pictures.

The below picture shows the “Butter Ball” at Mahabalipuram. Wikitravel quotes “Krishna’s Butterball is a giant natural rock perched on a hillside, seemingly in defiance of all laws of physics—it’s a common sight to see visitors placing hands under the stone posing for pics, which looks as though they are holding it! The rock provides welcome shade if you dare to sit underneath it, and local kids have discovered that the slippery nearby hillside also makes a great natural slide.”

It is told that British rulers, when they had occupied and ruled Mahabalipuram, tried to move the Butter Ball using huge ships and failed to move it by an inch. This amazing natural rock simply leaves us all in awe.

Some more pictures to share with you all!

The below picture shows the Pancha Rathas (Five Raths), a monolith rock-cut temple from the late 7th century. The five monolithic temples are named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi known from the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit epic of India. It is not possible to cover all the five raths in a single frame.

Below picture is one of the Pancha Rathas.

Get! Set! Go!

The first few days with my DSLR was very exciting. I tried with almost all the functions available in the camera to get familiar. To start off, I went to my garden at home and started clicking. I am not an expert at PS and I just played with the basics to adjust the color, exposure, etc,. Self-satisfaction is what I aim rather than other people liking it. After some 15-20 clicks, I had got some real good photographs. Sharing a few with you all!

The above photograph taught me a basic thing that a bigger F number will fetch you more DOF (Depth of Field(s)). Perhaps, mistakes are the greatest way of learning things right.