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Light

Sometimes you come across  a visual moment and by the time you run for your camera/cell, it’s gone! The only place to capture it forever, is in your memories… I met a veteran photographer some years ago, he was on an official assignment with hubby’s office. While talking about photography, he said “I don’t take photos, I capture memories, and it’s damned difficult to capture good ones”. This has stayed with me since then… I capture what I ever fancies me with whatever I have in my hands… my hubby calls me a lunatic!

Browsing my albums on my slave drive I came across an album titled – Light… I don’t remember when I made it but I was pleasantly happy to go through it. Just thought of sharing some of my favourite ‘Light’ moments…

We woke up to a beautiful sight on a bright sunny Sunday. The reds in the dining room never looked so pretty before… captured it with hubby’s cell phone.

I was trying to capture the peek-a-boo Sun rays in this photo… this is the only photo which had the Sun shining like a star, rest were full with sharp white light. Oh…by the way you can see sonny boy perched on the Y fork to the left! He was plucking mangoes for my pickling spree!

In Kochi, while on a vacation, we saw these Chinese fishing nets from a distance, from the other side of the harbour. We got to know it looks the best around sunset… we couldn’t have gone back without visiting this fishermen’s cove. The next day was our flight back home.  Before heading for the Airport we started for this place, without realizing the mad rush hour/traffic…we managed to reach this place, just after sunset…spent about  5 minutes, only to take pictures and rushed back to the airport. This 40 km detour in the opposite direction, midst crazy traffic, would’ve surely resulted in missing our flight had the flight not been delayed by two hours that day!

If you Google ‘Chinese Fishing Nets Kochi’, you will find many pictures of this place on the internet but I find mine the best (so much for modesty!). I love the late evening light in different hues, contrasting against the city lights.

Spending a day at Brunton Boatyard was like being in the 18th century Portuguese era at Fort Kochi. Resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipbuilding yard, it is now a heritage hotel… an architectural delight and so steeped in colonial history. At this restaurant for dinner… I couldn’t help but take this picture. The way light reflected from the glassware, around the hall, was beautiful. My hubby didn’t allow me to raise my camera and he refused to acknowledge the trigger-happy-lunatic as his wife! No manners, huh!

Visiting and staying with our friends in Lucknow was one of the most memorable weekend trips. Their home is a heritage haveli…old, rustic and charming. Every nook and cranny had a story to tell. I took this photograph late in the afternoon, love the way light danced through the colored glass panes into the room.

A few more photos from my cellphone… clicked them for the play of ‘light’ in the scenes (on our way to Mumbai during the Monsoons).

I love the wonderful feeling of looking back through old photos especially the hard bound albums…there’s something reassuring about knowing that it’s all there, about being able to extricate one of those ‘free’ cellophane albums and go through it when I’m feeling blue. Honestly, I end up with them only on days when my spring cleaning…I’m peripherally aware that I have way more photos than I can sort, I try to ignore this herculean task most of the times…I am acutely aware of my procrastination in this area.

A few get framed and go on my ‘Photo Montage Wall’, but most get added to those already over-stuffed shoe boxes.

I don’t even want to begin with the sorting of digital backlog of photos! That is even more overwhelming than the hard bound ones. Sometimes I wonder how can I do it all… How do you sort your digital photos? How do you sort your printed photos? Where do you stash them?

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Photography Styling Challenge

As I sat writing for the last theme for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I look back only to realize how far I’ve come in terms of styling and staging. I still have a long way to go but I know I am getting there, slowly and steadily…with a treasure of inspiration, tips and tricks from this challenge and from my fellow bloggers. This being the last month of the challenge, M chose the theme- ‘Personal’. And oh boy! Have I gone crazy? Trying to put my finger on what I should choose for the theme. Every single day (for the past one month) I woke up with a different theme in my head and by day end I didn’t find it fitting the bill (or the styling)…till a few days back when I was re-arranging hubby’s almirah, I finally found what I wanted to project as personal… but then again, it took a completely a different turn with our GSD ‘Don’ trying to be a part of the shoot! I will come to that part later…

So, here is my take on Photography Styling Challenge #12- Personal

With due permissions in place from the hubby, I chose to style and stage my shoot with hubby’s Uniform accessories! The epaulets, insignia, ribbons, medals, badges etc. all very personal to him for every tenure/year he has put in the service of the nation.

He has saved all of his uniform accessories till date, even the redundant ones. Maybe I ‘ll turn them into a DIY statement piece someday (with due permissions of course!).

These are his things… up, close and absolutely personal…including our German Shepherd, Don, who decided to be a part of the shoot as he got mighty curious to know what was I up to with his master’s belongings!

Don is as possessive about his master and his belongings as is his master about him! I wanted to use hubby’s shoes as part of staging for the photo shoot but Don got a little too possessive about them… with a little chiding from me and a some cajoling from the children he decided to give me a decent pose with the shoes! Mission accomplished!

By the way he is the oldest member of our family; he will turn 10 in September this year, which are 70 in human years. No disrespecting senior citizens in our home! So, if he wanted to be a part of the shoot…no one says no to Don!

To the other participants’ photography styling challenge and staging, click on the following links!

Redesigned By M

At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

Coconut Craze

To check out my previous Photography challenge Click Here.

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Photography Styling Challenge #10- Light

It is an odd feeling when you see how over time your own work seem full of flaws… it happens with me when I look at some DIYs (photos, art or craft work, writing etc.) that I did in the past, which at the time seemed great; I get this urge to re-do it. There are times when I have re-done it, on most other occasions I let it be, as a reminder to learn from my mistakes or just to keep it as a scale to compare my work -from then to now. Does that happen to you too? What do you do? Do you re-do it or let it be? When I made PSC #10 –Light blog post, I was supposed to work on PSC #8- Patterns (I got a little mixed up) it’s sitting in my drafts and now I don’t like it enough to post it. Came up with this instead, at the moment I am happy with it… let me see if it stays this way!

While contributing to the Earth Hour on the 29th of March, this year, out at night on our porch, I stumbled upon this idea and took a few photos keeping in mind the theme for ‘M’s Photography Styling Challenge #10- Light’.20140406-220645.jpg

As I said, the shoot plan happened by chance when I saw beautiful shadows being cast on our boundary wall.  It was much fun as I styled my ‘selfie’ shoot for the shadow-play against the light!

The source of light was a street light, next to our boundary wall, which obviously, I couldn’t manipulate. And the screen for our shadow-play was our boundary wall on the other side. To see the before/original setting of this shoot  Click here.

What I did manipulate were the pots and plants which I placed and replaced till I was happy with the look on the wall.

If you look closely you’d find that in all of the photographs the plant shadows are different. The lovely  neon yellow of the street light gave me an excellent canvas to play with. Some photos are a little out of focus as I couldn’t really adjust my camera well, I am still learning.

Kids helped me in lifting the huge planters for styling! I tried styling with smaller plants, tall ones, bushy ones to get a frame kind of a look on the wall.

I took a lot of pictures that day, some really funny ones… more than the photos it was the fun time that I captured that day! I hope you enjoy the photographs!

To check out the other participants, click here:

Redesigned By M

At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

A Woven Life

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Hooked on Homes

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

To see my previous PSC entries, click here

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