Monthly Archives: November 2012

Looking Through The Window

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One summer day last year, I happened to have my camera with me when I went to my friend’s house for coffee. While the water was boiling, I looked out of the window and for the first time noticed the bougainvilleas in bloom. It was late afternoon and the flowers looked pretty with Mumbai’s Fort area in the background, so I took the photo above. I’ve always like the photo, but never given it much thought.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the Vatican Museum and looked out of the window to see the gorgeous view below.

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It was literally the middle of the day, which means only bright sunlight and shadows. It also looks nothing like my Mumbai photo, but for some reason I was reminded of it – they’re two drastically different landscapes taken at two very different times of the year, yet each represents the place in some small way.

Every morning while on vacation in Paris I thought to myself, “I need to take a photograph of this pretty little street from the hotel window”. The boulangeries and cafés that dotted the square looked perfect against the fall foliage and are very representative of the city. Guess who’s kicking herself now for never actually getting around to taking that photo?

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Vacation Days

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Yes, this is an actual sign I saw in Las Vegas. I can’t be sure which casino it was in – Flamingo, maybe? – but there was an empty birdcage with a little sign letting inquisitive folks like me know that the bird was on vacation.

This seems like as apt a time as any to post this photo, because I’m off on vacation tonight too! I will be back in about 2 weeks, but until then, here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali.

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What’s In Your Backyard?

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When I first got my hands on a DSLR, I promptly went out into our terrace garden to take photos. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to take photos of plants, but more that I wanted to learn how to use my new camera. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO were just words to me – theory that I had read so much about online. It was time to put them in practice. The photo above is my favourite from that first day. There are so many things that I would do differently if I had to take the same photo today, but I like the colours and the little spade leaning against the wall. It reminds me that you can take a decent picture even in boring surroundings if you just pay attention to them and use a little imagination.

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Like on a weekend trip to Alibaug when my friends and I rented a house for the night and literally did not leave the garden except to eat. I, of course, wandered around with my camera in hand and took photos of every single flower and chair and anything else that caught my eye. This little guy stood perfectly still for me while I took the photo.

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I didn’t realise I was sitting below the bell and rung it with my head when I stood up. True story.