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The Desert Safari

In the month of April 2013, I was relocated to Doha, Qatar for an official trip. Pretty new to the digital photography at that point of time. Work pressure was pretty high but still manage to plan a desert safari trip with an office colleague who was also relocated to Doha, Qatar for few weeks along with me.

Let me start with the weather of Doha at that time. Well it’s was hot, really hot and dry. But I must say it was not a big issue as all the places in Doha are fully equipped with the air con.  The temperature is touching 40+ Celsius with hot and dry sandy wind all day. We started from Doha around 1pm in the afternoon. The land cruiser came to our hotel at the exact time to pick us up and the journey to the desert has been kicked off.

The Desert Safari

The road to the desert was amazing, the driver keep the speed around 170km/hour constantly. The view was pretty amazing with photo perfect sand dune at the both side of the road.

The Desert Safari

It took around 1.5 hours to reach and after few minutes of rest the actual safari started. Driver took his time to deflate the tires of the land cruiser and the long awaited thrilling adventure has been kicked off. We are tumbling over the sand dunes one after one. It’s like we are falling down from sand dunes inside the car. It was a thrilling and beautiful experience. The unequaled view of the desert and, if you listen closely, you can even hear the sands shift as you descend down the slopes.

The Desert Safari

After doing safari for couple of hours we were brought to the Inland sea, where the sea and the desert connected. It’s a shallow sea that covers central areas of the desert during periods of high sea level. When we get down of the car to see this one of the most rare and amazing creation of nature there was a mild sand storm going on. The moment was unforgettable and so was the mother nature.

The Desert Safari

I carried my 40mm 2.8 prime to capture the moments. Though sadly I lost so many photographs as my hard drive crashed. Did not take the backup and lesson learned. Still was able to recover few photos from using a well known recovery software.

The Desert Safari

Around 4.30 pm in the afternoon we reach at the desert camp at the Persian Gulf. Surprisingly they have air con in the camp. We had early dinner with lamb, BBQ chicken, plain rice, fruits etc. We enjoyed the evening view of the Persian Gulf with delicious dinner, chilled soft drinks and some Hookah (aka Waterpipe). We did not stay overnight, so we took the car back to Doha around 8.30pm in the evening.

The Desert Safari

I wish I had an wide angle lens to capture the dunes. I did not even carry the 18-55. But not everything in your life you can capture using your digital lens, sometime the natural lens is good enough to store the moments in your hypothalamus.

Enjoy the photos.

 

Beach Boys of Laiya

On January 31, 2014, me and few of my friend planned a sudden trip to Laiya, Batangas. It’s a one of the thousand beach of Batangas. This post is more of little discoveries in the beach then the beach itself.

Don't let me go

Most of the time I was busy visiting the beach and walking around the Blue Coral beach. While returning back to home just before evening came through these sweet kids. They were flying kites. I tried to take some natural photo of them, but when they noticed me they are bit quizzical to see “Why the hell in this guy is taking our photos !!!”. I tried to talk to them with some chocolate greetings (Now-a-days I am carrying these).

Go away

I don’t know much Tagalog but somehow was able to ask them officially for a photo. Even though I am kinda interrupting their play, still they agreed to pose for me.

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I was really excited to see the result when I came back from the trip. I liked the result. Let me know your view also.

Enjoy the photos.

 

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Life … in a Metro

This picture taken in 30th Oct 2012 at the Metro City Kolkata which happens to be my home city as well.

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The caption of the image taken from a well known Bollywood movie. This is a heritage Pulled Rickshaw of the City of Joy, Kolkata.

My framing was from the top, from the second floor of a building. I used my Nikkor 40mm with the ISO at 100 and shutter speed of 1/60 secs and aperture f/4. I wish I could frame it from the front of his cart.

He can’t hide the truth, he can’t escape his fate and may be nobody will remember him. This is my salute to those “Rickshawalas” who are still maintaining this wonderful heritage withstanding so many barriers.

The Bright Side

This photo is basically almost 2 years old. I was located in Bangalore at that time.

The Bright Side

In the March 2012, I visited a village near by Mysore, which is 3-4 hours drive from Bangalore city. I was so thirsty and somehow lost my water bottle. I went to small tea shop nearby and this guy helped me with some cold & fresh coconut water, well that’s a relief. I had an wonderful conversation with him. After few minutes I requested a picture of him, he has agreed but he was shy.

While taking his snap he covered his side face with bare hand. Its  He was laughing and so am I. Technicality apart, the photo has good amount of noise. But the expression of the guy is very natural. He might be poor but he has a beautiful bright side. He is a hard working person, running a small shop all day long to feed his family. The photo has been taken using my kit Nikon 18-55 AFS VR, F/5.6 at the focal length of 55mm.

God Bless him.

Festival of Colors

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One of the famous Indian Festival “HOLI” I spend this year in Manila, Philippines. Organized by the Indian Community in Manila in Mall of Asia. Discovered about this event in Facebook. It was Sunday, took my camera and reached there just on time.
There were so many Filipinos also have joined the event at the river side bank at Mall of Asia. Indeed it was a spectacular event, truly the smell of Indian spice at the soil of Manila. They have organized desi boys & girls performance and also Brazilian Samba dance with the help of a small Brazilian troop.

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There were no alcohols are allowed at the event area as it’s meant to be a family event. The sky was clear enough to take beautiful pictures. I carried my 40mm 2.8 prime. Aim was to capture few candid moments of people playing and dancing with colors.

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With the punjabi bhangra music & Samba beats the vibe of the whole event is just the way you want. It was absolutely crazy. Greeting strangers with colors because it’s the only day people wont complain if you throw the color at them. It’s one of those day when regardless of all the religion, all the languages, people rejoice together.

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Capturing candid moments really wasn’t easy. Noticed few local newspaper journalists and few hobbyist also joined with their photography gear. 40mm is not exactly the right focal length for this kind of events. Moreover to get the right expression of the people is also very critical. I did not take precautions of my photography gear even though my camera or lens is not dust proof. Thankfully no damage happened.

I guess wide angle lens like 14-24 2.8, 17-50 2.8 or 18-55mm is the more appropriate lens for this kind of event if you can’t afford the ultra wide. Drinks (Thandai) was served in the event area with some varities of delicious Indian food. Also the organizer distributed one packet of Abir (Color) free of cost. Really enjoyed the way Filipinos were involved in the event.

Will surely try to attend more of this kind of desi festival in Philippines.

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