7-Day Nature Challenge – Day 1

Nature photographs, I have ’em a plenty 🙂 But how good are they, I leave it up to ya’ll. Since I noticed a handful of bloggers I follow doing this right now, I thought of joining in the fun too.

So anyway, let’s talk about the below photograph.

This was taken at one of the beaches in Visakhapatnam, at about six in the morning. You guessed it, I wanted to catch the sunrise! It took me a while to get a satisfactory shot. The lighting proved to be a problem, but in the end I think it turned out just fine.

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Photo 101: Moment and Motion

Chennai comes the most alive in its various shopping malls. Phoenix Marketcity in particular is the best of the lot, with its multitude of options when it comes to shopping and stuffing yourself with some delicious grub. It is the first mall in Chennai to get a Hard Rock CafĂ©, a Starbucks, Burger King and very recently, Dunkin’ Donuts!! My favourite of course is a little Italian place crammed into the ground level called Ci gusta! Gotta love their lasagnas!

It also is home to one of the best multiplexes in the city, Luxe Cinemas, featuring even an IMAX screen now.

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This photo is of the escalator connecting the ground and first levels. Here’s some technical info to shed some light into understanding how I achieved this with a handheld smartphone –

ISO 64

Shutter Speed 1/2 sec.

Aperture f/2.2 (that’s fixed on my Lumia 830)

 

 

Photo 101: Architecture and Monochrome

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One of my favourite places in Chennai, the Museum Theater!!

I’ve attended many a concerts in this one and I have to say that even though the acoustics are not as great as the other biggies in town, Museum Theater still makes up for it with its stunning architecture and a serene neighborhood. #nostalgia

Photo 101: Warmth & the Quality of light

Well the Sun was more to the front to the side, but I like how it is at just that perfect angle to bring out the details and depth in this wonderfully sculpted little temple.

Mahabalipuram has a lot of marvelous stone carved architecture like this and I think it’s one of the very few places in the country that keeps this art alive.

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Photo 101: Natural World

Well with such an open prompt, I racked my mind as to what to shoot for today. The thing is, I live just a stone’s throw from this lake but I never saw it as a photo-op as the surroundings are not really pretty and the water is quite polluted.

But turns out, a little perspective was all that was needed. Also, I think the tree branches make for some nice leading lines don’t you think?

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Chitlapakkam Lake