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July 19, 2014

Munnar

Munnar has been on my destination wishlist for a very long time. After much planning, we set out on a weekend hoping that the monsoons don’t ruin our much anticipated trip.The light rains had washed away the dust and fresh green sprouts had turned the hills a lush emerald green. I have never before seen a brighter deeper greener ‘green’. It was nature at its best.

We stayed in a beautiful room at the Club Mahindra Resort, with a big picture window overlooking the never ending hills and the winding roads through them. An elephant ride for the kids, a drive up the hills to a reservoir lake, a trip to the local market for tea leaves and fresh local vegetables – there was much to be done before we got back to the grind and grime of the city.

Hope you enjoy these photographs, a beautiful reminder of a beautiful place…

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August 3, 2013

Broadway

With Google+ celebrating their 2nd anniversary, photowalks were organized around the world.  Kochi had one on June 29th.

It started with around hundred photographers meeting up at Marine Drive and then splitting up into different teams. The group I was in headed straight to Broadway. People from Kochi will know this – this place is anything but broad. It is one of the oldest markets in Kerala, crammed with shops and vendors. You can get everything and anything here. From shops selling diamond jewelry to roadside cloth sellers, wholesale banana sellers, restaurants, the list goes on…

Word spreads fast in a place like Broadway. ‘People in black taking pictures’ (the dress code for the day) suddenly became a topic of discussion amongst the vendors. Some of them thought we were from the newspapers or TV channels. Though a little overwhelmed, they were more than happy to pose for our cameras.

According to some reports, Cochin has the highest participation right after New York and San Francisco. Impressive, I say! It was a fun experience. I got to see and meet lot of photogs. We had people shooting film, there were few guys doing just phones. I realized Kochi (and maybe Kerala) is a Canon city 🙂
Google+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk

December 28, 2011

Back to Abbot Kinney and Gjelina

Last weekend I rented the Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T* Lens through Borrowlenses. Gave myself a challenge to use just this lens for the next 3 days…it was fun trying out a ‘non Canon’, heavy, manual lens with an aperture as wide as 1.4. Loved the lens for its f1.4. Not good to photograph kids jumping around..

Sunday we were back at Abbot Kinney. One of the reasons that keeps taking us back to Abbot Kinney is Gjelina.
The folks at Gjelina create some pretty good stuff in their kitchens..I wouldn’t mind going back till we try all the items on their menu. I am sure it will be worth it. Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here.

Our find at Gjelina this time was Calimocho which is Red Wine, Coca-Cola & Citrus and Bloody Beer which is Tecate, Tomato Juice, Spices & Citrus. For dessert, one of the gelato flavors of the day was vanilla with olive oil. Sounds weird? Trust me it tastes good 🙂
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Sights from Abbot Kinney
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Right next to Gjelina is GTA. GTA aka Gjelina Take Away is for people who wish to skip the Gjelina lines. Their menu has items from Gjelina’s ( not all..some of them). I stopped to get a coffee for the drive back to sunny and warm Woodland Hills.
Here are some photographs from GTA
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November 30, 2011

Canyonlands National Park

Day 2 started with the sunrise shoot of the Mesa Arch. The Mesa arch is a very popular destination for sunrise shoots and you really have be to be early to get a spot. One of the pictures shows you how busy it can get. You will see hundreds of the same Mesa Arch sunrise photos..but what the heck..I am proud to have one of my own :).

After Mesa Arch we decided to shoot from the False Kiva. Now this was quite an adventure. The False Kiva located in Canyonlands National Park is a Class II archaeological site. Because of its semi-protected status, you will not find directions to this Kiva in public maps. But if you ask a park ranger, they have to provide you the directions. If you Google or Bing (whatever makes you happy), there are websites where people are willing to email you the coordinates. Some of the websites have pretty vague directions too. Armed with a bunch of coordinates, and with a vague direction, with no clue of how long and dangerous the trek is going to be, we started a journey…Did we make it? Oh yes we did!!!! 🙂

Here is the slideshow version.
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November 28, 2011

Arches National Park – Thanksgiving’ 11 Day 1

Completely oblivious of Thanksgiving and black Friday deals, we decided to spend time in Utah (primarily Moab). We were kind of spending time with the native Indians…:)
We flew out of LAX to reach Salt Lake City at 10:00am. I loved the airport for its free WiFi. After a quick breakfast we hurried out to the Arches National Park. The intent was to photograph the Delicate Arch during sunset. Did we make it – not really. We just got the residual sunlight.
If you ever visit the Arches National Park, don’t miss the long, strenuous hike to the Delicate Arch. What you see around the bend at the last corner is simply amazing. It’s totally worth it!!
with a change of landscape

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March 5, 2011

Miniature fun

I decided to play with some of Ethan’s toys..

I was trying out the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens…WOW and WHAT A LENS..!! AMAZING!!

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