Posts tagged ‘travel photography’

March 5, 2016

36 Hours in London

A recent business trip to London gave me the opportunity to spend some time exploring the city.

From visiting indie book stores, drinking some of the finest coffee in London, amazing burgers, drinking lager at a pub thats been in operation since the 17th century, eating at the Borough market, taking the tube during rush hour –  I’d say it was a well spent 36 Hours in London. Here are the sights I captured.

London

My post will not be complete without mentioning CitizenM (no they are not paying me..). CitizenM was home for the 4 days I was in London. With good food, a bar thats open round the clock, free movies in the room, a quick self check in/check, a lobby that displays works of designers & artists, the place is less of a hotel and maybe more of design house.

CitizenM

December 29, 2015

Glimpses of Goa

We had the good fortune to indulge in a collective dream recently when 5 of us (close friends from college who bonded over inane engineering subjects, thin wallets, night outs and failed one sided infatuations) went on a road trip from Cochin to Goa.
In spite of the many paths and cities life has taken us to, the 5 of us have stood the vagaries of time and chance. So after 12 years, all of us got together and we set off on a boys-only road trip, to relive past glories and follies and make new memories.
Cochin to Goa is 760 km by road and we made a few pit stops starting with Thrissur Engineering College(where it all began 12 years ago), Mallapuram, Kasargod, Bekal, Udupi and Murudeshwar.
Goa is a many-splendoured wonder, ridden with the touristy beach spots and little known isolated stretches in equal measure, culture rooted in a colonial past but breaking forth to live upto the tag line of ‘party town’ and an innate ability of the locals to welcome one and all into its fold. Its streets are peppered with boho chic boutiques, quirky eateries dishing out local or ethnic fare and the quintessential shops selling stuff from souvenirs to summery beach wear.
Fort Aguada with its lighthouse on Sinquerim beach is as much a historical landmark as it is site offering a plethora of photo ops for the keen photographic eye.
The Our lady of the Immaculate conception church with its colonial Baroque style Portuguese architecture looks spectacular from the inside.
Thalassa was hands down the crown jewel of all the eateries that we tried. It is an unabashedly Greek eatery perched on a hill overlooking Vagator beach serving authentic Greek food and an ambiance worthy of a Greek taverna in Santorini.
Thalassa also provides accommodation for those who can’t have enough of their restaurant. It also houses Flame, a boutique offering bohemian oomph and style owned by designer Martino Caramia.
Cream choc in Anjuna is Goa’s first gelataria offering cold stone gelatos and also giving you the freedom to make your own flavours-a must try!
Baba au Rhum (not featured in pictures below), also in the Anjuna belt, is another must-visit for their easy breakfast and lunches. Their wood fired pizzas and croissants baked in-house are well worth the visit.
There’s more to Goa than the ubiquitous and easily available cheap liquor or Sunburn or touristy vibes that emanate from all the hot spots. Indeed, if you know where to look, or are willing to get lost exploring, Goa is all heart and soul with something for everybody.

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Where to eat

Thalassa – Small Vagator, Ozran, Goa – India

Baba Au Rhum – House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa

Cream Choc – Near Our lady Of Health Chapel Complex, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa


Text courtesy –Sweetooth Cravings

Pictures shot on Canon 5D Mark II & iPhone

Processed on Aperture, Pixelmator, VSCO, Snapseed 

 

September 12, 2014

Athachamayam

Athachamayam

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…

Munnar

November 12, 2012

Athirapally waterfalls

A few weeks ago, we found time for a weekend getaway to visit the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located just a few hours away from Kochi, it was a quick and refreshing weekend spent in a beautiful hotel surrounded by the unspoiled green forest and the thundering waterfall .

We stayed at the Rainforest Resort – a boutique hotel set on a hilltop with 180 degree views of the powerful Athirapally Falls. I was skeptical about the ‘eco’ tag they proclaimed. But it didn’t take me long to realize that everything was very thoughtfully designed, and lets nature be as it is, as much as possible.

Every morning we woke up to the beautiful sight of the misty spray from the falls set against the verdant green forest; the silence of the early morning broken only by the roar of the water. It is the perfect place to just be and do nothing.

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All pictures taken on the Canon 5D MK ii and iPhone 4S. Processed on Aperture and VSCO app.

November 4, 2012

Sights from Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

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May 29, 2012

Dallas

We were in Dallas two weeks back visiting friends. I didn’t take the Canon on this trip. All photographs were taken on the iPhone and processed on the Billion $ App – Instagram. Its going to look like Instagram porn😀.
I am also introducing the My Capture of Time Facebook page. Would love your support.

Enjoy!!
Dallas

May 13, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 2

I will let the pictures do the talking on this one..
SFO Day 2

May 12, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 1

San Francisco is one of my all time favourite places. This was our third trip to this beautiful city. This time we decided to stay away from the regular tourist circuit. This meant no Fisherman’s wharf, no Pier 39 (this is the biggest tourist trap), no Golden Gate bridge, no Mystery Spot etc… This time we wanted to try the San Francisco food scene and neighbourhoods we hadn’t been to yet.

We started early on Saturday, with a visit to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. First we hit the food stalls like Roli Roti and 4505 Meats, before the lines got too long and they ran out of food. We had a porchetta sandwich and roasted potatoes from Roli Roti and, an amazing burger and lamb and fried egg sandwich from 4505 Meats. Then we got adventurous, and tried fresh oysters from Hog Island Oysters – first time ever! We finished up with gelato from Ciao Bella and a single origin espresso from Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

If I lived in San Francisco, I’d be here every Saturday. Such amazing food and stunning location!

Later in the day we went to Twin Peaks. This was my first time here and I have seen some amazing pictures of San Francisco taken from here. Towards the blue hour, all of a sudden this place was swamped with photogs and I had no clue as to why. Right from iphones to Leicas, they were all there. As the moon rose over the horizon, it became clear – it was the super moon! I was just lucky to have planned to be there at that time.

SFO Day 1

April 14, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 5

This post features the ‘Streets & Faces’ of Istanbul. No real theme or story in this post, just my capture of everyday life in Istanbul. This place is a heaven for photogs. Most people are ok with having cameras pointed at them. Some even insist that you take a picture. I got yelled at just once; that photo is here in this post – wanna take a guess?🙂

Most of the photographs were taken using the Carl Zeiss 35mm 1.4. After a lot of thinking, I decided to haul this heavy, ‘manual focus only’ lens all the way to Istanbul. It was a risk – I knew that if a shot got messed up, I didn’t have the luxury to go back and re-shoot it. All said and done, I am glad I used this lens. I got used to the manual focusing quite fast. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I love the sharpness and the richness of the photos. I rented it from Borrowlenses.com.

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