The end of the calendar year always brings about a feeling of nostalgia, a moment for introspection on the year that went by, and hope for the coming dawn in the new year. My year has been a mixed bag with some personal triumphs and professional achievements tempered by the sobering reality of bereavements in the immediate family and a continuing quest for the perfect recipe for contentment with the lot one has been given. I have also seen my son grow up another year and tried to experience the world through his eyes and revel in the minutiae.
As a photographer, I started out 2013 resolving to devoting more time on developing my hobby and sharing these through my blog here and the other place (that which must not be named – FaceBook!!). In this I have been partly successful (life’s commitments get in the way) and there is so much to learn in the coming year.
So here’s wishing everyone a very happy, peaceful and successful 2014. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting and liking my posts!!!
The Jantar-Mantar is a cluster of 18th century astronomical instruments that formed an observatory for observing the celestial skies in Delhi. These were built by the Maharajah of JaipurJai Singh II. Today these buildings sit as an ochre and green oasis in the centre of New Delhi.
The photo below is that of the Ram Yantra, a cylindrical building that is used to measure the movement of stars.
Lacking any suitable objects to photograph today, I turned to the Begonia plant on the kitchen sill. These photographs all use long exposures (up to 50 seconds) and no flash, using nothing but ambient kitchen light.
The idea behind these photographs were ostensibly to test out the new shutter release cable I purchased a few days ago. I was also experimenting with the use of cool white LED lights and their effect on the overall white balance of the photographs.
Nikon D7000 with Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.3
Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with Giotto MH5011 head
It is a sign of the mild winter here in Cambridge so far. I photographed this rose in my garden over the weekend (14 December, 2013). It is rather strange to see a bright rose at this time of the year, and therefore merits a blog post of its own!