Thursday, November 16, 2017

The conglomeration after storm

Who says rains dampen the spirit. Have you ever witnessed the evening sky that ensues a storm? If the Sun comes out at that moment, the climax can easily make your day. The sky, adorned with stunning colors, ornate with artistic clouds and blazing sun, is impossible to renounce while on the move. I experienced similar atmosphere while riding back from Ghati-Subramanya. The storm which lasted for 20 mins, cleaned the sky board and prepared the canvas for colorful nature draw.

I can't reckon the pit-stops taken to visualize the beauty of nature. Roughly I had 20-30 stops spanning over distance of 5kms. Further pit stops were not possible just because of time constraints.

The ardent Sun at the western horizon sneaked through the monsoon clouds, shedding its last rays of the day over the beautiful farm fields, glistening the region with sparkling yellow light. This conglomeration of blue sky, yellow sun and green meadows exudes everlasting beauty and is eternally soul satisfying! Hope it enthralls your day as well!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Moaning is not worth it.

This blog is sequel of my previous one. The last post was more of venting out at the gray sky and vociferous crowd. But that growling is never worth it. Why? see the picture.

humid weather,
lucid sky,
placid nature,

The sky was fabulous 2 days after the insipid day. I just lost patience that day and resorted to haphazard scribbling. That trauma was not required. What required was sheer patience. I realized 2 days later though. The soul satisfying blue hour finally calmed down the nerves and cleansed the turmoils. A lot of times I feel the need to stop my fidgeted emotions but fail miserably and the topic does not restrict to photography. This was just another instance. Hopefully I get better in coming days. If not, at-least internalize few words :-)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Insipid day at Kaup beach

Never experienced such a day in beautiful Kaup beach. When I mention uninteresting, it need not correspond to human activity. My insipidity resulted from hazy atmosphere, humongous crowd, and cloudy weather.  Clouds can drive away enthusiasm of photographers or even can encourage. Thick nimbus clouds are great source of photography subjects especially when lit by evening sun. However this time Kaup beach presented quite boring aura with murkier weather and dull clouds glued to sky. There was nothing interesting to capture. The huge influx of tourists added pepper to wound obstructing all possible perceptions. The murkier, hazy, and cloudy weather thwarted photography plans during my recent visit. Eventually, I had to contend with monochrome picture which looked cleaner than its colored counterpart.

If you want have look at the colored one, here it is. Slightly color corrected to have better look. Watch out for that annoying sky and crowd.

Post sundown, I had tasty ice cream to celebrate along with mother :-). Perfect ending near humid seashore.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


[ ಸುವರ್ಣ (ಕ)ನಾ (ರ್ನಾ)ಟಕ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ]

ಇದೊಂದು ತರಹ ಮ್ಯಾನಿಪುಲೇಟೆಡ್ ಬ್ಯಾಕೆಂಡ್ ಅನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಒರಿಜಿನಾಲಿಟಿಯನ್ನು ಯಾರೋ ಸ್ವಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿಗೆ ತಿರುಚಿದ್ದಾರೆಂಬುದು ದಟ್ಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅರೆರೆ ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಯಾಕೆಂಡ್ ಸರಣಿ ಟಿಆರ್ಪಿ (TRP) ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು ಫೋಟೋಶಾಪ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಅಲ್ಲ ಮಾರಾಯ್ರೆ. ಹಾಗೆ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋದಾಗ ಕಂಡಿದ್ದು. ಮೀಡಿಯಾದವರಷ್ಟು ಕ್ರೂರಿ ನಾನಲ್ಲ, ನನಗದರ ಅಗತ್ಯವೂ ಇಲ್ಲ!

ಒಹೋ ಇದು ನಾಟಕ ಮಂದಿಯನ್ನು ಸಾಗಿಸುವ ವಾಹನ ಅನ್ಸುತ್ತೆ ಅದಿಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಮಾಡಿಫೈ ಮಾಡಿರಬೇಕು.ಪಾಪ ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಚರಿಸುವ ಸಭ್ಯರಿಗೂ ಕೂಡ ಟ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಟ್ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ 'ಡ್ರಾಮಾ ಆರ್ಟಿಸ್ಟ್' ಅನ್ನುವ ಕಳಂಕಿತ ಪಟ್ಟ ಬೇರೆ. ಏನೇ ಇರಲಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯೂ ಅದೇ ತರಹ ಅನ್ನೋದು ಅವರ ಅಂಬೋಣ. ಡೀಸೆಲ್ ಬೆಲೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಆದ್ರೂ ಟಿಕೆಟ್ ಬೆಲೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಇಳಿಸೊಲ್ಲ. ಬೆಲೆ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಆದ್ರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನವೇ ಬೇಕಾಬಿಟ್ಟಿ ಏರಿಸೇಬಿಡ್ತಾರೆ. ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಕೋಟಿ ಇಷ್ಟು ಕೋಟಿ ಲಾಸ್ ಅನ್ನೋದು ಅವರ ನಾಟಕ. ದುಡ್ಡೇನು ಮಾಡ್ತಾರೋ? ಪಾಪ ನೌಕರರು ಯಾವಾಗ್ಲೂ ಸಂಬಳ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಮಾಡಕ್ಕೆ  ಧರಣಿ ಹೂಡೋದು ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ನುಂಗಣ್ಣನ ಕೈವಾಡವಿದೆಯೋ ನಾ ಕಾಣೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಾ! ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಮೂರು ಜನ ಕಾರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಹೊರಟರೆ ನಮ್ಮ (ಕ)ನಾ(ರ್ನಾ)ಟಕ ಸಾರಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗೋದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ಬಹುಜನರ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ. ಏನೇ ಇರಲಿ ದರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ಚಿನ್ನದಂತ ನಾಟಕ ಆಡ್ತಿರೋದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಗ್ಯಾರಂಟಿ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ನಾಟಕ ತೋರಿಸಿ ಮಂಗ ಮಾಡ್ತಿರೋದು ಬಹುಜನರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದ್ರೂ, ಬಸ್ ಬಿಡಕ್ಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆಯೇ? ಅದನ್ನೇ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯವರೂ ಅರಿತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಕೂಡ. ಎಲೆಕ್ಷನ್ ಟೇಮಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಧುರೀಣರ ನಾಟಕ ಇರೋದಿಂದ್ರ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ನಾಟಕ ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಥಗಿತಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ.

ಅನ್ನಬ್ರಹ್ಮನ ದೇಗುಲ, ನೋಡಿರಿ ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳ! ಸರಳ ಜೀವಿಯಾದ ಮಂಜುನಾಥನ ದರ್ಶನ ಪಡೆದು, ರುಚಿಕರವಾದ ಮೃಷ್ಟಾನ್ನ ಭೋಜನವ ಸವಿದು, ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಚಲಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ದಟ್ಟ ಕಾನನದ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ತೆಗೆದ ನಾಟಕದ ದೃಶ್ಯವಿದು. ಯಾವ ಭಾಗ ಅಂತ ಕೇಳಬೇಡಿ, ಫೋಟೋ ತೆಗೆಯೋ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಅಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಪುರುಸೊತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಮಾರಾಯ್ರೆ. ಯಾರೋ ಕಿಡಿಗೇಡಿಗಳ ಕೆಲಸ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಮಗೂ ಗೊತೈತೆ ಆದ್ರೂ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಶೋ-ಆಫ್ ಮಾಡೋಣ ಅಂತ ಬರೆದಿರೋದು.

ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಬ್ಯಾಕೆಂಡ್ ಸರಣಿಗಾಗಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ಕಿಸಿ: ಬ್ಯಾಕೆಂಡ್

Seashore Meditator

Taken during our casual stroll along shoreline of Maravanthe Beach, Kundapura

Friday, August 5, 2016

Skywatch Friday - Stormy skies over Hesaraghtta Lake

This Sunday, eventually it was the day to break the truce and start roaming around nearby places. We chose Hesaraghatta Lake on a cloudy Sunday to escape from city mess and surrender to nature. The lake, is one of the prominent picnic spots nearby Bangalore and in older times, served as fresh water source for Bangalore. The term "fresh water" literally means unaffected by city's filthy affluents. The artificial lake was constructed almost a century back across Arkavathy river. As the city expanded, the water was not enough to cater to the needs of exponentially growing city. Also diminishing monsoon lead to frequent drying of Hesaraghatta Lake. It was only partially filled around 2014 and never filled later. Despite channeling multiple rain sources, the lake still cannot fill to its potential predominantly due to ever withering monsoon trend.

When we arrived at spot after nearly 25kms of bike journey along the bucolic path, it was disappointing and as expected due to bleak scene. The scanty rainfall over the years has literally turned the lake worthless. The rusty pipelines & abandoned pump-house clearly explains the tale of the lake. Except for few puddles, the lake area resembled a grassland with cattle grazing over the verdant field. The authorities have constructed esplanade to enable promenade along the banks of lake. Apparently, lake is completely abandoned and serves only for tourism activities. The lake hardly fills to its capacity and even if it fills up, the usage may be restricted to tourism & local irrigation. The lake also hosts Goddess Durga temple where locals worship. The temple is undergoing renovation.

Water-bodies complement the aesthetics of natural landscapes (to some extent cityscapes too!) especially during golden hour and stormy days. Witnessing reflections are fabulous experience if the wind is calm and water is pristine. After frustrating scenes, we decided to stroll along the trails of lake banks and in a few moments, we witnessed this beautiful passing storm drifting along the lake horizon. It was time to grab timelapse as well :). We descended down the steps in front of temple and myself setup camera for timelapse. Probably steps were constructed to cleanse the legs before entering temple sanctum. The water bodies would serve many purposes nearby temple anyways. For 30 mins, myself and wife were engaged in healthy chat. Once done, we decided to leave the place due to dried up lake. Of-course we had churmuri nearby the lake arena and it was worst I ever had :(.

We realized the presence of conserved Hesaraghatta grassland after our return to home. This would be wonderful place to explore and only few kms from lake area. I am not sure if civilians are allowed inside the area for glancing. But do give it try. Also, if healthier monsoon turns up from now, it would be worth visiting the Lake filled at-least partially, due October. It is worth visiting the lake even if it is partially filled, the landscape surrounding the water body does rest of job to embellish the spot :).

Note: It rained ample in Hesaraghatta Lake for 3 days continuously after our visit. If this prolongs for 2 more weeks, then there is hope of resurrection.

Route: Fix the direction in google maps and you will never get lost!

While ongoing timelapse, my better half snapped few panorama shots of distant storm in her mobile. Here are those!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Skywatch Friday - An evening in Hebbal Lake

Once again after a brief lull from stagnated trips, it was time for another short visit to nearby places. It has been long time since we traveled far and being monsoon, there is eagerness to fly towards Western Ghats. Not sure if I can plan in subsequent months but there is one. As of now, we are restricting to neighboring places and this time we chose the Hebbal lake for short evening stroll. We started around 5PM and the stay lasted till 6:30PM beyond which the lake visit is closed. Here are some of HDR shots composed during our visit. The sky was clouded and the effulgent sun was masked by band of rushing monsoon clouds. The vibe over troposphere was disappointing for photo shoot as well. Hence not much to hype about the shots :).

There is not much rejoice inside the Hebbal Lake garden. The entire area is covered with vegetation and no scope for photographers to shoot. Some good perception can be drawn, if you can break through the short turf situated along the walk trails. However, there may threat of snakes as well. The area of stroll is also limited with security personnel constantly whistling and administering people movement. The lawn at the entrance provides ample space for children to play. All of these bear entrance fee Rs.20 per person with extra 10 for still camera.

Despite the beauty, the lake lacks best of views for photographers. Authorities should consider constructing a walk path for nature lovers. The view from  summit of Hebbal flyover can provide efficacious pictures if you can manage traffic mayhem. Apart from that, views from fence along the NH-7 towards Airport can also prove worthy if your lens can sneak through the holes :)

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