Monday, September 30, 2013

Achieving impossible with forced perception -- Squeezing the Sun ;-)

Many people love to take such photos. Such photos are easy to grab too if you maintain certain distance between objects of interest. This is called forced perception wherein something extraordinary shown with the help of few techniques. The main aspect here is that the stronger subject which should be perceived lighter than the main subject should be at far off distance. In this case the Sun is million miles away ;-). When passing time in Tungabhadra river in Mantralaya, a small thought made me to grab such an image. I placed first two fingers of left hand to hold the Sun and the right hand to hold camera. You need to basically set very high depth field and bit of under exposing to properly obtain result. In my case it was somewhere around f/22. The presence of atmosphere clouds properly scattered the sun light to have squeeze look. Finally the high aperture made sure that sun rays get diffracted by the aperture blades to have star-burst like look ;-). The image gives feeling of fingers squeezing the Sun and as a result rays evolved :D. Hope you feel the same ;-). I have tried these many times but this was first successful attempt. In future, expect more of such kinds!


Friday, September 27, 2013

7 exposure HDR of Mundkoor temple corridor

This is 7 exposure HDR bracketed during my recent visit to Mundkoor Durgaparameshwari temple near Karkala. The main reason going beyond 5 exposure was that even at -2EV, the coconut trees were not exposed. Also the high contrast region between roof and temple, made camera evaluate bit crazily. Actually at normal exposure, the image seemed to be overexposed at the roof side while darker along corridor. Hence I had to compose 7 bracketed shots from -3 to +3 to grab more dynamic range to expose trees and corridor properly. Eventually I got the result I wanted i.e. trees and corridor properly exposed. I am happy with colors along the corridor and lighting on the sky as well as puddles on the floor. Hope you will enjoy the picture also.



Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: 18-55mm kit lens
Focal Length: 23mm
Focus: Manual
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Picture Style: Neutral
White Balance: Shade
Metering: Center weighted average
No of images:7
Exposures: -3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2,+3(1/30s for middle one)
ML Firmware: v2.3
Softwares: Luminance HDR (Fatal operator), GIMP

Last Note:

Someone questioned as how normal picture like above can be called HDR. HDRs need not have bright colors. HDR is all about composing an image similar to your eyes see with greater dynamic range which cameras cannot capture. Of-course they seem fake sometimes but that is not the intention behind HDR captures.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Monsoon drive through Kuduremukh Ghats

This video was shot during the up-hilling of Kuduremukh ghats on our way to Shringeri. In middle of ghat section, we had small break near one of the water springs and later my father offered to drive the car. It's time for me to grab some video of driving through lush green western ghats ;-). I took many videos but compiled them to fit one of my favorite music :-). The road was very beautiful and well paved but narrow from Kerekatte cross to Shringeri (about 30kms). It takes lot of time to drive through these sections due to up-hilling, steep curves and blind spots. One needs to honk at each and every curve as a measure of safety. Also the road edges are high from ground level which makes it impossible to slip down the road. Except for well paved road, the stretch looks like village road despite being National Highway. Nevertheless, if you are watchful, everything is smooth. Our journey was really smooth mainly due to the powerful pull of CRDi engines and well paved roads (we easily could negotiate uphill in 3rd gear). Watch out for rushing tankers and gas laden trucks along curves. There was heavy rains too during return journey. At that time, I was driving and hence no videos of the same. Enjoy the virtual drive through gorgeous western ghats.

With full respect to beautiful music "Minded Constellation" from German musician Dirk Hoffman codenamed Goaschuld, here is the drive video.
Great chill music and perfect for monsoon drives ;-).

Here are few pictures!





Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Water spots along shiraadi ghat

Here are some pictures taken during our drive from Udupi to Bangalore on 22-09-2013. The western ghats were fully decorated with greenery along with myriad of seasonal waterfalls. Unfortunately due to lack of time, we stopped only at one or two places. Our main intention was to reach Sakaleshpur as early as possible to avoid dreadful shiraadi ghat road. The later story was, the ghat was not tortured to the extent we thought ;-). It was a smooth sail to Sakaleshpur barring 5-6 stretches. I had to drive alone till Bangalore and hence no videos :-(. To our luck, the rains which were pouring from almost a week, had receded the day of our travel with appearance of Sun even in western ghats :-). We enjoyed the water spots as well as gundya river and monkeys ;-) at many places along shiraadi ghat. Most of these water spots meet Gundya river at some or the other places. Not to miss, the gundya river was looking so beautiful but could not take any snaps. I thought it would be difficult to drive at night but my prediction was again bad. The night journey was smoother than the day drive. The absence of two wheelers, adamant cattle and crazy dogs ;-), helped me in smooth drive. I had aeroplane drive from Sakaleshpur to Bangalore by covering 220km stretch in matter of 3 hours ;-) (including dinner break). Also the CRDi engine of Ritz, provided full co-operation and pull in ghat section. Enjoy few pictures from Shiraadi ghat. Such scenes are available only during monsoon season or maximum a month after monsoon recedes.



Hope I will be able to grab more pictures during our return journey. I have already given heads-up to my father to have more stoppages during return journey and he has given positive nod till now ;-).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

HDR and Panorama during monsoon visit to Murudeshwara

The stretch between Udupi to Karwar is one of my favorite travel route. Those ravishing hillocks, Arabian sea, konkan railway tunnels and not to miss plenty of rivers give heavenly feeling especially during monsoon season. Of them, the stretch between Kundapur to Gokarna is truly marvelous. Also not miss the gorgeous site near Shiroor where one can see both western ghats and Arabian sea from highway. I could not grab any picture of this site due to lack of time :-(.

I can never miss few minutes break at glorious Maravanthe beach where Souparnika river teases arabian sea. During our recent visit to Anegudde siddhivinayak temple and Murudeshwar, I stopped at Maravanthe beach for quite some time to enjoy the full flowing river and roaring sea. From many days, I wanted to capture panoramic view of beautiful Maravanthe beach. This time I achieved the same. Hope you will enjoy this six image stitch of the sight.

Next is 5 image stitch of hills near Murudeshwar. Just casual shot, nothing specific in mind.

Apsarakonda was not in our plan. However due to bad roads we reached Murudeshwar around 1:30PM. The temple is closed from 1PM to 3PM. Hence we visited apsarakonda falls which is 17km from here. The road in this stretch was very good. As we reached the site, I was tempted to grab HDR of Kasarkod beach. This is one beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Also there was heavy rain too ;-) due to which we were the only visitor :D. It was delightful to watch the full flourishing apsarakonda waterfalls. Last time when we visited during December time-frame, it looked like tap water. This time, it had full glory :-). I was really excited to see the waterfall site. Will share some pics when I find time. So here is HDR of the evergreen Kasarkod beach from Apsarakonda waterfall parking lot. I am happy that clouds, paddy fields and sea are properly exposed in picture. The massive clouds poured for nearly 30 minutes later. Unfortunately due to dearth of time, we could not reach top of hill to have magnificent view of Kasarkod beach. Also we missed majestic Sharavati river basin at Honavar and Idagunji temple. I have some plans to visit these places this winter.

The next HDR is of hillocks viewed from top of pinnacle at Murudeshwar. HDR was shot to get greater dynamic range. I was never knowing that we can reach the top floor of pinnacle. This time I observed the lift at the entrance and had good aerial view of the Murudeshwar (including Shiva statue) from top of pinnacle. Here is HDR of aerial view of Murudeswar with lush green western ghats at the backdrop.

With this write-up, I am celebrating 100th post in blogger. Hope you enjoyed the small write-ups throughout.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Om Namo Bhagavathe Rudraaya

Many people find it difficult to gain initial momentum on Mondays ;-) for obvious reasons. It is difficult for some to even wake-up around 8AM :-). In spite of Monday, I do wake-up at normal time however find it difficult to energize. The solution I have is to chant 'Rudradhyaya' which falls under 'Krishna Yajurveda'. Chanting Rudradhyaya with Chamaka prashna takes around 30 minutes but provides great amount of energy for me mainly due to the ups and downs of chanting vedic hymns. So today on this great Monday, here is aerial view of Lord Shiva at Murudeshwara shot from top of pinnacle. This was shot during our monsoon visit to Murudeshwara and Honavar. Hope the majestic shiva statue also energizes you ;-).


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Shivanasamudra and Talakaadu revisit with CPL filter :-)

01 Sept 2013

The cauvery river was raging during my July visit to Shivanasamudra waterfalls. This was direct consequence of 1.5lac cusecs of water being let out of KRS reservoir. Due to torrent, we were not allowed to step down to have close look of waterfalls. This time, even-though the rains had receded in Malnad region we were not sure about getting down to waterfall area. I had to face to ire of usual travel gang for visiting alone ;-). Hence we decided to visit Shivanasamudra on this Sunday. Last time when I traveled alone in bike, I faced wrath of mother with almost 30mins of discourse :D. This time we were four and hence Rajesh booked a taxi costing Rs.7/km. Everything was planned. Our main aim was to start early as 7AM and reach the waterfall site early to spend sufficient amount of time there. We were ready to start our journey around 7AM and the driver steered towards Kanakapura road.

All of us were in empty stomach and very much hungry. We stopped at Adigas hotel to have breakfast. We had hefty breakfast despite high price. Once done, our next destination was waterfall site itself. En-route we enjoyed the lush greenery which was consequence of recent rains in region. Especially, the hills after Kanakapura were beautiful to watch. While traveling, we were discussing variety of stuffs to pass time. The stage turned to be mostly political with LTTE topic elaborated for broad time ;-). I was quite since my interesting topics are Photography and Linux. I would have been thrown out of cab if I had initiated some topic on both :D. I was just a pure listener there ;-). Then comes Kashmir issue ;-). Also few Bollywood newses (which I am not interested) were part of discussion. In between, I was also testing the CPL filter and it had already started showing off with great results with bluish sky :-). I was pretty much now confident that it will be highly useful at waterfall site.

As we neared the waterfall, I picturised the scenes of last month visit. Now the sight seemed relatively barren with very less water. We were under the suspicion that waterfall may be bereft of water. That ravaging streams and torrent were no more present. At around 10AM, we reached Bharachukki waterfall site. A waterfall festival organized by local authorities was being celebrated here which made us to walk for 500mts to reach waterfall site. The vehicles were not allowed to park proximity to waterfall site.


We were enthralled to see the waterfall site as we neared it. There was very good amount of water plunge and also we were allowed to step down too! At a distance, it looks to be of minimal quantity but as we stepped down, the plunge was really strong. Also the site was too much crowded too with visitors enjoying in water (including monkeys). One can take coracle ride close to waterfall area for Rs.50/head. People will be taken close to the waterfall plunge, but on our request he carried us very close to the waterfall. We were completely drenched including my camera :D. Fortunately camera withstood the sudden water gush. I did not cover with weather coat since this was candid ;-). Nevertheless we enjoyed that drench as well as the swivel on coracle.



Now time for fun on water. Both Rajesh and Sudhir had backup clothes and hence they entered into water. I was bit disappointed since I did not have extra clothes. Albeit, I was experimenting with my camera with different exposures. Also diving monkeys were humorous to watch :D. Some monkeys even snatched food from visitor's luggage so beware of them. Some of them even know to open the bag zipper :-). Seemed like experience monkeys who know the design of backpack very well :D. The plunge was powerful past the stream. However a guard stood nearby the site blocking visitors who wished to visit the place. After nearly 2-3hrs of fun, we stepped up back to the top. That was really enjoying and everything happened as planned. The day was too hazy as well hot that we were tempted to have sugarcane juices. All of us had 2 full glasses of tasty sugarcane juice with lemon mix and cucumber to get rid of thirst.








This time we went near the other view point of Gaganachukki waterfalls. From the primary view point, it was not possible to get down to site. From here, it is possible to step down but proper steps are not yet laid. Boys were tired and they refused to step down. I alone went down crossing strewed rocks to get good snaps of raging water at corner sites. I did slip for many times but managed to get to the rushing water jet despite of water bodies in between. It was really worth the effort to reach those areas. Later we left for Talakaadu temple.





That powerful water was no longer present this time, however we enjoyed the beautiful landscapes with turmeric plantations, sugarcane fields and cattle. There was huge group of sheep every now and then. I did not take their pictures but driver narrated the story behind them. These shepherds are from far off place and they travel for long distance to feed the cattle. The vegetation in their areas is not so lush and hence they travel till Kerala to feed their cattle. Intermediate villagers do not allow them to settle down since it would adversely affect their needs for cattle. Some of the farmers allow the migrant cattle to gaze in the field of restricted area and in turn the excreta of cattle acts as fertilizer for their lands. I was really amazed to see their stamina and hard work. These people have tougher life than us and still they manage very well. They carry luggage on donkeys and camp in current place they are in. Their main food is raagi bowl which can keep stomach happy for longer time. The only months they visit their home is during February-March time-frame and every year the same cycle gets repeated. Unfortunately, I don't have any picture of them [bang on my head :-(].



In an hour time, we reached Talakaadu temple. We had darshan of Lord Vaidyanaatheshwara and walked on the sand path too! All four were hungry and had lunch in one of the Udupi Mess nearby temple. Last time, I could not have lunch here since it was exhausted. This time we had tasty full meals. The meal is served in banana plantations and was very much tasty too for Rs.60/-. Later we went nearby Cauvery river basin which was again deprived of water relative to my last visit. Last time, the entire parking area was under water while this time very less in amount. It seems due to heavy overnight rains (the heaviest after 10-15yrs) the cauvery had become bit more vibrant. After short visit to river area we headed back to Bangalore. Due to time constraint, we skipped Somanathapura again :-(. Around 8:30PM we reached Bangalore. Note that Kanakapura road is now somewhat patched and looked to be in good condition.

Thats it the end of our travel. Every-time I plan to trim down the write-up consequently ends up being more than small. As I type content in 'gedit', I recall many stuffs which I cannot miss. Hence turns out to be sometimes huge (like last one which ended in two parts!). My main intention is to archive these memories and cherish them forever. As a result, blogs eventually turns out to be lengthier :-). The only time taking is the editing and compressing of DSLR pics which are really huge. In the end, I feel really happy when blog is posted!

There is HDR and panorama shot in Bharachukki waterfalls documented here. There was nothing to capture as timelapse this time due to dearth of clouds.

I also found some time to compose the video. The main attraction this time was the cheap CPL filter I carried with camera pack. Some of the videos really came out well with filter without losing detail or sharpness and properly exposing the sky despite hazy atmosphere. Watch and enjoy the nature in full HD and experience virtual drench ;-). I will try to add video settings in subsequent blog posts. Comments and critiques on quality and perception of video is highly appreciated. As always composed using KDENLIVE under Linux Mint 15, wonderful open source software for *nix based systems.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

ಶಿ'ರಾಡಿ' ಮೇಳ - ೨೦೦೯

ಇದು ನನ್ನ ಹಳೆಯ ಬರಹ. ಪ್ರತಿ ಬಾರಿ ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಘಾಟಿ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಬವಣೆ ಯಾರು ಕೇಳುವವರಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಬಾರಿಯೂ ಈ ರಸ್ತೆ ತನ್ನ ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷದ ವೈಭವಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳಿದೆ. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಮ್ಯಾಂಗನೀಸ್ ಲಾರಿಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೂ ಅವುಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಅಪಾರ. ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಘಾಟಿ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕಾಂಕ್ರಿಟ್ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆಂಬ ರೈಲು ಸುದ್ದಿ ಸುಮಾರು ೪ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಕೇಳಿಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿಯ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ೪೮ ರಿಂದ ೭೫ ಕ್ಕೆ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಇದುವರೆಗಿನ ಸಾಧನೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಹಾಳಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ನಂತರ ಜನವರಿ ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಅರೆಬರೆ ಪ್ಯಾಚ್ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆ ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಇನ್ನೂ ಗಗನ ಕುಸುಮವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದಿದೆ :-(. ಯೆಲ್ಲಾಪುರ ಘಾಟಿಯಂತೆ, ಶಿರಾಡಿ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಉತ್ತಮ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಕಂಪೆನಿಗೆ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಗೆ ನೀಡಿದರೆ ಸರಿ ಹೋಗಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯ ಲೋಕಲ್ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆದಾರರು ಭ್ರಷ್ಟರ ಜೇಬು ತುಂಬಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬ ಸುದ್ಧಿ ಕೂಡ ಇದೆ. ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕಂಡರೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಇವರ ಜೇಬು ಬರಿದಾಗುವುದೋ ಎಂಬ ಅಳಲು ಇರಬಹುದು. ಇರಲಿ, ಈ ಬರಹವನ್ನು ಸುಮಾರು ನಾಲ್ಕು ವರ್ಷದ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದು. ಈ ವರುಷಕ್ಕೂ ಸರಿಹೊಂದುವುದು. ಓದಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ತಿಳಿಸಿ.

ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಹೆ(ಹೊಂಡ)ದ್ದಾರಿ-೪೮ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕ್ಲಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಎಂದರೆ ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಘಾಟಿಯ ೪೦ ಕೀ.ಮಿ ಗಳು. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಘಾಟಿ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಅಯೋಗ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಬೇಡದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಖರ್ಚು ಮಾಡುವ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳಿಗೆ, ಈ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕಾಂಕ್ರೀಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಹಣವಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಈ ರಸ್ತೆ ಕಾಂಕ್ರಿಟೀಕರಣಕ್ಕೆ ದೇಣಿಗೆ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲು ಹಾಗೂ ಈ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಸದಾ ಸುದ್ದಿಯಲ್ಲಿಡಲು ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆ ತೀರ್ಮಾನಿಸಿದೆ. ಅದರಂತೆ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರದ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಶಿ'ರಾಡಿ' ಮೇಳ - ೨೦೦೯ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ತೀರ್ಮಾನಿಸಿದೆ. ಈ ಮೇಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ವಿಧದ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಘೋಷಿಸಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೆ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ಮಳಿಗೆಗಳು ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತಲಿವೆ ಎಂದು ಅದು ಹೇಳಿದೆ. ಬಂದ ದೇಣಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿರಾಡಿಯನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ದುರಸ್ತಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂಬ ಭರವಸೆ(??) ಕೂಡ ನೀಡಿದೆ.

ಮೊದಲೇ ಹೇಳಿದಂತೆ ಅನೇಕ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ನಡೆಯಲಿವೆ. ಮೊದಲನೆ ಬಾರಿ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟದ ತಪ್ಪಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಅನೇಕ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕರು ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕತೆಗೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಗಣಿ ಮತ್ತು ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಉತ್ತೇಜಿಸಲು ಗಣಿ ದೊರೆಗಳು ಬಹಳ ಹಣ ಸುರಿಯಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 

ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕರು

೧) ಚಿತ್ರದುರ್ಗ-ತುಮಕೂರು ಸೀಮೆಯ ಗಣಿ ನಾಯಕರು.
೨) ಮಂಗಳೂರು ರಿಫೈನೆರಿ (MRPL)
೩) ನವಮಂಗಳೂರು ಬಂದರು ಮಂಡಳಿ (NMPT)
೪) ಭಾರತೀಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರ.
೫) ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಮತ್ತು ಖಾಸಗಿ ಬಸ್ಸು ಮಾಲೀಕರು
೬) ರೈಲ್ವೆ ಇಲಾಖೆ.

ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕರ ಕಿರು ಪರಿಚಯ:

೧) ಗಣಿ ನಾಯಕರು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಚಿರಪರಿಚಿತರು. ೨೦ ಟನ್ ಗಣಿ ಸಾಗಿಸುವ ಬದಲು ೪೦ ಟನ್ ಸಾಗಿಸಿ ಶಿ'ರಾಡಿ' ಶಬ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಮಹತ್ವ ಕೊಟ್ಟವರು.
೨) ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ೨೦೦ ಬುಲೆಟ್ ಟ್ಯಾಂಕರ್ ಗಳು ಶಿರಾಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಚರಿಸಲು ಕಾರಣಕರ್ತರಾದ MRPL ಅವರು ಕೂಡ ಘಾಟಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಸುಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣರಾದವರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರು.
೩) ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮವಾಗಿ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರ.
೪) ತನ್ನ ಸಮರ್ಥ್ಯಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಗಣಿ ರಫ್ತು ಮಾಡಿ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಗಣಿ ಲಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಅತಿಥಿಯಂತೆ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿರುವ NMPT
೫) ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ರೈಲುಗಳಿಗೆ ಅಡ್ಡಗಾಲು ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸರಕಾರೀ ಮತ್ತು ಖಾಸಗಿ ಬಸ್ಸು ಮಾಲಕರು.
೬) ಕೊನೆಯದಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ಲಾಬಿಗಳಿಗೂ ಸೈ ಎನ್ನುವ ರೈಲ್ವೆ ಇಲಾಖೆ.

ವಿಶೇಷ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ಮಳಿಗೆಗಳು

೧) ಹಲವು ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ವಿಶೇಷ ಗಣಿಗಳ ಪರಿಚಯ.
೨) ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಇಂದ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ(?) ರಸ್ತೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ.
೩) ದೇಶದ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಟಿತ ವಾಹನ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಿಂದ ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಘಾಟಿಗೆಂದೆ ತಯಾರಿಸಿದ ವಿಶೇಷ ವಾಹನಗಳ ಅನಾವರಣ.

ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳ ವಿವರ ಇಂತಿದೆ:
ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ಶುಲ್ಕ ಇದೆ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಗೆದ್ದವರಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ ಬಹುಮಾನಗಳು ಕೂಡ. 

ಬೇಸಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ - ೧: ಶಿರಾಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಹುಡುಕುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ  ಎಲ್ಲ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಕಾಶ ಇದೆ. ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ವಿಸ್ತೀರ್ಣದಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಕಂಡು ಹಿಡಿದವರಿಗೆ ಬಹುಮಾನ.  ಸೂಚನೆ: ಸ್ವಲ್ಪವೂ ರಸ್ತೆ ಕಾಣದಿದ್ದರೆ ನಾವು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರರಲ್ಲ.

ಬೇಸಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ - ೨: ಘಾಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ವೋಲ್ವೋ ಬಸ್ಸು ಚಾಲನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ
ಇದು ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ವಿಶೇಷ. ಘಾಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಳಿಯುವುದು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಸುಲಭವಾದ್ದರಿಂದ, ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ ರೋಚಕತೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು, ಘಾಟಿ ಏರುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಗುಂಡ್ಯ ಫಾರೆಸ್ಟ್ ಗೇಟ್ ಇಂದ ಸಕಲೆಶಪುರದವರೆಗಿನ ೪೦ ಕೀ.ಮಿ ರಸ್ತೆ(ರಾಡಿ)ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ.


೧) ಬಸ್ಸು ಇಲಾಖೆ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು. ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಮೂರು ಬಸ್ಸುಗಳನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು.
೨) ಬಸ್ಸು ಪಲ್ಟಿ ಹೊಡೆದರೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸರಿಪಡಿಸುವ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ಚಾಲಕರದ್ದು.
೩) ತಿರುವು ಮತ್ತು ಹೊಂಡಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಜೋರಾಗಿ ಓಡಿಸಿ ಬಸ್ಸು ಕಂದಕಕ್ಕೆ ಬಿದ್ದರೆ ನಾವು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರರಲ್ಲ.
೪) ಬಸ್ಸಿನ ರೇರ್ ಇಂಜಿನ್ನಿಗೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪವೂ ಹಾನಿಯಗಕೂಡದು.
೫) ಘಾಟಿ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಕೇವಲ ೩ ಬಾರಿ ಫರ್ಸ್ಟ್ ಗೆಯರ್ ಹಾಕುವ ಅವಕಾಶವಿದೆ.
೬) ಘಾಟಿ ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ೬-ನೇ ಗೆಯರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೊತ್ತು ಚಲಾಯಿಸುವವರಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ ಬೋನಸ್ ಬಹುಮಾನ.
ವಿಶೇಷ ಸೂಚನೆ: ಗಣಿ ಲಾರಿ ಚಾಲಕರಿಗೆ ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ರಾಶಸ್ತ್ಯ

ಮಳೆಗಾಲ ವಿಶೇಷ: ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಘಾಟಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕೆಸರುಮಯವಾಗುವುದರಿಂದ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮೂರು ಭಾಗಗಳಾಗಿ ವಿಂಗಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.

೧) ಮೊದಲ ಹತ್ತು ಕೀ.ಮಿ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವಿಶೇಷ:  ಮಂತ್ರಿ ಮಹೋದಯರಿಂದ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ನಾಯಕರುಗಳಿಂದ ವಿಶೇಷ ಕೆಸರೆರಚಾಟದ ಮನೋರಂಜನೆ. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ಶುಲ್ಕ ಇದೆ.

೨) ನಂತರದ ೨೦ ಕೀ.ಮಿ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಭತ್ತ ಬೆಳೆಯುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ: ಆಯ್ದ ೨೦ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ ರೈತರನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ೧ ಕೀ.ಮಿ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಯಂತೆ ಕೃಷಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಅನುಮತಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು. ಅಧಿಕ ಇಳುವರಿ ತರುವ ೮ ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಮೂರು ಬಹುಮಾನಗಳು ಹಾಗು ೫ ಸಮಾಧಾನಕರ ಬಹುಮಾನುಗಳು ಇವೆ.

೩) ಕೊನೆಯ ೧೦ ಕೀ.ಮಿ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾಳೆಗಿಡ ನೆಡುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ: ಇಲ್ಲೂ ೨೦ ಮಂದಿಗೆ ಅವಕಾಶ. ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ೫೦೦ ಮೀ ಗೆ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆ. ಬಹುಮಾನಗಳು ಭತ್ತ ಬೆಳೆಯುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯಂತೆ.


೧) ಕೆಸರೆರಚಾಟದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಸರು ವೀಕ್ಷಕರ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಿದ್ದರೆ ಆಯೋಜಕರು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರರಲ್ಲ. ತುಂಬ ಬಿದ್ದರೆ ತಿರುಗಿ ನೀವು ಕೆಸರನ್ನು ಎಸೆಯಬಹುದು.
೨) ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದ ಉಪಕರಣಗಳನ್ನು ರೈತರೇ ತರಬೇಕು.
೩) ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರವಾಹ ಬಿರುಗಾಳಿ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ. ಬೆಳೆ ನಷ್ಟವಾದರೆ ಆಯೋಜಕರು ಹೊಣೆ ಅಲ್ಲ.
೪) ಮಳೆ ಬರದಿದ್ದರೂ ಆಯೋಜಕರು ಹೊಣೆ ಅಲ್ಲ.
೫) ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅನುಮತಿ.

ಚಳಿಗಾಲ ವಿಶೇಷ: ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಹೈವೆ ಕಂಬಳ
ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ೪೦ ಕೀ.ಮಿ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಬಳ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಕೋಣಗಳನ್ನು ಸೊಗಸಾಗಿ ಸಿಂಗಾರ ಮಾಡಿದವರಿಗೂ ವಿಶೇಷ ಬಹುಮಾನಗಳಿವೆ.

ಹಾಗೆ ರಾತ್ರಿಯಂದು ವಿಶೇಷ ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ ಮೇಳ ನಡೆಯಲಿವೆ. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾದವು ಶಿರಾಡಿ ಮಹಿಮೆ, ಗಣಿ ಕೈಲಾಸ ಮುಂತಾದವು.

ಸೂಚನೆ: ಕಂಬಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುವವರು ಹೊಂಡದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಜಾಗೃತರಾಗಿರಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ವಿನಂತಿ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಕಂದಕಗಳು ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಕೋಣಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ನಿದಾನವಾಗಿ ಹೊಡೆಯುವುದು. ಮುಗ್ಗರಿಸಿ ಬಿದ್ದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಥವಾ ಕಂದಕಕ್ಕೆ ಬಿದ್ದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಯೋಜಕರು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರರಲ್ಲ.

ಪ್ರವೇಶ ಶುಲ್ಕ:

೧) ರಸ್ತೆ ಹುಡುಕುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗೆ ೨ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಅಥವಾ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಮಾನಾಂತರವಾದ ಜಲ್ಲಿ ಕಲ್ಲು.
೨) ವೋಲ್ವೋ ಬಸ್ ಚಾಲನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗೆ ೮ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಅಪಘಾತ ಠೇವಣಿ ೨ ಲೋಡ್ ಜಲ್ಲಿ ಕಲ್ಲು. ಬಸ್ಸು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಘಾಟಿ ಹತ್ತಿದರೆ ಠೇವಣಿ ವಾಪಾಸ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುವುದು.
೩) ಕೆಸರೆರಚಾಟದ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ೧ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್.
೪) ಕೃಷಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬಾಲೆ ನೆಡುವ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗೆ ೪ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್.
೫) ಕಂಬಳಕ್ಕೆ ೬ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ವೀಕ್ಷಣೆಗೆ ೨ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್. ಕೋಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ಶುಲ್ಕ ಇಲ್ಲ.
೬) ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನಕ್ಕೆ ೧ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್
೭) ಪ್ರತಿ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ಮಳಿಗೆಗೆ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ೨ ಮೂಟೆ ಸಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಬಾಡಿಗೆ ಇದೆ.


ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ಬಹುಮಾನ: ೫ ಟನ್ ವಿಶೇಷ ಗಣಿ ಮಣ್ಣು (ಮಣ್ಣು ಹೊತ್ತು ಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಲು ತಮ್ಮದೇ ವಾಹನಗಳನ್ನು ತರಬೇಕಾಗಿ ವಿನಂತಿ)
ಎರಡನೆಯ ಬಹುಮಾನ: ೦.೫ ಬಾರೆಲ್ ಕಚ್ಚಾ ತೈಲ.
ಮೂರನೆಯ ಬಹುಮಾನ: NMPT ವತಿಯಿಂದ ವಿಶೇಷ ರಫ್ತು ಕೂಪನ್.
೫ ಸಮಾಧಾನಕರ ಬಹುಮಾನುಗಳು: ಬಸ್ಸು ಮಾಲಿಕರಿಂದ ವಿಶೇಷ ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿ ಕೂಪನ್.

ಬಂಪರ್ ಬಹುಮಾನ:
ಅಧಿಕ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗೆದ್ದವರಿಗೆ ಗಣಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ ಪ್ರವಾಸ.

ಬಹುಮಾನ ವಿತರಕರು: ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಗಣಿ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ನಾಯಕರು.
ವಿತರಣೆ ದಿನ: ವರುಷದ ಕೊನೆಯ ದಿನ.

ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿನಂತಿ: ಬಂದ ಬಹುಮಾನಗಳನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಕರಿಗೆ ಒಪ್ಪಿಸಿದರೆ ಶಿರಾಡಿ ದುರಸ್ತಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಚುರುಕುಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು ಈ ವಿಷಯವನ್ನು ಉದಾರ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಿಂದ ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿ ವಿನಂತಿ. ಹಾಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಲು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಸಹಕಾರ ಕೋರುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಅಧಿಕ ಮಾಹಿತಿ: ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಮೀಪದ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಅಥವಾ ಲೋಕೋ(ಅ)ಪಯೋಗಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯನ್ನು ಸಂಪರ್ಕಿಸಿ!!

ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯ ನೆನಪುಗಳು

ಜೋಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುದ್ದಾದ ಬೆಕ್ಕನ್ನು ಕಂಡಾಗ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಬೆಕ್ಕು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯ ನೆನಪು ಕಾಡಿತು. ಆ ನೆನಪಿಗಾಗಿ ಈ ಸಣ್ಣ ಗೀಚು.

ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಮೈಸೂರು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಊರಿಗೆ ಬಂದಾಗ, ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆ ನೀನು ಕೂಡ ಮನೆ ಸದಸ್ಯೆಯಾದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದಲೋ ಬಂದವಳು ಕಡೆಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯೇ ನಿನಗೆ ವಾಸಸ್ಥಳವಾಯಿತು. ಬೆಕ್ಕುಗಳೆಂದರೆ ಸಿಟ್ಟಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅಪ್ಪನ ಮನ ಗೆದ್ದೆ. ಸಣ್ಣವಳಿದ್ದಾಗ ನಿನ್ನ ಜೊತೆ ಆಡಿದ್ದು ಈಗಲೂ ನೆನಪಿದೆ. ಮನೆ ಮಂದಿ ತಿನ್ನುವುದೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ನೀನು ತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೂ ಬೇಜಾರು ಪಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳದೆ ಅನ್ಯರ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಂದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮನೆಗೆ ವಾಪಾಸಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ಒಂದು ದಿನವೂ ಹಾಲನ್ನು ಕದ್ದು ಕಳ್ಳ ಬೆಕ್ಕು ಎಂದೆಣಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅಮ್ಮ ತೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋದಾಗ ಅವರ ಹಿಂದೆಯೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಆರು ಬಾರಿ ಅಮ್ಮ ಕೂಡ ಆಗಿದ್ದೆ. ನಿನ್ನ ಒಂದು ಮರಿ, ಗಂಡು ಬೆಕ್ಕಿನ ಅಟ್ಟಹಾಸಕ್ಕೆ ಬಲಿಯಾದಾಗ ಮನೆಯವರಿಗೆ ಆದ ಬೇಸರ ಅಷ್ಟಿಷ್ಟಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಮಕ್ಕಳೋ, ಒಂದು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬದುಕದೆ ನಿನಗಿಂತ ಮೊದಲೇ ತೀರಿಕೊಂಡವು.  ಆದರೂ ನೀನು ಗಟ್ಟಿಮುಟ್ಟಾಗಿದ್ದೆ. ಕಾಲಾನಂತರ ನಿನಗೇನಾಯಿತೋ ಕಣ್ಣು ಮಂದವಾಗತೊಡಗಿತು. ಮನೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಕಣ್ಣು ಮಂದವಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಗುಂಡನನ್ನು ಅದ್ಯಾಕೆ ಹೆದರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆಯೋ ನಾ ಕಾಣೆ. ಎಷ್ಟೇ ಕಷ್ಟವಾದರೂ ಮನೆಯೊಳಗೆ ಹೇಸಿಗೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಕಣ್ಣು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೂ ಮನೆಯ ಪರಿಚಯ ನಿನಗೆ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗೆ ಅರಿವಿತ್ತು. ಮನೆಯ ಯಾವುದೇ ಭಾಗಕ್ಕೂ ಯಾವುದೇ ಅಂಜಿಕೆಯಿಲ್ಲದೆ, ಸಂದೇಹವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. 

ಅಂದು ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಮೇ ೨೨, ೨೦೦೯. ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಮೊಂಡುತನ ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ನಿನ್ನನ್ನು ಕಿರಿಯಕ್ಕ ಸಣ್ಣಗೆ ಜೋರು ಮಾಡಿದಳೆಂದು ಪಂಪ್-ಹೌಸ್ ತನಕ ಓಡಿ ಹೋದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಯಿಗಳು ಬೊಗಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದವು. ನಿನಗೆ ಕಣ್ಣು ಬೇರೆ ಕಾಣಿಸುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಆದರೂ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ತನಕ ಯಾಕೆ ಹೋದೆಯೋ ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು. ಹೆಚ್ಚೆಂದರೆ ಮನೆಯ ಹೊರಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಹುಡುಕಿದರೂ ನಿನ್ನನ್ನು ನೋಡಲಾಗದೆ ಅಮ್ಮ ತಳಮಳಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಕಡೆಗೆ ನೀನು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ದು ಹೆಣವಾಗಿ ಪಂಪ್-ಹೌಸ್ ಬಳಿ. ನಾಲ್ಕು ವರ್ಷ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯ ಮುದ್ದಿನ ಸದಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿ ಇದ್ದವಳು, ತೀರಿಕೊಂಡಾಗ ನಮಗೆ ಆದ ದುಃಖ ಅಷ್ಟಿಷ್ಟಲ್ಲ. ಈಗಲೂ ನಿನ್ನ ನೆನಪು ನಮಗೆ ಆಗಾಗ ಕಾಡುತ್ತದೆ.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Twilight HDR of Kaup Beach Light House

I barely had any time during Ganesh Chaturthi visit to my native place. During the festival day, I hardly found any time in midst of savoring grand food at home :D. Eventually, during evening, I payed a brief visit to Kaup beach. Not the best of season to visit since majority of time sky is covered with clouds. Nevertheless, the beach looks so enthusiastic and fearful during monsoon season. This time, the shore lines intruded shops even ;-). There is lot to learn from those waves which strike the shore with tremendous energy.

So here is 5 exposure HDR, of Kaup beach light house during twilight time. I am happy with image except that 7 exposures would have spiced up the picture still more ;-). Regarding sharpness, that is max I can get from kit lens. I did not apply any post processing for sharpness. This time, I performed some selective color correction around rocks and light house area. Lastly, I learned to use scissors tool in GIMP ;-).


Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: 18-55mm kit lens
Focal Length: 55mm
Focus: Manual
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Picture Style: Neutral
White Balance: Cloudy
Metering: Center weighted average
No of images: 5
Exposures: -2.-1,0,+1,+2 (8s for middle one)
ML Firmware: v2.3
Softwares: Luminance HDR (Fatal operator), GIMP

I have few timelapse too from Kaup beach as well as my hometown. Will club most of them into single video after accumulating sufficient amount. As of now, that day seems to be bit far!

After reaching Bangalore, I was excited to see 20k view count on my blogger site :-). The blog which was started just as time-pass has seen enormous amount visitors [20k is not small number ;-)]. This blog will still remain as time-pass yard for me and no plans for serious writing ;-). I just want to share some thoughts for getting valuable feedback especially in photography area. One more thing I am happy about is most of the views are from google search [So google has promoted by blogs in its search index :-)]. I also have some old blogs which is not yet uploaded to blogger. Stay tuned for many more travel write-up!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Guddattu Shri Vinayaka Temple, Kundapur Taluk, Udupi DIstrict

Last year during Ganesha Chaturthi day, I shared video of Southadka Mahaganapathy temple near Kokkada. This year, I am sharing very short video of Guddattu Shri Vinayaka Temple located in Kundapur Taluk, Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is a picturesque destination surrounded by lush greenery. The ganesha here originated from boulder and the daily offerings are done to same boulder sight. Hope you will enjoy the video and have a wonderful festival celebration!

After long break, I am uploading again to YouTube. It was difficult to find time in middle of work. The video was shot in Canon SX210IS and hence only 720p available :-).

Read my blog on Ganapathy temples of Coastal Karnataka to get more details on this temple:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Horizon

This picture was taken around 2 years back during our casual visit to Malpe Beach near Udupi. This is not reflections of winter Sun but peak summer Sun (around April). The dark spots you see at far end are small islands nearby Malpe Beach. There is also a light house in that area. Earlier, we could visit that place now authorities do not permit. We can only visit Tonsepar (St.Mary's island). This was just random shot which was bit under-exposed. The under exposing of the image sometimes creates great effect as one below. Also the picture was taken during golden hour. During the time frame Sun shows off with superb colors with the help of atmosphere. Apart from colors and reflections, I love the horizon too and hence the title ;-). Hope you enjoy the image.

Golden Hour at malpe beach!

Thinking of Horizon, I remember beautiful music by SoundLift and Andy Blueman "The Horizonte". Both are uplifting musics. The magic of Andy and SoundLift is the intelligent blending of orchestral music and synthesizers. Of the two, SoundLift's version has slight edge over Andy Blueman's work in my opinion. Hear and enjoy the musics if you wish

1) SoundLift - Horizonte (Andy Blueman Intro mix):

2) SoundLift - Horizonte (SoundLift's Original mix):

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A day long stay in Majestic Jog Falls

24 August 2013

It's finally time to visit the famous Jog Falls :-). Planned just a week ago, we had tough time to find some lodging due to flurry of tourists. Also all of us were chasing nasty bugs in office at the last moment. Whatever may be was the reason, we decided to visit Jog falls for a day. The plan was to reach Sagar, get refreshed and travel to Jog falls. There was room crunch at Sagar too :(. My uncle helped me to book a room at Sagar and eventually travel seemed seamless. Albeit, there was hesitation until all of us reached KSRTC bus stop ;-). You can also book train till Talaguppa if you plan beforehand. Since we planned just 3-4 days prior to journey, there was no possibility of getting train ticket.

We had booked tickets in sleeper bus till Sagar. My uncle had booked a lodge for us to refresh in Sagar through his colleague. There was an option to book a stay near Jog itself, however they turned up to be too expensive to afford. Instead, Sagar is best option and from there one could find frequent buses plying towards Jog Falls. We boarded the bus and it finally took off from Majestic bus stand at 10:20PM. Barring some initial hiccup, the journey was very smooth. The beds were neat and very good condition too. The bus stopped at Kamat Upahar near Dabaspet for brief break. Around 6:15AM, we reached Sagar. The journey was smooth however with deficient sleep. The bus dropped us exactly near lodge which is nearby NH-206 and 3kms away from town limit towards Shivamogga. The road condition seemed relatively good. The NH-206 runs between Tumkur and Honnavar. The road is known to be Bangalore-Honnavar highway but technically should be Tumkur-Honnavar highway.

Leaving the unwanted stuff apart, we were ready for breakfast around 8:30AM. I was very much hungry too! There is a vegetarian restaurant nearby lodge which serves limited variety of breakfast. The breakfast quality and taste was very good albeit the high price. The price was somewhat matching Bangalore standards :-) but we had very tasty and hefty breakfast. Few hours after refreshment, we took an auto towards Sagar private bus stand. We waited in bus stand for some time to catch the bus. Few minutes later, the bus arrived and we were ready to start. The bus was jam packed with college students who get down after 3 stops.

Jog is around 30kms from Sagar. It was drizzling in Sagar and as we traveled deeper into Malnad towards Western ghats, the rains got stronger at times. However not the vigor which could be seen during July monsoon season. The scene from Sagar to Jog is absolutely stunning as expected. The beautiful streams, lush green paddy fields, well built roads and of-course the rains were simply marvelous to watch. The travel from Talaguppa to Jog was absolutely mind blowing with western ghats and rivulets. The riads were also in good condition. We could have stopped at many spots if we had own arrangements. Even then I enjoyed from inside the bus to full extent. The bus had stamp of Non-Stop service but was stopping everywhere :-).

2kms before Jog, there is a deviation from NH-206 to reach waterfall site. The interior roads are not so good but manageable. It was around 10AM we reached Jog Falls. It is required to buy a ticket of Rs.5 to enter the premises. The ticket is valid for entire day though. Jog falls comprises of 4 water plunges namely Raja, Rani, Roarer, Rocket. When we neared view point, the falls was completely covered under clouds and mist :(. We could not view anything at all. Few minutes later, clouds faded away and we could somewhat see all of them except Raja. The powerful plummet of Raja water falls coupled with narrow gorge, creates huge mist cover around it which does not fade away so easily. Either Sun or strong winds only can blow them away.

A taxi driver was compelling us to show some of the view points nearby through which can see falls bit close. I knew about British Bungalow view from many people who visited the place. After brief discussion among ourselves, we decided to hire the taxi. He promised that if we notice only mist for most our time, we need not have to pay for him. The British Bungalow view is around 6kms from main view point. One has to travel again along NH-206 to reach the place. When we alighted at this place, we saw only mist again :(. The driver re-iterated that we would see the falls very soon clearly. Both Rajesh and Sudhir started staring at me since I was the person who convinced them to hire :D. Fortunately the clouds and mist faded away and bright SUN turned up after few minutes :-). What a ravishing sight to watch with Rani, Roarer and Rocket. They were so clearly visible with roaring sound. The velocity was not as much during the time water let out from Linganamakki reservoir, however it was considerable. The Raja falls is located sideways and visible only from view point few steps down. An unfortunate incident during past week had forced the authorities to close the view point path :(. Few drunk people tried to execute some sort of adventure by crossing the Raja falls. All of them fell into the deep gorge without being traced. It is difficult to understand why is it not possible for people to just enjoy landscapes than engaging in nasty stuffs :(. Those lives are no more, however there are huge number of people who get affected by such incidents especially local businessmen.


Meanwhile, we had very nice views of all waterfalls except the Raja falls for the reasons stated above. Next the driver carried us to a view point near Rani falls. We had closeup feel of the Rani falls. Absoultely stunning nature in between dense western ghats. There was also abandoned bungalow nearby site. After the small journey, we were back in Jog falls main site. At a few distance from Jog falls view point, one could even have glance of Sharavati River valley. The source of water in Jog Falls is the Sharavati River itself stored in Linganamakki reservoir. The excess water from reservoir actually brings back the glory of jog falls. The river finally joins Arabian Sea in Honavar which is 60kms from here. Not to mention, the Sharavati River basin in Honavar is picturesque destination with beautiful nature.

There are two more waterfalls nearby which are only alive during monsoon. One is gerusoppa falls and other Gowri shankar falls. Both seemed non-reachable. The gerusoppa falls can only be enjoyed from view point and not possible to reach nearby. It was only 12:30PM when we finished our short view journey. We wanted to spend entire day near jog falls due to mist cover. We were hoping atleast for few minutes we could have full view of waterfalls. As expected, even nature did not betray us. The waterfalls was completely unmasked and we had fantastic view of all of the four :-). That was really gorgeous sight! We took some snaps from slightly elevated point nearby a bungalow.




This cat seemed to have hefty food and was drowsing under rarely visited Sun. The cat was very much friendly and stayed even if went nearby it.

We had packed food packets to relieve our intermittent hunger. A monkey saw our food cover and started following us :D. We all had umbrellas to chase it away. The monkey did not leave us for very long time :-). Somehow Sudhir managed to cheat the monkey by disguising the food packet from monkey's sight. Through out the pursue, the monkey was threatening us to hand over the food packet but we were also ready with umbrellas :D. It also got raged by camera's flash ;-). Fortunately, it was alone. Had it been in group, we would have given up easily. Sudhir's trick and pouring rain eventually made monkey to lose battle. But we really appreciated its persistence before giving up.


Time for lunch ;-). We went to have lunch at nearby Mayura hotel. There are also lots of local vendors inside Jog premises, however Mayura was best option. The charge was Rs.60/- but food was not good. We had no option since we were very much hungry. After having lunch, we walked towards resting place nearby. There were lots of monkeys here! The number was high since many people were having packed lunch here. However a guard nearby used to chase monkeys away and hence they never dared to enter the resting place. Despite of that, they were waiting outside the place despite of heavy rains hoping for some share!

After lunch, it started to rain heavily. It is impossible to get view of falls in rain since cloud covers entire area. Time for small nap ;-). We had power nap on benches of resting place. We had alternate sessions of nap so that at-least one will be awake to look after luggage :-). 45 minutes later, the sight became fully clear and it remained clear till 4PM. Later the rain started pouring again. It was time to say goodbye to beautiful waterfall site. We had in tea nearby shop and I cannot resist churumuri during Monsoon weather :D. Me and Rajesh had churumuri which was relatively expensive too! We caught bus to Sagar and it started around 5PM. Some pictures after clear sight.

The bus takes detour and enters Mahatma Gandhi power station to pick up employees of the power station. Later it reaches Kargal to pick up passengers from there before finally taking normal coarse to Sagar. Throughout the journey I enjoyed the paddy fields, streams and beautiful western ghats. We really missed those spots since we did not have private arrangements. Nevertheless, we had great time in Jog falls. Around 7PM, we reached Sagar town. We had healthy 2 more hrs to catch bus. We wandered around the town for sometime before having dinner in one of the restaurants. The food was good. Eventually it is time to say goodbye to gorgeous Malnad region. We plan to visit again when authorities let out huge pile of water from Linganamakki dam which may happen only next year!

Some milky ways

I could not grab full milky way of Jog falls since it was open sight. Despite the overcast weather, the open space could not bring down the exposure to at-least .5s. Also the falls was not plummeting with huge amount of water and hence at-least 5 second exposure was required to capture flow. A ND filter would have served the purpose which I did not have. Eventually I took some close-up milky way with tele lens which can go upto f/45 @300mm. Some pictures blurred out, since it was difficult to hold camera steady due to heavy lens weight. I required tripod here.


When to visit:

Watch out for the water outflow from Linganamakki dam in newspaper. When the dam authorities let out huge amounts of amount of water, start immediately :D. Of-course it will be raining heavily too! You need to compromise on certain things in life ;-).


Stay in Sagar and make sure you book lodge in advance. There is flurry of visitors during these seasons. Jog accommodation is too costly. Make 3 day plan. Don't miss the magnificent boat ride along Sharavati river backwater to Sigandhur Chowdeshwari temple (around 60kms from Sagar I believe). We could not visit the place since we did not have own arrangements. One more day better stay in Sirsi which is 70kms from Sagar to visit Unchalli falls and Magodu falls near Yellapur, an hour journey from Sirsi. Whatever may be the  complexity, visit during monsoon season ;-).

Whats special this time?

1) HDRs and Panorama documented here.

2) The clouds and mist intermittently enveloping and de-enveloping falls, provided perfect setup for timelapse ;-) along with sneaking Sun. It is short but I hope its sweet ;-). Do watch it!

3) Here is the compilation of videos shot during our visit. Hope you enjoy the same


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