Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Drying in Heaven

Drying in Heaven, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Shot in Bhigwan few weeks back.. the color on the water and its smoothness really made the shot for me in my other Cormorant shots!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Remembering Kausani (Himalaya Peaks)

Archive shot from Kausani Trip last may! What a heavenly experience!

Landscape @ 70mm!! Needed it to get exactly what i needed in the frame and avoid crop!

Pink - Yellow - Orange.. all in one!

Can't stop shooting hibiscus :) Few more to come this week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Oriental Magpie Robin (different viewpoint)

This is Oriental Magpie Robin in Jim Corbett (last year).. While i had uploaded the front view photos, this was in archives.. so thought of picking it up for processing.

Expecting mixed views, as this goes against normal conventions of Bird Photographs!!

what makes the photo for me is the symmetry with the twig below the bird!
Normal view :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Carefree, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

small holi water balloons inflated with air and thrown against the sky.. simple!

Clouds in the sky is the big plus.. without that the picture was nothing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dead but Delicate!

Dead but Delicate!, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Trying a larger white border for this.. let me know if it looks good!

Quite a special shot for me.. Let me know what you guys feel about it!

Also used few tips given by Suhas on sharpening on this one!

View in Large to appreciate the details!! (press L )

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Handle at the Far End

Handle at the Far End, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Just having some fun with an old shot (taken on first day i got the DSLR delivered in Sep-09)... applying a texture and playing with levels (individually with Red , Blue, Green)

Due to shallow DOF, there is pure texture on left and the details emerge on the right.. that seems a bit interesting to me...

what do you think? (its pretty unusual shot for my photostream.. but what the heck, you gotta do something different!)


Bells!, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Last weekend, i walked into a small crafts exhibition in Tilak Smarak with Amit Dhongade's 50mm/1.8. Manual Focus

f/1.8 : ISO 200 : 1/60s

Here is the result!

Comments / Suggestions??

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Floating, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

One more in my ongoing effort of minimalism (or Negative Space or single subject.. which ever way you look at it).

This was a shell floating in bhigwan river water.

Suggestions / Comments ?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Minimalism-4 (Standing in Water)

While discussing with Suhas, interesting topic came up on whether my so called minimal photos are actually minimal or just single subject... It certainly has negative space, but is it minimal?

What do you guys think?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Majestic in Flight (Gray Heron)

It was wonderful sight to see the Grey Heron in flight.. and my lens did well to capture the eye of the bird in flight.. happy!

Location: Bhigwan.

Request to see on large!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When God puts hart into the creation!

March baby March

March baby March, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Finally got a chance to visit Bhigwan and o.. boy.. there are only less than ten flamingos this time.. and four of them showed is their perfect flights and their parade...

This is SOOC.. (just back from there and too tired to process :P).

Thanks Suhas Kulkarni for the company!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Minimalism - 4 (Birds of the Line)

This was clicked with point and shoot Sony DSC T7 one year back (unfortunately after great results for 5 years Camera is DEAD beyond repair now :( )

Comments / Suggestions / roses / bricks welcome!

You think this will be OK photo for the Lines and Patterns challenge?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Sweet!, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Kavadi again.. picture from about a month back.. clearly not clicking enough photos currently!

Cute little swallow.. i loved the orange-brown cap!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Minimalism - 3 (Water Drop)

Minimalism - 3 (Water Drop), originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Taken 7-8 months back on a rainy afternoon! This is rain drop dripping down from a leaf / stem! Simple! The star-bokeh is from another drop in the background! Raynox & Home Made diffuser were doing serious a over-time back then!

Oh.. yaa.. the theme is minimal.. which means i need to write less too :D

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happiness is a choice.. YOU can make!

suddenly philosophical today :D

About the shot.. its interesting to be challenged.. me and my wife meghana saw these beautiful butterflies floating around and i was telling her all the good reasons why i am not trying butterfly in flight!! (they float too fast, sigma lens limitations, i will not get clarity, the lens does not focus so fast etc etc...).

Then Meghana told me.. atleast give it a shot... and once challenged.. i got atleast 3 shots with decent clarity, bokeh and composition...

this one is the best among them! Do you see the pollen on the antenna?

Comments / suggestions / bricks / roses welcome!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reprocessed! Sun rises into my eyes (Blue throat Robin - Female)

Why reprocess after getting 25 comments and 15 favs... because two people told me in private what i had done wrong with this photo!

Vaibhav [http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaibhavgarge/] pointed in the earlier photo:
1. The whites are slightly overexposed
2. I feel a rectangular 3:2 crop would have looked more pleasing

Pankaj [http://www.flickr.com/people/pankajz/] was more direct on flickr mail:
Oversharpen kelay. masking edges disat ahet.

Look near the beak in the two photos and you will realize!

So decided to re-process..

Only one question.. does this look better than the earlier one.. and why?

Thank you
older version (over-sharpened and with imperfect masking)

Sun rises into my eyes (Blue throat Robin - Female)

Just close your eyes and follow me

lovely birds..

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Natural Silver

Natural Silver, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

natural morning light doing wonders to the silver color mesh :) Press L to see the details

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sun rises into my eyes (Blue throat Robin - Female)

This was one of the most cooperative bird i got to photograph (OR it got totally used to me sleeping endlessly in stinking cow-dung :).. and it paid off.

This one did beat my lense's minimum-focusing-distance (MFD).. and this shot was taken just when it went just far enough to get the focus!!

you gotta click L to see the details on the wings..

I have done insect portraits, bug first time got a chance to do a bird portrait.. that too a quite rare migratory bird :)