The Sunrise Collection – III

Here is the continuation pictures of my previous post. I hope you like them.

ISO 400 | Focal Length 250mm | Aperture f/11 | Shutter Speed 1/50 secSunrise Collection III d

ISO 400 | Focal Length 79mm | Aperture f/11 | HDRSunrise Collection III e

ISO 400 | Focal Length 100mm | Aperture f/11 | Shutter Speed 1/60 secSunrise Collection III e

The Sunrise Collection – II

Photographed these pictures during my recent visit to Tirupathi (one of the most holiest and sacred places for Hindus) witnessed a beautiful sunrise. I’m going to split this collection into another post, which I will posting tomorrow. I hope you guys like it.

ISO 400 | Focal Length 55mm | Aperture f/5.6 | Shutter Speed 1/60 secSunrise Collection II a

ISO 400 | Focal Length 116mm | Aperture f/11.0 | Shutter Speed 1/25 secSunrise Collection II b

ISO 400 | Focal Length 187.0mm | Aperture f/11 | Shutter Speed 1/250 secSunrise Collection II c

The Royal Bengal Tigers – Part II

Dream Lenz is close to the 10,000 Page Views in 10 months I suppose, plus 1000+ followers. I’m not that bad as I thought I was :P Anyway, here comes the part 2 of the Royal Bengal Tiger Collection. They need no introduction, so lets straight away get into the photos :)

For viewing the photographs of this series (Part I), click on this link

ISO 400 | Focal Length 96mm | Aperture f/5.6 | Shutter Speed 1/125 secTiger 5

ISO 400 | Focal Length 250mm | Aperture f/5.6 | Shutter Speed 1/125 secTiger 6_ww

ISO 400 | Focal Length 240mm | Aperture f/5.6 | Shutter Speed 1/125 secTiger 7

Srisailam Dam – Copious Inflow

The Srisailam Dam is a dam constructed across the Krishna River at Srisailam in the Kurnool district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India and is the 3rd largest capacity hydroelectric project in the country. Srisailam is famous for the Shiva Temple which is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas in this world. To know more about Jyothirlingas, please visit this Wiki link.

Due to monsoons 10 Gates are opened this season. Such a beautiful sight of the water gushing out with sheer brilliance. Couldn’t resist, so I’m posting both the photos that were shot in the morning and evening hours :)

Srisailam Dam - Morning Hours

Srisailam Dam - Evening Hours

Art of Nature – The Peacock

“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” – Henry James

I always wonder about the exotic beauty and wonderful characters the nature shows us every day. Peacock is one such exotic creation that I’ve witnessed. Blue is my favorite color and this peacock blue is just extravagant and eye candy. The male, known as a peacock, is a large bird with  a fully grown train as much as 78 to 90 inches and weigh 4 – 6 kgs.

Peacock is the national bird of India and is celebrated mythological in both India and Greece. Peacock also known as Mayil or Mayura is where the Hindu God Murugan or Karthikeya (son of Lord Shiva) is seated. There is a famous painting of a legendary artist Raja Ravi Varma depicting Lord Murugan (famously celebrated as the Tamil God).

The Peacock opens its feathers to attract the Females for mating. The Peacock feather is not the tail but they root from the neck. The tail in turn supports their feathers.

Peacock I

Peacock II

Peacock III

Peacock IV

Beauty Grows Here: A Glimpse of Indian Farm Fields

“Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.” – Alain, Henri

Agriculture is the primary occupation in India. It provides almost 17% to 18% of the GDP in India and 50% of the total workforce. The crop that you see in the below photographs are – Cotton. I currently live in Andhra Pradesh and this state ranks 2nd in current growth rate of Cotton which is around 7.4 million bales. While the first place goes to Gujarat producing around 8.5 million bales.

The Farm Fields are such beautiful places to visit and think about the people living so close to nature all the time. The fresh breath of air and beautiful landscapes are a treat to watch. But villagers in India are extremely poor and illiterate. They live in a single room houses made of mud which often fall to the ground in the rains. In the way they are put to great hardship. In spite of their hard work they are not able to earn enough to provide themselves with even two square meals a day. The governments (both the ruling and opposition parties) have totally forgotten the real essence of India but have lost themselves in the world of corruption and scams.

Farm Field 1

Farm Field 2

Farm Field 3

Nature’s Love (House Fly – Macro)

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

My cousin recently bought me a Macro Ring for my camera. My initial experiments was with this Housefly. I’m still experimenting a lot of details and techniques involved around it. Macro Lenses are way too costly and a 10$ Macro Ring does a little decent job, though it does not produce the “Top Notch Quality.”

I’m really going to make sure I’m going to keep posting photos very regularly going forward. If you guys have any new ideas or concepts to picture things, please let me know. I’ll put my honest effort into it.

Also, please check out this Telugu Regional Fantasy Movie – EEGA in which a House Fly is the hero of the movie :) Trust me, Indian Cinema is surely growing, but this director put down a very bold step for this movie. Here is the wiki link:

House Fly II

House Fly I

Nature's Love

HDR Collection II

Recently I visited the Singur Dam, there were some pleasant and beautiful farm fields on the way and I was not able to resist but take pictures, which is the only best thing I know :)

Here is my second attempt for an HDR picture and this time I did not even have a tripod. But managed my best to take 3 exposure levels without a shake, however NIK Pro 2 helped me to remove the ghost effect for the error merge of few places. Thanks for all the people who spend hours writing software for Digital Image Processing.HDR Farm Field