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An abandoned nest of a Purple Sunbird.

The bug got nervous as I approached and took off just after I'd shot this one...

 

The display of colours was magnificient, and the contrasting foreground of orange flower against a background of dark green foliage was just perfect.

 

Really missed a proper macro lens here...

This long winding road found in a lush green tea estate in Kothagiri, The Nilgiris seems to be gentle slope but is actually a very steep climb.

#dps assignment 'colour contrast'

 

Attractive Red Flower in a Pomegrante tree stands contrasting to the full green background. Just had to bend my back and take a few thorns into my flesh to reach for it - worth doing for an assignment !

Siblings share their affection. They're bonded not by the chord that had tied them down, but the affection that mutually exist...

Chinnabar Moth Caterpillar. On his way at Kunderipallam Dam, Sathyamangalam, Erode District, Tamil Nadu, India.

Unedited shot of a bud in our house. Just cropped.

A one second view of the Main Falls in Hogenakkal Falls, Dharmapuri Distirict, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Worm on a mission !

To complement the autumn days to hide everything green.

 

Shot for the DPS assignment - GREEN.

Naresh - trying his skills at photography in the middle of a jungle.

My son Ezhilan with his best friend.

Varshini, during her stage performance on the Parents' Day Celebrations.

 

A majestic view of the Hogenakkal Falls.

Converted to Black and White for the DPS Assignment "Landscapes: Nature Black and White"

 

Imagine jumping into a coracle and get moving in water thats at least 80 feet deep and rock walls that extend upto 40 feet on both sides. You get to go through those falls too, when there is no flooding. All this after a fantastic oil massage, relieving bath in the falls, and delicious fish...

 

Amazing, thrilling, fabulous, scintillating.. words are in shortage..!!

What I perceived as rising clouds became a nice shot for minimalism.

 

We were on the top of the hill and suddenly the clouds closed beneath us. The whole jungle was hidden and slowly the clouds rose towards us. The lone tree on the cliff provided to be a good foreground object, and I was able to get a glimpse of the hidden forests beneath during the post processing.

Mug filled with Ice water...

 

I was trying to experiment lighting.

 

Lighting with speedlights from camera left and above the subject.

Black and White version of my previous photograph.

The little girl was waiting for her mother to finish her shopping at a local market.

 

The way she was standing implied that she was there for a long time, and had started losing her patience.

Calf being pulled out of mother's womb.

 

Pongal - the harvest festival was underway on Jan 16, which is also an occasion to thank the livestock for their help in agriculture.

 

While we were getting ready for worship, this pregnant cow went into labour. We stopped, helped it come out of labour successfully and then went ahead with the worship with the NEWBORN.

My Bajaj Pulsar 150cc DTSi UG3 black motorcycle, nicknamed BLACK PANTHER by my cousin.

 

This black giant has been with me since April 15, 2008. He has been my companion for atleast 50,000 kms in the past 3.5 years and he is going great.

 

The arrival of 50k kms persuaded me to put him under first major service with my trusted mechanic who's been with Bajaj beasts for atleast 25 years.

 

I replaced the stock MRF Zappers with new tubeless CEAT Vertigo Sport for the rear and tubeless MRF Zapper FS for the front. I altered the coil and replaced the stock Halonix 35/35 W headlamps with 60/55 W Philips Crystal Vision.

 

The engine overhaul has seen new cylinder kit with pistons, valves, engine chains, wheel bearings, etc.

 

The attention has cost me around Rs. (INR) 6200/- so far. Have to replace the battery with a new one.

 

Also, planning to put him in Fully Synthetic Motul 300V 15w50 Engine Oil, and NGK Iridium Spark plugs soon, to make the giant take a giant leap...

A barren tree, a crow's nest, and an overcast monsoon clouds above - what else does a photographer need to inspire?

 

I got an opportunity yesterday, and hence this photo.

A gentle slide into coracle, and a skilled maneuver by the fisherman and there goes it - floating and floating into the far away land that appears at the end of endless stretch of water. Slow and steady, up and down the water flows and along with it the coracle.

 

The gentle rocking that brings back the memory of lullaby that the mother sang ages ago, and the end of the hour unveils stunning dunes of sand created by the floods that came and went for years and years. A few huts amidst the water that is just knee deep, invites you with the beauty of its standing and the aroma of freshly fried fish.

 

What else do you need to spend a beautiful day in a hot summer vacation ?

 

Submitted in Black and White for the DPS Assignment: Landscapes: Nature Black and White

 

#DPS Assignment: MOTHER'S DAY

 

God cannot be there everywhere, so he created Moms.

 

If there is someone really selfless, thats the Mother - Thanks for everything Mom...

 

(and to my wife and son for posing this shot !!)

The early morning Sun was coming up, and glitter of these tender leaves of the entangled twine after recent showers irresistible, I had no choice but to rush out of the bath to grab my camera...

Guess what I am?

 

Nature's colour play extravaganza. Macro shot of a butterfly who was patient enough to sit and rest for a while, while I was busy shooting him at close angles.

My shot at a portrait.

Portraits is an area which I've not ventured so far. Hence I decided to try my luck using natural window light. Fortunately my friend acted the model and here is what I got.

She's been a regular visitor to my in-law's house, always looking for a chance to pick fights with any other women of her species.

 

Alas, she ends up pecking at everything that has any remote possibility of being a mirror.

 

Even forced my disgusted brother-in-law even removed the mirror that we used for our regular shaving.

The cow giving a loving lick to its new born calf, after a hard labour. The calf which was under complete love of the cow thus far, basks in the evening sun and mother's love.

An Old Woman of the Badaga tribe in her traditional dress.

Mirabilis jalapa (The four o'clock flower) - அந்தி மந்தாரை in Tamil.

Has the rare quality of coming out in mixed colours occassionally. Normally white in colour, this flower had just a tinge of pink added to the beauty. Sad that it lasts just an evening.

A Bonnet Macaque seen perched on a side wall of the busy Kothagiri road, and enjoying his meal undisturbed by the constant vehicle movement.

A red leaf in a rivulet, a symbol of autumn.

An oversized calf being dragged out of the cow's womb.

A bud about to bloom into a beautiful white flower.

An unknown plant species thriving on the rock near a rivulet.

Ezhil Photography 2014.

Shot with Nokia Lumia 630.

அனைவருக்கும் இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்....

 

PONGAL – The most celebrated (harvest) festival of over 60 million Tamil people worldwide, especially in Tamil Nadu (India), Srilanka, Malaysia, and Singapore – on the beginning of the month of ‘Thai’ – the 14th of January. Pongal is the only Hindu festival that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year.

 

Pongal signals the end of the traditional farming season, giving farmers a break from their monotonous routine. Farmers also perform puja to some crops, signalling the end of the traditional farming season. It also sets the pace for a series of festivals to follow in a calendar year. In fact, four festivals are celebrated in Tamil Nadu for four consecutive days in that week. 'Bhogi’ is celebrated on January 13, ‘Pongal’ on Jan 14, ‘Maattu pongal’ on Jan 15 and ‘Kaanum Pongal’ or 'Thiruvalluvar Day' on Jan 16.

 

On, the first day, Bhogi, the old clothes and materials are thrown away and fired, marking the beginning of a new life. The second day, the Pongal day, is celebrated by boiling fresh milk early in the morning and allowing it to boil over the vessel - a tradition that is the literal translation for Pongal. People also prepare savouries and sweets, visit each other's homes, and exchange greetings. The third day, Maattu Pongal, is meant to offer thanks to the cows and buffaloes, as they are used to plough the lands. On the last day, Kaanum Pongal, people go out to picnic.

 

For more details go to: www.pongalfestival.org/

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Pongal

Nest of a Purple Sunbird found in one of the staff quarters in our institute premises.

An unknown species in full bloom in the western ghats.

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