Monday, February 28, 2011

Lady waiting for other friends to join for INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011


A Day well Spent at India Art Summit 2011 @ Pragati Maidaan, New Delhi, INDIA - 22nd Jan 2011 : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Recently India Art Summit 2011 was happening in Pragati Maidaan of Delhi and some of my friends planned to have a visit on weekend to explore what all happens in this summit.. Finally we went there on saturday(22nd Jan 2011) and reached at Pragati Maidaan Metro at 11:40 am... After reaching at the entry gate, we saw a huge line and the end was not even visible to us.. The line was for entry and there was another smaller version for getting tickets... Finally I also reached the counter and asked for three tickets and the person managing that counter asked for 600 rs... I realized that I am short of money and asked one of friend to give 300 rs.. After getting tickets, we also followed the queue and entered into the hall where ART SUMMIT was going... Here are few photographs I could click inside the summit area... Check out !!!Here is a metal art showcased by one of the French artist !!! Are you able to see the art? Its the one is main focus, please see the bottom part of this photograph ;) A gold plated spherical structure surrounded by multi-layered shapes which are made up of brass.... There were some other interesting art works showcased here... I have lot of photographs of these metal artworks and will try to share more in future.... There were lot of artists and visitors from various parts of the world... Here is a lady waiting for other friends to come and go inside to see the fabulous work by different artists !!! I clicked this photograph very quickly with some zoom and wanted to have another photograph of her baby but couldn't :(  She caught me... She was standing inside the Art Summit hall and was talking to someone... I wanted to have her side face with some of the paintings hanging on the right wall... Suddenly she turned and I was not able to compose a good shot... Still I acted like I am shooting something else and after having 2-3 shots moved ahead...India Art Summit is very famous among the high class society of Delhi and many celebrities come here to see the wonderful work & buy something for them.... There were lot of metal arts in INDIA ART SUMMIT and man of them were from other parts of the world...  When we just entered into the main hall & started looking at the arts, we were not very impressed and one of friend even thought of becoming an artist because he thought it's easier that Software Development :) As we spent more time and talked to various people around, we got to know that how much hard work and thoughts go in creating a single art... Here is an artwork with a face having lots of other elements and a hidden face... A lady standing there was explaining about this art and there were lot many folks listening... We were not able to make out much out of that talk and thought of moving ahead... but this one was one of the popular artwork in the summit (A general guess by looking at the crowd, because in Delhi wherever you see crowd is known as a popular place, especially any eating place...)I liked these hanging lamps... I went to my childhood when I saw these first time at my Grand Parent's place and after that I couldn't find them anywhere... There was a huge Art project based on lighting and these lamps hanging around..Another Metal Art !!!Don't know much about this particular artwork but looked like something made up of stone... but not sure, so no comments !! But I liked it !!! It was placed in the middle of a painting gallery..This was an amazing work and this was the place where everyone was spending more time as compared to other stalls... We saw lot of mirror arts in ART SUMMIT and all of them were amazing... This was a mirror created of various triangular pieces... As you go closed to the mirror, the partition size seemed to decrease and moving backward it was increasing... By the reflection inside the mirror is mine with Camera...Again the same art with few more elements in the photograph for better composition !!!Here is gang... I asked them to stand there to have a photograph as a proof that they visited ART SUMMIT... I was expecting them to click one of mine photograph as well but none of them offered :)Mr Ankit Sood on the left - A student of Delhi College of ART, Deepak Gupta - who is going have long hairs soon and planning to exhibit his artwork soon... Anchita Dogra will support Deepak in the beginning and will move on with her own choice of art soon !!! After a good day at INDIA ART SUMMIT we went to Shri Ram Center to have lunch because it was very costly inside Pragati Maidaan :) btw Ankit took us there to have some silli potatoes and no one liked them :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Favorite Comic-Character in First Indian Comic Con(19th and 20th Feb' 2011) @ Dilli Haat (Wolverine)


Guess these Comic characters @ First Indian Comic con 2011 - Dilli Haat : Posted VJ SHARMA  on www.travellingcamera.com : This year India had it's first Comic Con at Dilli Haat(in New Delhi, INDIA) for two days (19th and 20th Feb, 2011) and I also planned on second day of it !!! There were lot of things there in Comic-Con but I liked the part where lot of folks were roaming in special dress-ups of various Comic Characters !!! Check out some of the Comic Characters who were roaming on second day of Comic Con 2011 !!! Guess their Comic-names?It was like a fair for various publishing houses, including various known publications like Amar Chtra katha, Diamond Comics, Level 10, Manta Ray, Kshitij Telang, Vimanika and much more new publications who are coming with various new comic Characters !!! The very first Comic Con happened on the weekend for 2 days and there were lot of people with their children.. Even I saw many senior folks who were going to each stall to know about their ideas around comical charters andstories... There were many innovators who had some unique story-lines for upcoming comics !!! Many comic artists were conducting some workshops and there were lot of Animation companies showcasing their work... There were several workshops, interactive sessions, interviews and speeches by various comic book artists, Animation Experts, Comic-Artists and writers. A few animation and multi-media productions had set up their stalls as well and also conducted seminars about animation design, creation and future of animation industry in India !!!There were several comic fans, both adults and children. Chacha Chowdhary, Spiderman, krishna, Wolverine : On 20th Feb 2011, Uncle Pai who is a renowned educationalist and creator of Indian comics was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Cartoonist Pran, one of the most successful Indian cartoonists, best known as the creator of Chacha ChaudharyWhile we were enjoying this evening at comic con, rain started and whole crowd in that crowd settled under those stalls at dilli haat !!! It started around 3:45 pm and conditions were worse towards 5:00 pm... I only spent 2 Hrs in this event and I missed little kids who were well dressed but went back home due to rains :(I was really amazed to see lot of new comic publications with various new ideas for upcoming projects ! One of them was about comics which tell indian history or educate about basic details about Indian society & cultural values... It was great to see such stalls and this one was one of the crowded stall of comic con !! I think people realize that we are somehow loosing our basic values to get westernize... So Now, its your turn to guess these characters and I am sure it would be very easy for you guess at least three characters out here !!! So just leave a comment with names of characters you recognize !!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Photograph from my recent Product Shoot !!!

Another Photograph from my recent Product Shoot !!! : Here is another green product created of Pine leaves and this is first time I saw some creation of Pine Leaves !!! These were awesome products and will be enjoying next shoot as well !!!

Here is another green product created of Pine leaves and this is first time I saw some creation of Pine Leaves !!! These were awesome products and will be enjoying next shoot as well !!!

One of the results from recent product-Shoot !!!

Recently I had a small session with one of the organization which create this kind of stuff out of leaves or wood etc and somehow I was very touched about this !!! This shoot was done for 2 Hrs and I was there with  Nikon D700 & few lens.. But there was no studio setup or artificial lighting.. Although I spend 20 mins on setting up a local lighting system with my Mobile-light and few other sources...I liked shooting all these products and somehow I felt this shoot very different from others I have done in past !!!

Recently I had a small session with one of the organization which create this kind of stuff out of leaves or wood etc and somehow I was very touched about this !!! This shoot was done for 2 Hrs and I was there with  Nikon D700 & few lens.. But there was no studio setup or artificial lighting.. Although I spend 20 mins on setting up a local lighting system with my Mobile-light and few other sources... 

I liked shooting all these products and somehow I felt this shoot very different from others I have done in past !!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lamp shades used in cottages of Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataal , Uttrakhand, INDIA


Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataal - A Wonderful place in Uttrakhand State of India : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Recently I visited Naukuchiataal with my office friends and we spend a nice weekend there to celebrate our year end release !!! It was wonderful stay at Lake  Village Resorts which is situated on main side of the lake... It is situated in the main market of Naukuchiataal and Lake is just across the road.. Lake village resort is a beautiful place to stay and here are few photographs which I clicked during this trip... Check Out !!!We reached at the resort at 7:00 am on saturday and it was very cold out there... This resort is just below a hill and sunlight reaches here around 9:30 am.. Till then its a courageous event to get out of your bed and have a walk outside :) Immediately after reaching there, we ordered some tea and went for a quick sleep... The photograph above is showing the rooms of this resort...There were three categories of rooms  and these were given to all the bachelors, so you can understand the category :)Of course, young blood needs swimming pool and it was near to their rooms, but empty :)  So most of us spent enough time in the lawn you see in front of these rooms ... Here is a night shot of dining area in Lake Village Resort... Their main restaurant is just just after the main entry to the resort... It has nice seating place for 25 folks at a time with 4-seater round tables... Before going their we decided our menu and most of us liked the food there... Surroundings of this restaurant are very well decorated with various plants and flowers... Whole area inside Lake Village Resort at Naukuchiataal has lot of green plants and flowers... I remember those days when I started photography and used to follow flowers... Flowers were my only subjest during those days and most of the times I got good results (in my opinion :) ) ... It started from my Mukteshwar trip where we stayed in a resort with rich flora around... don't remember the name now...Resort host nice arrangements during the evenings... Although it was chilling evening there but bonfire and other arrangements made us comfortable to spend some time together in a common area... Here is a photograph of live band performing in the evening... Sorry for this bad pick but I was not in a position to place my camera somewhere and tripod was not with me ...A flower pot which can be seen near all the stairs.. These were installed everywhere inside the resort with  some experiments in shape.... This resort has a nursery in the back side where lot fields with of flowers and vegetables...Swimming pool was empty and the pillars around it were showing some incompleteness.. All the engineers in our group were giving some theories about this and no one was convinced with other, which is a common trait of engineers :) ... Moreover, design of these poles was not matching with other designs used in their rooms or cottages...Every room had two balconies with lot of flower pots around it.. I don't have anything specific to mention about staff but want to thank to the guide who took us to morning-walk on second day.. We went uphill to see few local villages, farmers plowing the fields and ladies feeding their cattle... First we climbed a hill, then moved down towards the lake and had a half round around it...Overall we enjoyed the trip and stay at Lake Village Resort... They organized boating and kayaking for our group on first day and some of us also enjoyed para-gliding at a near by place ...


Lower part of Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataal, Uttrakhand, INDIA


Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataal - A Wonderful place in Uttrakhand State of India : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Recently I visited Naukuchiataal with my office friends and we spend a nice weekend there to celebrate our year end release !!! It was wonderful stay at Lake  Village Resorts which is situated on main side of the lake... It is situated in the main market of Naukuchiataal and Lake is just across the road.. Lake village resort is a beautiful place to stay and here are few photographs which I clicked during this trip... Check Out !!!We reached at the resort at 7:00 am on saturday and it was very cold out there... This resort is just below a hill and sunlight reaches here around 9:30 am.. Till then its a courageous event to get out of your bed and have a walk outside :) Immediately after reaching there, we ordered some tea and went for a quick sleep... The photograph above is showing the rooms of this resort...There were three categories of rooms  and these were given to all the bachelors, so you can understand the category :)Of course, young blood needs swimming pool and it was near to their rooms, but empty :)  So most of us spent enough time in the lawn you see in front of these rooms ... Here is a night shot of dining area in Lake Village Resort... Their main restaurant is just just after the main entry to the resort... It has nice seating place for 25 folks at a time with 4-seater round tables... Before going their we decided our menu and most of us liked the food there... Surroundings of this restaurant are very well decorated with various plants and flowers... Whole area inside Lake Village Resort at Naukuchiataal has lot of green plants and flowers... I remember those days when I started photography and used to follow flowers... Flowers were my only subjest during those days and most of the times I got good results (in my opinion :) ) ... It started from my Mukteshwar trip where we stayed in a resort with rich flora around... don't remember the name now...Resort host nice arrangements during the evenings... Although it was chilling evening there but bonfire and other arrangements made us comfortable to spend some time together in a common area... Here is a photograph of live band performing in the evening... Sorry for this bad pick but I was not in a position to place my camera somewhere and tripod was not with me ...A flower pot which can be seen near all the stairs.. These were installed everywhere inside the resort with  some experiments in shape.... This resort has a nursery in the back side where lot fields with of flowers and vegetables...Swimming pool was empty and the pillars around it were showing some incompleteness.. All the engineers in our group were giving some theories about this and no one was convinced with other, which is a common trait of engineers :) ... Moreover, design of these poles was not matching with other designs used in their rooms or cottages...Every room had two balconies with lot of flower pots around it.. I don't have anything specific to mention about staff but want to thank to the guide who took us to morning-walk on second day.. We went uphill to see few local villages, farmers plowing the fields and ladies feeding their cattle... First we climbed a hill, then moved down towards the lake and had a half round around it...Overall we enjoyed the trip and stay at Lake Village Resort... They organized boating and kayaking for our group on first day and some of us also enjoyed para-gliding at a near by place ...


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shining Flowers during Noida Flower Show 2011 !!!

Noida Flower Show 2010 : Posted by VJ on PHOTO JOURNEY @ www.travellingcamera.com : VJ, ripple, Vijay Kumar Sharma, ripple4photography, Frozen Moments, photographs, Photography, ripple (VJ), VJ, Ripple (VJ) Photography, VJ-Photography, Capture Present for Future, Freeze Present for Future, ripple (VJ) Photographs , VJ Photographs, Ripple (VJ) Photography : :Every year Flower Show is organized in Noida Stadium near Spice mall (Sector-21-A). Noida Authority organize this event and many organization showcase different varieties of Flower, plants, flower-creations etc. There are prizes for best three florists based on there presented creation/flower/plant in a particular category. I have seen people from villages came to flower with lot of flowers and other creations.: There is no entry fees for the exhibition and there is lot to see... First time in my life I saw hundreds of plants at one place. Many of them were imported from different parts of the world...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Camera searching for Dream Girl : This was captured during Noida Flower Show last year !!!


Now this is a season of Flowers and everywhere we are hearing about Flower Shows.. Be it a news about opening of Mughal Gardens around President's House or flower show in Garden of Five senses delhi !! This Photograph was taken during the month of Feb in 2010 at Noida Stadium where annual Flower show takes places. Noida Flower Show is about to start this week and I am eagerly waiting for it !!!: Noida Flower Show 2010 : Posted by VJ on PHOTO JOURNEY @ www.travellingcamera.com : VJ, ripple, Vijay Kumar Sharma, ripple4photography, Frozen Moments, photographs, Photography, ripple (VJ), VJ, Ripple (VJ) Photography, VJ-Photography, Capture Present for Future, Freeze Present for Future, ripple (VJ) Photographs , VJ Photographs, Ripple (VJ) Photography : :Every year Flower Show is organized in Noida Stadium near Spice mall (Sector-21-A). Noida Authority organize this event and many organization showcase different varieties of Flower, plants, flower-creations etc. There are prizes for best three florists based on there presented creation/flower/plant in a particular category. I have seen people from villages came to flower with lot of flowers and other creations.: Beautiful flowers are showcased with other beauty in surroundings @ Noida Flower Show, Utter Pradesh

Now this is a season of Flowers and everywhere we are hearing about Flower Shows.. Be it a news about opening of Mughal Gardens around President's House or flower show in Garden of Five senses delhi !! This Photograph was taken during the month of Feb in 2010 at Noida Stadium where annual Flower show takes places. Noida Flower Show is about to start this week and I am eagerly waiting for it !!!

India Gate created of light Bokeh

During one of the Photo-shoots last months I was trying out few things with Bokeh and here is one of the photograph I liked... The up side down U shaped building is India gate with street lights on both the sides... I tried lot many things with various focal length and manual focus !! I guess it would be one of the technique to test quality of Camera Lenses...

During one of the Photo-shoots last months I was trying out few things with Bokeh and here is one of the photograph I liked... The up side down U shaped building is India gate with street lights on both the sides... I tried lot many things with various focal length and manual focus !! I guess it would be one of the technique to test quality of Camera Lenses...

Lazy Crocodile inside Banerghatta Zoo of Banglore, Karnataka, INDIA


PHOTO JOURNEY inside zoo of Banerghatta National Park Banglore : Posted VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : I am sure you will be surprised to hear Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary at one place... Yes, Banerghatta National Park has a Zoo as well... When I planned for Baneghatta National Park, I was not aware of the fact that it has Zoo as well... After Reaching the ticket counter, I saw a board saying discounted ticket for Wildlife Safari inside the sanctuary and Zoo visit... Banglore Zoo has lot of snakes and most of the crowd is seen around those to figure out where they(snakes) are sitting... Here are few Photographs I was able to click during a quick visit to Banerghatta Zoo... Check out !!!Don't know the name of this bird.. so please do let know in case you know... They were very shy as you can see from the expression in this photograph and there were lot many other birds with various combinations of colors... I had few more photographs of this bird but all were shaky because of lot of movement there... These birds were most active inside the zoo.... Others like snakes, crocodiles, leopards, ducks were really lazy and we couldn't figure out the cause... Even Monkeys were not very active which is a very unusual thing..There were lot many crocodiles inside Banerghatta Zoo and that I saw the height of their laziness... There were few cats inside their court and jumping on their backs.. No Reaction... They used to go near a particular crocodile, check about its activeness by touching the tail and then start all those activities when confirmed that it's not going to hurt them... Many of the folks were standing their for more than 30 minutes to wait for one of the crocodile to take some action, but nothing positive was happening their... and those cats were having fun there :)Sankes - Most popular species inside Banerghatta Zoo.... There was a separate section of various types of snakes and it was naked as snake park inside Banerghatta Zoo... I had never seen these many snakes at one place and there were lot many varieties new for me... It was hard to locate them because many of them were hidden between the branches of the tree or under some rocks etc.. Some of the snakes were 7-10 feet longs and have been playing on bamboo sticks hanging on the trees inside their courts... It seems people don't miss this part of the Zoo during their visit...There was a huge area provided for birds and it was somewhat similar to the Delhi Zoo... Although we were not able to see many birds out there... Also we were very tired after wildlife safari in Banerghatta National Park and didn't want to spend much time to find out more birds there...Many families come to Banerghatta Zoo to enjoy the weekend... I was surprised to see this family with all the stuff like carpet, bat and other stuff... It seems they have come for some picnic but Zoo is not a right place I guess... Ideally eatables and such things should not be allowed inside... I don't have any strong reason for that , but I have seen people making these places dirty... People should think twice before spreading their waste stuff at other's living area... Can they do the same thing inside their house?Oh Yes, I didn't want to miss this particular thing about Banerghatta Zoo... There is a trend of adopting some of the animals of the zoo and many folks have done this... Like this particular Horn bill is adopted by Shri T R Rithvik... This effectively means that Mr. Rrithvik is feeding this Horn bill for some particular duration and probably other costs as well... A nice concept and good idea to support all these rare species  on earth...There was a man outside the zooo who was selling some liquid which creates colorful bubbles... I wanted to capture those bubbles but all I was able to capture was bokeh of all those.... Never mind, I like it :)Rohin Duggal, My friend who made my Banglore trip memorable... Thanks to Rohin !!! btw his girlfriend was out of station and I can tease him by saying that :) On the very first day in Baglore we visited lot many places... Banerghatta national Park, zoo, Butterfly house, MG Road, Bragade Road and UB City ...These folks were wondering why I am clicking a photograph of Rohin... and Rohin asked to click one of their photograph to make them happy... Monkeys inside banerghatta Zoo...Afte completing one round inside Banerghatta Zoo, we had some coconut water in the market outside the zoo... It was amazing, but honestly I didn't like the 'malai' inside it...There are few museums inside the Zoo campus.. Here is one with photographs of various types of birds with some details.... There were lot of school children inside this museum to know about various species of birds and next agenda was to locate them outside....There is a small museum in the zoo which showcases zoological exhibits... Banerghatta Zoo has a reptile park and a small theater as well... Banerghatta Zoo is closed on Tuesdays which is a weekly holiday...


Shimla Town Hall surrounded by colorful lights during evenings !!!


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Shimla Night View : Front view of Shimla Town Hall in low light... This has been captured from Mall Road...
In my opinion, its most beautiful building on Mall Road in Shimla. During the evenings this building is well lit with colorful lights !!! During our college times, we used to sit on stairs of this building and used to spend a lot of time there... Its still favorite place of many bachelors and many of them use it as a meeting point on Mall Road :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

A family getting group shot near India Gate Delhi

A Family having group Photograph at India Gate in Delhi !!! I liked the composition of this family having two children, their parents and grand-parents together in a happy pose... India Gate is very popular place for spending evenings in Delhi and in summers crowd increases suddenly as the area around it is airy because of lot of green areas around it. And India Gate area is very less populated as compared to other parts of Delhi !!! There are some huge grounds around India Gate and people come here with prepared dinner and spend their evening and go back late night !! Then time for young groups starts and lot of people can be seen hanging around till 1:00 am...

A Family having group Photograph at India Gate in Delhi !!! I liked the composition of this family having two children, their parents and grand-parents together in a happy pose... India Gate is very popular place for spending evenings in Delhi and in summers crowd increases suddenly as the area around it is airy because of lot of green areas around it. And India Gate area is very less populated as compared to other parts of Delhi !!! There are some huge grounds around India Gate and people come here with prepared dinner and spend their evening and go back late night !! Then time for young groups starts and lot of people can be seen hanging around till 1:00 am...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hawkers selling Chip and Pop-corns around India Gate in Delhi, INDIA

A female hawker selling some chips at India gate in Delhi (INDIA). There are lot of such options like chana-jor-garam, Golgappas, bhel-puri etc... All these folks do find some buyers and it is good that these people get to earn their livings as well. The only problem is cleanliness around the place. People find it too tough to walk to one of the abundant dustbins in the area to dispose of their plastic wastes and instead prefer to leave it lying in the green grass or on the roads... although people get everything cleaned next morning but over the time these places have become stinky and all the greenery has been ruined due to these bad habbits. Recently I read a very good article on Ghumakkar -

A female hawker selling some chips at India gate in Delhi (INDIA). There are lot of such options like chana-jor-garam, Golgappas, bhel-puri etc... All these folks do find some buyers and it is good that these people get to earn their livings as well. The only problem is cleanliness around the place. People find it too tough to walk to one of the abundant dustbins in the area to dispose of their plastic wastes and instead prefer to leave it lying in the green grass or on the roads... although people get everything cleaned next morning but over the time these places have become stinky and all the greenery has been ruined due to these bad habbits. Recently I read a very good article on Ghumakkar - "The Litterbug Revolution" and very much liked it !!! Just have a look !!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A unique styles Temple inside Kullu Sarahan Village in Himachal Pradesh


Monday, February 14, 2011

Night View of our Camp-site at Kullu Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh


Star Trails @ Kullu Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh



Sunday, February 13, 2011

A series of water-fountains outside President's House in Delhi, INDIA


A quick visit to Indian President's House in Delhi : PHOTO JOURNEY from last weekend : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : It was little foggy in Delhi when we planned to go to President's house in second half of the sunday(6th Feb, 2011) ... Me and one of the office friend took metro from Noida and changed it at Rajiv Chowk for Central Secretariat... This is the nearest metro station near President's House and India Gate.... Here are few photographs from President's House in Delhi !! Check out ...  Here is a photograph of water fountains in south block of President's House.. This is a huge campus with North and south blocks on main entrance... There is  a beautiful area called Mughal Gardens situated at the back of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which incorporates both Mughal and English landscaping styles... It displays numerous types of flowers and is open to public in February every year !!!Its a marvelous piece of Lutyens Architecture... Whole building is unique with various artworks on the walls and pillars...Since its very important area of Indian capital, high security is must and one can clearly see it around President;s house in Delhi !!! A Crow sitting on one of the poles installed around President's house @ Delhi, INDIAIts a very clean area in Delhi and folks avoid to spread their waste around this place, birds can do anything they want :) .. The dome in the middle of South and North block involved a mixture of Indian and British styles... The dome is exactly in the middle of the diagonals between the four corners of the building...Looks like some British design created by Indian artists... Is a part of a pillar in South Block of Rashtrapati Bhavan @ Delhi, INDIADelhi Traffic Police ensuring that no one stop the car around this place and keep moving.. So one of the taxi taking U turn inside President's House campus to make sure that his clients spend enough time there to feel the place... This U-turn is not allowed here !South Block of Indian President's House with lush green lawns in front of it !!!A very old canon in front of President's House in Delhi, INDIA...Elephants on the outer wall of Indian President's House (Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, INDIA)A royal colored car in front of South block of President's House in Dehi, INDIA !!!Security people looking around to make sure that folks roaming around are not crossing the limits ...Another sample of an interesting pillar installed around North block of Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi !!!A closer look to the dome on North block of President's House in Delhi !!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Water Fountains outside President's House @ Delhi, INDIA

humayun's tomb - Delhi

One of my friend created this during our recent visit to Humayun's Tomb.. Check out his work @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/24929159@N07/

Thursday, February 10, 2011

One of the multi-storey tower inside UB-City in Banglore, Karnataka, INDIA


PHOTO JOURNEY of Unimaginable Luxury of UB City in Banglore, INDIA : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : During my recent visit to Banglore, I visited UB city which known as biggest mall in Banglore City. Here are few photographs of UB City with few details a bout it... Check out !!!Here is entry to the parking of UB city in Banglore ... On entering into the parking, we parked our Maruti Also in the middle of BMW and Bentley !!! I wanted to click a photograph but it was not allowed inside the parking... 1100 cars can be parked at a time...UB City is considered as  biggest commercial property project in Bangalore, in Karnataka state of India. It is pioneered by the chairman of UB Group, Mr.Vijay Mallya. This whole complex is built on 13 acres of land On entering inside UB City, it looked like a 5 star hotel with Foreigners all around....UB City is located in the heart of Bangalore City. UB City is at corner of Vittal Mallya Road and Kasturba Road.... It's just 800 m. away from the famous M. G. Road in Baglore City...Children having fun near water fountains in the middle of UB City in Banglore..In UB city there are four towers named as - UB Tower, Comet, Canberra and Concorde... UB Tower has 19 Floors, Comet has 11 Floors and the name Comet is derived from an aircraft.. Same for the other two towers Canberra and Concorde, both of them are derived from an aircraft name. Canberra has 17 floors and Concorde has 19 floors...There are lot of resturants around an open area in the middle of this campus... Here is a photograph of The Tasty Tangles inside UB City... Its near to the open Amphitheater...I was told by someone that UB City has Group offices under one roof  of UB Towers. Concorde and Canberra have retail space on the lower floors and office space in the higher levels...But Comet has luxury serviced apartments...A photograph of a showroom of interiors ... Most of the brands there were very expensive and I heard of those first time. We came across a showroom of watches and mobiles.. though of looking at their products... First two mobiles we saw their were having price tag of 5.66 Lacs and 3.45 Lacs... I forgot the name of that brand.Comet tower has some commercial offices, banks, high-end retail stores, a five star hotel, luxury service apartments, restaurants, food courts, pubs, health clubs and cafes....I have also heard of a helipad on the roof top of UB City !!There are some water fountains in the middle of UB City surrounded by colorful lights... Children love these fountains and parents have to set a time limit on them to go & have some food...Rohin also wanted to have a photograph inside the water area in UB City, Banglore..Here is another photograph of colorful fountains inside UB City...Lot of people around these colorful water fountains in UB City @ Banglore, Karnataka, INDIAHere is the entrance for various showrooms... We spent some time there, but didn't buy anything there...Another photograph of same place @ UB City in Banglore...Check out more details about the place @ http://www.thecollection-ubcity.com/A Lamp shade hanging on walls of a Restaurant inside UB city....There were lot of cute babies around these water fountains and they were really enjoying the play with these water sprinklers .... Everyone had different style of teasing these fountains... I clicked lot of babies and would love to share other photographs soon... Some of the parents asked me to send their photographs by Email and I am already done with that :)Lavishly decorated Lift area of UB City at Banglore... Its a beautifully constructed building which is a great example of a great lifestyle in side the city...Stairs for the ground floor of the complex where all the showrooms we have.. There are some nice bars and restaurants on first floor of this complex....Here is a photograph of Parking slip @ UB City Banglore. If I remember correctly, they take it back and doesn't allow visitors to take them back.. We requested him but he denied politely..There are some fully serviced Residences inside UB City by the name of Oakwood...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Golgappas


Golgappas
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INDIA GATE - A good place for family outing during the evenings with various choices of snacks @ Delhi, INDIA (4 of 14)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tourists from various parts of the world @ Humayun's Tomb on a foggy day (Delhi, INDIA)

A Quick visit to Humayun's Tomb during a foggy day of Delhi-Winters !!! : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Humayun's Tomb is a huge area having multiple Mughal architectural forms. It is located in East-Nizamuddin area of Delhi, India...This area has main tomb of the Emperor Humayun as well as numerous others... The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India...The architecture is similar to Taj Mahal.This weekend we planned to visit Humayun's Tomb during early morning and then reach Surajkund Fair by 11:30 am... Our morning started late and plan got delayed.. We reached  Humayun's Tomb at 09:45 am and then thought of having a quick round and move towards Surajkund Fair which is a famous handicraft Mela in Faridabaad... It was a foggy Saturday and I was little disappointed... Here are few Photographs I clicked during this weekend.. Have a look !!!I think these tourists are also disappointed like me because they can't have their photograph in front of Humayun's Tomb.. of course, they can click one but an explanation is required about the place :) ... So the faded architectural form in the background is Humayun's Tomb... In this complete post, there is no clear Photograph of the Tomb, so you can check out the real place @ http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2009/01/humayuns-tomb-delhi.htmlSunlight touching lush green grounds of Humayun's Tomb after struggling with bunch of trees...I have never shot these kind of light streaks in a better way :( .... Many times I tried but not very happy with the final results... Of course, I have a new excuse this time :

India Gate @ Delhi, INDIA : Created of Bokeh


India Gate - Alive at Night : Apart from the nigh clubs and pubs, there is another place in Delhi that comes alive at night. It is right at the heart of the city, India Gate. However, unlike pubs and clubs, most people are there to spend time with their families. The whole area is vibrant with Children, Newlyweds, joint families and amongst them all, hawkers to sell some of the Delhi's famed streetside food. You can also see dotted here and there some policemen to ensure nothing shady happens in the bushes. : India Gate is majestic and is surrounded by some of the most interesting buildings of Delhi. The whole area is under 24 hour security cover as it should be considering the President's house is just a few metres away. You don't expect such an area to be the party hub for middle-class Delhi Families. But it is!The monument itself stands in memory of the brave soldiers who died fighting  in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. If you look closely at the walls of the monument, you will see the names f all of the soldiers who lost their lives. And beneath the canopy an eternal flame known as the

Recently I got Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and it has wonderful bokeh !!! During one of my recent visits to India gate, i tried few shots and here is one of them !!! Many times I used to see circular bokeh in the photographs and my first lens was not able to give those results.. bokeh points were always elliptical... Then I read about this concept of bokeh and these are very much dependent on optics of the lens which vary lens to Lens... I have also tried the fish-eye and it's simply wonderful !!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Panning Experiments @ MTB Himachal 2010 (Mountain Terrain Biking) - 1

Some Panning Experiments during MTB Himachal 2010 : (Mountain Terrain Biking Event organized by HASTPA) : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : I was never a fan of Panning technique of photography but the pace of MTB Riders and the passion of accelerating speed compelled me to try it... And believe me it was not a simple task to do panning with unpredictable speed of these riders... They were extremely fast and suddenly they used to disappear due to frequent turns on hills.. During last two days MTB Himachal 2010, I tried few shots of panning and here are the results.. Check out !!!This was very first shot of panning I tried on third last day and this motivated to click more :)  ... Since it was evening time, light and relatively slow shutter speed helped me to click this photograph in such a way that motion is clear in the final results.... Now I was more confident to try it again during next day !!!Here is another photograph, but it doesn't look like panning shot but I liked the way final result came... It was evening time when we were very near to the camping site of the day... Here is another photograph and I loved the star effect in the background... Colorful dresses of MTB Riders and natural beauty of himalayas helped making this photograph more colorful...Here is a photograph clicked with Fish eye and the rider was very near to me... Thats why there is some distortion in back tyre  of this cycle...gain this can be called as panning shot... Best way of shooting a good panning shot is to anticipate the speed of the object and then set same shutter-speed.... Here is one rider from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh...Another rider of MTB Himachal 2010...

Few Experiments with old Architecture of Jantar Mantar @ Delhi, INDIA


Some Experiments with old architecture of Jantar Mantar in Delhi, INDIA : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Last month me and one of my friend were waiting for other folks to reach Connaught Place in Delhi and they called us to inform that all of them are arriving after 1:30 Hrs... This was good opportunity for us to explore some place nearby and decided to visit Jantar Mantar... After reaching the place I was not able to decide what should I shoot... Everywhere people were roaming and it was really difficult to find a place without people... and it was not like two or three folks.. It was huge crowd in front of each yantra @ Jantar Mantar.. So finally I decided to have some photographs which can avoid this crowd and it gave a good opportunity to place with various angles/compositions... check out and critics are welcome !!The first photograph where I wanted to have darkest possible shadows to make it look like black tiles in contact with reds and white ones.. Although it doesn't look like that... I would have to wait to click this photograph at right time but we had to move out in few hrs... Never mind, I will try it again...This time I was carrying SONY Alpha-700 and was confused with some of the controls.. Anyway that's not important... These yantras were very narrow is shape and it was difficult to fit myself for clicking these architecture forms nicely... Here is a tilted view of a semi-spherical yantra @ Jantar Mantar...All these photographs from the same yantra and it was was quite interesting... But please don't ask me about how it functions and what it is supposed to do...Stairs hidden behind these structures and everyone needs to follow them to go down and see the real work inside these yantras.. In Jantar Mantar at jaipur, everyone was not allowed to go inside these structures but in Delhi I didn't see such restrictions except one which had highest structure followed by lot of stairs....Jantar Mantar in Delhi is a very popular place among activists, social associations and artists as well... Many of the NGOs choose this place to start a rally or protest... Also many artists have explored this very well and many times Photographers have exhibited this place...A Series of small pillars taking all the weight of small paths connecting outer circle of a structure with a pole in the middle... as you can see the turning path in a circle...One of my friend called it 'Stairs of Success'.. I don't if that is the name of these stairs but like the caption :)Final Photograph showing the close-up view of this architecture which shows the age of this structure and its been repaired multiple times in past which resulted in this roughness... I am again planning to visit Jantar Mantar in Delhi and will ensure that I get full day to spend there...


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Indian President's House in Delhi on the day of Beating Retreat Ceremony


Beating Retreat Ceremony @ President's House, Delhi, INDIA : 29th January 2011 : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Last week one of my friend asked me if I would be interested to witness the Beating Retreat ceremony on 29th Jan at President's House in Delhi. I was very happy to hear about another opportunity to click some photographs of one of the biggest ceremonies in India... She arranged the passes for the event and I went their with my camera although none of us were not sure if cameras are allowed or not. After reaching the place we asked one of the policeman if cameras are allowed or not... He said, everything like Mobile and cameras are allowed... At final security check we were refused to take cameras and one of us had to walk through 1 kilometer to keep the camera in car and come back... Here are few photographs we clicked after completion of the ceremony.. Check Out !!!I have visited India gate many times but this was first time when I saw the tricolors of Indian flag on top of India Gate... These were lights of three colors...Beating Retreat is official end of Republic Day festivities, which is conducted on the evening of 29th Jan; exactly after three days of Republic Day on 26th January... Ceremony is performed by the bands of the three wings of the military: the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force... Beating Retreat ceremony takes place in front of President's House in Delhi which is just in front of India Gate which you see on the photograph above... The venue is Raisina Hills and an adjacent square, Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace) towards the end of Rajpath...President of India is chief guest of Beating Retreat Ceremony... When we reached at the venue, first Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived in a black BMW surrounded by approximately 8 other cars of same type... Mr. Prime Minister met with wing chiefs of military and stud there for waiting the chief guest.. After few minutes Mr. Vice President reached at the venue and finally a grand arrival of President of India....Here is a photograph of President's house in Delhi with amazing lighting !!! On arrival of current President of India, the commander asks the unit to give the National Salute, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem, by the Massed Bands, and at the same time by the unfurling of the Flag of India on the flagpole.... Beating Retreat ceremony was started in the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the ceremony of display by the massed bands in which Military Bands, Pipes and Drums Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments besides bands Navy and Air Force take part...Indian President's House in Delhi on the day of Beating Retreat Ceremony... This special lighting is done for few days between Republic Day and Beating Retreat which happens on 26th Jan & 29th Jan respectively... If you are attending the ceremony and planning to take camera with you, please ensure that you have right place to keep it somewhere during the ceremony because its not allowed during that time...Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beating_Retreat to know more about Beating Retreat Ceremony !!!

Indian President's House in Delhi on the day of Beating Retreat Ceremony... This special lighting is done for few days between Republic Day and Beating Retreat which happens on 26th Jan & 29th Jan respectively... If you are attending the ceremony and planning to take camera with you, please ensure that you have right place to keep it somewhere during the ceremony because its not allowed during that time...

Wonderful Lighting @ President's House in Delhi, INDIA


Beating Retreat Ceremony @ President's House, Delhi, INDIA : 29th January 2011 : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Last week one of my friend asked me if I would be interested to witness the Beating Retreat ceremony on 29th Jan at President's House in Delhi. I was very happy to hear about another opportunity to click some photographs of one of the biggest ceremonies in India... She arranged the passes for the event and I went their with my camera although none of us were not sure if cameras are allowed or not. After reaching the place we asked one of the policeman if cameras are allowed or not... He said, everything like Mobile and cameras are allowed... At final security check we were refused to take cameras and one of us had to walk through 1 kilometer to keep the camera in car and come back... Here are few photographs we clicked after completion of the ceremony.. Check Out !!!I have visited India gate many times but this was first time when I saw the tricolors of Indian flag on top of India Gate... These were lights of three colors...Beating Retreat is official end of Republic Day festivities, which is conducted on the evening of 29th Jan; exactly after three days of Republic Day on 26th January... Ceremony is performed by the bands of the three wings of the military: the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force... Beating Retreat ceremony takes place in front of President's House in Delhi which is just in front of India Gate which you see on the photograph above... The venue is Raisina Hills and an adjacent square, Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace) towards the end of Rajpath...President of India is chief guest of Beating Retreat Ceremony... When we reached at the venue, first Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived in a black BMW surrounded by approximately 8 other cars of same type... Mr. Prime Minister met with wing chiefs of military and stud there for waiting the chief guest.. After few minutes Mr. Vice President reached at the venue and finally a grand arrival of President of India....Here is a photograph of President's house in Delhi with amazing lighting !!! On arrival of current President of India, the commander asks the unit to give the National Salute, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem, by the Massed Bands, and at the same time by the unfurling of the Flag of India on the flagpole.... Beating Retreat ceremony was started in the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the ceremony of display by the massed bands in which Military Bands, Pipes and Drums Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments besides bands Navy and Air Force take part...Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beating_Retreat to know more about Beating Retreat Ceremony !!!

Some special arrangements are done for few days during Republic day of INDIA... This particular Photograph was clicked on Beating Retreat day which was on 29th of Jan'2011 ....

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