Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Empty pot lying on a cycle-rikshaw @ INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011


India Art Summit 2011 - A good place to find out world's best Art pieces at one place - A three days event @ Pragati Maidan, Delhi, INDIA : Posted by VJ SHARMA on www.travellingcamera.com : Recently INDIA ART SUMMIT happened in Delhi at Pragati Maidaan - 21st to 23rd Jan 2011 !!! It was first time I planned to visit it with some of my friends... Here are few photograph from INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011 !!! Check Out these photographs of various art forms without any details about artists who created them. Sorry to all artists because I tend to forget names...Here is the first artwork we saw just in front of entry gate... It was cycle-Rikshaw loaded with lot of metal pots on it... No one was around who had camera and we were not very comfortable while clicked few shots of this art... These pots had amazing reflection of the whole area in surroundings but we couldn't give much to time to capture it better...A close-up but not very clean... @ INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011This one was my favorite ART there... Guess what it is? If you guess it correctly that means my photograph is bad ! There were approximately 10 people standing around this table and wondering why these old newpapers are showcased here? Everyone was at the distance of 2-3 feets from this table and none was allowed to touch any of the art works... Then one of the lady asked the artist to give some information about this particular art and everyone was like WOW, how it can be a artwork of marble stone... But yes it was made up of marble stone with some printing with specific powder.... Lovely Work !!!Check out if you can notice something in this capsule pack... If not, it may be because of my blurry photograph :) Here is a wooden art @ INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011Another form o artwork which was created with threads and no machine was used in this... Apart from thread some metallic strings were also used.... This Photograph shows a very basic and small portion of a huge artwork hanging there...Mirror Art - A Mirror created of various particles in triangular shape... This mirror was created very neatly and had wonderful effects from various angles.. Most of the visitors were spending lot of time in front of these mirrors at INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011Another artwork which was rotating continuously and yes many of th artists were using some mechanical or electrical supports to add more value to their arts... and most of the support material was also designed by these artists in their own way ... Deepak experimenting of various colors of INDIA ART SUMMIT.. I think he was trying to play with depth of field to get some special effect out of the special artwork of colorful buttons and pins !!! There was gallery of arts which were created from pins and buttons of different colors.. Some of these arts had abstract shapes and few of them had some shapes which we could recognize...Gang having fun @ ART SUMMIT 2011.... Deepak looks unhappy with the results but Anchita wants to see what he clicked... Some amazing art work by Religare Art Gallery, CP, Delhi !!!Some famous personalities were roaming around to find out the best art for their houses....There were lot of foreigner Artists @ INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011He is about to stand up and have a walk at ART SUMMIT hall....Lot of Colors, Shapes and concepts @ INDIA ART SUMMIT, 2011


Monday, March 28, 2011

Some Metal Arts @ 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, March 26, 2011

A Cute Spiderman @ first Indian Comic Con 2011 at Dilli Haat - For 2 Days - 19th & 20th Feb


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 !!!

Lord Krishna @ First Indian Comic con 2011 in Dilli Haat for 2 days - 19th & 20th Feb


This time Indian hosted first Comic Con in Dilli Haat, Delhi !!! Many folks came to Comic-Con by dressing up as various comic characters... and the guy above dressed up as Lord Krishna... However I am not sure how Lord Krishna is related to comic-con.... but he had put best efforts to dress up like Lord Krishna.. The only odd thing was flute in his hand.. It was so small that he could not hold it well !!! 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 !!!

This time Indian hosted first Comic Con in Dilli Haat, Delhi !!! Many folks came to Comic-Con by dressing up as various comic characters... and the guy above dressed up as Lord Krishna... However I am not sure how Lord Krishna is related to comic-con.... but he had put best efforts to dress up like Lord Krishna.. The only odd thing was flute in his hand.. It was so small that he could not hold it well !!!

But overall experience of India ComicCon was wonderful !!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Incomplete Structure of Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataal, Uttrakhand, INDIA


Lake Village Resort is just in front of Naukuchiataal lake and recently we visited this place with office friends.. There were few pillars around swimming pool of the resort and architectural form of these pillars was completely different from overall designs of cottages and villas there.. Probably these pillars were installed to cover swimming pool with some designer roof....: 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 ...

Lake Village Resort is just in front of Naukuchiataal lake and recently we visited this place with office friends.. There were few pillars around swimming pool of the resort and architectural form of these pillars was completely different from overall designs of cottages and villas there.. Probably these pillars were installed to cover swimming pool with some designer roof....

Exteriors of Restaurant @ 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 ...

Lovely exteriors of Lake Village Resort @ Naukuchiataal, Uttrakhand !!

Here is a night shot outside restaurant @ Lake Village Resort near Naukuchiataal Lake in Uttrakhand, INDIA... It was a colorful place with lot of flowers and plants...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Popular Snakes of Banerghatta Zoo in Banglore, Karnataka, INDIA


Banerghatta Zoo in Banglore is one of the popular places to visit and there is one park/region completely dedicated to snakes. This was first time I saw so many snakes at same place and it was hard to believe about different nature of each of the.. Some of them were really active and others were unimaginably lazy !!!All in all, it was a wonderful day outing to banerghatta and I always recommend this place to visit !!!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...

Banerghatta Zoo in Banglore is one of the popular places to visit and there is one park/region completely dedicated to snakes. This was first time I saw so many snakes at same place and it was hard to believe about different nature of each of the.. Some of them were really active and others were unimaginably lazy !!!

All in all, it was a wonderful day outing to banerghatta and I always recommend this place to visit !!!

A view of colorful Town Hall of Shimla from Ritz, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Shimla Night View : Other side view of Shimla Town Hall (This has been shot from the road which connects Ridge with Mall Road...)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A sample Architecture of President's House in Delhi, INDIA


President's house in Delhi is one of my favorite architecture, although tight security never allow to explore it in better way :) ... Long time back it used to be British Viceregal's house. Viceroy of India used to be highest position in British times and he used to spend summers in Shimla... There is another huge building in Shimla which has been converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Studies now.. These two buildings are some of the wonderful architectural pieces in India... British Architecture in Shimla makes it more beautiful !!!: 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 !!!

President's house in Delhi is one of my favorite architecture, although tight security never allow to explore it in better way :) ... Long time back it used to be British Viceregal's house. Viceroy of India used to be highest position in British times and he used to spend summers in Shimla... There is another huge building in Shimla which has been converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Studies now.. These two buildings are some of the wonderful architectural pieces in India... British Architecture in Shimla makes it more beautiful !!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Early morning sunlight struggling through branches of a tree to reach lush green grounds of Humayun's Tomb !!!


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 :

I know it's not an impressive shot but this one of the decent shot I could get... I am really fan of such shots but never succeed :(

I should really work hard to get one in early morning ! It's really hard for me get up early in the morning but it's high time to think and try to get better shot.. Hope to catch a good shot soon and get back on same blog !

btw, I am visiting Hills of Himachal soon and it could be proved as a good opportunity to get such shot in early morning on the hills.. Suggestions to improve are welcome !!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shining Architecture Form in Delhi which is called as INDIA GATE !!!


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 of all of the soldiers who lost their lives. And beneath the canopy an eternal flame known as the

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Panning Experiments @ MTB Himachal 2010 (Mountain Terrain Biking) - 2


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...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Few Experiments with old Architecture of Jantar Mantar @ Delhi, INDIA - 2


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...

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