Friday, April 29, 2011

A wonderful piece of ART made up of marble @ 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


A Sitarist coming towards Stage @ BIG HORN FEST 2011 inside India Habitat Center, Delhi


An Evening at BIG HORN FEST 2011 inside India Habitat Center, Delhi -  : Posted by VJ SHARMA On www.travellingcamera.com : BIG HORN FEST 2011 -

Recently Big Horn Fest held at IHC in Delhi and it continued will 6 evenings of April 2011 ! I also planned to go during one of th evening and it was dedicated to Classical Indian Music.. I reached early and grabbed appropriate seat in Open Amphitheater of IHC... Here comes the first music performer of the evening along with various other folks in Tabla, Dholak, another sitarist along with main classical singer !!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A colorful piece of Art @ INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011, Pragati Maidan, Delhi, INDIA


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 :)

This year Art Summit of India happened in Feb month of 2011 at Pragati Maidaan in Delhi !!! and this was one of the art-piece presented in India Art Summit ! I am not sure about the material used to create this art...

Sitarvadak @ BIG HORN FEST 2011 inside India Habitat Center, Delhi


A Sitar-vadak @ Big Horn Fest 2011 in IHC Amphitheater, Delhi !!!The Sitar a plucked stringed instrument predominantly used in Indian classical music, where it has been ubiquitous since the Middle Ages. It derives its resonance from sympathetic strings which is a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamberUsed throughout the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, the sitar became known in the western world through the work of Pandit Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 50s, particularly after George Harrison of The Beatles took lessons from Shankar and Shambhu Das and played sitar in songs such as


A Sitar-vadak @ Big Horn Fest 2011 in IHC Amphitheater, Delhi !!!



The Sitar a plucked stringed instrument predominantly used in Indian classical music, where it has been ubiquitous since the Middle Ages. It derives its resonance from sympathetic strings which is a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber.
Used throughout the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, the sitar became known in the western world through the work of Pandit Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 50s, particularly after George Harrison of The Beatles took lessons from Shankar and Shambhu Das and played sitar in songs such as "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Within You Without You". Shortly after, The Rolling Stones used a sitar in "Paint It Black" and a brief fad began for using the instrument in pop songs !!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sounds of Classical Music @ BIG HORN FEST 2011 inside India Habitat Center, Delhi


An Evening at BIG HORN FEST 2011 inside India Habitat Center, Delhi -  : Posted by VJ SHARMA On www.travellingcamera.com : BIG HORN FEST 2011 -
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Recently Big Horn Fest happened in Delhi during 6 days of April 2011 !!! Different evenings were dedicated to one type of music and  I also attended one evening of Indian Classical music !!!



Indian classical music has its original in the Vedas which are the oldest scriptures in the Hindu tradition !!! Indian classical music has also been significantly influenced by Indian folk music and Persian music. The Samaveda which is one of the four Vedas, describes music with lots of details... 


Indian classical music is considered as very elaborate and expressive form of music. Like Western classical music it divides the octave into 12 semitones of which the 7 basic notes are in ascending tonal order, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa for Hindustani music 
and "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa".  But Indian music uses just-intonation tuning unlike most modern Western classical music which is more about equal-temperament tuning system.


Indian classical music is monophonic in nature and based around a single melody line !!! The performance is based melodically on particular ragas and rhythmically on talas. Because of the focus on exploring the raga, performances have traditionally been solo endeavors, but duets are gaining in popularity.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Interiors of UB-CIty @ Banglore, Karnakata, INDIA

I am sure that you must have heard of UB City in Banglore, INDIA.. if not, check out http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/01/photo-journey-of-unimaginable-luxury-of.html ... It's a wonderful places with lot of top brand showrooms, excellent quality restaurants, Bars, Multi-cuisine food-stalls, premium service apartments, high profile offices and what not !!! As name tells, its developed by UB Group of Vijay Malya !!!  : 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...

I am sure that you must have heard of UB City in Banglore, INDIA.. if not, check out http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/01/photo-journey-of-unimaginable-luxury-of.html ... It's a wonderful places with lot of top brand showrooms, excellent quality restaurants, Bars, Multi-cuisine food-stalls, premium service apartments, high profile offices and what not !!! As name tells, its developed by UB Group of Vijay Malya !!! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

A cute little girl thinking of playing with colorful water fountains but not very sure if its right or not :)

Last year in October, I visited Banglore for a Software conference and planned to visit the popular Mall called UB City !!! Ideally I should not call it  a mall... Its a huge campus with lot many things like showrooms of top brands of the world, Premium Hotels and Service Appartments, Restaurants, Bars and clubs etc.. In the middle of this huge building there is an open area for families to spend time and have fun with their friends & children ... There are some colorful fountains around this open area of UB City and children like to have fun around these.. This photograph shows a little girl standing near one of the fountains inside UB City and deciding about next plan of action which should be acceptable to her Parents :) : 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...

Last year in October, I visited Banglore for a Software conference and planned to visit the popular Mall called UB City !!! Ideally I should not call it  a mall... Its a huge campus with lot many things like showrooms of top brands of the world, Premium Hotels and Service Appartments, Restaurants, Bars and clubs etc.. In the middle of this huge building there is an open area for families to spend time and have fun with their friends & children ... There are some colorful fountains around this open area of UB City and children like to have fun around these.. This photograph shows a little girl standing near one of the fountains inside UB City and deciding about next plan of action which should be acceptable to her Parents :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kullu Srahan Story published in TIMES OF INDIA with some of my photographs !!! - 23rd April 2011

Last year, I visited this beautiful village surrounded by snow covered hills and it was an amazing stay in the camps of Sarahan Village !!! I had also shared the experiences of this stay on PHOTO JOURNEY which is described by various Travelling Cameras.. Just check out :http://www.travellingcamera.com/2010/12/wondeful-stay-at-sarahan-village-of.htmlhttp://www.travellingcamera.com/2010/12/wondeful-stay-at-sarahan-village-of_31.htmlYesterday a story by Vandana Bhagra is published in TIMES OF INDIA and two photographs used in this story belongs to the journey from last year !!  Click on the scanned copy of this story to see it in larger size to read !!!

Last year, I visited this beautiful village surrounded by snow covered hills and it was an amazing stay in the camps of Sarahan Village !!! I had also shared the experiences of this stay on PHOTO JOURNEY which is described by various Travelling Cameras.. Just check out :



Yesterday a story by Vandana Bhagra is published in TIMES OF INDIA and two photographs used in this story belongs to the journey from last year !!  Click on the scanned copy of this story to see it in larger size to read !!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Flower-Pots just outside the window of a cottage in Lake Village Resort of 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 situaA series of flower pots on the widows of Lake Village Resort at Naukuchiataal !!! It was a good experience staying there... Lovely flora and Fauna around the cottages and suites they have !! This Resort is just in front of the lake where road ends... The point from where boats ca be hired to have a ride in the lake.. Events like Boating, Kayaking and paintball are organized by resort staff  !!!ted 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 ...


A series of flower pots on the widows of Lake Village Resort at Naukuchiataal !!! It was a good experience staying there... Lovely flora and Fauna around the cottages and suites they have !! This Resort is just in front of the lake where road ends... The point from where boats ca be hired to have a ride in the lake.. Events like Boating, Kayaking and paintball are organized by resort staff  !!!

A huge flower pot @ Lake Village Resort in Naukuchiataaal, 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 ...


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lens Flare !!


This Photograph has been processed in adobe Photoshop elements and all the depth added is due to various filters available in Editor application of Adobe Photoshop Elements !!! Then sun light in form of flare is also artificially added through another filter available there.. For lens Flare, we have various options ... As we know that flare shapes and forms vary from one lens to another.. Similarly, In Adobe Photoshop Elements, flares are added for four popular lenses and sizes can be changed as well !!!Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Main places to Visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India : ripple, Vijay Kumar Sharma, ripple4photography, Frozen Moments, photographs, Photography, ripple (VJ), VJ, Ripple (VJ) Photography, Capture Present for Future, Freeze Present for Future, ripple (VJ) Photographs , VJ Photographs, Ripple (VJ) Photography,
This Photograph has been processed in adobe Photoshop elements and all the depth added is due to various filters available in Editor application of Adobe Photoshop Elements !!! Then sun light in form of flare is also artificially added through another filter available there.. For lens Flare, we have various options ... As we know that flare shapes and forms vary from one lens to another.. Similarly, In Adobe Photoshop Elements, flares are added for four popular lenses and sizes can be changed as well !!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Birds inside Banerghatta National Park in Banglore City of 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...

One of the photographs from Banerghatta Zoo in Banglore, Karnataka (INDIA). This zoo was different zoos I have ever visited. Restricted to a limited area and lot many things to watch !!! 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Well lit Christ church on Ridge ground, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


Every person who visit Shimla has to go to Ridge and Christ Church is one of the interesting structure out there. Its on the rightmost edge of the Ridge when we go towards Lakkar Bazar !! Ridge is a huge ground on top of the biggest water tank in Shimla.. There is an underground market at Ridge which is known as Indira Market but not very popular.. People like to shot at Lakkar Bazar or Mall Road !!! For better options for warm cloths at reasonable prices, don't forget Lower Market below Mall Road, but one needs to do proper bargaining as required in any Hill Station :)
Every person who visit Shimla has to go to Ridge and Christ Church is one of the interesting structure out there. Its on the rightmost edge of the Ridge when we go towards Lakkar Bazar !! Ridge is a huge ground on top of the biggest water tank in Shimla.. There is an underground market at Ridge which is known as Indira Market but not very popular.. People like to shot at Lakkar Bazar or Mall Road !!! For better options for warm cloths at reasonable prices, don't forget Lower Market below Mall Road, but one needs to do proper bargaining as required in any Hill Station :)

Beautiful hut on the entry gate of St. John's Church @ Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA


A colorful entry of St. John's Church in Mcleodganj !!! Mcleodganj is one of the popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, INDIA... and if you are there during right season, these kind of colors are normal to see in the forest which comes on the way to Mcleodganj from Dharmshala !!! This orangish path in the green forest leads to main entry of St. John's Church in Mcleodganj. And of course, there are lot many other things to explore around Mcleodganj, like Tibetan culture, multi-cuisune food, waterfalls, trekking etc..

A colorful entry of St. John's Church in Mcleodganj !!! Mcleodganj is one of the popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, INDIA... and if you are there during right season, these kind of colors are normal to see in the forest which comes on the way to Mcleodganj from Dharmshala !!! This orangish path in the green forest leads to main entry of St. John's Church in Mcleodganj. And of course, there are lot many other things to explore around Mcleodganj, like Tibetan culture, multi-cuisune food, waterfalls, trekking etc..

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A wonderful view of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges covered with snow

 Recently I visited a village called Pathiar which is very famous for high quality potatoes and many companies like Lays take most of the Potato crop from this region ! This village is exactly under Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges near Palampur. Apart from beauty, all the these mountains provide magical energy to Himalayan land to grow world's famous Kangra-Tea and Potatoes...

Recently I visited a village called Pathiar which is very famous for high quality potatoes and many companies like Lays take most of the Potato crop from this region ! This village is exactly under Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges near Palampur. Apart from beauty, all the these mountains provide magical energy to Himalayan land to grow world's famous Kangra-Tea and Potatoes...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A security Personnel on duty 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,President's House and surrounding areas like Parliament house, Secretariate and India Gate comes under high security zones in Delhi !!! Most of the times we see India Army forces appointed around these areas and I am happy about this fact. Somehow Indians are not unnecessarily scared of Army people and these security folks would rarely talk rudely to anybody. While if we consider Policemen, most of the times people don't even like to talk to them because they can ask you to pay for that conversion :) ... If you haven't experienced this as of now, I would say 'You are lucky' !!! 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 !!!
A security Personnel on duty outside President's House in Delhi, INDIA


President's House and surrounding areas like Parliament house, Secretariate and India Gate comes under high security zones in Delhi !!! Most of the times we see India Army forces appointed around these areas and I am happy about this fact. Somehow Indians are not unnecessarily scared of Army people and these security folks would rarely talk rudely to anybody. While if we consider Policemen, most of the times people don't even like to talk to them because they can ask you to pay for that conversion :) ... If you haven't experienced this as of now, I would say 'You are lucky' !!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A tourist couple just entering into Humayun's Tomb on a foggy day at 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 :


During Feb 2011, one of our friend was here in Delhi and we planned a week-end outing with him !! First we went to Humayun's Tomb in the morning and then moved to Old Fort near Pragati Maidaan. It was a foggy day and some of the tourists were disappointed with the whether ! But all of us enjoyed this day outing a lot !!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Shining INDIA GATE surrounded by star-lights @ Delhi, INDIA

 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


India Gate is very popular among tourists who visit Delhi and of-course Delhites love this !!! During summers, its most popular place to hang out during evenings.. Youngsters love to hang out during the night with their friends, while families like to spend evenings with their friends and relatives... Many times, people bring dinner to the lawns around it and go back during late night !!! India Gate is always crowded with people and many events takes places around this...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Panning Experiments @ MTB Himachal 2010 (Mountain Terrain Biking) - 3


Although this photograph doesn't have any panning effect visually, but it was an attempt to capture the back motion with moving rider as still elements in the photograph.. Background is blurred but a feel of motion is missing ! In this photograph, fill in flash is used to make sure that rider is clearly visible even if photograph is clicked against sunlight.. This was probably 4th day of MTB Himachal 2010 and whole day was full of energy while going through beautiful hills in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh !!!


Although this photograph doesn't have any panning effect visually, but it was an attempt to capture the back motion with moving rider as still elements in the photograph.. Background is blurred but a feel of motion is missing ! In this photograph, fill in flash is used to make sure that rider is clearly visible even if photograph is clicked against sunlight.. This was probably 4th day of MTB Himachal 2010 and whole day was full of energy while going through beautiful hills in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh !!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Few Experiments with old Architecture of Jantar Mantar @ Delhi, INDIA - 3

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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