People in Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

At Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, one will find hundreds of monks in scarlet robes. Myriad monks, scattered all around the premises do create a challenge to isolate subjects for visual photographic appeal. As I walked around patiently, my eyes searched for patches of natural light. At a distance from these spots, I waited patiently for subjects to...

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Yak skulls at Toding Monastery, Tibet

Built in AD 996, the Zhada Toding Monastery is in the remote Ngari prefecture of Western Tibet, very close to the Indian border. The famous Indian buddhist scholar, Atisa was invited here in AD 1042 to translate large volume of scriptures. He died here in AD 1054. This monastery was completely destroyed during the Chinese cultural revolution in AD 1966. Remains of...

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Volcanic land mass at Kalani (Big Island of Hawaii)

The Island of Hawaiʻi, also called the Big Island is a volcanic land mass in the south east chain of Hawaiian islands, in the North Pacific Ocean. A visit to Hawai’i volcanoes national park was a one day trip. I took a short flight from the island of O’hau, where I was staying in the city of Honolulu, to Kalani (the Big Island of Hawaii). It was a rainy day...

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Westward journey from Lhasa, Tibet

Once you have read this post, I recommend viewing the series of 5 photos in slide show mode by clicking on one of them and scrolling to next. As I started my westward journey on road from Lhasa, that would keep me on the wheels for 10 days, the first photographic opportunity arose a few kilometers on the road. In the far distance I could see an interesting play of light...

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Views of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

The Bosphorus is a 32 km long strait, joining the Sea of Maramara with the Black Sea. It varies in width from about 500 meters to 3 km and in depth from 50 to 120 meters. This waterway flows right through Istanbul and separates the continents of Europe and Asia. In traditional reference of the mighty Ottoman empire, it is called Bogaziçi (boh-AHZ-ee-chee). However...

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Moving without a mind – Animal life in Tibet

‘A white cloud is a mystery, the coming, the going, the very being of it… The White Clouds’ way means a pathless path, a wayless way. Moving, but not with a fixed mind – moving without a mind.’ – Osho   My photography pursuits are intuitive. I look for an experience, that can only be achieved by moving without a mind.   I therefore do not call...

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Istanbul

Istanbul is one city that lies both in Asia and Eurpoe. Across the bosphorus strait is a bridge that connects the two continents. This is a series of six shots that covers the bridge across bosphorus, some shots from across the strait and some silhouette of the mosques. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Two men on the road to Mount Everest, Tibet

Driving at the height of over 15,000 feet, on the road to Tingri, we were awestruck at the first glance of the might Mount Everest. My earlier series on the north face of Mount Everest can be viewed on this link (Mount Everest – North Face). As I stood besides the road, appreciating the North face of this formidable mountain, I noticed two Tibetan men who were...

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Padaung Tribe, Myanmar

Padaung, a Mongolian tribe based in Myanmar have a unique custom of expressing feminine beauty through wearing of permanent neck rings. These rings are fitted around the neck at the age of 5 years and stay for the life. These seven photos were clicked during a visit to Inle lake area in Myanmar. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Tahiti Wedding Ceremony

Tahiti is in the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The Tahitians of the modern era maintain their heritage and traditions of their Maohi ancestors. Oral history recounts the adventures of gods and warriors in colorful legends. During a trip to Hawaii, I visited the Polynesian Cultural Centre and experienced a...

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New York

Walking the streets of Manhattan (New York), with my fixed lens Fuji X100, I created these shots of the buildings and the Penn station. The first shot is that of World Trade Centre, as it stands during the construction phase in July 2012. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Hawaii

Hawaii is in the US territory, an archipelago of eight major islands, stretching around 2,400 kilometers in the pacific ocean, midway between US mainland and Japan. During a recent trip to Hawaii, I created some panorama landscape shots with my Fuji X100 camera. This set of 6 photographs were created with handheld camera (no tripod was used).   Click first photo...

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Demon Lake (Rakshas Taal), Tibet

The Demon lake (commonly known as Rakshas Taal) in Tibet, offers a mind blowing experience of a ferocious water body, that appears no less than an ocean in the grip of a hurricane. At an altitude of 15,000 feet one would never imagine being on the shores of an ocean. The beach has shells and the water is salty, thus providing evidence that this region was once under the...

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Citadel, the Imperial City at Hue, Vietnam

Citadel, the Imperial city at Hue, in Vietnam was built in June 1802 by Nguyen Phuc Anh, who took control of Vietnam and proclaimed himself Emperor Gia Long. The American bombings of Vietnam  in 1968 in response to a communist takeover of Hue, flattened the Citadel. During my visit to Central Vietnam, I visited the Citadel. Click first photo below to view entire series...

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Zanda Valley and Sutlej River basin, Tibet

A roller coaster ride from Kailash mountain, high above the Indus river plain, we moved towards the Zanda region in the remote western part of Tibet. The snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range, in view at a distance, separated the Tibetian highland from the Indian Subcontinent. Entering Zanda, the valley through which the river Sutlej flows, the landscape changed...

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Horsemen of Tibet

While I traveled across the plateau on high horsepower 4 wheel drive vehicle, I kept looking for the Tibetian horsemen. Wherever I spotted, it was always a lone horseman, riding across the barren land. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

“This is not a palace sitting on top of a mountain; it is a mountain of a palace.” These were the words of an English correspondent who entered the Potala Palace at the roof of the world (Tibetian Plateau), in the beginning of the twentieth century. The architecture of Potala palace (the seat of Dalai Lama, prior to the Chinese Cultural revolution), is seen...

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Subtle Geisha look

In Jocelyn, I saw features, which if complemented with light facial make-up and dark red lipstick, could emulate the subtle Geisha look. This series of 18 photos is created in natural light conditions. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Mansarovar Lake, Tibet

Lake Manasarovar (15,060 feet above sea level) is a freshwater lake in the Tibet, 940 kilometres from Lhasa. To the west of Lake Manasarovar is Lake Rakshas Tal (Demon Lake); and towards the north is Mount Kailash. Lake Mansarovar is the source of four major rivers of Asia, the Satluj (tributary of Indus), Brahmaputra, Indus and Karnali (tributary of Ganges). This lake...

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Nicolette Sara

An outdoor shoot with Nicolette Sara to create her portfolio. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide show.  ...

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Mount Kailash, Tibet

Mount Kailash (21,778 feet) is a peak in the Gangdisê Mountains, which are part of the Trans-Himalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges River). It is considered a sacred place in five religions: Ayyavazhi, Bön, Buddhism,...

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Roxanne Sylvia – Creating a portfolio

These shots of Roxanne were created in a studio environment to help her enhance her portfolio. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide show....

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Roxanne Sylvia – Making powerful headshots

These head-shots of Roxanne Sylvia were made using 6 flash light sets positioned around the model. 1st flash light as a main light in a beauty dish, pointed directly on the face. 2nd and 3rd flash lights as fill-in light at a lower power ratio, pointing on the face from left and right sides. 4th and 5th flash lights aimed at the hair from behind the face, to help...

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U-Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Amarapura is a former capital of Myanmar, and now a township of Mandalay. Amarapura is bounded by the Ayeyarwady river in the west, Chanmyathazi township in the north, and the city of Innwa in the south. Amarapura was the capital of Myanmar for three discrete periods during the Konbaung dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries, before being finally supplanted by Mandalay...

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Candid Street shots, Bagan market (Myanmar)

A visit to Myanmar would be incomplete without getting an experience of life in the local market. I walked the streets capturing candid facial shots. It’s quite common to find women and children with a paste smeared on their faces to prevent sunburns. This paste is made by grinding the bark of Thanakha tree is ground into power. Click first photo below to view...

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Hagia Sofia, Turkey

Hagia Sophia was formerly a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 AD until 1453 AD, it served as a church. The building was a mosque from 1453 AD until 1931 AD, when it was secularized. For almost 500 years the principal mosque of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia served as a model for many other Ottoman mosques. Click first photo below to...

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Blue Mosque, Turkey

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. I got an opportunity to photograph the interior and...

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Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey (Set 3)

This is the final set on ballooning over the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia in Turkey. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide show. Click here to access the older set 1 and set...

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Vietnamese Girl

At Hoi An in Vietnam, we got an opportunity to work with a Vietnamese model in a traditional white dress. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey (Set 2)

Continuing with the series on ballooning over the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia in Turkey, this is the second in the series of 3 sets. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide show. In addition the set 1 can be accessed through this...

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Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey (Set 1)

Cappadocia, is a mass of lunar landscapes, right in the middle of Turkey. You wouldn’t know which one of these unusual rock formations may be leading into a large underground uninhabited city, that were carved about 3,000 years ago by Pagan Hittites. What better way could there be to view this landscape, other than getting on a hot air balloon? This is the first of...

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Natural light phenomenon at Marble Mountain, Vietnam

Perfect timing to capture the essence of light is the key to making powerful pictures. At Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son) in Danang (Vietnam), permitting the right weather conditions, at around 11 AM, streak of sunlight from the opening at the top of the caves, falls directly on the altar. Click first photo to view in large format and then scroll to access this series of ...

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Two grandmothers at Sognali, Turkey

Traveling into the remote areas around Capaddocia, we reached Sognali. Last few days of snowfall had frozen the water in pipes, leading to closure of restaurants. It was a blessing in disguise as we were able to get a local family make some lunch for us. As the two grandmothers at home sat in a corner, watching us inquisitively, I decided to make their portraits. Click...

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Head Shots!

During a stylized photo shoot with Amrit, I ended the session with a few head shots. Click first photo below to view in large format and then scroll to access this series of  6...

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Snowed in Turkey!

We were snowed in Turkey! With limited options to photograph in this weather, I turned to my daughters and created this series of them in snow. Click first photo below to view in large format and then scroll to access this series of  11...

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Just ME!

As a result of being behind the lens, photographers seldom get any shots of their own! And still rarer that they ever get good shots. In this series, I am sharing a few shots of me by fellow photographers while I have been busy shooting others! Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Charmaine

Environment has a lot to do with creating a visual appeal. In this series with Charmaine, I framed her between a line of columns and besides graffiti. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Graffiti

Leveraging graffiti on the walls, I styled this series of 5 pictures with Janet Amrit to create a contrast between the textured background and the subject! It’s a simple trick to further enhance the beauty pf the subject. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Whirling Dervish, Turkey

Mawlaw’īyya is a Sufi order founded in Turkey by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th century Persian theologian. They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of remembrance of God. Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi path; the whirling is part of the formal Sama ceremony....

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Window!

Photographers get excited with windows! A window, if leveraged well can help frame a subject to create compositional appeal and also act as a large light source, creating very soft highlights and shadows. So there can be no better way to shoot with natural available light by placing the subject close, across and within a window. That’s what I did with Charmaine to...

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Glimpses around Tak-Tsang Gompa, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Tak-Tsang Gompa (locally known as T Gompa), is situated close to Sangetsar Lake and China Border, in the high altitude Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is at a distance of about 35 kilometres from Tawang. Though the temple has a very small structure and not many people in the vicinity, I was still able to get some interesting shots. Click first photo below to view...

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“It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything”

Albert Einstein’s teacher once told Einstein’s father that “It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything!” As I partnered with Janet Amrit (Model) and Praveena Nair (Make-up artist) to create a series of photographs with this statement in the background, it made me reflect on the journey of our life. It is indeed possible...

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Charmaine (Head Shots)

Praveena Nair (Make-up artist) recently collaborated with me in a photo shoot with Charmaine (Model). Praveena Nair is just starting out as a make-up artist and I feel she did a good job in face painting. To help her create a portfolio, I concentrated on making a few close up head shots of Charmaine (model). Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Dare To Dream

To create “Dare to Dream” series, I searched for harsh textures on walls. Charmaine was the model and the make-up was done by Praveena Nair. I’d also like to give credit to my daughter, Tarni Kaur, who was kind enough to lend the dresses she had recently created for a fashion show in her school. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Drive to Tawang

Driving on the rough road to Tawang, on day two we approached a small monastery at Chillipam. This was tucked away in the remote hills around Rupa. It was a very cloudy day and we were weather challenged from both, comfort and photography perspective. Adding to the frustration were the road conditions. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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“Men in Red”

At the Namgyal Lhatse Tawang Monastery in Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh, India), my friend Angad Singh sought guidance from me on how to make impressionable pictures of momentary encounters with unknown subjects. So here is how I went about making this series. 1) Select a theme – I chose to focus on people dressed in red. Hence this series is titled “Men in...

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In search of the Monpas – Zimithang (Series 2)

Another 28 photos in this series on Monpas can be viewed by clicking the first photo below to view in large format and then scrolling through. This is a sequel to the first series on the search for Monpas at the Zimithang area in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Monpa (Buddhists of Tibetan origin) settlements are at the head of this wide scenic valley carved by river Namjang...

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Lunch at Namgyal Lhatse, Tawang, India

These kids at Namgyal Lhatse (commonly known as Tawang Monastery) start their day very early. Which meant, when I was walking around at around 10:30 AM, it was time for their lunch break. The bells rang and kids rushed out in the courtyard, heading to the dining area to fill their pots and then rushing to form small groups to enjoy their short break. I stood silently in...

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In search of the Monpas – Zimithang (Series 1)

The village of Zimithang lies 80 Km from Tawang in the north-western corner of Arunachal Pradesh (India), a remote last post, sandwiched between Bhutan and China. It doesn’t get any tourist flow. I headed in search of the unpretentious Monpa (Buddhists of Tibetan origin) settlements at the head of this wide scenic valley carved by river Namjang Chu, flowing into...

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Villagers of Lhou, Tawang, India

Armed with one flash, a radio trigger to enable remote firing of flash and Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 mm lens, I roamed around Lhou village with an aim to capture people in their natural environment. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Tawang Monastery

During my recent visit to Tawang Monastery, located at 10,000 feet in the district capital of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India, I looked for photographing it’s expanse from different perspectives. Click first photo below to view in large format and then scroll to access series. This is one of the largest monasteries of Mahayana sect in Asia. It was founded by the...

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Khinmey Nyingma Monastery, Tawang, India

Very early in the morning, in the bitter winter of Himalayas, these children were undeterred from their daily routine of scripture readings. The rooms were dark and cold. I looked hard for opportunities of light sneaking through the windows and used a bit of off-camera flash to create these twelve pictures. Click any picture below to run the slide show of this series....

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Way of the White Clouds – Tawang, India

        On the peak of the white snow mountains in the East A white cloud seems to be rising in the sky. At the instance of beholding it, I remember my teacher And, pondering over his kindness, faith stirs in me.   Words of “Lama Angrika Govinda” So what do you do when you reach a location with an objective to capture the bright...

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Thiksay Monastery

Thiksay monastery is a short drive from the city of Leh, Ladakh (India). We drove around the area, capturing shots. Click picture thumbnails below to view the entire series in larger format. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide show....

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Janet Amrit in a white victorian dress

The tall thick trees and the sun peeking subtly through the branches, created the perfect drama. She then arrived at the scene, dressed in a white victorian grown, smoothly merging into the environment. We made a few pictures and I rushed from the scene to run some afternoon errands. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Head shot of Janet Amrit

Selective focus (Bokeh) is what creates the visual appeal in head shots! The recipe for creating such head shots is simple…. 1) Focus on the eyes to make it communicate with the viewer 2) Open the lens as wide as possible to create a shallow depth of field. In creating these three head shots of Janet Amrit, I used my Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens at f/1.8 Click first photo...

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Skup Buchan – off the beaten track

On Leh-Srinagar highway, we took a diversion to a remote village, essentially because our driver wanted to meet his mother-in-law. As photographers, we are never worried about the delay in journey because every moment can offer an opportunity. Needless to say, the brief stop at the village Skup-Buchan was filled with moments. Click slide show screen below to run the...

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