Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls, Tanjavur Wall Painting

The Big Temple of Tanjavur is a world of it’s own…

We have to use superlative degree for anything that’s associated with this architectural marvel which turned 1000 years old in 2010.

I am restricting this post to something special, on the inside ‘Walls’ of this temple complex, the world renowned Tanjavur painting

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange, Theyyam Make Up

Thinking about Orange, the first thing that comes to my mind is “Theyyam”… and probably the only thing :)

Let me share an image of this incredible ritual dance from God’s Own Country, Kerala

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Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Flavours of Fort Cochin: Part-2, The Reward

It was a day, the more I tried to get close to my destination, the farther I spun away…

But, by end of the day, I was rewarded with a handful of images worth all the effort…

Please check out “Flavours of Fort Cochin:Part-1” to see what I planned for the day and where I ended up with :)

FortKochi-0013As I got down from the Junkar, it was 3 pm and I had a couple more hours to explore Biennale.

But, as I started walking to the exhibition halls, I got lost in the color around and started capturing the flavors of this beautiful place…

FortKochi-0019FortKochi-0026FortKochi-0021FortKochi-0022FortKochi-0027FortKochi-0028 I walked through the streets and along the walk way near the beach… and finally reached my destination.

FortKochi-0023FortKochi-0024FortKochi-0025I was really overwhelmed with the variety and quality of the art and craft being showcased.

I had used up almost all my day wandering around… But no reason to get disappointed.

I got my reward for the exploits of a tiring day, a handful of images…

FortKochi-0020But I have decided to come back with my family to explore, Bienalle, hopefully “Only Biennale”  :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

There is something really interesting about rules in Photography.

You don’t have to learn these rules and apply them. Once you start taking visually appealing images by practice, you would have already followed them unknowingly, “The Rule of Thirds” is one of the best example.

Let me share a few images taken during my travels in South India (Mainly Karnataka and Kerala).

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Rule of Thirds

Flavours of Fort Cochin: Part-1

There is one philosophy I truly believe in, and that made each one of my travels, successful.

That is, “It’s the journey that matters, not the destination”…

I was in Fort Cochin for “Kochi Muziris Biennale-2014“, an incredible art festival being organized annually.

FortKochi-0029The exhibitions are spread across different venues in the old colonial part of Fort Cochin.

I went to the Aspinwall building and took the ticket, which is valid for the whole duration of the festival. It was only 11.30 am and I had plenty of time at hand.

I thought, let’s explore the place first and as I reached the boat jetty, an interesting ferry called Junkar caught my attention.

It was as carrying all sorts of vehicles across the busy channel(shipping lane), connecting Fort Cochin and Vypin.

FortKochi-003FortKochi-004I wanted to try this mode of transport. In no time I had a 3 Rupees ticket in hand and waiting for the next junkar.

FortKochi-0014FortKochi-006FortKochi-0011FortKochi-009This ferry is the major lifeline for the people who lives on both sides of this channel.

I was not the only one who took this joy trip, and it provided plenty of opportunities to shoot as well.

FortKochi-005FortKochi-002FortKochi-008The journey took only a few minutes and it provided great views of the Chinese fishing nets and quite a number of ships moving out of Kochi harbor.

FortKochi-0018FortKochi-007Taking a stroll through the walk way along the channel, I could see how the local fisherman use this age old Chinese fishing nets so efficiently to catch fish.

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FortKochi-0016It was already 2.30pm and “Our lady of Hope” church provided an ideal place to take some much needed rest.

Though there were plenty of action all around, waiting to be captured, a Biennale ticket was there in my pocket.

I haven’t visited even a single exhibition hall and there is hardly 3 hours for me to get a real over dose of art.

Waiting for the mighty Junkar, I clicked a few more images :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Temples of India provide great opportunities to fine tune our photography skills.

Seeing this week’s theme, I thought, let’s take it literally and dig deep in my archives for fitting images…

I am so glad to share the following images from three different states of South India, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra.

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