Are we living in nature’s shadow or nature living in our own shadow? This is the scene in most hill stations across India. Each passing month and year more and more civilizations intrudes into nature’s space and all that in the name of “Valley View” or “Lake View” or “Misty Woods”! Temperature and Rains have already gone berserk across the globe and with such fast-paced world which “human beings” are living in, which is not ready to take a pause and think what disaster its cooking up for itself – it’s just a matter of time.
Also checkout the 4K 30fps unedited video file shot from Nikon D850 here > https://youtu.be/GJlI1fxdjwc
Shot on Nikon D850 with Nikon 50mm F1.8 G lens
PS: Above image is straight out of camera JPEG with minor level adjustments. If you would like to have a play with the original raw file, drop a comment below so that i can share the same in a follow up blog post.
Hello folks … I know its been terribly long time since i last updated this blog. Every time i say i will be more active here am taking exponentially longer time to come back and jot down my thoughts and views and opinions about something closer to me which is photography and video. Having said about that – hope you guys are aware that am pretty much active now on YouTube off late and have been working and posting weekly content on a webseries called “Impressions of India” which is a 90sec travel snipet of a part of our country – be it landscape, people, culture, music, art – i have tried to cover everything that i have come across during my “journey through nature”. If you have not subscribed to my channel i recommend you do it right away so that you don’t have to miss out any of my posts on YouTube.
Having mentioned about youtube and videos – i have to admit that over the last few years – i have spent considerable amount of time learning, practicing and experimenting on various aspects of videos. This has forced me to keep my attention completely on it and which has inturn led to me spending very less or no time on photography which is my primary skill through which i started it all. This last weekend I spent few days in East Sikkim through a trip organized by my friends at Wandervogel Adventures. And as a starting point to this trip was a evening/morning I spent at Siliguri waiting to be picked up by my car and head to Rongli which was the first basecamp for the expedition.
Even from the point before the trip i had told my self to spend more time on photography on this trip – be it people, travel, landscape ( which i was desperate to get back to ) or even the most important birding. Waking up to a rather unusually early start to the day ( yeah i had totally forgot that i have traveled to the east point of India and the sun rises pretty early in the day ), i headed out to the streets of Siliguri to catch a glimpse of street life. On the previous night when i was out on a walk, i had noticed quite a huge number of cycle rickshaws and felt they would make fantastic subjects in the early morning fog. But i was taken by surprise in morning when i realized its rained all night and the sunrise was pretty clear with visibility more than a km. But that didnt stop me from trying out what i wanted to – and over the next 30-45mins i just went out looking for early birds in the city including the famous Cycle rickshaw fellas. What you see above is one such person whom i bumped into right in front of my hotel and to my surprise he was pretty bold in posing and making style statement in front of my camera. Though the entire series from this morning outing has been scheduled in a different post all together – i sign off this blog with an assurance that over the next few weeks you will definitely end up seeing quite a bit of the photographs that have been taken during this trip.
But my itchy hands are forcing me to post one video also as a part of this blog – so here is a small waterscapes of East Sikkim glimpse which was shot during the trip.
Kutch district in Gujrat has a rich culture of folk music and dance. People here are very fond of music and Kutchi music Instruments. Kutchi folk music existed since ancient period here. Above is one such glimpse of a Kutchi folk music performance.
Artists : Kanji Narayan Bhai & Kanji Jayanti Bhai from Virani Moti Village of Nakathrana in Kutch, Gujrat
If you would like to hear full tracks please do let me know in comments and i will upload those as well.
When you have a book in hand, end of every chapter is a beginning of a new one and not to forget end of every book is a beginning of new one. So is a case in a journey called life. End of every trip is a beginning of a new one. Today marks the end of a very good close to a decade long journey for me. Today marks an end to a creation and association of me with my kid – Landscape Wizards. Yup you read it right. I will be parting with LW officially starting tomorrow and its been an incredible journey bringing and being part of it to what it is now. I step away because I am kicking off something really new and big in the coming months and am really excited about it and considering that it will involve lot of photos and video stuff i realized i need to spend more time and energy with it and not try to ride 2 boats at the same time. I will leave LW in the able hands of Anil, Harsha and Ashwin to take it forward from here. Confluence was a dream last year and we made it happen and this year we wanted to make it big and we made that happen too – and i have to admit thats the best gift i have from the team. Am incredibly happy with the way things have shaped up and the way we have managed to portray landscape photography to outside world through LW. Things will just get bigger and better at LW from now on. I will continue to sail along with the team and be a part of it and contribute where ever am applicable and needed. But things am working on and planning need a lot more priority and attention at this moment and am sure those will entertain you and educate you as much as I tried to do using my words and visuals in LW. Let me not get too senti about things take this post to be come a long one. Am still around here, JTN is around here shivakumar.net is around and so is LW. Its just that there are small changes which should not bring too much a difference to outside world on the content that we create. So here’s me wishing all the very best to Team LW and also bidding adieu to something which was very close to me all these years and will continue to be. Lets continue with our “journey through nature”.
Wishing you all a very happy ugadi and a happy new year !