Call me crazy for taking a time-lapse on a full moon night! But hey, this was my first time with night-time lapse so I guess its fine! I realized that the light pollution did not reveal too many stars (moon wasn’t helping!) and I did not have an interesting foreground subject to add that extra flavor to the video. Nevertheless, I kinda like the overall mood of the video!
P.S – Click on the link to view the video in HD on my Vimeo page!
80 families, deserted an entire village over-night almost 200 years ago. No one knows why. Do I have your attention? I hope so.
This is the eerie story of the Paliwal Brahmin community, who lived in and around Kuldhara (the famous MAIN haunted abandoned village), who packed up and vanished one fine day in the face of a grave danger. Multiple stories claim that the Paliwal village chiefs of 84 villages wanted to protect the honor of their community when the local Mughal ruler wanted the hand of a Paliwal brahmin’s daughter in marriage.
I have seen abandoned houses, but villages? No. Overlooking the Khaba village is a fort (from where these pictures were taken) and surprisingly, one can find many peacocks surrounding the area.
Kabha is about 18Km from Jaisalmer, definitely a place I wouldn’t want to visit once the sun sets. What do you think?
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This was my very first attempt at time lapse photography. Digital Photography School was a great resource to understand how it works – so i chose a lovely Sunday evening to capture the moving clouds and the setting sun (which unfortunately is behind clouds), that gave way to rays cutting through the clouds!
How i did it:
Photo type: RAW
Focal Length: 18mm
Photo Interval: 10 seconds
Software: Adobe Lightroom, LRTimeLapse, Adobe Premiere Pro
Such amazing fun, i’m looking forward to capturing better time lapse subjects and learning tips to make the workflow even more effective!
Victoria Public Hall, named after Queen Victoria, was the first town hall in Madras/Chennai and was built in 1890. As mentioned in my previous post, this is another wondeful example of the widespread usage of Indo-Saracenic architecture during the British Empire.
The hall was a famous place for public gatherings and has seen the likes of Subramanya Bharathi, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and other legendary personalities addressing large audiences here. Interestingly, it was here that Chennai saw its first cinema show 117 years back ! Over the next 70-80 years the building was occupied by several organizations and apparently fell out of public attention as Chennai developed in the south (with the rise in the film industry).
North and Central Madras, till today retain the old world charm of Madras with its amazing historical buildings – i would definitely be visiting this gem as well ! (Click on image to enlarge)
The Ripon Building in Chennai is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture (courtesy of the then ruling British), one of the popular architecture types in Chennai (other examples include Victoria Public Hall, Madras High Court etc) and was built in 1913. In the present day it serves as office for the Chennai Corporation.
Indo-Saracenic architecture to put simply, is a fusion of Mughal and Indian styles developed by British architects.
My grandmother used to tell me stories of how she used to work part-time (stylishly known as an internship these days, hehe!) as a stenographer when she was in her early 20s. It is probably one of the more prominent buildings in Chennai, standing tall and proud in its pure white form!
Definitely on my to-do list to visit this building soon, the picture below was taken from a moving car on a rainy Sunday evening – (click on picture to enlarge)
Chennai Port or Madras Port – the 2nd largest and one of the oldest ports in India (as early as 1600), is a place i have been wanting to visit for a long long time. The huge merchant ships, navy ships, cargo containers, massive equipment, yachts, boats and of course the Bay of Bengal. These sights and sounds make you feel that more closer to Chennai/Madras and remind you why Chennai/Madras was and still is one of the most important port towns in the country!
I was lucky to travel a short distance on a yacht and take in the breeze and smell of the strong seas and the sights of the Chennai Port up close (despite my terrible sea sickness!). Click on of the snaps below – it was an amazing evening, overcast weather accompanied by heavy rain over the sea!
(P.S – i even saw the recently commissioned patrolling vessel INS Sumitra ! No photos of course, i am a responsible Indian citizen)
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Ghana and this was my first time in Africa ! Such friendly people the Ghanaians 🙂 This panorama was taken atop the Lighthouse at Jamestown in Accra. As you can see, this part of town still retains the feel of the colonial era, while the more modern Accra is on the other side of Jamestown.
Left to Right – the Jamestown Lighthouse and the fishermen village near the Jamestown beach. Given that Accra was a major slave trading point, Jamestown had several prisons built for slaves along the line of the beach, as can be seen in the 3rd picture.
Nevertheless, the local food was amazing and the country is definitely football crazy ! 🙂
Angkor Thom was the Capital city of Jayavarman VII and the last Capital of the Khmer Empire. With heavy influence of Buddhism, Angkor Thom’s Bayon temple is mesmerizing in short! Though not as grand in scale as Angkor Wat, Bayon with its 49 towers (now 37) with close to 200 smiling faces is equally amazing!
Take a look, click on pictures to enlarge!
Ta Phrom (Think Tomb Raider) and Banteay Srei photos to follow 🙂