Nivedita

Nivedita

You have seen her before, but I won’t blame you if you do not recognise her. She is one of the very few whose face can almost be sculpted with light to give new looks. Yes, she is Nivedita, who once again agreed to be my muse for an evening…. hopefully I will now onwards see her more often.

The lighting was done using two studio lights the main placed at 7 o’clock and the hair light at full intensity placed diametrically opposite. Shot using the normal lens on D70 at f20 for the great depth needed in these kind of pictures… focused manually to prevent the camera fixating on the cloth in front.

Erotic Minimalism

Bend

I am not too great a fan of Minimalism when it is applied to painting or philosophy or for that matter most of photography, however when it comes to erotic photography I very much prefer pictures which develop not through stark visual narrative but through visual suggestion. Pictures in which the viewers inscribe their own story in the fertile grounds of their mind’s eye.

True to my own tastes there are several of my photographs where I strive to create a mood, prompt certain themes and concepts in the mind of the viewer by showing less, by association of ideas, by dabbling in erotic ambiguities rather than through a complete picture. In these pictures, because I am operating in the realms of open-imagination I can insinuate the inexplicable or the unmentionable taboos and still get away with it ;)

Judging from the number responses that I get I can safely presume that this kind of photographic art is widely appreciated and from the content of those responses that I have achieved a fair degree of success in taking these pictures.

Yes, there have been detractors who have accused me of pornography or something as opposite and inane as the “pictures do not show enough”! For them all I can say is – Surf on please…

P.S. I keep my promises

Sloth Bear (Bhalu) (Melursus ursinus)

Bhalu the bear

Bhalu the bear

These animals are reputed to be the exact opposite of what has been popularised by Rudyard Kipling as “Bhaloo the bear”. Some reports say that they can be more dangerous than Tigers which is probably true as the eyesight of Sloth Bears is not too good and they are known to attack at the slightest provocation.

Trackers and guides also say that tracking / spotting a Sloth Bear in Kanha is 10 times more difficult that doing the same for a Tiger, this I can vouch for as till our previous visit we had only heard about the Sloth Bear but never seen one.

However this time we had very close encounters with not one but two of these creatures on two consecutive days. Each time the bear was least bothered and we could observe the first one for almost 1.5km as it ambled along marking trees and the second one as it demolished and clean up a termite hill at his leisure.

These pictures are from the first encounter – taken early morning – light was poor and I was too scared to use a flash. Swati however has a great 10 min video of the entire episode.

Long Live the Queen!!

She is Indrani the resident Queen of Indri, Kanha. Named by Uncle Denzel Stephens after the region where she reigns and the English news reader from Radio Sri Lanka of the same name. Seen in the picture are two of the young prince born barely 6 weeks ago!

She embodies in her the resilience to survive despite all odds and the majestic beauty of Indian wildlife at its best. We were fortunate enough to be granted attendance to her court for the royal viewing on Saturday morning, 11th June 2005

So as the Prime Ministers Task Force for Tiger conservation bumbles, stumbles and mumbles along giving importance to everything but the Tigers, the Tigers themselves are doing a great job, Indrani is just one of the three tigresses with a litter in the park. Currently including Indrani’s 4 there are a total of 10 cubs recorded more or less the same age but sadly, lament the conservationist and the naturalist, that it is almost sure that by the age of 15 to 18 months all of them would be dead – mostly gunned down by poachers and listed in records as being killed by other male tigers!!

Aasim has very innocently named the strongest cub “Rex” and hopes that he will see him as the King – I really doubt that he comprehends the irony of his naming of the cub but I do pray that the fate of these cubs is different

Amen

Life hack – Ornithology!

Reviving Ornithology as a hobby has been the most positive life-hacks of recent timesfor us.

We have been on Bird watching trips almost every weekend in the past month – this not only takes us away from the computer and the dreadful chair but also make all three of us indulge in the same activity together. We have also made a several new acquaintances – none of them from IT all of them into birds…

Yeah – I have been posting pictures on my site on an almost daily basis, which is much more than what I have been posting here, in fact there is not much to write about… or is it that people tend to write more when they are troubled?

Commercial projects are steady, personal projects… I am working on tweaking the Oriental Bird Images code to make it more useful and also coding one other Nagpur related project… more on that later.

Aasim in Delhi – Pt II

The latest is that Aasim got his return ticket postpone to Friday – He is throughly enjoying himself again today after a brief boredom spell induced by tiredness yesterday. Yeah we are missing him… a lot…

His comment on his first experience of seeing a movie in a theatre – “The print was good, so was the sound BUT there is no interactivity or bonus material!!” :D

Aasim in Delhi!!

Aasim had been wanting to travel alone in an airplane for sometime now – so we sent him to New Delhi today morning. Swati’s cousin called a while back to say that Aasim had arrived safely. Though Aasim was wee bit apprehensive at the airport he never let it show through, except asking once “What if the airplane crashes?”

This marks a first step for him in accompanying us to all the places we go for business meets – he can join us, flying down all on his own, once our meetings are done with!

47.6°C

Yes! thats how hot it was yesterday afternoon! it missed breaking a 51 year old record by a mere .2°C and what did we do yesterday?

We went for a bird walk! but it was indeed worth it because I could get a picture of a Small Minivet Pair in the same frame, I also got a picture of a Common Kingfisher pair and a Pied Kingfisher – thats a good catch for any bird walk. The backlog for resizing and uploading pictures is getting to be too huge I am not sure what I am going to do…. perhaps just start uploading full size pictures and let Coppermine (well actually GD) do the rest.

Sometime last week we acquired a Sony DCR-HC42E Handycam. It is a good entry level handycam and Swati has already shot some very good footage around the garden, now search is on for a cheap and flexible Home Video Editing program.

After some deliberation, reading and asking around I decided not to mess around with the Water chemistry in my proposed aquarium. The tap water has a pH of 7.5+ so I will get fishes accordingly and modify the aquarium to an African Lake type rather than Amazon Stream. For the fishes I am narrowing down on some hardy mouth breeding Cichlids.

A shocking thing that I discovered – my studio skills are rusting :(

An acquaintance couple wanted some pictures of themselves using the minimal style I have used in the past. It took me quite some time to get the settings right much to my frustration and embarrassment. Bird photography is very rewarding and technically different from Studio work – this was an expected out come but I do intend to remedy it.