Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

I have been trying to master depth of vision for some time now. Usually I end up with focus on objects other than the intended object. However, during my recent trip to Kasauli I was able to take of a couple of pics which I loved!

Taken on the balcony of our guesthouse –

Knots in wood

Knots in wood

Focusing on the knots in the wood, didn’t notice the pink flower petal till after I took the shot. It adds interest to the shot though, I think.

Wood and Sand Grains

Wood and Sand Grains

The dirt on the floor distracts from the wooden grains, yet I loved this picture due the correct focus and the colour elements.

What do you think ? Do let me know … 🙂

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Comma,

Alarm rings. Drag self out of bed. Get dressed. Say goodbye to hubby. Rush to catch bus to office – an hour and half of strategising to get a seat and sleep. Finish routine office work and cribbing. Rush to leave office before peak traffic time. At home. Too tired to cook. Hubby returns frustrated from office. Order dinner.

Hubby gets job in new city. Unable to get transfer to new city. Quit job. Spend a month successfully setting up house. Start applying for jobs. Recessionary and political situations reduce probability of new openings. Convoluted work experience add to woes. Have a baby? Buy a vehicle? Buy a house? Need financial backing of a job to plan. Bored with household chores. Gain weight. Hate gym. Wallow in self pity. Life – Paused!

Call N. Recall her wedding – One that took place amidst protests from family. N has now taken transfer to the capital where her hubby is. N’s hubby is posted on-site for a year. Stuck alone in a new city – search for house, adjust to new traffic timings, adjust to new people in office, catch a few minutes with hubby on different standard time.

Joined swimming. The pool deserted in the morning. Enjoy frolicking in the water.

Call S. Listen to her description of work-life balance. Work timings ensure she’s at home only when her baby is asleep.

New member at the swimming pool. Has come on wheel chair accompanied by parents. Is helped by parents into the pool to exercise her wasted legs.

Suddenly feel very very privileged.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I generally end up taking multiple shots of a location – since it’s difficult to make out which shot will work out better. Here are a few samples –

Water body Horizontal Shot

Water body Horizontal Shot

Water Body Vertical Shot

Water Body Vertical Shot

These pictures are of the water body in our society. The vertical shot lays emphasis on the water body where as the horizontal shot focuses on the location and shape – between two curved roads.

Pine trees

Pine tree horizontal Shot

 

Pine Tree Vertical Shot

Pine Tree Vertical Shot

These are taken during my recent trip to Shimla. The vertical picture emphasizes the pine needle clusters against the backdrop of the sky and the horizontal emphasizes the greenery contributed by the tree. Personally I like the vertical one since I was trying to capture the pine-needle-cluster effect.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

During my short visit to Kolkota, the main tourist attraction that I saw was the Victoria Memorial Hall. This building was dedicated as a memorial to Queen Victoria after her death in 1901.

The grandeur of the building is testimony to the wealth of indians and the craftsmanship of the artisans of that period. Designed by Sir William Emerson, the construction was mostly funded by Indian contributors and build with the help of local artisans.

The grand building and sprawling gardens.

The grand building and sprawling gardens.

Guardians of the Gate

Guardians of the Gate

The detailed work on the windows and the Angel of Victory

The detailed work on the windows and the Angel of Victory