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Benjeev Rendhava
Software engineer by day, aspiring fine art photographer by night.
Software engineer by day, aspiring fine art photographer by night.


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Here's a shot from Venice back in 2012. One of the more memorable places I've been to, it has such a special quality to it, something that's quite hard to describe with words.

I hope I get to go back one day.

Been listening to a lot of Armin Van Buuren lately. Here's a verse from one of his songs which stuck with me when I was processing this image.


"Nothing to hold but the memories and frames
Oh they remind me of the battle I face
Without your love, without you I drown
Somebody save me I’m going down"

#leadinglinesmonday  by +Pam Boling +Michael B. Stuart +David Murphy +Andreas Levi +Simos Xenakis 
#monochromemonday  +Monochrome Monday 
#seatuesday  by +Julia Anna Gospodarou +Sea Tuesday 
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I haven't posted nearly enough photos of Malaysia that I should have by now so I'm trying to make up some lost ground here.

Other than KL, the city that I spend most of my time in is Kuching, Sarawak, which is where this was taken a couple weeks ago. These are fishing trawlers docked along the Sarawak River, shot on a rainy morning. I was surprised to find out that the crew actually live onboard even when they're docked like this.

I imagine they're not too comfortable.

#coastalthursday  by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn
#longexposurethursday  by +Francesco Gola and +Luca Gerardi 
#sarawak   #kuching  
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Quick post here from humid Damai Beach in Borneo for #minimalmonday and +Olivier Du Tré.

Hope everyone's doing well!
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No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
- John Donne

Fungal infection, the bane of my life the last 3 months!

Let me start by clarifying that I didn't need a doctor for this particular infection. While shooting a previous image, I made the mistake of going from an air-conditioned room out into a humid day. Bad bad idea! My lens completely frosted over and I wasn't able to dry it out properly resulting in an explosion of fungus inside it, which I only discovered about 6 weeks later when I realized I wasn't able to take any sharp images anymore. Nasty stuff.

Two Canon services later, the lens seems good again. I hope it stays that way. I've put this lens through some harsh conditions, including shooting at -25C, in snowstorms and in rain, so it'd be painfully comedic if a lowly hotel air-conditioner is what finally takes it down!

Three things I've learnt from this yeasty affliction:

1. Temperature and humidity can be lethal! Be careful moving from a cold/dry environment to a warm/humid one. The key is to let your gear warm up before allowing the warm/humid air to come into contact. Leave it in your camera bag (or better yet, in a vacuum bag) until it has had time to warm up.

2. Use a dry cabinet to store your gear! Especially if you live in the tropics. I avoided this for 18 months and I paid the price.

3. Learn to identify fungus. Look through your lens against a bright light and fungus usually shows up as little patches of star-shaped lines.

#moodymonday by +Philip Daly and +Annelies Jansen 
#naturemonday  by +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church 
#10000photographersaroundtheworld  by +Robert SKREINER 
#leadinglinesmonday  by +Andreas Levi , +Pam Boling , +David Murphy , +Elle Rogers , +Michael B. Stuart , +Simos Xenakis 
#seatuesday  by +Julia Anna Gospodarou 
#minimalmonday  by +Olivier Du Tré 
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Silver Island

Our drive from Wanaka to Haast Pass in March was accompanied by some atrocious weather. Low clouds, fog, drizzly rain and horrible visibility. Perfect weather for photos!

I listened to a lot of Coldplay while processing this. Yellow, in particular. It's been a dark, rainy kind of afternoon here today so it seems pretty appropriate. Check out the link below to see them perform Yellow at the Stade de France. One of my favourite renditions.

COLDPLAY live 2012 - Yellow (piano intro) - Full HD

#mistymonday  by +Martin Rak 
#moodymonday by +Philip Daly, +Annelies Jansen 
#mountainmonday  by +Michael Russell 
#naturemonday  by +Rolf Hicker, +Kate Church 
#10000photographersaroundtheworld   by +Robert SKREINER 
#amazinglandscapes  by +Rolf Hicker 
#landscapephotography  by +Margaret Tompkins, +Jim Warthman, +Kevin Rowe , +Tom Hierl , +David Pilasky , +Toshi Nakamura , +David Heath Williams , +Carolyn Lim , +Howard L. Smith , +Kai Kosonen , +Sheila B. DuBois , +Bill Wood 
#newzealandphotography  by +Ben Smith 
#inthelight  by +andi rivarola
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Added photos to LPC Contest # 12: Stormy.
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I'd only posted one image from our China trip last year so I thought it was time for another. This is Panda Lake in the Jiuzhaigou national park in the Szechuan Province. These mountains used to be full of Giant Pandas but there hasn't been a sighting in the wild here for many years.

Scientists have been studying the elusive panda for decades and yet there is so much we still do not know about them. For example, they have stomachs designed for meat, not the long stomach system of grass-eaters, like cows. And yet, at some point, for reasons no one can fathom, they simply lost interest in meat.

How curious.

#minimalmonday by +Olivier Du Tré
#plusphotoextract by +Jarek Klimek
#mistymonday by +Martin Rak, +Misty Monday
#monochromemonday by +Hans Berendsen, +Jerry Johnson, +Manuel Votta, +Steve Barge, +Nurcan Azaz, +Monochrome Monday
#moodymonday by +Philip Daly, +Annelies Jansen, +Moody Monday
#mountainmonday by +Michael Russell, +Mountain Monday
#10000photographersbwmonochrome by +Robert SKREINER, +Joel Tjintjelaar, +Gemma Costa
#bwfineartle by +Joel Tjintjelaar
#monochromeartyclub by +abhishek chamaria
#allthingsmonochrome by +Charles Lupica, +Ludwig Keck, +Brian Cox, +Enrique Pelaez
#monochromeworld by +andi rivarola
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Ah New Zealand, how I've missed thee! I've always been a bit bummed about the fact that I was never really interested in photography during the 13 years that I lived there. Looking back, it seems like such a missed opportunity! Ask any photographer and it will probably be in their top 3 places to shoot in the world. And why not!

Here are 5 reasons why you HAVE to put New Zealand on your photography bucket list:

1. You're never far from water. In fact, you're never more than 128km from the sea and three-quarters of the population live within 10km of a coastline. Seascapes galore!

2. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Auckland alone has more than 50 volcanoes. Makes for some fantastically rugged landscapes.

3. There are no snakes in New Zealand. In fact, humans pretty much have no natural enemies there (bar one poisonous spider that generally keeps to itself). Awesome news for the photographer who likes a little off-the-beaten-track action.

4. The South Island is one of the best places in the world to shoot the Milky Way. In fact, the Aoraki Mackenzie reserve is one of only 3 gold-rated dark sky reserves in the world.

5. It rains.. a lot! There was even a cyclone when we were there. Rainclouds aren't usually great for holidays but they sure make for fantastic photos!

Speaking of clouds, here's one from Wanaka that has none! Out of our 5 days in the South Island, I only missed 1 sunrise, and that happened to be the one with all the clouds! Oh well, can't win them all.

#mountainmonday by +Michael Russell
#naturemonday by +Rolf Hicker, +Kate Church
#treetuesday by +Christina Lawrie, +Allan Cabrera, +Kim Troutman
#10000photographersaroundtheworld by +Robert SKREINER
#amazinglandscapes by +Rolf Hicker
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky
#newzealandphotography by +Ben Smith
#plusphotoextract by +Jarek Klimek
#themagicoflight by +Ray Bilcliff, +Hamid Dastmalchi, +Paul Stein
#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Best Top Photographer Group
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Somewhere Only We Know

This is Skogafoss, on the southern coast of Iceland, my favourite waterfall in the world! Probably one of the most photographed too. And why not! Look at it!

On a complete sidenote, I've only just discovered the joys of Spotify. I think they've recently done away with the limits on the free accounts, which is awesome! It's nice having such a massive library of songs at my fingertips. If you're not as slow as I am, and are already on it, feel free to add me (

What's everyone listening to nowadays?

I leave you with a verse from one of my favourite songs, by Keane. Forgotten, but recently rediscovered. I was listening to this lots while I processed this image and I think the song fits the image aesthetic quite nicely. Hope you're all having a good one!

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

#FineArtPls curated by +Marina Chen
#LandscapePhotography (+Landscape Photography) curated by +Margaret Tompkins
#MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) curated by +Hans Berendsen +Charles Lupica +Jerry Johnson +Manuel Votta +Steve Barge +Nurcan Azaz
#MoodyMonday curated by +Philip Daly
#10000photographersaroundtheworld by +Robert SKREINER
#PlusPhotoExtract by +Jarek Klimek
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