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Hiking out of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, the transient lighting that afternoon yielded beautiful vistas of sun-drenched farmlands and cloud-kissed mountains.

The going was tough especially with  steep climbs in sweltering heat and unbearable humidity, skeeters and midgets waiting at every junction to feast on your blood, slippery trail conditions to challenge even the most well-balanced hiker, and many more.

Yet, the rewards were plentiful. It was a natural detox after spending months in urban surroundings, and the sense of camaraderie one develops with fellow hikers and with the guides is unsurpassed. And, of course, the photographic opportunities were beyond par.

While I did not want to leave that beautiful scene on the way out, after 4 days in the jungle, I was ready to get back to civilization and enjoy the creature comforts of modern life.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Magdalena Colombia

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The main entrance of Mammoth Caves National park is quite unassuming, and quite beautiful. I remember walking through verdant greenery, replete with melodious chirps of passerines and the soothing sound of gurgling waters. Time slowed down here, and despite the heat, the mellow atmosphere and the lush vegetation went a long way in cooling me down.

But beneath all this unassuming forest in central Kentucky lies hidden the largest cave system in this country, and I was making my way to the maw of Mother Earth, ready to descend down into her heart through sinuous caves, gargantuan caverns and some incredible geology. As I approached the entrance, all I observed was this hole in the earth, with a dark and damp staircase snaking its way down.

A sudden draft of cold air from the inside was a soothing relief to my overheating body, but it gave me a moment to pause and take in this surroundings, both with my eyes, and with my camera.

Mammoth Caves National Park
KY USA

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The Black Forest of Germany, while not wild uninhabited wilderness like the grand forested regions of Canada and Russia, is still a picturesque, bucolic alternative to the densely populated urban regions of the country. And in a way, its beauty is enhanced, not diminished by gentle anthropomorphic changes, whether it be rustic villages scattered on its many hillsides, tiny barns with serene ponds or flower-strewn meadows on rolling landscapes.

I looked forward to every turn on that windy mountain road that brought about new vistas, and for every cloud that added to the shimmering ephemeral glow of the grassy meadows and reflective ponds. I yearned for all the hiking paths that I could see disappearing into the clouds of the Schwarzwald.

As I made my way from one village to another, I was enthralled by the pastoral nature of the landscape. One such spot between St. Peter and St. Morgan was lit by a fleeting ray of light, highlighting an old barn set amidst a green meadow thereby riveting my attention to this beautiful scene. I realized I had to stop and capture the moment before it was gone, hence freezing that instance of time.

Sankt Morgan
Baden-Wurttemberg Germany

#blackforest #landscapes #europe #travelphotography #schwarzwald #rayoflight
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With the fall foliage in peak and my creative eye itching for some action, I took a look back in my archives to relive my prior year adventures in fall colors photography. One such adventure was to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

I had always dreamt of capturing a waterfall surrounded by the reds and yellows of the maples and oaks. And one such waterfall that leaped out in my research for such a scene was Brandywine falls - a beautiful fan-type waterfall that cascades down multiple rock ledges surrounded by foliage that was just starting to change for the season.

Even my journey to the falls, walking along the 1.5mi long trail to the waterfall, winding its way through a very colorful forest on a rustic boardwalk, with glimpses of the beautiful gorge below, was just amazing. And after half hour of walking, my ears picked up the comforting roar of a waterfall. And soon enough, my eyes spied, through a clearing amidst the yellow foliage, the creek racing down the segmented layers of rock, with a dusting of brown leaves all around.

The setting for this waterfall couldn't be more memorable. I quickly set to work. Anticipating a small clearing in the clouds for sunlight to get through, I captured a few choice exposures of the lovely waterfall and the vegetation around it. One such exposure was this, shot with the help of a neutral density filter.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
OH USA

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My young boy Sathesh How do you do? When I see the overflowing talents like the waterfalls within you it's just amazing that you are almost a Professional but not an amateur Photographer. Your intellegence is all pervasive and I pray the Almighty that you should be blessed to pass on your wonderful and evolving genes to your next generation. I must see it happen in the nearest future. Please do not Betray me much more than your parents who are most eagerly looking forward for a Marital Bliss. 
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It wasn't until my 3rd morning at Banff that the clouds really parted for sunrise. The cloudy and gloomy days prior had put a damper on my spirit and a camera had shot nary a scene. Yet, on this lucky day, when the clouds finally parted, it was setting the stage for a spectacular scene.

I made a beeline to the famed Vermillion lakes in the town of Banff, where all the photographers gather to try their hand at shooting the beautiful range of Mt Rundle rising steeply from the long valley beyond. Thankfully, this early in the summer, I had to share the stage with just two others, providing plenty of peace and quiet to save the slow warming of colors in the sky.

Positioning myself on the pier, battling mosquitoes and the cold temperatures alike, I got to work. Being my first time at the scene, I had to improvise quite a bit based on the lighting, the topography and the amount of place I had to work with. The biggest challenge was trying to get the floating pier steady long enough to capture a sharp scene.

In the end, this composition was one of my favorites, showing the line of clouds lit brightly by the morning sun rising slowly from beyond the peaks.

Banff National Park
AB Canada

#canadianrockies #sunrise #nohdr #vermillionlakes  
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A early fall weekend found me on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Being the tail end of the travel season, the tourist crowd had all but melted away, leaving behind the place of solitude in what was once a throbbing hub of outdoor activity.

As I woke up for sunrise, my eyes spied the correct features in clouds, along with the break in the eastern horizon, thereby setting up for a very colorful sunrise. And I dashed over to Eagle falls, where I had hoped to capture the gush of the falls glowing deep red in the morning light.

The one thing I did not realize was that waterfalls don't exactly gush in fall - they dwindle to a trickle. I hence had to settle for the next best thing - capturing reflections in the small pools remaining behind. And despite that compromise, I was awestruck by the colors and the unique landscape in front of me. The transition from deep reds to orange to yellow as the whole scene lit up was a landscape photographer's delight.

Lake Tahoe
CA USA

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After watching the recent Star Wars - Rogue one film, a friend of mine commented that she was so excited she wouldn't be able to sleep through the night. And that got me thinking about an experience I had had that left me that excited and palpitated - the Northern Lights show I witnessed over the skies of Northern Iceland earlier this year.

I remember that night as vividly as yesterday: a self-cooked meal a beautiful sunny evening on the grassy shores of a gentle fjord, followed by a relaxing soak in an open-air hot tub after a day of miserable weather, gave way to a cool night with clear skies. It was then that a faint glow appeared in the sky, becoming brighter and longer until it was a thick band of dancing green light that stretched horizon to horizon.

The patterns were ephemeral, the intensity continuously alternating, the color constantly shifting, but it all came together to present a visual spectacle that never bored me or the few other brave souls gazing upwards on that cold night. Even though the temperature dropped to single digits (Celsius), the photographer in me never fazed.

At one point, the glow appeared directly overhead, leading to an effect quite like peering into the vortex. The greens give way to the other colors such as purple, pink and red. This is one such exposure from that time.

Saeberg
Iceland

If you want to see this print, you can do so by purchasing my calendar from https://goo.gl/LGJYRk . All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two non-profits whose causes I am very passionate about.

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Couldn't agree more wrt the Northern Lights: pure magic. I traveled to Northern Norway hoping to see them, not even daring considering I might make OK photographs and, indeed, the show was so breathtaking that after photographing them for about an hour, I just stopped and simply enjoyed their dance. I went again the following year and was blessed with two other beautiful nights. Can't wait to do it again.
Oh and I did get some of my fav photographs too ;)

Rogue One, OTOH, wasn't anything worth writing home about.
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The Black Forest of Germany, while not wild uninhabited wilderness like the grand forested regions of Canada and Russia, is still a picturesque, bucolic alternative to the densely populated urban regions of the country. And in a way, its beauty is enhanced, not diminished by gentle anthropomorphic changes, whether it be rustic villages scattered on its many hillsides, tiny barns with serene ponds or flower-strewn meadows on rolling landscapes.

I looked forward to every turn on that windy mountain road that brought about new vistas, and for every cloud that added to the shimmering ephemeral glow of the grassy meadows and reflective ponds. I yearned for all the hiking paths that I could see disappearing into the clouds of the Schwarzwald.

As I made my way from one village to another, I was enthralled by the pastoral nature of the landscape. One such spot between St. Peter and St. Morgan was lit by a fleeting ray of light, highlighting an old barn set amidst a green meadow thereby riveting my attention to this beautiful scene. I realized I had to stop and capture the moment before it was gone, hence freezing that instance of time.

Sankt Morgan
Baden-Wurttemberg Germany

#blackforest #landscapes #europe #travelphotography #schwarzwald #rayoflight
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Announcing my 2017 calendar, featuring landscape and travel photography from Ecuador, Europe, Iceland and the US.
You can purchase the calendar for just $17.99 here: https://goo.gl/LGJYRk

All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two international non-profits, one with a mission to protect earth's environment, and the other with a mission to educate consumers and reduce demand for wildlife products.

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This was one of those sunrises for the books.

Having arrived in Grundarfjordur in the Snaefellsnes peninsula during the eaves of dusk, I really couldn't perceive the beauty that this place had beholden. Nevertheless, I strove to wake up just a few hours later for sunrise, with no expectations of what this peninsula had in store for me.

The sky was still grey as I pulled into the parking lot. With only the early twilight illuminating the serene shapes ahead, I quickly gathered my gear and headed to the shore overlooking the bay across from Kirkjufell, the Church Mountain.

It was a scene unlike any other. And even though I had seen it plastered on so much marketing materials about Iceland, the sight of it in person just took my breath away.

I watched as the light of dawn slowly made its way down the graceful curves of Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) and as the shade of pink in the clouds made its way from the horizon to the foreground. I watched as the absolutely still waters of the bay slowly rose up with the incoming tide, all the while reflecting the beautiful scene in front. I watched as this everyday occurrence of nature enlightened and rejuvenated my own soul.

And that bliss is what I tried to capture in this image.

Kirkjufell
Iceland

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Over the last few weeks, I have had chats with several people about their summer experience in the Bay Area of California, mainly to get an understanding of what they thought of this vibrant region. That led me back to my own attraction to this place. Sure, the thriving career prospects, the people, the food are big draws. But beyond that is the unique combination of the beauty and the bay.

In order to capture this beauty, I had ventured to Treasure Island, offset from San Francisco by a mile-and-a-half of the Bay, on a beautiful spring evening. Here, I could capture the glittering skyline of the city, and the graceful arches of the Bay Bridge. Twilight represented the perfect time to capture a smooth long exposure of this scene without worrying about the sky getting over-exposed. This was the scene that resulted.

And for me, this scene represents the unique juxtaposition of civilization and nature in the heart of a thriving cityscape. And it brings back wonderful memories of my time in the Bay spent exploring the nooks and crannies of the region!

San Francisco
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The night started out ordinary. Ordinary for Iceland, that is.
In reality, I was in a remote hostel in the northern part of the country, winding down from a long day of hiking, driving and sightseeing, by relaxing by body and soul in an open-air hot tub, socializing and waiting for the skies to darken.

It was at that moment that I started to see the faint glow in the nearly cloudless sky. At first, I could not believe my own eyes, before the realization that I was witnessing an auroral display. And as fast as my hands and legs could carry, I was out, drying myself up and getting my gear ready for capturing the display.

And it was quite a show. The dance of the auroras that night was so hypnotizing that neither the freezing winds, nor the numbness in my hands and feet, or the tiredness from the day's activities could deter me. While the initial display was primarily in green, the later ones showed bands of purple and blue. This was one such later exposure, capturing the majesty of the dance of the auroras.

Saeberg
Iceland

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Been to the most of the places but I would have enjoyed more if I revisited with your photos in mind
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Photographer, Traveler, and an occasional engineer in lovely California
Introduction
Talent does what it can.
Genius what it must.

This was the saying scribbled on my hostel / dorm room door back of my undergrad. And I follow it, religiously.

Techie. Computer Lover. Occasional gamer. Bookish. While I am not happily snapping away in my Sony Alpha A99.

But I love the great outdoors. Love Traveling and Love photography.
Bragging rights
Summitted the highest point in the lower 48. Also met with the current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Great Indian eatery in the middle of Iceland. Its spicy dishes were a welcome respite to the cold weather and generally bland food that I had been having The chicken and the lamb dishes are very delicious. There are sufficient vegan options as well for dinner.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The hotel is at a great location, easily accessible by both train and car. The room was comfortable and the automated check-in process was a breeze. The breakfast was also sumptuous and made for a great day for exploring the Black Forest
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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