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It was a windy afternoon when we made our way to the entrance of the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of the beautiful Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. If the name doesn't ring a bell, its probably because you have perhaps only seen the church in all its glory: a beautiful blue lake in the background with snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps rising behind it.

Unfortunately, that promised glory never came. Instead of clear skies, all we got were grey moody clouds. Instead of a blue lake and snow-capped peaks, all we got were choppy grey waves and no peaks whatsoever. So I had to make do with what I got and I opted to create a stormy rendition of this wind-blasted place.

Lake Tekapo
Mackenzie Country, NZ

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Bliss, an ethereal statue of a dancing woman, once showcased its beauty to the revelers of the 2010 Burning Man festival before it moved to the open promenade of Treasure island. It delighted visitors and locals alike with its graceful shape and kaleidoscopic lighting. And I paid homage to its mesh of steel and fiberglass on every visit to this island away from San Francisco.

It has survived here for 4 long years, braving the cold, the salt, the wind, the heat and the people. And now, it has finally bid adieu, having had enough of the salt which has corroded it from the inside.

Farewell Bliss. Farewell.

Treasure Island
CA USA

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As I made my way deeper into the slot canyon, I twisted and contorted my body to fit the curvy outlines of sandstone fins and striated walls of the canyon. While it would have been easy to do it normally, trying to do so with a camera bag in one hand, and the camera and tripod in the other was no easy task.

But I required the camera - I was in the bowels of Lower Antelope Canyon, a sandstone slot canyon in the Antelope wash, just before the wash teamed up with the Colorado River. Every turn I took in the wash revealed new patterns and new photographic compositions that made progressing down the slot canyon very hard.

Here is one such composition of one of the twisted and striated slots in the canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon
AZ USA

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Thanks for the great comment +Production Paradise
Trying to narrow my mind to create an abstract image while there are so many opportunities was quite a challenge. But in the end, it paid out.

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Taking it all in

The sun slowly appeared from behind the clouds, letting loose a tiny sliver of light that illuminated the vast hole in the ground in front of me.  That hole was the canyon formed by the Colorado River (south of the Glen Canyon Dam) as it cuts a horse-shoe shape in the red sandstone in this part of canyon country.

That sliver of light illuminated the saturated reds and the deep yellows lining the sheer walls of the canyon. And that light moved quickly, a consequence of the elastic clouds shaping and reshaping over the horizon. I shot a few photos, but was waiting and hoping for the grand finale - the sun just starting to set behind the distant peaks.

And my patience paid off. In its last few minutes, the sun slowly sank behind the distant mountains and wishing goodbye to the rest of us. I tried to capture a single photo to take it all in, a photo showing the sun-stars, the grand U-shape of the horse-shoe bend and the mighty walls of the canyon all around, resulting in this image.

Horseshoe Bend
AZ USA

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Seeing the winter rains in the Bay Area that were so promising last month, fizzle out to nothingness this month was sorely disappointing. Even the vegetation all around in the Bay Area, which had been parched for the last 3 years, were eagerly expecting more water. So much so that when the first rains hit the Bay Area in December, all of them put out a lush green welcome mat for the rain. But none was to be seen this month.

Nevertheless, the green carpet also provided a welcome respite from the golden yellow that I so used to seeing. Hence, when I got the opportunity last weekend to stretch my legs, I headed out to Sunol wilderness to hike in solace in the East Bay Hills. And what a hike it was: rolling hills with green grass, fog-covered peaks, beautiful yellow lighting and the cacophony of mooing cows all combined to form a evening.

Just around sunset, I rounded a corner in the trail and came across a small rise in the trail, where a couple of dead tree branches looked out longingly towards the setting sun. Positioning a grad-ND filter to control the tonal range, I captured the scene.

Sunol Regional Wilderness
CA USA


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The weather stations had called for a 100% chance of rain along the coast for the entire weekend. And so, on the long drive out to the coast, not a moment passed without a critique about the adverse conditions and about how it was a wasted weekend. But thankfully, the weather gods redeemed themselves.

But I didn't know that. Not until I actually checked in to the hotel and settled down a bit. It was only then that the storms cleared out. And it was not a moment too soon - it was just an hour to sunset.

And off I dashed - capturing the warm evening glow of the rocks and cliffs, the waves that crashed those cliffs, the blue waters churning at the rocks, the glistening green grass still moist from the rain and the seemingly fresh aura all around.

I wish time flies more slowly when photographing, but the sun doesn't wait for anyone and before I knew it, it was already making its way down the horizon to meet Earth's next day. As I made my way along the coast, I came across a rustic old barn, its wooden sheets weathered from decades of braving the rough coast. The sloping lines of the barn, the rickety picket fence, the green glow on the grass and the wonderful sunbeams from behind the sun all made for a memorable scene.

Sea Ranch Inn
CA USA


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Full moon in the early summer of every year almost always finds me wandering around in Yosemite National Park in the wee hours of the night, hopping from waterfall to waterfall in search of elusive moonbows - rainbows that show their faces at night.

Almost every year.

Unfortunately, this year, the lack of melt-water and other situations created a blocker in me visiting the National Park this spring. This particular image was from April 2013 when early snowmelt in the Sierras created a gushing waterfall at Lower Yosemite Falls, with the spray just right to create a tinge of a double rainbow.

Here is to hoping I get to see another moonbow this year.

Yosemite National Park
CA USA

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Hiking amidst 300ft tall 1000+ year old coastal redwoods can instill a great sense of awe in mother nature. You start to admire the amazing evolution that led the redwood to grow ever so tall and stand out amongst others in the old growth forest. You start to admire the massive girth of the trunk that so efficiently channels water and nutrients up to the tiny leaves above. You start to admire the nature that it leaves as it dies and falls down, returning back to the earth what it took.

At one such old-growth forest, I spent an eternity marveling at the tall canopy and another eternity admiring the lush vegetation that covered the undergrowth. I found a green veneer of fresh spring clovers that lent a nice hue to the normally dark brown forest floor. Here is one such sample.

Muir Woods National Monument
CA USA

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Waves of Green

It was early morning in the Palouse region of eastern Washington state. As I watched the light and shadow play with the undulating green terrain, I got to observe how the transient lighting  highlighted features, like this grove of trees, just for a moment, as though shining a spotlight, before moving on and transforming that feature into obscurity (until the next patch of light came).

It was quite a fun game, trying to predict where the motion of the clouds would cause the light to strike next. Nevertheless, it was quite mesmerizing to watch this lightplay from atop the elevated lookout point that was Steptoe Butte.

Palouse
WA USA

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A Skagit Spring

The word Tulip festival brings to (most) people's minds the colorful landscape of kaleidoscopic patterns of flowers set amidst beautiful windmills and delightful canals as part of the dutch rural landscape.

But being stateside, I couldn't afford the time or the money to go there. So I had to settle with Skagit Valley, a vast agrarian landscape in the Pacific Northwest that farms tulips, daffodils and irises in similar fashion. And it is complete with fake windmills and dutch B&Bs to attract the local tourists.

And boy does it get crowded. For those two to three weekends every year, the population seems to swell tenfold. Getting a photographic composition without people in the frame is the real challenge when composing a scene here.

Nevertheless, I managed to get a few snaps of the colorful tulips during my daytrip there. Here, I tried to capture the layers of different colors receding into the horizon, blurring the background to hide away the humanity.

Skagit Valley
WA USA

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Its winter in Yosemite once again, but unlike a winter where Yosemite valley is replete of snow and ice and everything nice, the valley now is devoid of any good snow cover, leaving the meadows barren and the trees a skeleton of their former selves.

In a good year, the valley looks like a winter wonderland - a carpet of white stretching from one tall granite wall to another, hiding away the footprints and traces of the previous year and providing a whole new backdrop for nature lovers. Such is my fascination with a white Yosemite that I have never missed a winter trip and have always been rewarded with good conditions.

However, this year, the dry weather in the lower elevations have left both the nature in Yosemite valley and the photographer in me parched for some snow. While the solitude that the season brings with it is still there, it seems as though this special place has been deprived of a unique magical element.

Yet, even in such conditions, there are times where I manage to sneak in a good image. I was waiting for the clouds to light up near Yosemite Village (around the time I ran into +Joe Azure  and +Sankar Salvady ) and during a particularly still moment, the entire scene came together: dramatic fog hanging over the granite monoliths, the dark pine trees rising up from behind the barren white trunks of the aspens lining up on the shore and a calm shoreline that provide a clear reflection. It was a beautiful place for a quite moment of contemplation that day.

Yosemite National Park
CA USA

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Sunsets in the late spring are not particularly noteworthy in the Bay Area of California. The dew point drops low enough that the valley gets enveloped in a layer of fog. So it was inevitable when I went that evening up the slopes of Mission peak that sunset would be a lackluster affair.

However, I was in for a surprise. The layer of fog opened up just enough that the evening light started lighting up the valley and reflecting in the salt flats of the Bay. This combined with the lush green grass at Mission peak made for a very memorable landscape scene in the middle of a busy urban area.

Combining multiple exposures to get the tonality just right, I composed this scene to highlight the colorful lichen on an old rock lying along a trail.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve
CA USA

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

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