Maize Tassel

Maize Tassel

I found this male inflorescence of Maize (also known as tassel) in a maize field near Kalache Kambala, Mulki. Setting sun was casting just the right amount of light on this single Maize tassel. with rest of the Maize in darkness it gave a natural darker background. I was really with a rig meant for … Read more

All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing

All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing

Last Saturday I went to photograph the first edition of the ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’ at the Sasihithlu beach. Surfing got underway at 7AM with perfect surfing conditions at the Sasihithlu beach. There was little haze and cloud which later lead to a light drizzle. Pre Monsoon swell of the sea was very … Read more

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II Hands-on

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II

This is a very brief hands-on test of Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II. I am very fortunate to have this lens loaned to me for testing by my good friend Rajashekar Meti, who purchased it on my recommendation when it was introduced earlier this year. Many of my friends had asked me to … Read more

Loten’s Sunbird With Eclipse Plumage

Loten’s Sunbird With Eclipse Plumage

I found this male Loten’s Sunbird Cinnyris lotenius with eclipse plumage at Bondel, Mangalore. The presence of male eclipse phases can be terribly confusing to newcomers but experienced birders generally take them for granted. Now how does the male eclipse comes about? Through moulting of course. After the breeding season the male moults its colourful … Read more

Understanding Camera Metering

Juvenile Oriental magpie-robin

Camera determines the shutter speed and aperture, based on its built in Metering. All in-camera light meters only measure reflected light. The problem with all reflective light meters, is that, the reading they suggest is influenced by two variables. The amount of light reflected from any scene or subject, which is determined by how much … Read more

Indian Roller With Broken Beak

Indian Roller With Broken Beak

Returning from Mangalore, near Gurupura, I noticed this Indian roller, perched on the wire with its upper beak broken off. As the setting sun was shining its amber light on this bird, I wanted to captures its grittiness as well as its beauty. Despite the pretty badly damaged upper beak, bleak outlook many predict for … Read more

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