Tawny Coster

I saw this Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) butterfly on a dry twig on the same evening I was photographing kites I wrote about in my last blog. I was carrying my Canon EOS 5D mark II fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM + Canon EF 2X II Extender. This 600mm rig was … Read more Tawny Coster

Flying Kites

Small Indian Kites with Grasshopper

That Sunday evening I was strolling with my Canon EOS 5D mark II fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM & Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. Focusing with 5D Mark II was not as efficient as 7D. It used to hunt before getting proper focus. I saw small bush fire nearby. People here … Read more Flying Kites

Moodabidri Kambala 2011

I had earlier posted a time table of Kambala a traditional water buffalo race in muddy waters, held from December till March. It is the native sport of Tulu Nadu region of South India. Kambala is traditionally a simple sport. The ‘Kambala track’ used for muddy field filled with slush. The contest generally takes place … Read more Moodabidri Kambala 2011

Varnali – An Odissi Performance

After the Sarod Trio I had opportunity to photograph Odissi performance called Varnali by Rudraksh Foundation of Bubaneshwar. Varnali, a word taken from Sanskrit, signifies a tumultuous range of colors. True to its name, the Odissi dance performance showed fluid, colorful and graceful movements accompanied by a great choreography. Challenges in taking photographs of a … Read more Varnali – An Odissi Performance

Mesmerising Sarod Trio

Amaan Ali Khan

Yesterday I attended the second day of the week-long Alva’s Virasat 2011 cultural extravaganza organized in Shobhavana, Mijar by Alva’s Foundation. I witnessed splendid Sarod Trio by musical maestros Padma Bhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and was ably assisted on Tabla by Pandith Vijay Ghate. The concert began by … Read more Mesmerising Sarod Trio

Male Pied Paddy Skimmer

Male Pied Paddy Skimmer(Neurothemis tullia)

I found this Male Pied Paddy Skimmer(Neurothemis tullia) dragonfly on a late evening. I tried shooting him with my 300mm f 2.8 lens thinking that he will fly off if I approach closer. The results of 300mm were not good as light had faded and I had to resort for a shallower depth of field … Read more Male Pied Paddy Skimmer