Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy: Quick but Good Photographs, Part 1

Sometimes you need the best equipment in the world. Sometimes you need to be lucky in capturing a moment. Other times you need to travel to far away places. Sometimes you chase bad weather, and at other times you wait patiently for a specific beam of sunlight. But there are certain kinds of photographs that turn out good, no […]

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The Hunt for White February

  Back in March 2006, as the (then) typical mid-winter storm hit the Sierra Nevada mountains one Saturday morning, we decided to quickly pack up our camera gear and head out to Yosemite Valley to capture it. Route 140 being an all-season highway into the park made things easier, and the singular cop near Mariposa didn’t […]

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Explore The Elements Photoblog Competition

I came across an #ExploreTheElements photo-blogging contest from Thomas Cook where photo-bloggers are being asked to publish photographs they’ve taken which best represent one of the four elements – Air, Water, Earth and Fire. All the elements are open to interpretation, so one can be free to take a picture of anything one feels showcases their element. I have found some photo-bloggers […]

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Possessing Beauty

  There are a few places on Earth that captivate you to the point of blissful surrender. Whether it was the Angel Glacier appearing spiritually from behind dark stormy clouds in Jasper or the local singer lamenting his long lost motherland in the middle of a hot summer diner in Belgrade, these images are personal, private and […]

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The Accidental Game of Thrones at Osuna

While planning our trip across Andalusia, we decided to stay in some of the smaller White Villages that dot the region, sprawling and tumbling over sandstone-colored hilltops. Some of the notable ones – like Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda – were too big for our intent, but since we were traveling with kids, we didn’t want […]

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Planet Naboo and Star Wars

  Every once in a while when your expectations are least, you get pleasantly surprised. Tour bus trips generate the least expectations from the photography point of view. While I enjoy the friendly banter, historical knick-knacks, and sometimes even crave the mind-numbing drive-me-anywhere carefree nature of these trips, I know deep inside that this is my […]

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Pueblo Blancos

Built around the 3rd to 2nd century BC by the Romans, the Pueblo Blancos of Andalusia are spectacular whitewashed towns and villages that dot the steep slopes of the mountains of Andalusia between the Atlantic in the west and the Mediterranean extending eastward. Each town is characterized by their Roman wall ruins dating back to the 2nd century BC, […]

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Horse carriage along the Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

The Grinch who stole Photography

  It was Christmas Eve in Seville. A smattering of tourists were soaking in the last few hours before the city essentially shut down for the biggest family day of the year. As he dropped us at Plaza Espana, our young Italian cab driver warned us – “In another two hours, you won’t get a taxi […]

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Fog-breathing Fire-Dragon

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. Don Quixote said to his squire, “… Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them …” “What giants?” asked Sancho Panza, “Those over there are not […]

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Cafe Madrid

  El Paseo – or the post-dinner walk. A centuries old Spanish tradition, being morphed and expanded in scope into what is now commonly known as Tapas bar hopping. But it was more than that. It was a way for Spaniards to walk out and socialize, especially in the long summer months. It was a way for […]

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El Albaicin

The view of the Alhambra from Albayzin in Granada with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada looming in the backdrop is one of the most magical sights of Andalusia, Spain. Granada, with the Alhambra, was the last stronghold of the 700 year long Moorish (Muslim) rule of Spain that finally ended the same year Columbus sailed from […]

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Venezia at Dawn

For all the bustling and bursting at the seams that Venice experiences throughout the hot and muggy day and long into the warm yet pleasant nights way past midnight, it is the silent spiritual mornings that stir your soul. With over 22 million visitors a year, the number surges to more than 80,000 visitors a […]

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