Into the Fog

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A group of tourists head through the fog towards the island on Bhimtal Lake
October is generally sunny and pleasant in the Uttarakhand Hills. However, this year the rains have tapered into October and the fog is still rolling into the hills.
This picture is taken in Bhimtal, a picturesque lake nestled among dense jungles of Kumaon. Bhimtal is starting to become a popular destination away from the crowds of Nainital which has traditionally been more popular among the tourists.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 42mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Concentration

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3 Shots Bourbon playing at KnightsBridge Apt

Canon 85/1.8 is one of my favorite lenses. On a crop sensor camera it gives a perfect portrait lens focal length. Over the years it has given me some great keepers of my kids.

Since I started using Olympus micro 4/3 system, I have had little chance to use it given the need to use manual focusing. At a recent event in my apartment, I decided to give it a try.

Focus peaking functionality is god send for this kind of usage and I made full use of it.

As is the norm in such events, the lighting was tough (color version). The camera and lens did a great job. Not to mention that the event itself was a lot of fun too.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens with mechanical adapter
Exposure: 85mm, F/1.8, 1/800s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Drive-by Blessings

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A truck  stops to allow its passengers take blessings from the gods.
One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem.
I stopped on the side of the road admiring the rolling hills and serenity of the moment. Suddenly a truck rose out of a dip on the road and stopped in front of the three Gompas. The occupants bowed to the gods seeking blessings.
It must’ve taken me around half a minute to pull out the camera and point towards the truck. By that time I had missed the heads bowed in devotion and the truck’s quick stop was over.

As the truck  crossed me, it stopped again trying to figure out what I was doing on that lonely stretch of back road. A nod, a smile, a friendly wave and both parties moved on in opposite directions.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 55mm, F/7.1, 1/3200s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

A Foggy Venture

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A lone boatman rows into fog heading towards the island on Bhimtal Lake
October is generally sunny and pleasant in the Uttarakhand Hills. However, this year the rains have tapered into October and the fog is still rolling into the hills.
This picture is taken in Bhimtal, a picturesque lake nestled among dense jungles of Kumaon. Bhimtal is starting to become a popular destination away from the crowds of Nainital which has traditionally been more popular among the tourists.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 39mm, F/5.6, 1/400s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Red Carpet Treatment

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Tea Estates of Valparai during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai.
As the road snakes down towards Sholayar Dam from Valparai, there are beautiful tea gardens flanked by dense forests. Being the fag-end of monsoon season, the clouds played hide ‘n seek with the mountains.

Dotting the gardens are these African Tulip Tree (Spathodea), which were in full bloom at this time.

As the flower falls, they carpet the underlying area with an assortment of flowers in various state of decay, weaving a pattern on the ground.
Above is a path that curved below the trees.
𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀
𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮: Olympus E-M10ii ,
𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘀: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲: 42mm, F/8.0, 1/100s, ISO1000
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)