Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spread Thy Wings.. Let them Dry :)

Little Cormorant Again!! This time with better wing texture!
Press L for better view of the wings!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Opps... (Blue Throat Robin.. female)

Lovely pose and head turn one would say.. but you know what the bird is saying.. "hay dude.. can i have some privacy for my natural needs??"

Bird Name: Blue Throated Robin (Female).. wish to capture the male in breeding plumage SOME DAY!!

Comments / suggestions please!
shot taken 2 seconds before the main shot! Now you see where the Opps is coming from?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Wet, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

This kingfisher came out of water and sat besides me... (and for that.. i was laying motionless on this REALLY DIRTY spot for 15-20 mins.. or more!) This is a full-frame picture with 300 mm.

Vaibhav had tole me that you can kill all defects of a slow-small zoom lens by going as near to the bird as possible... if i was any closer than this.. i would have cut some part of the bird! :)

And the results speak (not patting my back here!).. but i am impressed that sigma 70-300 can capture the textures on the back and the "wet" feathers on the belly!!

Thanks Vaibhav for all the tips.. i am trying to implement them as much as i can!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Wanted to capture the brilliant yellow colors of this wagtail for a few months. This was first time i could reach near enough to capture good amount of details with Sigma 70-300! This is a full-frame shot! (that tells how near i was!)

See couple of other interesting poses it gave me in the comments!

BTW.. it get confusing whether its a Yellow Wagtail Or Citrine Wagtail... following two links should help!
Yellow Wagtail :
Citrine Wagtail :

Considering the black head i concluded that its a Yellow Wagtail.. the experts can correct please!

2. Standing Tall

3. Side view


Symmetry, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Sometimes reflections bring more to the shot than the original subject alone..

ID Please!

Shot at Kavadi last week.

Colorful end of the day

Colorful end of the day, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Precious.. Very Precious

Precious.. Very Precious, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Soft Box shot with my P&S... taken years back.. hope you like it

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Colorful Reflection

Colorful Reflection, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

real low camera on wire-tablepod
30sec exposure.. simple!

Recommend large view (click on the picture and hit f11)

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Love.. Defined by Diamonds

Love.. Defined by Diamonds, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

That's my ring.. gifted by wify-dear 3 years back (from her hard-earned-money).. very precious for me..

Happy Valentines Day :)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ready to Catch Food

Ready to Catch Food, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

This web was invisible till i almost went through it. The morning sun rays lit it with colors when i was inches away from blowing it away in my path. A quick few steps back, manual focus and steady hands.. that's all that was required.

Getting the background & the glare right was difficult... this one looks better but i have one more with colorful bokeh in comments

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FFF - Finding Food in Fog

FFF - Finding Food in Fog, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Do you see the other end of the river? :) Yes.. it was very very foggy & misty morning

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hope in my eyes & You can help

We visited
"Saraswati Anath Shikshan Ashram" on Friday 4th Feb.

it was a great experience to see 50+ children taken care of by a dedicated guy, who at one point of time was abandoned on Pune Railway Station when he was a child! Currently he works as a laborer and still has no complaints to take care of 50+ kids.

It was very humbling experience to visit this small place in really poor area in Dapodi.

two small room shared by 40 kids on bunker beds and still being "happy" was very humbling experience!
very humbling experience.

I don't want to make it a sales pitch.. but if any of you can help.. please extend the help (to these guys or anyone like them).

Regarding this guy in the photo.. he was so affectionate that that he hugged almost everyone of us.. and boy.. the warmth of his hug is still with me.. and will remain.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Caught in the flight

Caught in the flight, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Humm... that clarity and focus on bird-in-flight with sigma... i am impressed with the lens... and in spite of it misfiring many times, occasionally it gives away things like these which are priceless.

OK.. enough of "self-praise"... now tell me whether the photo is really good?

I see some problems like background not very clear etc.. which were out of my control (which still means its not a perfect shot :D).

Come on guys.. go ahead.. say something!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Guarding the Shop

Guarding the Shop, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Shifting gears!! Will be uploading a series of village portraits i did last month.

Let's see if my friends like it.

Review comments PLEASE!! Trying to learn portraits.. so please help!