An Afternoon with a Pied Kingfisher and Nikon 1 Gear

The Equipment. A Nikon 1 V2 camera and a Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens giving an equivalent focal length range of 189-810mm. An small mirrorless camera with a 1 inch sensor but with one of the best Auto-focus and subject tracking capabilities available out there. The Subject. A Pied Kingfisher (Scientific name: Ceryle rudis). Looking Hungry…

The amazing image quality of the Sigma DP2M

The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a tough brick of a camera with a fixed 45 mm lens(35mm Film equivalent) and in its heart has a Foveon Sensor of 16 Mega-pixel resolution. The camera is very simple. ISO 800 is the maximum you can use unless your output is monochrome and in that case you can do…

Tulips Garden of Srinagar …

Continuing from my last post, Here are some more shots of the Tulips Garden in Srinagar, India.Prospective visitors should note that these flowers bloom only for about 15 -30 days in a year. Depending on the temperature, the blooms may be delayed or arrive early, between end of March and early April. It is interesting to…

Tulips with the Ricoh GR

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is situated at the foothills of Zabarwan Range and overlooking the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, India. Opened in 2007, it is encircled by Nishat Bagh and Chatham Shahi Garden from three sides. Adorned by 70 varieties of tulips, the garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Srinagar….

The Balanced Rock

During our visit to Mawlynnong Village in Meghalaya, India ( Please see HERE), we were fortunate to be guided by our Taxi driver to stop at place nearby and visit this unique rock seeming balanced on a small support. This Rock is known as “Mawryngkew Sharatia” in native Khasi language which somewhat translates to “Earth God” and…

Ricoh GR Black and White Series – Dubai

Ricoh GR, f/5.0, 1/125s, ISO 160, Aperture Priority Since my purchase of the Ricoh GR camera in India in 2013, this has become my most carried camera. Along with the Nikon Coolpix A, The Ricoh GR is probably the only large sensor fully pocketable camera available till date. In fact, it was a tough decision…

Mawlynnong Village with the Ricoh GR …

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India located around 90 kms from Shillong. Mawlynnong Village has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other villagers are envy of. The village is quite pretty, especially in the monsoons when there…

Elephanta Falls with the Ricoh GR …

Elephanta Falls is situated at the outskirts of Shillong, the Capital city of the North-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. Hilly road and around 12 kilometers away from Shillong. The original Khasi name(Khasi is the local language of Meghalaya) of Elephanta Falls is -“Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohdiew” meaning ” Three steps of water”. Because there…

Mysore Palace with the Sigma DP-2 Merrill …

Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces. There are about seven palaces inclusive of the famous Mysore Palace.  Mysore Palace refers specifically to the one within the Old Fort. Originally built in the 14th Century by the Wodeyar dynasty and then re-constructed and repaired several times over the years, the current palace had been finished…

Cubbon Park with an i-Phone …

The Cubbon Park is situated near Gandhi Nagar in the heart of Bangalore, India. In 1864, Mark Cubbon, British Vice-Roy at that time initiated the idea that has become a landmark in Bangalore. Covering a space of 250 acres, the Cubbon Park provides sylvan surroundings to the State Legislature building- the Vidhana Soudha and the Karnataka…

Ricoh GR Black & White Series … School kids

School kids are so natural … they have no inhibitions … it is fun shooting them … here are some B&W shots from the excellent Ricoh GR … These photographs were taken at a school in Madhya Pradesh. These are not to be reproduced anywhere without permission. Have a nice day …

Ricoh GR Black & White Series … A Preview

I had been always fascinated with Black & White photographs …when I first started using a camera … it was my father’s camera (Agfa Isolette) and it took rolls of Black & White only containing 12 shots. My association with the the new Ricoh GR has allowed me to experiment with Black & White photography…