Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Travel Photography – My Journey So Far (Part Two)

I am SO excited to bring the second part of my travel photography journey so far. If you haven’t checked out the first part, here it is Travel Photography – My Journey So Far (Part One).


When I bought my first camera (Nikon L1 digital point-and-shoot), I went to Shimla for an exclusive photography expedition. I still remember it fondly, because it was my first taste of travel photography. Most of the photographs that I clicked on that trip were inspired by travel magazines and coffee-table books. I wanted to test myself if I had a flair for photography.


I have always been fascinated by travel and photography, so when I gave myself a chance to merge both, I felt a sense of freedom within me. I am one of the few fortunate people who are able to do what they really want to do. I think freedom is an individual’s most prized possession, which most of us fail to use. Both travel and photography are very liberating. 


The Himalayas seen from Shimla – This was my first photograph that was purchased from my collection on Visageimages (Indian delegate of Gettyimages).


I was eager to visit Viceregal Lodge aka Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla. I had seen its picture in one of the travel magazines. I wanted to visit it and click a similar picture.


This is one of my favorite photographs - sunset in Shimla seen from the Ridge. 


Delhi Half Marathon - This one is special as it won me a certificate in Delhi Picture Perfect Contest, which was judged by ace photographer Raghu Rai.


Nainital was the first destination where I really enjoyed photography - my camera gloated over the bare-branched trees, blue serene lake and the colourful boats.

  
It's NOT a perfect shot, but I still love it for its vibrancy. I was excited to take such a shot where I could frame the lake with something colorful.


Raj Bhavan Castle in Nainital - It's one of my favorite photos.


Kilbury - It's a place near Nainital. I owe this shot to my mother who insisted that I get down the car and take the photograph. 


This one was taken on the road trip from Nainital to Delhi. It was one of the most scenic routes I have seen so far.


This is one of my most favorite photographs. I liked capturing the quintessential elements of Mumbai - the taxi, the pigeons and the iconic Gateway of India.


This is how Mumbai looks in the morning - so quiet and fascinating. I love this photograph!


Juhu Beach - These kids cajoled me to capture this moment, so if you like the picture, I owe it to them.


Marine Drive in the evening - I stopped by to take this shot while I was on my way to the airport. I simply gasped at the sight.


Sydney - My first international trip


Darling Harbor in Sydney - A place that tantalized the photographer in me.


Sydney Opera House - I loved clicking this spontaneous shot from the ferry.


The Twelve Apostles - This was the last quick shot that I took before I was scolded by my guide for not leaving the site. 


Golden Temple in Amritsar - It was one of the sites where the photographer in me beamed like a child.


Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur - First trip with my SLR (shot mostly in auto mode).


I personally like this shot. I captured the Lake Palace from the security guard's room to give it an interesting perspective. I don't know if it appeals to many, but I like it.


Thar Desert - It was my dream to photograph a desert. I wouldn't say that I did my best, but it was a good attempt. I am yet to take some brilliant shots of a desert.


It was one of the spontaneous shots taken the moment my camel riders left me.


Golden Fort in Jaisalmer - I like the way light falls on the fort's passageway. The peculiarity about the walls is that its colour turns golden yellow when embraced by the sunshine.


Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur - One of my favorite shots.


One of my favorite sunset shots - The Blue City in Jodhpur.


Dandeli - A modest gem in North Karnataka. It was my most satisfying photography trip ever.


I love capturing reflections. This is one of my favorite shots from Dandeli.


I tried hard to capture Charminar along with the bangles. I think I managed to some extent.

I enjoyed sharing my FAVORITE travel photographs from my lens. (There were many that I had to skip due to lack of space.) 

Did you enjoy my travel photography journey? Which one is YOUR favorite?

38 comments:

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    1. Thanks Rachel :) I'm glad to hear that! (Though I have to go a long way in photography).

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  2. Nice work! I really like the sunset shot over Shimla, and that of the man dressed in gold in Amristar. :)

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    1. Thanks Audrey :) Yes, that Shimla sunset shot is my favorite too, and that Amritsar pic is a hit with everybody!

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  3. Nice photoz...really enjoyed it..you are too good with the camera. Keep clicking.


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  4. Great shots Renuka. I missed the first part but I can see from these photos that they have come out nicely. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Shalu :) Welcome to my blog!

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  5. Wow, fantastic photos! I like the Lake Palace photo as well :)
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    1. Thanks Frank :) Yeah, the Lake Palace one is my favorite too!

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  6. Superb shots renuka ......its difficult to choose one but after seeing your photos of Nainital , I think i should too plan a trip , it looks so beautiful through your lens :)

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    1. Thanks so much :) Yeah, Nainital is prettier than what you see through my lens!

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) I enjoyed compiling my best so far!

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  8. What abeautiful set of photographs. I loved the Shimla ones a little more than everything else.

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    1. Thanks Mridula :) I'm glad to hear that! Shimla pictures are a little closer to my heart, because they were my first raw attempt at photography.

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  9. Amazing photos, great use of colour, love it! The first one of Thar desert is great and I love the pigeons in front of the Gateway to India. Fantastcis travel photography!

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrew :) I love capturing colors, and yes, that Gateway of India photo is one of my best.

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  10. Nice pics. I liked the Golden Temple shot - well composed. I'd suggest you tone down the color saturation in your images. Cheers ... Srini.

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    1. Thanks Srinivas :) Yeah, the color saturation can make the image look too artificial. I'll keep that in mind.

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  11. loved reading and seeing all the pics... Beautiful images ! Charminaar n the bangles , n taxi n pigeons !! too good :-)

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Fantastic pictures. Looks amazing; love the camel pictures! Great shots!!

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    1. Thanks Marsha :) Yeah, the camel photos came out well!

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  13. I love these amazing postcards. They really make me wanna visit the place. Let me tell you that my favourite one is sunset in Shimla seen from the Ridge - absolutely amazing!

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    1. Thanks Agness :) I also love that Shimla sunset one!

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  14. Thsoe are some beautiful pictures.. Shimla-nainital- amritsar are indeed beautiful .. sydney toooooooo

    Bikram

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  15. Hey Renuka,

    What a post! I really liked the pictures. :-)

    Regards,
    Vijay

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    1. Thanks Vijay :) Glad you liked them!

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  16. Woww.. your photographs are faboulous, and the places look so beautiful. I feel like going there right now.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi :) These photos show my journey as a travel photo enthusiast.

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