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Braided onions

What I thought was braided garlic turned out to be white onions which I only realized after I was done photographing them. Sent by my sister-in-law's uncle from India, I honestly hadn't seen anything like it before (i.e. for onions). The wife decided that this as a subject was the perfect challenge for me to photograph.... I was completely dumbfounded. (>.<) I threw everything from purple gels to huge reflectors at it in the hope of creating something that would impress the wife. Muddled frame of mind usually results in muddled pictures. I was in shambles (photographically) and my time...

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Paris 2014 : Part 2

It was time to head back since I was running out of time. I squeezed my way through the long lines under the Eiffel bridge (which also had scaffolding), sidestepped a few hawkers and waited among a hundred people to cross the road. And that’s when I looked back and up. I stood there taking multiple pictures trying to get the symmetry right which wasn't an easy task with a 200mm non-stabilized tele-photo lens. I like this one. (^_^) I decided to walk the southern bank of the river Seine till the next crossing across just so I could walk through some different scenery while avoiding the crowds...

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Paris 2014 : Part 1

There was an opportunity to travel to France last year that went for a toss thanks to the embassy here not processing my visa on time. A few wasted tickets and 10 months later I was back in line at the visa counters. Fortunately this time I was well equipped and got the visa dealt with on time. It was a short (two nights) work trip to cover the UNESCO -Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture award ceremony which essentially gave me a meager 3 hours to wander around. Staying at the Four Seasons hotel George V inevitably meant the Arc de Triomphe was the closest tourist spot to visit. Unfortunately it was wrapped...

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Sri Lanka 2013 : The Last Day

After an elaborate complimentary breakfast at the Jetwing St.Andrews, we got picked up by our go-to driver Rudan (0777528518) to give us a short tour around Nuwara Eliya before we caught our train to Colombo from Nanu Oya. We let him decide the itinerary with a 5 hour deadline. He picked the PBC (Peradeniya, Badulla, Chenkalady) A5 highway that took us to the Ramboda valley. The Ramboda valley is gorgeous. Waterfalls, tea plantations, streams... would make an interesting trek. The Ramboda falls is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It consists of three section with the middle section...

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SriLanka 2013 : Horton plains

As the clouds began to wrap themselves around us; we made our way down from World's End into the plains. The temperature was rising as the summer sun had started to blaze down on us through the gaps in the clouds. The path aka the Baker's Falls road was even though easy to walk on but had also partially turned into a small stream that would eventually flow into the Belihul Oya. The grasslands were full of insects. You could hear them but it was impossible to spot them especially since they'd go quiet as soon as you approached the general area they were buzzing from. This post is all about...

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