The super long hiatus has finally ended! It feels good to be back to photography and to the blog. A lot has been going on at my end over the past few months with work and family. I did squeeze in enough time for travel and photography, but before I talk more about that, here’s a mobile shot I took while on vacation in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies about a week ago. I will post a couple of write-ups detailing some aspects of my travel to Canada along with more images soon.
So my past few months of keeping away from the blog and photography, can only be described as a case of being socially mute and nothing more. It’s amusing to notice how an individual’s, or more specifically, an artist’s weekly social imprint has become a yardstick to measure his/her passion and commitment towards art. So, I wasn’t surprised when I was asked multiple times as to why I wasn’t shooting pictures anymore. Some even mentioned I was hit by a creative burnout! I really wish that was the case, because that would imply I hit a creativity peak. To keep things simple and conversations short, I told them I was taking a break and reassured on bouncing back. But the golden truth is I never actually took a break from doing what I love to do. In fact, during the past few months, I traveled more than I usually do and shot even more images in each trip.
A few weeks ago, I was at Sutro Baths in San Francisco for the sunset. I headed there from my work place along with two other photographers after the California-based weather forecasting service Escaype estimated a good cloud burn along the coast. Our initial target was to reach Rodeo Beach, but we were caught in the heavy evening traffic and realized we wouldn’t be able to get there before sunset. So we drove to Sutro Baths instead, reaching the spot well before the sunset.
Sutro Baths were a privately owned public swimming pool complex in the Lands End area of San Francisco. It once stood as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool, but was burned down in the 60s and is now in ruins. The ruins are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Walking along the ruins, we reached the rocky beach, joining another photographer, all looking for a good composition of the sea stacks
Before/After Post Processing
On the first day of our travel to Alaska, last September, we planned to hike on a glacier. The very thought of it was exciting and we were eager to experience this incredible feeling. We landed in Anchorage late into the night and missed collecting the keys of our rental car before the counter closed. Certainly not the best start to the trip, but were glad to have an airport pick up arrive from our hotel stay. It felt chilly and there was a slight drizzle which gradually picked up as we got to our room. The reception lady told us that the first shower of snow occurred the previous week (last week of August) higher up in the mountains. So, make sure to pack clothes that would keep you warm and dry even during the summer and fall months while heading to the Last Frontier. If you are staying in Anchorage, I recommend this hotel which has comfortable double-bed rooms with an additional sofa bed for reasonable nightly rates. The stay also provides a complimentary breakfast.
A few of you who follow me on Facebook would be knowing about my online collaboration with Oru Photo, a photography venture based out of Chennai, India. In March 2015, while I was contemplating how to bring my works into mainstream social media, I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Samba and Mahesh, co-founders at Oru Photo, who cleared my doubts and inhibitions about social platforms and also offered me a chance to showcase some of my work on their channel. Their idea of creating a collaborative photographic platform showcasing different genres was immensely appealing to me. I have always looked towards other photographers for newer perspectives and inspiration, even while having a vision and taste of my own all along. The fact that everyone in the team were enthusiastic about learning, willing to experiment and share their experiences was reassuring for a beginner like me to join them on the fun ride. And all along, the entire team has been extremely supportive and encouraging, for which I am enormously thankful.