Makarska Swimmers

One of my all-time favorite images is this one I had made on a beautiful summer day in Croatia. I was walking around the tiny port town of Makarska when I came across a local swim team getting ready to do their daily practice laps in the Adriatic Sea. As I got closer to the group, no one took notice except for their (rather loud) instructor who was belting out commands to the group of young swimmers.

I am often drawn by ordinary life scenes in unfamiliar places, and wanted to make an image that told a story about life in this small town. As I framed the shot with the backdrop of the port behind the swimmers, I hoped for that moment when the entire group lined up exactly the way I wanted them.

F/16 @ 1/80s, 50mm at ISO 100

Traveling the Gobi

Driving through Mongolia's Gobi desert is quite an experience.  No roads, no sign and not a soul in sight.  Just huge swaths of empty barren land where direction is guided by tire tracks on the ground. 

Encountering fellow travelers is quite special, if you are lucky that is.  

Last Winter Sunset

I usually don't photograph sunsets. But this was a special one.  The following morning would bring a new season - spring was finally upon us!  A time for renewal and rejuvenation.  Although it doesn't quite feel like it, and winter still seems to linger around, I am looking forward to longer days and enjoying the city's many outdoor activities.  As for shooting sunsets, I will probably wait for the next Manhattanhenge.

Shooting from the Air

At least a few times a year, I jump on a flight between New York and Los Angeles and despite all the hassles of air travel, I look forward to the cross-continental trip. While many of my fellow passengers find ways to pass the time during the long flight, I am usually glued to the window next to my seat watching the world passing by thousands of feet below.

Some of the images I have made over the years have become part of an ongoing series aptly titled New York to Los Angeles. I do not use any special photographic equipment in making these images, but I am careful in choosing airlines' specific flight routes and seat assignments as well as shooting only during extremely short timeframes during a typical flight. 

I am especially excited that these images will be part of a two month show titled At Scale presented by Uprise Art and Sherle Wagner Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas.  For more information about the exhibition, please visit this page.  I hope some of you can make it.

Driving the Crater

The best pictures are often made in bad weather.

It was a stormy day at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and we were driving the 33 mile road that runs along the rim of the caldera. The landscape is nothing less than stunning which definitely poses a challenge to keeping your eyes on the road!  Thankfully, there are places where you can hike up and take in the breathtaking views of the lake and the road that snakes around it. I was lucky to catch the shafts of sunlight filtering through the low clouds as I took this shot.

Shot on Canon 5D Mk III, 23mm F/11 at 1/15sec, ISO 50

Through the Wetlands

I'm a full-time city dweller and rarely do I get to spend enough time in nature. That's probably why I seek every opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors when I'm on the road. Given that it is World Wetlands Day today, I am reminded of my trip to the wetlands in Kerala, India.

It is quite a magical place, where time seems to move at a slow pace. You are surrounded by a canopy of green as you make your way through the narrow waterways that spread like arteries in this vast wetlands area.  There are many ways to see and appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of the Kerala backwaters, but I chose to go the old school route - on a hand powered wooden fishing boat.  As we slowly moved through the stillness of the forest, I took in deep breaths of that oxygen-rich air and began to lose myself to the ripples of the shallow waters.  I can almost hear it if I close my eyes now.  

Shot on Canon 5D, 80mm F/3.2 at 1/100 sec

Reminiscing India

The world's largest democracy celebrates January 26th as the day its constitution came into effect and the country officially became a fully independent republic. This day is symbolic (to say the least) to millions of Indians, however, when I think of symbolic images that I made in India, the one of the Taj Mahal comes to mind first. It was an early winter morning and I wanted to make a picture that not only captured the massive scale of the Taj but also exemplified a distinct sense of place.  The banks of the Yamuna River that runs alongside was the perfect location.  As I was about to set up the shot, I saw two people in the distance who had also come to enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning on the river banks.  I made quite a few images, but this one was definitely my favorite.

Shot on Canon 5D, 200mm F/11 at 1/25 sec

Ice Sculptures

One of the main reasons I chose to travel to Antarctica during its short spring season was the hope of photographing that continent's characteristic yet out-of-this-world ice formations.

During this time of year, the landscape is in the process of transformation as massive sheets of ice melt and create short-lived "ice sculptures", often displaying a hue of colors that range from pure white to the deepest blue. I got lucky when I spotted this formation that was probably carved out of a massive iceberg that was at least 60-75 feet tall, almost the size of a 5 to 6 story building. What made the picture, however, was that brilliant light that perfectly lit its massive arch.

Shot on Canon 5D Mk III, 200mm F/11 at 1/500sec