Turn, turn, turn

Turn, turn, turn
It’s fun to experiment when your camera blanks out the picture it’s showing you. Mine turns off its visual response while it captures the scene in front of it, so when I try out stuff like rotating my camera with longer shutter times, I never know what I’m going to end up with! 🙂

Whoosh!

Whoosh

Unanticipated movement while pressing the shutter? Camera settings goof-up? Accidental click? I have no idea what I tried to click here and what formed the trail in the image. All I can say is that I just can’t bring myself to delete this picture because it’s so unusual! ‘Whoosh!’ is what I hear when I see this. 🙂

I’ve played around with shutter speed and exposure since, but I don’t think I’ve recreated something like this.

Clicked on an evening in Las Vegas.

Lights

Lights
A double exposure using different results that I got while playing with the same lights on different occasions — a primitive light drawing, and a bokeh. Together, they’re magic! 🙂

A view of Dublin

Dublin view… from the Guinness Storehouse.

I used to draw and sketch many years ago, and I’ve been missing it recently. I have some paper out, and there’s a half-formed idea in my head that I’m not able to realize on the paper, and I’ve just nudged it aside until inspiration strikes.

So during post-processing of this photograph, I think I still had it on my mind, and I may have unconsciously veered towards this look. I do like how it looks like a sketch with some watercolors mixed in. I might just leave my original idea be and copy this picture onto paper instead… 🙂

For Monochrome Madness: City.

Temple

Temple

This is at Banteay Srei, Cambodia. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is built of red sandstone, which gives it its beautiful color. I experimented with HDR for this picture, and though I’m not usually a fan of HDR that is at the extreme end, I can’t believe that the more extreme version was the one I liked for this temple! I still don’t really dig the way it looks at the upper edges of the temple. The sky made the edges jarring, and further processing made it seep into them; I retained the seepy version. (I think I should take a tripod with me on my next vacation. Or maybe I should inlay my own sky. 🙂 ) I’m blown away by the details in the rest of the structure, though.

Eventually, I tried this HDR version on a few other architecture photographs that I brought back from that vacation; I liked some, and some I didn’t. I’m still experimenting…

A satisfactory evening

Evening joys
There’s nothing more satisfactory than relaxing on the evening of a positive day, enjoying whatever joys the season has to offer, with one’s favorite <insert object of your choice> in hand. A good day for me is when I go to sleep happy.

Composite created from three images: a sunset, a cold drink, and one of my sister’s patterned paper sheets.

Tabletop – Abstract

There are some casual photographs that are just too much fun to play with. This hole-ridden tabletop, for instance. It was just begging to be photoshopped (or GIMP’ed, in my case), and with a simple superimposed lens effect, this is what it turned into.

Tabletop - abstract

Tabletop – abstract

Makes me think of the Moon. 🙂

Iced tea

Iced tea is one of the few drinks people all over the world are familiar with. If I’m not in the mood to go through the mind-boggling repertoire of drinks on a restaurant menu, or am unable to make up my mind, I just order a lemon-flavored iced tea. It’s universally available, plus there’s no way they can mess that up. Except if they decide to add too much flavor. Nothing beats a chilled iced tea that has the slightly bitter taste of tea…

Chilled Iced Tea

Chilled Iced Tea

I must admit, though, that I haven’t tried to make more than a couple of varieties of iced tea. That’s something I’m gonna try out during hot summer months next year.

Which is your favorite flavor of iced tea, and how do you like it — sweet, or unsweetened? Or do you drink a totally different variety — the Long Island one? 😉