Continuing macro photography

I continued to dabble with macro photography. Still understanding how to use the lens, where to focus and how much and the importance of background.

I wanted to isolate the subject in this case so I went with a completely black background.

A few more pictures to look at – next time I’ll get better flowers. But still feels something is missing.

Focusing on the water drops
The pink color of the flower just saturated the image a bit too much; so has to go with black and white. Also it hides the dried petals
Different angle
Composing macro is hard.

Makar Sankranthi

Sankranthi which means “to being to move” is a solar holiday indicating the northward transition of the sun into Makar on its celestial path. It is one of the oldest and the most colorful harvest festival in India.

Growing up in the western part of India, we celebrated this festival with lots of good food and flying kites for 48 hours straight.

Down south, in a small village near Hasan in Karnataka, IN the celebration is a tad different. Here the farmers along with their bulls jump over burning fire to ensure the evil spirits stay away from their fields and help get a good crop yield.

Traditions are hard to change.

Kadari Kambala

The slush track comes down to a stand still, with no wind you can see the reflection in the water. The adrenalin is running high and with a crack of the whip the the silence and stillness brakes into chaos.

Kadari Kambala or also calls the slush Olympics in Mangalore, IN is a yearly traditional event that kicks if during the harvest season. Buffalo Bulls that are well taken care through out the year are now out to test to show their speed and agility.

I nearly got knocked off by these bill as I sat down staring through my camera taking pictures.

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, Chicago

Often referred as the bean, Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the US. Using highly polished stainless steel, the bean reflects Chicago’s Skyline and the clouds. The arch of the “Gate” beneath the sculpture is an invitation to people to come and touch the mirror like surface and see your reflection.

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.