As with most things in life, photography is first about mastering your craft. Get your fundamentals right, specialize, expand, innovate, practice, get depressed at your results, iterate, practice, and get depressed again. And then, just like other things in life, its a whole lotta luck: being at the right place at the right time, and being as prepared as you can be to grab the opportunity.
Below are 6 examples of being at the right place at the right time, when it comes to weather. Photographs that would have sucked if taken in broad daylight. …
We are all intimately familiar with the Q word now. But the Q entered our vocabularies almost 500 years ago. The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) of the mid-14th Century is said to have wiped out almost 100 million humans off this planet of ours, reducing the world population by about 22 percent. It took Earth about 150–200 years to recover its population back to its previous levels.
“We all love photography, but we love our lives more.”
Our 14 year old pleading, umm, screaming the phrase at her dad who was just about to park at the side of a mud road climbing at a 20 degree incline, and seemingly about to take a landslide down what seemed like 2000 feet of vertical drop down a narrow gorge with a river at its bottom.
It has been said that Bollywood has done more for world wide tourism than any tourist magazine. Needless to say, this was a widely held view by the 2+ Billion Earthlings that can’t escape Bollywood, and also a view held well before the age of the Insta-travel madness.
Hardhome: Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 8. One of my favorite scenes from the series takes place at the very end of this episode. John Snow has his first encounter with the Night King in a memorable scene as he escapes the snowy shores of the free-folk settlement.
This is the last image I have on any of my proper (read: non-iPhone) cameras. It was taken from our hotel room, right before packing and leaving on Jan 1, 2020 for the long foggy ride on the Yamuna Expressway towards Delhi airport. After 3 frustrating days of incredibly thick fog, where one couldn’t see beyond that bare tree in the foreground, we were greeted by a glimpse of the Taj just as we were about to leave. …
While Jules Verne’s Professor Lidenbrock travelled to the Snaefellsness Peninsula to embark on his Journey to the Center of the Earth, our interest in this remote western part of the island was primarily to see the Kirkjufellsfoss, a picturesque waterfall that is an Instagram craze, and rightfully so.
A loud shout behind us, and we looked behind just in time to see a donkey, fully loaded with a stack of clothes, barreling down an alley that would have been barely 5 feet wide. They had a job to do, and we were being the ass standing in the way.
Every summer, Bologna hosts one of the largest summer film festivals in the world. Called, Il Cinema Ritrovato, it was conceived in 1986 as a movie festival dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and not well-known movies. The movies are projected primarily in the historical centre of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore.
We spent about 3 days staying adjacent to the Piazza, while visiting the various towns of Emilia Romagna this past summer, and would spend 30–40 minutes sitting in the cool summer breeze every night watching the show of the day, in a square that was designed in the 13th century.