Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tajpur Beachscape - the Moody Princess

Tajpur Beachscape - the Moody Princess
After the daddy's girl, here comes the moody princess, caught during her royal coastline patrol along Tajpur Beach! Normally, children of her age stick to their families unless accompanied by friends/siblings because the roaring sea doesn't appear too friendly to young eyes. But this little girl was walking all alone. It didn't look like she was searching for her elders or heading towards her family. Blame it on my fiction-loving mind, I felt that the moody princess was aimless just like me, with a genuine gene of traveling in her blood. Her attitude reminds me a beautiful travel quote- "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." Although I'm too apprehensive to go for portrait photography (I think I had mentioned before), candid photography is capturing my fascination of late. I'd rather remain fluid and see how it goes. There'll be few more photo posts on Tajpur beachscape. Moreover, the first birthday of our "Clicking Photos on the Go" is coming next week, so see you soon folks... Yeppy!
Tajpur Beachscape - the Moody Princess

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fotonica Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit Review

Fotonica Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit Review
A week back when I was looking out for a pair of regular-fit jeans in a popular online store, a flashy banner promising high discounts on mobile phone camera accessories grabbed my attention. After delving into the details I purchased a couple of items. I've reviewed both of them separately and today's review on board is of Universal 3 in 1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit from Fotonica. Fotonica is offering this lens kit at a negligible price point of 350-550 INR (depending on stores) and claiming that these compact lenses in one kit shall give you an array of shooting options for enhanced mobile photography. The manufacturer boasts of the universal design and high quality of its lens material. After a thorough testing of this lens kit with my Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Nokia X2 I am ready with my verdict on how far Fotonica has succeeded in keeping its promise.

The Good: Dirt cheap price, Portability and the Macro lens.

The Bad: Fitting issues with many mobile phone models, Occasional lack of focusing with fish-eye/wide-angle lenses, Lack of details in the image, Prominent vignetting and distortion.

Fotonica Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit Review
Three lenses in one kit- The Fisheye, Wide angle and Macro Lenses.
On paper, Fotonica's lens kit is compatible with smart phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android tablets, Tablet PC, Laptops and so on. Those tiny lenses bordered with aluminum mount looks cute over the palm but let's see how helpful they really turn out to be when it comes to mobile photography. Is spending 500 bucks on this kit justified? Does it add something extra to your mobile clicking experience? Well, read this concise review of Fotonica Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit with test shots to find it out whether you should wish-list it, or simply give it a pass.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tajpur Beachscape - Daddy's Girl

Tajpur Beachscape - Daddys Girl
No guys, these photos are not from my old Tajpur beach archive. Last weekend I made a quick half day trip to Tajpur Beach with a colleague and his guest. The weather was pretty dull and expecting some magical reflection of the afternoon sky on the wet sand was nothing less than daydreaming. Other than walking through the knee-high water and munching a couple of hard-fried Pomfrets, I clicked few photos too. In an overcast day landscape photography is not so rewarding and compels you to look out for living subjects. Well, I am quite a bit apprehensive to click strangers. I mostly depend on children but when their guardians return neutral expression ("This man could be a pedophile" type look) to my smile I take it as their disapproval and move away. After all, pollution is taking its toll not just on environment but on human thought process too! Girls are usually more attached to their dads. When you're wandering alone you tend to watch what others are doing around you. For more than half an hour this father (I'm 95% sure about the relation and it can only be confirmed if either of these subjects ever visit my photo blog and bother to leave a comment) was confronting with timid waves of the Bay of Bengal while securing his daughter comfortably over his shoulders. I don't know how much this daddy's girl enjoyed the dry sea-bathing but not even for once I could spot her smiling. Either the little princess was scared of the mildly roaring sea or, she belongs to that group of children who seldom smile. Doesn't she have extremely mature eyes for her tender age? After this daddy's girl I'll return with photos of a moody princess in my next photo post.
Tajpur Beachscape - Daddys Girl

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Krishna Chandraji Temple

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Krishna Chandraji Temple
After visiting the Paratapeswar Temple and Lalji Temple, I concluded my Kalna trip with the Krishna Chandraji Temple which was built in 1751-55 AD. The deteriorating monsoon sky coupled with falling daylight conspired to fetch me some dull shots of this otherwise rich terracotta temple, but, one can certainly get an idea of how it really is even from these underexposed photos. Krishna Chandraji Temple shares the Panchabimsati-ratna architectural style of the Lalji Temple. This magnificent brick-built temple has an elongated chala type verandah in front, having three arched entrances and furnished with terracotta plaques. Facades of this temple are also embellished with terracotta plaques. You'll find few hundred pigeons occupying its top and thankfully they don't shit on your head (at least I was lucky)! The moment I was finished with terracotta temples it started drizzling. 108 Shiva Temples, located on the opposite side of this temple complex remained unexplored, and unwillingly, I called it a day with a plate of fresh 'papdi-chaat'. If you're a temple lover or photography enthusiast, do give a visit to Kalna when the weather is pleasant and you'll love the old charm of this temple town.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Krishna Chandraji Temple

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fruit Seller Boys in Coaker's Walk

Fruit Seller Boys in Coaker's Walk
Coaker's Walk is a kilometer long pedestrian path constructed along steep mountain slopes on the southern side of Kodai road located in the popular hill station of Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu). If the weather is on your side you'll be amazed by the picturesque vista of the valley below. Like we find uncountable wheeler-stalls of fast food in Bengal, fruit selling stalls are similarly in abundance throughout the Nilgiris. Surprisingly a lot of those fruit sellers are young people, either boys or girls who're few years yet to reach 18. Well, I'm really confused whether to be sad or glad about it. My idealist says, it's nothing but a form of child labor but, my rationalist says, what's bad in getting self empowered at early age? Somehow I feel these fruit-seller boys in Coaker's Walk support my rationalist's view and give a damn to what the idealist thinks! In next photo post I'll be introducing you with the third terracotta temple of Kalna. Do visit back folks.      

Monday, July 13, 2015

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Pratapeswar Temple

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Pratapeswar Temple
Some of you must have read my earlier photo blog on the terracotta temples of Kalna and know that I had a half day ride under light rain. Well, as soon as you enter the temple complex at Kalna you'll come across the Pratapeswar Temple standing at your very left. Raised on a high podium Pratapeswar Temple is a good specimen of the 19th century Rekha Deul with curvilinear sikhara and single arched entrance. 'Rekha Deul' is an Orissan terminology where 'Rekha' means straight line and the term implies a tall building with a shape of a sugar loaf, covering the sanctum sanctorum (example- the Sikhara of the Jagannath Temple in Puri). Like its neighbors this temple is richly ornamented with terracotta art too. A roofless brick-built Rasmancha stands nearby which is illuminated in the evening to charm visitors. Do not forget to visit back while I return with photos of other terracotta temples of Kalna.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Pratapeswar Temple

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Natamandapa in front of the Lalji Temple.
A bike (motorcycle) trip was long due and what could be better than a monsoon day when you are never sure when it starts drizzling. Being only about sixty kilometers away from my hometown, I had been to Kalna before and had visited its much renowned terracotta temple complex along with 108 Shiva Temples. Apart from a short ride my craving for clicking photos was on its peak too. After a heavy homely lunch, the only feasible destination I could think of was Kalna. The road wasn't quite merciful, so was the weather. On reaching Kalna, without wasting a single minute I directly headed to the terracotta temple complex. Five O' clock meant afternoon was already over. The falling daylight and whimsical sky weren't in favor of this amateur shutterbug. Well, the second temple I visited was the Lalji Temple, the oldest in the group, erected in 1739 AD enclosed in a compound.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Many terracotta figures have worn off yet there are lot left for you to see and appreciate!
Other than ruthless time, indifference from Archaeological Survey of India and thin carpet of mosses have taken their toll on the rich terracotta ornamentation over Lalji Temple. The presiding deity of Lalji temple is Lord Krishna. This brick-built temple has twenty-five peaks on its roof and this pattern of temple architecture is termed as 'Panchavimsati-Ratna'. There is a Natamandapa and another mountain-shaped temple called Girigovardhana Temple in front of the Lalji temple enclosed in the same boundary walls. The facades of the temple are also decorated with beautiful terracotta art. Although many terracotta figures have worn off yet there are lot left for you to see and appreciate! If you're visiting the town of Kalna or any nearby place, a visit to Lalji Temple should be in your 'must do' list. Please visit back when I return with photos of other terracotta temples of Kalna.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Girigovardhana Temple in front of the Lalji temple.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Birth of two Bulbuls in my Washroom - a Photo Series

Birth of two Bulbuls in my Washroom - a Photo Series
I had informed you in my last post of this bulbul series that two bulbul fledglings had mastered the art of flying and left their nest vacating my washroom. So, fortunately (for me as the bathroom user) or unfortunately (for me as an enthusiastic clicker), there can't be anymore update on this. I've disposed off the abandoned bulbul nest and cleaned the space. This thread containing links of all those previous photo posts of this bulbul series is for the convenience of those who're visiting this blog for the first time. A gentle disclaimer- these are all mobile clicks. Please click on the links below to check them chronologically:-








Do visit back soon to check out photographs of a three-hundred years old temple from Kalna (West Bengal). Till then take care folks and have good time!
Birth of two Bulbuls in my Washroom - a Photo Series

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bulbul brothers finally left their Nest

Bulbul brothers finally left their Nest
Bulbul siblings stepping out of their nest for the final flight!
Excuse me for vaguely considering these bulbul chicks as 'male'. Let me clarify, this is not the result of any bias, but, because of the innocent fact that 'brothers' sounds better with bulbul than 'siblings' or 'sisters' (Yep buddy, otherwise I'm all good for gender equality, trans-genders included!). Would you believe me if I say these are those same baby bulbuls who were nothing more than a piece of fifty gram raw flesh each, just two weeks back? Well, this is the final photo story on my bulbul series and these photos were captured just before two bulbul brothers left their nest, abandoning my washroom forever (Click to read the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth photo post of this bulbul photo series). As I told you before of the growing aggression of the bulbul mother, I was praying for their rapid maturation so that my bathroom gets back its 'private' status once again. The final day was thoroughly eventful. Bulbul chicks started hopping and gliding from one position of the tiny room to another, as a warm-up before the final flight. There is a papaya tree easily reachable from the bathroom window. As soon as one of these chicks reached a papaya branch, a hawk appeared from nowhere and grabbed the tiny bulbul. Oh what a circus it had been, and finally, two adult bulbuls could chase the hunter and rescue back their offspring. Thankfully the kid as unharmed. Here end all bulbul updates but I'll post a couple more selected photos from my bulbul archive in my next post... please check back soon.
Bulbul brothers finally left their Nest
Lady bulbul is busy giving last-minute suggestions to one of her chicks before they finally left.
Photo Courtesy: Anurup Samanta
Camera Used: Nokia X2