The train from Agra to Lucknow

My friends and I took the midnight train from Agra to Lucknow in India when we were there October last year. We started the trip from Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which is the main train station in the city of Agra. We arrived early and I had a couple of hours to walk around the platform and shoot. It was quieter than I expected, but it could be very busy during day time, I believe.

The images were taken with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5 unless otherwise stated. The black and white images were shot in color and converted to BW in Adobe Lightroom. The first nine images here were taken at Agraa Cantonment Railway Station.MORE +

Sleepless in Singapore

It’s late, past midnight, but there are still a lot of things running through my mind now. So many things, so little time. How I wish, sometimes, that we don’t have to sleep and have all 24 hours to do whatever we like doing and be happy. Now I am asking too much. MORE +

iPhone Photography – A Red House and A Red Taxi

Night Photography using iPhone at Joo Chiat. iPhone can’t beat the DSLR yet in term of quality and control, especially for night photography, but hey, iPhone photography is about having fun taking pictures with all its limitation. So, keep shooting and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

In case you missed it, I shot this building using my DSLR before. See it here.

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iPhone Photography – On My Way Home

iPhone Photography is going to change the way a lot of people shoot. Me included. I have a camera with me all the time now. The terminology used should really be mobile photography, I think. Other smart phones, like those on Android, will allow you to do the same. I only have iPhone and I am happy with it. If you have Android phones, use it and have fun with it.

What makes iPhone photography so fun and powerful are the apps and the increasingly good quality camera that comes with the phone. Having some photography knowledge helps. At least for me. But, if you don’t know, don’t let that stop you. Shoot a lot and have fun. This is subjective, I know, but the more you shoot, the more you will know what generally makes good images, and the more you will train your eyes to see the subjects and the moments.

I have some photography apps on my iPhone, and I use almost all of them. I can’t really decide which one is my favorite now, but one day I may have favorite(s) when I have used them enough. For now, “what’s in the bag” of my iPhone are: Camera+, SnapSeed, Filterstorm, Hipstamatic, Instagram, PS Express, PhotoStudio, Spica, SlowShutter and MonoPhix.

The series of images here, “On My Way Home”, were shot using the Hipstamatic app. The “lens” and “film” used were John S and BlacKeys B+W. The original images had slight color tint and I removed it in Adobe Lightroom. I could have removed it using MonoPhix app too, but I was too lazy to go back to my iPhone after downloading the images to my computer.  :)

On My Way Home, is a series of images of what I saw one morning while on my way home by bus and train. I’ll leave you with the images as it’s time for me to lie down now. I can’t walk and sit for too long yet after the surgery I had on Monday. See you all on my next post.MORE +

People of Kishangarh Rajashtan

People of Kishangarh, Rajashtan, photographed with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except the last one, which was shot using Olympus E-P3  and 12mm f/2 lens.

I stayed one night in Pushkar during my trip to India in October last year. My friend and I went out in the morning to Kishangarh, a nearby town from our hotel. Many locals started their day by having tea on the roadside. It was a nice little town with friendly people. We stopped at the shop in the photo above to have our morning tea. The locals were curious and kept looking at us with their smiles, while we were having our tea. :)

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Barbers in India

I did think for a moment that my blog has become an iPhone Photography blog since I have been posting lots of iPhone photos in the past couple of weeks. But it’s not, it’s still a general photography blog and I still love my rangefinder M9, just as I like my iPhone 4s. But, you will see more iPhone photos here.

So, it’s weekend guys. It’s the time of the week, that we usually go around doing our errands, including having our hair cut. If you are in India now and happen to be in the city of Jaipur, Pushkar, Lucknow or Kishangarh Rajashtan, try one of these barbers. And from my previous posts, if you need barber in Bangalore or Hoskote, check them out too.

These are all shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5.

Please send my regards to them.   :)

Have a good weekend and enjoy more photos below.MORE +

Shoot as though you’d be stricken blind tomorrow

Dorothea Lange, an American documentary photographer who lived from 1895 to 1965 once said, “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind”. So, shoot more frequently, I guess that’s the message and having a phone with camera with you all the time will help.

All photos in this blog entry were taken using the iPhone 4s and processed in the iPhone using various apps. Enjoy and keep shooting.MORE +

Best iPhone Photos – Part 2

Best iPhone photos of mine that I have taken in the past 2 months are here. I have many others that I also like, but I think here are some that I really like. All these were shot on my iPhone 4s and processed directly in the iPhone. They are of various subjects too. Hope you like them.MORE +