I’ve always found the SMART car to be quite impractical. Its extremely small, has almost no boot space and very claustrophobic if you get stuck in it on a Michigan freeway. But, while in Miami, I spotted this really cool custom at Coco Walk. I have to say, I like it very much. The open-top approach absolutely works for it. But only in Miami, where the weather is awesome year round – would this be practical.
Aerobatic teams need only two words to describe them: insanely awesome. The US Navy ‘Blue Angels’, shown here are one of the few national teams that I’ve witnessed during my lifetime. The British ‘Red Arrows’, Italian ‘Frecce Tricolori’, French ‘Patrouille de France’ and the Indian helicopter squadron ‘Sarang’ have all awed me but never have I had the chance of capturing them through my lens. In the summer of 2008, I was in Traverse City, Michigan where the Blue Angels not only grasped our attention with a full formation low flyby over the city as well as their C-130 transporter doing nosedives. All in all, this blog hadn’t been up back then and this photo somehow managed to get lost in the abyss of my hard drive.
Note: See how the five on the lower aircraft is painted inverted especially for this manoeuvre!
I was extremely bored so I set up my tripod in my balcony and waited for the sun to set. An unwelcome phone call disturbed me and I missed the sun behind the buildings. I guess typography will have to do the trick for now.
The awesome Michigan Theater on East Liberty Street. I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time here and will never forget that experience. The morning sun rises casting a half glow across Liberty and the Michigan Theater marquee.
Shot this one early morning in Shimla. The sun had not completely risen over the mountain and the morning haze was casting a soft focus on the background. It was the perfect time to whip out my zoom lens and train it on single objects against the naturally soft background. I regretted not trekking out further to shoot some more today. The little I have is no good but its a great reminder of why I love Shimla, as much as I do.
The Dubai Metro gathers speed as it leaves the Deira City Centre Station heading for Union. Holding my camera still even for the short exposure of 2seconds was pretty hard considering I had no monopod and the jerk it gives you when accelerating can send you tumbling. Nevertheless, with the little shaking, I somehow managed to get straight lines in the foreground. I think I’m going to get a print of this just to see how it would do as a cover for a kinetic motion series, I’m working on.
Parallel lines meet at infinity is a basic theory, I learned back in High School. I captured this from within the train. After a while the passing multitude of skyscrapers seems boring and you look to amuse yourself in other manners. Since no fun can be had inside the train (there are cameras that fine you on the spot), finding cool things outside is the only reprieve. The reflection of this parallel train running along the in the buildings lining the tracks was a cool sight. They will meet one day, but only at infinity.
A homage to a similar crane that probably first began work on the Burj Dubai itself. The building, now the tallest in the world, stands behind it like a shadow bowing to the might of the crane itself. The Burj has been captured from almost every angle, but this one I hope serves a fresh reminder that before the building itself, there was the crane. These are the true source of Dubai’s real estate growth (now in the slumps).
I have mixed opinions about the Dubai Metro. Its definitely a massive undertaking to implement the Metro in a country which has not seen any railways for decades.
The Dubai Metro is technologically beautiful – its unmanned and the algorithm running it must be a work of art. The stations are ultramodern with excellent features such as metal stubs on the floor that provide tactile feedback for the visually impaired. The RFID ticketing system also works unanimously allowing travel across all means – the buses, the metro and the water taxis. But there are some key design flaws too. For example, the display screens at the platforms don’t display the estimated time of arrival (ETA) but instead a large analog clock and a digital current time readout. Why would that be significant, is beyond me? The coach cabins (yes, there is a Gold Class for people with better seats) have more space-consuming and few bars to hang on to. Perhaps, they don’t expect it to be filled to capacity. On my first trip on a Friday evening, the joyride takers were tumbling over each other with each acceleration point. The space in the cabins have been wasted in that respect. The screen announcing the next station is in the centre on a pole. In a heavy crowd, seeing it from a distance is visually impossible. Also, considering they were going all out on this one, perhaps a lighted display of the route map showing the link the train is on and the next station highlighted would have been awesome. Alas, its lacking an interface designer – Care to hire me?
During the summer months, the metropolis Delhi abounds with corncob (called bhutta) sellers. Like ice-cream sellers you can find them at every corner. Its a street delight that many partake in and why wouldn’t you? The cob is first roasted on a charcoal like a barbeque, then spices are added on top and finally its rubbed down with lemon that brings the zing to its flavour. Its not only tasty but a rather filling snack at five rupees. A walk through the Dwarka sectors brought me to this seller. I requested him for a shot and he complied easily. I would have asked him to smile but then this isn’t a Kodak moment – the hardships of trying to earn your way by selling cobs are written all over his face.