#Take52 Week 26: Proud

This week I am visiting my folks in the city of Pune in India. My father, who’s savoring a much needed self imposed sabbatical, enjoys mornings tending to his rooftop garden. He planted the seeds and saplings over a decade ago and has been religiously nurturing them ever since. 

Apart from absolutely colorful and fragrant flowers he also has a few vegetables and fruits that he tends to passionately. The rooftop today is flush with greens, yellows, reds and purples. Certainly a sight that brightens up anyone’s day. 

Undoubtedly the garden my father has grown over the years is his pride and joy (apart from his two successful sons of course!). And seeing the fruits of his labour make all of us equally proud as well. 

  
I shot this particular blossom because of the striking color and the almost regal position it seems to have taken with an upward glance to the heavens. The flower seems as proud as my father!

Since I am traveling sans my trusty Fujifilm my weapon of choice was the trusty hand phone, the fantastic iPhone 6Plus. A little post processing with Lightroom Mobile(for hues, saturation and luminance) and Moldiv(for watermarking) and voilà. 

Till the next image, Ciao!

#Take52 Week 12: Event

It’s been a long while since I posted an image in the weekly challenge. Blame it on a major change happening on the personal front, one which I will talk about (or rather shoot about) in the coming weeks. I was however able to squeeze some time out of the hectic schedule and manage to capture an image for one of the previous weekly challenge.

Getting back to the weekly challenge. This week my elder brother and his family were in Singapore on a business cum leisure trip, he was here on business, his wife and child were on leisure :D.

On their last weekend here, we headed to the Marina Bay promenade to witness the fireworks rehearsal for Singapore’s upcoming 50th National Day. Nothing screams event like fireworks! I’ve captured fireworks in the past but I had not done so with my current camera, so I decided to capture the fireworks as part of the weekly challenge.

Week 12: Event
Fujifilm X-E2 | XF18-552.8-4 R LM OIS | 10″ | f/20 | ISO 500 | 18mm

The settings are quite basic. High ISO, low aperture and long exposure, a little post processing in Lightroom and voila here’s my (delayed) weekly submission.

The Red Queen

Asia Singapore Arab Street Woman In Red

Dug this one up from the archives. This shot dates back to 2010 and was taken with my very first DSLR camera, the Canon 500D. The image was part of a street photography exercise when I was taking a beginners course in digital photography.

On the day, there were some sort of celebrations taking place in the grounds of the Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah near Arab Street. This damsel was part of a group of women all dressed up in similar attire and leisurely walking around the park grounds. The reds aren’t just limited to her dress but also seem to seep through her visage on the lips as well as the rouge foundation.

Her slightly contemptuous glance and regal adornments prompted me to dub her “The Red Queen”. Although I’m sure she must be an angel in person, that title has somewhat stuck ever since I clicked the image.

 

Asia Singapore Arab Street Woman In Red
The Red Queen

And with this image I strike off Red from my RainBow Series. Three down. Four more to go. Yay!!