Since this photograph has been of interest to the Viewbug team, I realized it might be a good idea to publish it as a blog post. This blog post is in question-answer format unlike the previous posts. I hope you find it informational.
Sunset At The Beach
Where did you take this photo?
This photograph was captured in the Sunset Beach at Cape May Point, the southernmost part of New Jersey. I am a big fan of color gradients in the sky, beaches invariably offer great opportunities. Continue reading →
The long weekend was approaching and no definite plans were made. As it was nearing I grew more restless an then I stopped thinking and decided to drive to Lyman Run State Park at Galeton, PA. It was a 5 hours drive and I started at around 16:00. All I wanted to do was to reach their as early as possible. I reached the campsite by 21:00 and fortunately found a vacant campsite.
After setting up my tent I set out to explore. I had never been here before, but what motivated me to drive to this place was a photograph of milky-way aligned with the water dam. Since it was a full moon day I was aware about my bleak chances to click stars. Nevertheless, it was still a great opportunity for me to explore the nature in a full-moon night. After finding the directions to the dam from a ranger, I reached only to find myself in total darkness. The moon was not out yet. I parked my car and walked towards the information board. There was an unusual silence in the place, the thought of encountering a bear was exciting but also scary. I switched on the flash light to help me read the bulletin, and all of a sudden to my bewilderment, came out a bird from inside the roof as if to scare me. It was clearly not comfortable with my presence as it repeatedly fluttered circling me as though I was not startled enough. A thrilling start to my adventure, I thought. As the moon rose from behind the hills, the night did not seem as eerie as the starting episode.
Fast forwarding to the next day, my curiosity took me to the same spot where the bird startled me in the night. To my surprise, it was a Robin with her adorable nestlings. I plainly stood at that very spot for more than 15 minutes observing them. It was very difficult to take my eyes off, but I finally made an effort to run and get my camera and tripod.
I had been witnessing an interminable process of mommy robin hunting food and feeding her chicks constantly without a break. A very excited me placed the tripod 6 feet away from the baby robins. Something abnormal happened, mommy robin stopped moving around to get food. I then realized that mommy was clearly not comfortable leaving the babies alone in the presence of a human being. It seemed to me that it was nature’s way of protesting. I then pulled out my zoom lens and placed the tripod 20 feet away from the nest. Immediately, mommy robin continued hunting food from the lake nearby.
It was a pleasure to watch the little ones waiting for their mamma to arrive and instantly open their beaks. They were so young that at times the insects and worms that were fed into their beak would escape. They would open up their beaks even if momma robin passed by them 50 feet away . I stood there watching and enjoying the precious view for about 2 hours. I hope you enjoy the moments that were captured.
As the summer of 2015 was already in motion, I had been on the hunt for photographic subjects under the dark sky for sometime. This was when I discovered about the synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and how they happen to show up only for 3 weeks every summer. Half way through the article, I was super-excited and already imagined myself in the Smokys. It was then like the bullet struck my heart; the synchronous firefly sighting for the year was almost over. And even if it hung around for few more days it would be impossible to get a campsite or the park organized tour tickets.
Dejected after missing a chance to date the synchronous fireflies that year,I started my research to prepare myself for the following year. I then stumbled upon this blog that mentions the discovery of the synchronous fireflies in the Allegheny National Park in 2011. Guess what? It was the best time to sight the Photinus Carolinus in the Allegheny Forest. The bags were packed and so were the camping essentials. Despite all of the preparations, me and my friend Sanket were still uncertain about the availability of campsite. Nevertheless, we still left on a friday afternoon for what would be one of the most fascinating experiences.
“Every trail has a different story about the same point of convergence”
The first question that gets asked by most of them when they see this particular one is “what exactly is this?” For those who have seen star trail images earlier, this might sound like a frivolous question but the truth is even I had never thought about stars leaving their trail till I began shooting them. Having lived in urban areas most of my life, I did not seem to acknowledge the fact that there are billions of stars right above me at every instant, and that they actually rotated.. oh wait its the earth that is rotating around its axis. Continue reading →
Welcome all to this website, which has been at works for quite sometime now. I am hoping that this site will be much helpful in browsing through my past work and easier for me to keep you folks updated with my latest work. The Experientia section is a way for me to share my experiences with you as I travel in my journey, through certain stories behind some of the photographs that may be interesting. If you would like to know more about any of the photographs that I have not written about, please let me know through the comments or send me a personal message. I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I enjoy sharing the experience.