Footprints in the Sand

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Footprints linger in the sand….till the tide of time wipes it away. 

…..I guess I was never there after all. 

(The picture is taken at Kovalam beach in Kerala. I approached the water alone, as my family did not want to wet their legs. It felt nice — I remember, standing there, alone, staring at the vast blue ocean in front of me, till the point where it touched the sky).

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Photography 101 – Bliss

Last year in November we went to Kerala on a family vacation. The state has often been called ‘God’s Own Country’ by the industrious tourism industry, but after our trip I can’t say I dispute. It is one of the most beautiful, indeed perhaps the most beautiful place, I have ever been to. While enjoying a leisurely ride on a shikara in the gorgeous backwaters, certain lines kept playing over in my mind:

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
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And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, 
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

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I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Innisfree 3The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

Sunset at the Beach

The call was unexpected to say the least – “Hey, wanna go over to Juhu beach?”

“Why” I asked.

“Just”, she said. “I want to click the sunset”.

It was summer vacations, and I did not really have anything better to do. A trip to the beach with my camera and best friend sounded pretty awesome. I agreed. We went and clicked away to glory…much to the bemusement of the passer-bys. A group of boys actually asked me if we were from some magazine, doing a photo shoot. I don’t think they believed me when I told them we were doing this just for fun, and because we liked photography.

The pictures lay in some elusive niche of my computer hard disk till today, when I saw the Photography 101 assignment for the day: Water.

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Lovers on the Beach

Lovers on the Beach

Into the Sunset Together

Into the Sunset Together

The activity on the beach only increased as dusk approached

The activity on the beach only increased as dusk approached

I tried out a different technique that day. Shooting a picture through a pair of sunglasses – better than any filters you can apply!

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This is the actual colour

This is the actual colour

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And….sunset!