Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Light & Shadows

Light creates shadow and shadow in return, enhances the appearance of the subject. The interaction of the two is fascinating. Light can make the subject feisty or dull while shadows can make it mysterious or terrifying.

Shadows add facet and meaning to an image. Without shadows the object may appear plain and boring. Lights and shadows establish the correlation of one object to another and their place in the full scene.

The position and strength of the lights and shadows also set the general mood of the subject.Shadows are also essential in some types of arts like painting, photography and stage play.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (Telugu : తిరుమల వెంకటేశ్వరస్వామి మందిరము)is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara located in the hill town Tirumala of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built on the Venkatadri hill, one of the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills (Saptagiri in Sanskrit,. The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara, is also known by other names - Balaji or Srinivasa.

According to the legend, the temple has a self-manifested idol murti of Lord Vishnu, with the Lord believed to have resided here for the entire Kali Yuga. In Sri Vaishnava tradition, the temple is considered one of the 108 Divya Desam sites.

The seven hill represent the Saptarishi. They sometimes called the Sapathagiri. Hence the Lord is named Saptagirinivasa.

Following are the seven hills:

* Vrushabadri (Hill of Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva)
* Anjanadri (Hill of Lord Hanuman)
* Neeladri (Hill of Neela Devi)
* Garudadri (Hill of Garuda, the vahana of Lord Vishnu)
* Seshadri (Hill of Sesha, the dasa of Lord Vishnu)
* Naraynadri (Hill of Lord Vishnu)
* Venkatadri (Hill of Lord Venkateswara

According to the legend, the temple has a self-manifested idol murti of Lord Vishnu, with the Lord believed to have resided here for the entire Kali Yuga. In Sri Vaishnava tradition, the temple is considered one of the 108 Divya Desam sites.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Parvathamalai is located near to Thenmathimangalam village, which is 20 kms from Polur in Thiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu. Polur is 35kms(approx)from Thiruvannamalai(Arunachala).The hill(Parvatamalai) is 3500 feet(Approx) high from the sea level.

This hill is full of herbal(mooligai) plants. There is another route from Kadaladi,to reach Parvathamalai, which is shorter and when compared to Thenmathimagalam route. Thenmathimagalam route is lenghty but easier to reach the top of Parvathamalai. However,both routes joins at a common point, and it is a single route from there which leads to Lord Mallikarjunaswamy temple on top of the hill

On the top of the hill, Lord Mallikarjunaswamy(Sivan) temple is located, which is believed to be 500 years old.

This parvadhamali hill looks very rich in landscape, from its top it looks like a paradise on the earth.

It is believed that devas and siddhas are worshipping Lord Mallikarjunaswamy every night here. Many Siddhas living and practicing their skills around parvathamalai. This place is very auspicious and has powerfull vibrations from the religious point of view.

.During the Pournami full moon day, this hill attracts a lot of devotees and believed that many strange things use to occur, which cannot be defined by the language of Science. Parvathamalai is vested with alot of spiritual power.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Street Photography

It is only a years ago that I started to do street photography: before that I photographed landscapes, buildings and objects. street photography can be meaningless, if the pictures don't have any graphic distinction. The photographers that have no experience in street photography can do it when they have a purpose and a reason for doing it.

Of course its meaning does not have to be social or narrative: as photography is a visual art, the meaning can be wholly graphic; or it might be psychological.

People not experienced in street photography think a telephoto lens will let you shoot unnoticed; but the trouble is that with, say, a 200mm lens you are so far away that you don't see what you see close up. sometimes the best thing you can do is to get close to your subject – this can be a little confronting but will produce powerful images

Taking street photographs is a great way to catch people in their natural element.

Finally, I cannot stress too strongly that for any street photography it is the composition, the graphic form of the frame, because this is what strikes the viewer the most strongly: The form is the primary factor and the content, or the concept, or the story the shot tells needs to be wedded to the form. Without excellence in composition, the content loses impact.

Perspective in Photography

For me, photography perspective is not the angle of view alone. Perspective here in photography refers the atmosphere of the place u shoot and the clear message thro ur subject.

Here in this shot, the perspective defines the meaning of the word old and the new.The framing in street photography shld include its atmosphere and the message thro its perspective.

This shot was taken at parvathamalai. Here in this, the sadu and the temple in the background and the rocks altogether gives a feel of the place, these kind of framing enhances the nature of the spot

In this shot, a simple diagonal framing with subjects in a perspective adds beauty to the shot. Making simple moments in a dramatic perspective adds strength to the frame