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Outdoor photography in India does not always have to mean wildlife or landscapes of unusual beauty. Our cities offer plenty too.
Usually, when we think of outdoor photography, we imagine that a lot of time is needed; time to travel, savour natural landscapes (mountains, rivers, forests), find that elusive tiger hiding in the woods…
But, our cities actually offer plenty to photograph too.
As a woman who loves to walk everywhere, who enjoys the hustle and bustle of the streets, I love outdoor photography that focuses on the daily dramas playing out all around us.
There is drama everywhere, and colour everywhere around us, if only we take a moment to look.
Here are some beautiful photographs from the streets and public spaces of Bangalore, taken with the ASUS #ZenfoneZoom, the world’s thinnest phone with a 3X optical Zoom (and a total 12X Zoom).
These street art photographs taken at Bangalore’s famous Church Street in full sunlight are so lively and just a little offbeat to spark one’s interest! Keep an eye out for such street art, or even graffiti to add to your repertoire.
Another great place to take outdoor photos is at fairs and playgrounds, where there is opportunity to take photos that are very lively and engaging.
This one above is not strictly outdoors, but captures with laser precision the concentration of the artisan at work.
This one of a puppet show at a fair captures beautifully the subtle yet gorgeous colours of the puppet’s clothes, as well as their distinct features.
All photos taken using the ASUS #ZenfoneZoom, a neat mobile phone made for photography aficionados. It has a 4GB RAM, Intel PC level performance, 13MP Laser Auto focus camera, 4 Stops Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a 10P HOYA Lens.
Here is where you can pick it up: http://www.flipkart.com/zenfone-zoom
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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