Milwaukee Trip

I’ve lived in Chicago for the past 6 years but never been to Milwaukee once. The reason I wanted to start with this statement is simple, I didn’t know what I was missing in till now. A colleague of mine suggested this to be a great place to chill out on a weekend. He was right.

I drove up there during there the first weekend of April, was a real beautiful Saturday in its high 50s. It’s an hour and a half worth drive… Well, could have been just an hour but guess what.. It’s not winter here in Chicago and all of us know what season it is here… Yup.. Construction season. Road work… all the way, delayed(only sorta!) the travel but not so worse to make me whine about it.

When I planned for the trip, these were the places I figured I’d cover in a day.,

 The Miller tour, I’ve been to the one in St.Louis, MO couple years back. Honestly, I think that one was way cooler. Because, they had more access to visitors to see interesting production lines up close and such. But again, I’m not complaining here because they offer you at-least three different choices of their beer to taste(with pretzels) and the entire tour is free of cost. Also, the first picture in the series below is the historic Miller Caves, at 60 feet below ground level, which were created in the late 1840s to keep beer cool prior to distribution.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, A 20-acre campus on the riverfront and it houses more than 400 motorcycles and artifacts, dating back to when Harley-Davidson began to exist. If you are interested in motorcycles, it’s place to be and you cannot afford to miss it.

The art museum, I went there to see the exterior architecture and also I was running out of time as I had to spend time shooting The Basilica of St. Josaphat.

After a short talk with the staff there at the Basilica, I learnt that it was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, it features one of the largest copper domes in the world. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are some renovation activities going on here but trust me, If you ever visit Milwaukee.. have time to stop by this place.

Gear & Setup: Canon 5D Mark III + Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM.

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Nithilan

Why isn’t this blog more active just like it used to be before…well.. I can answer it in a word.. NDA(I hear ya’ll smart mouths..it’s an acronym.. not a word.. I know.. :-P). For now, I’m bound by half a dozen of them which will immediately get me into trouble for sharing any of my commercial work on here. So, there you have it.. the reason why I’m laying a bit(!) low these days.

Anywho, My dear friend Senthil was in town earlier this month to welcome a new member to this family. To be honest, we both were planning on this shoot for months together and apart from my messed up travel plans, I was able to make time for this shoot.

Nithilan.. a quick Google search told me the name means “Brilliant like a pearl”. I don’t believe there would have been a more appropriate name for this cute little kid. I wish this little guy good health for now and ever.:-)

Gear & Setup: Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 100mm f2.8L combo. One Canon 580 EXII with a Bounce Flash Diffuser. I didn’t want the light flashes on him directly. Instead pointed the flash upwards and all these light on him are bounced back from the walls.

Here are the shots.,

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Mahesh + Swathi Wedding

Indian weddings…. No matter which part of the country it happens, it’s all about colors. Before you can even catch a breath, there is a ritual happening which you cannot afford to miss from clicking. The one wedding which I shot earlier was a video project and never got a chance to shoot pictures but this time, it’s all about pictures.

My good friend Mahesh invited me to his wedding which happened in Nellore and I did make it point to carry some minimal gear to shoot the wedding. Well… You know… that minimal gear(MIII+Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II combo) was already pissing off the photographer(Stare straight at the camera and smile when I end the count till ‘3’ breed) who was hired to shoot the wedding. Nothing wrong with this kind of photographers and trust me, they cannot be replaced. The reason, as I said earlier.. the number of rituals involved and making sure every relative who attended the wedding was captured once to the least. No… Photo-booths don’t work here, unless if there is some super fancy insurance that can cover the gear. The only issue I have with these photographers, they just kill the natural emotions in people (especially in Bride and Groom…Duh!) and make them look like deer(s) stuck in a headlight.. No offense.:)

That being said… After I got to India, I have already turned down a dozen requests to shoot weddings but from now on, I’m open to these requests and If there is a wedding coming up that you want me to shoot… Send me a note to discuss the terms. Please use my Contact page or buzz me on Facebook.

The couple – Beautiful
The wedding – Every aspect already thought of and perfectly choreographed

My best wishes to the couple and wishing them a healthy married life.

Here are the shots…

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Agra Trip

The firm which takes care of my everyday bread had this amazing trip arranged to Agra for a 3 day official get-together.

This is one of those trips where I just assumed, “This is an official trip..why would i need all my camera equipment, Lemme just carry the least minimal gear…why would I need a flashgun.. If at best I’m gonna be at the Taj..” But guess what happened, I ended up shooting the entire trip and as 65% of the events were indoors with poorly(badly.. pick one..) a flashgun would’ve been awesome but doesn’t matter now, I cannot post those pics here for obvious reasons.

Taj Mahal.. This is the name that everyone in the world remembers about India right after Call centers and painstakingly crowded roads. This is my second visit to the Taj Mahal.

For those who haven’t been there even once, I just gonna say it out so the expectations are set right. The Taj Mahal isn’t really white… There I said it.. The reason I’m making this a primary point is, that’s all I heard while walking around the Taj..”I thought Taj Mahal is white“. well..It’s not.. This Mughal emperor built monument is surrounded by so many industries and factories that emit more amount of pollutants in to the atmosphere, they even release toxic components, acidic components in to the near by water bodies which ultimately ends up as rain with high acidic contents and has turned the Taj into an light brownish yellowy colored building.

Also, I visited really early on a Sunday which based on my experience isn’t a great idea. The place was jam-packed(duh!.). Looking at my face expression, My guide chuckled and replied “If you think this is crowded, try to be here on a Friday..”. Because, the entry is free on Fridays(I can imagine..Yipes!).  Lots of lame security scanning procedures, the award-winner is., ‘It’s o.k to have a memory card inside the camera but if there was one extra in the camera bag, that had to be left behind’. Heyy….what do i know!

Dear Policymakers, I applaud having enough security and scanning systems in & around the monument but it would be really awesome if you employ English(even a little should be good enough) speaking personnel which would help the foreign nationals and also the lucky Non-Hindi speakers like me to understand your policies(meant in a nice way).

Just my thoughts. Here are the shots.

Gear Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

[Above] I figured, It reads “Call Lala Anywhere All Agra”

[Above] This is a handheld shot of the Taj. It was super foggy during the early morning when I got there.

[Above] Another Handheld shot from the right-side of the Taj

[Above] Close zoomed in shot with my 70-200 of the tomb

[Above] Wide angle shot of two of the four pillars around the Taj

[Above] Some shots yell BW, these two men reaching the other side of the Yamuna river right behind the Taj.

[Above] A security guard poses for a quick shot.

[Above] Sun rises as a security guard walks on (Darwaza-i rauza)—gateway to the Taj Mahal.

[Above] I was watching these two with shutter fingers for a while and waited till they got in this position in front of the mosque.

[Above] Is the long party night with the bonfire at the hotel we stayed.

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Churches around Chicago

I thought I would start this blog post with a portion of this chat i had with a friend of mine recently.

Mr.? : When did u become a Christian
Me    : Umm… No idea wht u r talkin abt n not sure y u asked this
Mr.? : U kno why I’m askin this
Me    : Trust me, No.
Mr.? : You’ve been capturing a lot of Churches recently, So i figured u became a christian.
(Well, at this point I’m expecting a ‘LOL’ after this previous sentence but not a thing, zippo)
Me    : Ummm…. wow! So, if I shoot inside a Synagogue tomorrow., does it mean I’ve become Jewish?
Mr.? : U seem very interested in Churches, that’s y i askd
Me    :…………………….(I did answer my friend but I would rather rephrase my answer in the rest of my post)

To be short and simple., I stalk light, chase colors and capture beauty where I see it.

Now where in hell does religion come here in the middle of all this ? And I love to shoot architecture. IMHO, I don’t think this makes me a person of specific religious belief.

I was kinda surprised when i had to explain all these. But anyway I’m really not sure when and how i fell in love with shooting churches. But I’m pretty sure I have a long way to go before my thirst to shoot Churches is completely taken care of.

Anyway, Chicago is already having the fall colors blended everywhere around the city and needless to say that it is turning even more gorgeous. Also, This is kinda of a delayed post because I am currently travelling and won’t be back in Chicago for couple of months to the least. I’m really gonna miss Chicago so badly.

Gear Used: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM,  Manfrotto 055MF3 MagFiber Tripod + Manfrotto Q5 054 Magnesium Ball Head

Here are the shots.,

Queen of All Saints Basilica – This is an awesome church in the northern suburbs. Real colorful and amazing light setup.

Another shot of the Queen of All Saints Basilica which shows the  organ.

Shot at the Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago.

Shot at the St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange, IL.

Another shot of the St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange, IL.

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