Night Lights

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It is the full moon, and the clouds glide past overhead, buoyed by winter breeze. Continue reading “Night Lights”

Revelations of the Night

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We are stumbling down the path, following a circle of flashlit ground; then we stop, and the light goes off, and we stand still in darkness, breathing in the silence, the cool air, the feeling of forest around. Continue reading “Revelations of the Night”

The Night Roads

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We ride the night roads

looking for leopards:

our hearts in our mouths,

our minds lost to the dark,

wind humming in our ears,

whispering songs of eyes

and the hunt, our lights

ever stalking the black.

At night, the forest comes alive in ways one cannot see in the whiteness of day. You swing your flashlight around – and there are eyes, staring curiously back, or quickly running away – mousedeer and flying squirrels and civets and hares, the denizens of these dark paths.

Secret Stars

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I was about to delete this image from my night photography venture at Coorg when I took a closer look and realized it held some secrets of its own. Can you spot them?

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Exposed Sunset

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I’ve been experimenting a bit with long exposures lately. This is one of the results. The biggest problem I face is, lacking an ND filter (and remote), my exposures are limited to 30 seconds – and I need to make sure nothing is overexposed. But I loved the pink clouds that day so I decided to give it a go.

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Belted Trees

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Orion’s belt is my favorite constellation, mainly due to the fact it’s the only one I can actually identify. In Coorg, it was framed perfectly between the leaves of the trees, while a streetlamp in the corner of the image put stars a thousand miles away in the spotlight.

The Trees and the Stars

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The stars on my recent trip to Coorg – a district in Karnataka renowned for its wildlife – were almost as bright as those in Kullu. This time I actually brought along a tripod, which gave me, quite literally, 360ยบ of scope with which to experiment.

Star’s Eye View

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Stars as seen from the campfire in Kullu, India. My inability to identify any constellation other than Orion’s belt has been a source of great frustration for me; my brother, Neel, has had greater success. Nevertheless, being able to see the stars – even if I can’t understand them – is a wonderful feeling. In Singapore, due to our residence in a condo, we’re lucky if we see the moon most days. My envy for those living in the countryside or somewhere where the stars can be seen regularly is reaching unparalleled heights.