For all our collective labor, we (the collective populace on this third rock from the sun) seem to have not moved much

So… yeah i reddit.. a lot πŸ˜›

And sometimes, i come across gems of threads/comments like this one here.

Now, if it were a measly observer of this.. what we call our culture/society, I wouldn’t put in as much weight into it.

But, give the essay a read… Its written by one of the sharpest minds of the last century…and it could have been penned down yesterday.

Seems, for all the progress we have made, we seem to have changed little.





So… that happened :)

First the apology

Well, i am truly sorry to have put so many folks on the high alert… i truly am… This will not happen again.. I promise you that!!!

There… now that we have that out of the way.. lets get to the What…

So… what happened?

Well, this past week was a few days in heaven… or to say, one of the versions of heaven that i can envision… right here on earth. The amazingly beautiful Glacier National Park.

Was there with a good buddy of mine on a camping trip. We camped at the St Mary campground on the eastern side of the park. Hikes were hiked, sights were seen, roads were traveled, photos taken (tons of them, only managed to process a few that were on my phone… like this), and last but not the least… Spot messages sent πŸ˜‰

Thanks for the word salad… but get to the point!

Well… ok… since you are askin… The Spot message happened… Alright… well actually two of them did happen πŸ˜€

To understand the what… you gotta understand the how…

Backstory time…

The year was 2018…

Me and a buddy of mine were headed out on this WA-BDR trip and we thought it to be a good idea to set up a custom messageΒ (scroll down to “Custom” on the link) on my spot. All it was supposed to be was a ping a to a buddy of my buddies (and by association, my buddy ;)) and let him know that we are stuck n need help with getting unstuck…

And as usual, since i tend to push the chores to the last minute, i set this message up in a hurry… and managed to not take out my wife from the notification list for the message… or unlink my TwitterΒ  as a feed for the messages… (mostly cus i had forgotten that i am on twitter πŸ˜‰ )

What has the message been set to.. something on the lines of:


Seems im kinda stuck here… need some help”

You don’t really need the full text to see where this is goin… do ya?

…and now we are back

I have completely blacked out this change that i mentioned above from my memory…

Day two of trip

So… on the trip… its day two now and since i have this weird itch to play with all my gadgets, its now the Spot’s turn… Me thinks its been too long since i sent those pings of my location to my list of contacts… I turn it on and try to send a check-inΒ (scroll to “check-in/OK”) message. Test it out, and somehow one of the lights (might have been the gps) blinks red… and then eventually the power LED is also blinking red… its battery replacement time…

Batteries have been bought… and its time to get this to really work.

Day three

Its windy.. like really windy… steady winds at 20 to 30 knots with gusts up to 50. They say the west side is supposed to be calmer…

I test the track functionality first at the campground… well everything is green.. and the itch gets stronger to press more buttons… So i think, well, the Custom message is set up to tell folks (my wife and my sister is what i recollect as people being on the list) that im all set at the current location.. and all lights blink green… and i move on my merry way… westwards.

We hike the avalanche lake hike, and i think this is a good place to i wanna see what happens to the device when one is under heavily wooded areas.. so this time i press both the track button and the custom message buttons…

As we hike,Β  various lights are blinking.. n its fun.. sometimes the device cant lock onto GPS, at others its not able to send the message… and finally once we pop out the other end… i mean get to the lake… all lights blink green… and then only the tracker light is blinking. I decide to shut it down, after all watching leds blink different colors is only fun for so long…

We hike back, its 1pm… time to head back to find another hike. We do decide to stop by the Rising sun restaurant… for food. N guess what they got… they got some of that sweet internet… its a trickle… but its like striking gold for those of us wandering the land of data drought… N the messages (whatsapp) start to trickle in… n then it comes back to me… I sent “im suck” 😦

I screwed up mightily…Β  n them some :). Park rangers are on the look out for two guys lost in the wilderness… Cops have been contacted… Some folks over in the twitterworld contacted the Montana rangers… My bro in law (which you ask.. well both of them) are tryin to locate me, talkin to convince the Montana rangers to launch a full scale search n rescue for two indian guys. Thankfully the rangers are pushing back…

Thankfully, this is the point where we were able to shut it down… everything is back to normal.. well almost… the raised blood pressures for quiet some folks took a while longer to settle down (if its still not down at the time of reading… check with a doctor… you need help :P).

Takeaways from the event

  • Fun trip… some really sick hikes n really really awesome landscapes. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone… well, outside of off-course sending messages that kinda freak everyone out!!! unless you are really into it… then go for it πŸ˜€
  • Food inside the park is meh to say the best… especially if your a vegetarian. its there… n edible… if you got nothing else πŸ˜‰ Its not that bad, but the lack of choice kinda will get to you after a few trips.
  • Always carry bear spray
  • Roof top tents are awesome man!!!
  • Spot GP

N thats it… i think its a wrap!!!




Ok Ok… the real takeaways for me

  • I got me some really amazing folks as friends and relatives… Lots of folks stepped up.
    • Yes, im taking this as a sign that i can go on real wilderness trips now that i have so many folks that have my back!!!
  • Dont let stuff slide, revisit your emergency gear.
    • I have set up a monthly event on my calendar to revisit the pre-defined messages set up on Spot. Good to occasionally revisit thing… i guess.
  • Two way communication is paramount…
    • Am getting a newer version of the device, called Spot-X. It lets you do two way messaging.

Problem solved… πŸ˜‰

In conclusion…the real takeaway

Never let anyone tell you that One can’t solve any problem by throwing more money at it!!!

Over n Out… don’t cheap out πŸ˜›





A lovely summer in the ever so beautiful New England…. Part 1 The lighthouses.

This summer (summer of 2014) I was lucky enough to be provided with an opportunity to visit the east coast of the US for work. The assignment was a 4 month task and i was located near Boston (a small but lovely town called Acton) in Ma. Long before i ended up on the east cost, i had started to read up on where all can one go whence there… the list seems to be endless… but i still had to come up with a shortlist of places. So the first thiong i did was to look up where the various lighthouses are at πŸ˜€ . I am obsessed with lighthouses for some reason.. dunno why… but i just love em πŸ™‚

So here is a collection of the various lighthouses i got to see…

Goat island light, Newport, Rhode Island
Goat island light, Newport RI

Beavertail light, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Beavertail light, Jamestown, RI

Bar harbour light, Bar harbour, Maine
Lighthouse, Bass Harbor

Highland Light, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Gathering storms...

Pemaquid Point Light, Maine
Pemaquid point light

Bass harbour light, Bass harbour, Maine
Bass harbour light...

Two lights lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
The two light light house, cape elizabeth Maine

This is in Β no way a complete list of the awsome lighthouses i could have gone and seen… but i just had the weekends and most not much of extra time… Β so this is pretty much it:(

New England is indeed a great place to spend the summers at… I would have loved to be able to go back in the fall.. hopefully someday that opportunity will present itself.

Anyhow, Stay tuned for more from the trip…



PS : For more pics from the trip click here.

Long exposures on film…

First off wishing you all a very happy n prosperous new year… πŸ˜€ Wish you all the very best!!!

So results of my first long exposures on film came through… and I loved them:) I was excited to see how tey turned out.. cus unlike digital… the results have a long round time πŸ™‚
sydney harbor bridge opera house Long exposures on film...
this one is from Sydney harbor… Again this shot is with the camera resting precariously on the edge of a concrete block… cus i thought i had forgotten my tripod’s mounting bracket (story in this post πŸ˜€ ) Post scanning the shots two were ruined cus of movement, one i knew about when i shot it, the other was disappointing… cus it was to be part of a two shot panorama (hence the bridge being clipped in this shot).. anyways.. thats life… you win some lose some πŸ˜‰

This shot is at Clear Lake, CA (where i got my first shots of milky way)
Clear lake star trail long exposure photo on film
Again the shot turned out to be nice πŸ™‚
Loved the result. I had another one, though not as interesting as this one but still quiet nice. Check it out πŸ™‚

Conclusion… film is still a great medium… Oh n forgot to mention.. these are on medium format film… For now film is still economical (relatively) when one thinks of the medium format world. The resolution/DOF is just amazing and add the gorgeous look of film to the mix n its a winner πŸ˜‰

Have fun… will be wording a post about my trip to Tasmania soon…


long exposure star trail photo emerald bay lake tahoe
Again.. one of my favorite place to shoot.. and guess what.. i managed to capture travel in 4 mediums πŸ™‚
On Earth, in water, in the air and through space…

We are not still…
long exposure star trail photo emerald bay lake tahoe take 2
I am not sure if we are alone or not.. but we are definitely not still πŸ˜‰

Wanted to capture the milky way… but the clouds kinda got in the way.. so i improvised… n got these beautiful trails instead.. n guess what i got trails on the land, in water in the sky and in space πŸ™‚

Another one with the stars n not so much movement…

Thanks for the views…


The Sydney travels…

The Sydney harbor bridge from train station...
Promised long ago.. fulfilled now πŸ™‚ Here are the pics form the Sydney trip we took in Jul ’13. Sydney harbor is indeed a beautiful place, both at night and in the day. Plentiful sunshine made the day even better… and that was in the peak of winters πŸ˜€
the snap above is a view of the harbor from the train station.

Up next is a panoramic view of the two icons of Sydney.. Opera house and the Sydney harbor bridge.
sydney harbor bridge opera house panoromic long exposure night shot
This photo has an interesting story and an anecdote πŸ™‚
I had packed my light weight tripod for the trip.. after-all i had to get beautiful shots of the Sydney harbor at night… how could i miss those πŸ˜‰
So we get to the park and i take out my tripod… set it up n all.. Next thing i try to mount my camera on it… and guess what.. the bracket on the camera is for my usual tripod… πŸ˜₯
Well, i had to get those shots one way or another… so i found this lil wall at the waters edge.. its ends were tapered n not flat.. after a lot of camera acrobats i finally manage to get my camera stable and get a couple of shots needed for the panoramas n other shots. Its a success, gods must be happy on me πŸ™‚
Come back home and realize the mounting bracket for the travel tripod is right in the top pocket of my bag… and so the story goes.
Now the anecote.. whatever happens.. happens for the greater good.. well is did here.. for me πŸ˜‰ Had i had the tripod, i would have set it up somewhere safely on the walkway instead of dangling my camera right at the waters edge (that too on a tapered wall πŸ˜‰ )… but i would have walked away with pretty std shots.. instead of these, which i somehow think came better.

Hut on the bridge…
ut on the bridge darling harbor sydney
This one came out quiet nice (according to yours truly πŸ˜€ )… Initially i had dismissed the shot to be too touristy n well.. std. But then in a creative bout of boredom lo and behold…

The three sisters…
the three sisters, blue mountains, sydney
Wonder where their heads are though πŸ˜‰
Blue mountains national park.. a beautiful day trip (n probably tons more) close to Sydney. It has a lot more to offer than we could afford on a day trip though.
(Note to self… go back for more)

St Kilda Beach…
walkway st kilda beach melbourne
before you go “Wait..What.. how the… this aint Sydney.. you moron!!!”
I know πŸ˜› but i just got a nice shot that i wanted to show off.. This is St Kilda beach in Melbourne. Really beautiful place to walk, dine n just about spend a nice evening at.

Thats all folks… Hope you had fun πŸ™‚


For more from the trip click here…

Breaking the silence…

lake tahoe sunrise at emerald bay

Been a long time since my last post… Life gets to you some times πŸ˜‰ Not in a bad way though… just kept me on my toes for the last few months. One thing I did not stop doing though… going places and taking pics πŸ˜€
Lake Tahoe is an easy choice when ones pressed for time… always beautiful.. no matter what the weather:) and pretty close to the bay area πŸ™‚
The pic above with the fiery skies is from my latest trip. Early bird really caught itself something phenomenal this time around πŸ™‚

lake tahoe emerald bay trek
Heres another one from the trip… Had to trek a lil bit for this one… I just love how you can walk a few mins to be transported someplace totally new πŸ™‚

Onto some older ones now…
This is one from the last trip in the winters… This ones is at Sand Harbor… another location which is perennially beautiful πŸ™‚ You cant go wrong here be it day or night sumers or winters πŸ™‚
black and white picture from sand harbor of a trees reflection on the lake tahoe

Another one from Sand Harbor at a mesmerizing sunset…
winter sunset over lake tahoe from san harbor

Hope you enjoyed these pics.. for more check out the complete gallery here.


Keep checking back.. i’ll be posting stuff from my more recent trips too πŸ˜€

My first midwest trip… Lake Erie n Niagara :)

long exposure niagra falls all lit up

Recently I was lucky enough to visit Toledo, OH (well technically i was in Sylvania… but I’ll call it the Toledo Trip πŸ˜› ). It is a beautiful place… especially for me.. coming form the Bay area… open spaces n large houses are a treat to see πŸ˜€

From Lake Erie to Niagra falls… the trip was something i would reminisce about for some time to come :). The shot above is from Niagara (yeah right… like no one knows that one already) all lit up… Boy is that ai site to behold. I am pretty sure that the view from the Canadian side is even more mesmerizing, hope i had a Canadian visa 😦

sunset over lake erie
A lovely sunset at Lake Erie…

We were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time… Beautiful.
Lake Erie is a huge lake, and come to think of it, its on the smaller side when compared to the rest of the great lakes.

toronto in the distance from niagra falls
Toronto in the distance…

Well, the tower at the far side is in Toronto…Wandering the streets of Niagara in the evening… this was indeed a beautiful site. Its a nice place that has its own charm even if you take away the Falls..

streets of niagra falls in the evening
Street light..

A beautiful street light in Niagara… a beautiful eventful evening.

Thanks for stopin by..


PS : For rest for the images click here

My first successful milky way shot :)

My first successful milky way shot over clear lake, ca:)

A couple of weeks back I just drove out to Clear lake, CA on a weekend… out of the sheer urge to get out… u know… get out of the city… to some place that is quiet.
Clear lake, CA is one such destination, its a nice big lake about 90 miles north of SFO… an look what I got… my first milky way shot. πŸ˜€

Another one from the same trip…
first successful milky way shot over clear lake, ca

Hope you guys enjoyed the post…


Smugmug redesign…

Smugmug redesign…

I was kind of skeptical to see what kind of an update smugmug had in store, but this is a pleasant change. A change for good…

One can customize their site pretty easily, with most of the stuff being just drag and drop. Witching 20 mins I had a great looking site… much better than what I had previously. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there is plenty of room for improvements, but the current set of changes was a breath of fresh air…

I would love to see the site become more customizable with more templates available for those of us who are not pros yet and cant afford the more expensive subscriptions as yet. The displaying of images in the galleries could use more formats and the slideshows could use more options (randomize for one)…