Thursday, April 24

Melbourne Evening Photowalk - Fine Art Street Photo Experiments

Melbourne is a street photographer's paradise, period. No matter how much I love the street scene in Sydney (my current city of residence), its not comparable to the arty lanes and alleys of Melbourne.
Every time I come back to Melbourne, it presents me with something new, visually. The trams, the horse carriages, the Victorian era buildings, the graffiti, the modern architecture and the tasteful fashionistas make it such a unique juxtaposition, that I always end up with a plan to come back again.

This Easter was a good excuse for me to take a break from work and come down to Melbourne to explore the street scene here. The weather wasn't too friendly for the camera, from grey skies to drizzles, it was relentless in its attempt to make a shutterbug unhappy. However, I wanted to see how Melburnians tackle the rains and whether it deters their partying spirit or not. I walked out with my Nikon D90 and the 35 mm f2.8 lens only, just to try some compositions with a free mind.

The theme that I had in my mind was "Walking"...


Sunday, November 24

The Weekly Frame - Loneliness

 
Lonely on the land I walk,
Lonely cross the sea I sail,
Lonely air of beach I stroll –
This lonely life doth take its toll 
- Mark R Slaughter
Shot at Camps Cove in Sydney, Australia.



Wednesday, November 13

Looking Ahead to Summer: Greek Activity Breaks

Make the most out of your summer beach break and add an activity-laden facet to your typical fun in the sun. Are you used to spending the duration of your time chilling out on a sun lounger with a great read and plenty of suncream? Why stop there? Holidays with Neilson provide plenty more opportunities for you, no matter what you love, meaning that you can enjoy your activity break to the max.

While thousands of holidaymakers will be flocking to Spain and the Balearics in the summer, others will head elsewhere and who can blame them? The more of the world we get to appreciate during our lifetime, the broader our horizons get! One place to definitely visit at some point is Greece, which will give you the chance to enjoy both the sun, sea and sand and as much history, natural beauty, adventure and culture as you can fit in to your hectic itinerary.

Where to go, though? Greece has an abundance of resorts for an activity holiday. Here are some of the best that may help you make your choice.



Lemnos

From mountain biking challenging routes such as the Sardes Loop and cycling to Myrina for a leisurely afternoon out, to taking to the water for any amount of watersports, Lemnos is jam-packed with exciting activities. Of course, relaxing by the pool and looking out over the gentle waves of the Aegean Sea is just as appealing, don’t you think?


Saturday, October 26

Durga Puja Celebrations in Sydney

Veer Sanghvi, the editor of Hindustan Times once wrote - "A man in Delhi once asked me -'What is so special about Durga Puja In Kolkata? It's just as big as Diwali is here in the North'.
I simply smiled and replied 'You have no idea'.
Waiting for my late evening flight to Mumbai at the airport, I thought that there probably isn't any festival in any city in the world that can match Kolkata's Puja in intensity. You can take the craze of Diwali in Delhi, Christmas in London, Summer Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Valentine's day in Paris and then add it to the month long madness of Olympic Games or the World Cup and cram all that into a span of 5 days and you still wouldn't know what you are missing if you haven't been in Kolkata during Durga Puja"


Being born and brought up in the City of Joy, I didn't spend many Durga Pujas outside my beloved city. This year was different though. Sitting 6000 miles and 5 timezones away from all the madness and frenzy, I knew what I was missing. But sitting and cribbing for long wasn't an option, so I packed my gear and left to explore the Durga Pujas celebrated at my current city of residence, Sydney.

The idols at the Epping Durga Puja festival, Epping, NSW


Wednesday, October 16

West Ireland Attractions: Why Visit County Galway


As soon as you step foot in this vibrant city, you will understand why many Dubliners flock here for a good night out. Not only are the city’s streets awash with traditional Irish pubs, fantastic bars and delectable restaurants, but it’s also the gateway to County Galway, where there are vast amounts of attractions waiting to be explored.


The natural beauty of this area of Ireland is out of this world and by dropping your gear off at the great value Galway Travelodge, you are letting yourself in for a real treat. Grab your comfortable walking boots and head off in search of what breathtaking views County Galway has to offer.

Located just off the coast of the county, the Aran Islands hold the secret of Irish lifestyle of yore.
Where the Irish language is the main language spoken and unspoilt landscapes surround you, these three islands would make an ideal addition to any itinerary that is based around heritage and culture.
Inishmore is the largest of the islands, where you can see for miles across the karst landscape atop Dun Aengus. From the welcome townsfolk to the secluded beaches and eroding cliffs, the Aran Islands are a real jewel of Ireland.

Similarly, if you’re a lover of the great outdoors, an adventure into the Connemara National Park is an absolute must. Located within the county, Connemara covers all manner of outdoor treats, including forests, mountains and grasslands, all begging to be explored.



Within the city, there’s a host of attractions that would add enjoyment to your visit, including parks, tours, cathedrals and the 16th century Spanish Arch that is located on the banks of the river It’s home to the Galway City Museum which has plenty of exhibitions that help you to gain insight into the history and heritage of the city and beyond.

While its winding streets may not be as bustling as they were a couple of months ago in the height of summer, the true beauty of the natural world will overwhelm you with warm colours and seasonal changes. Autumn is a wonderful time to venture to Galway and beyond.


 
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