Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

For the final photo challenge of this year, I’m opting to post some of my favourite photos of 2017 that didn’t make it to regular posts on the blog:

Drunken Desserts Workshop, Jakarta:

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Hershey kisses- topped starfish duo on the shores of the island off Belitung:

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Two of my favourite photo projects this year:

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Bhoomika’s graduation lunch

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Van Aroma Industrial Photography

 

Mummy, Sara and Ira in Lalbagh, Bengaluru:

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Garde Wada at 71, Panchquiya, Jhansi that we bid goodbye to this year:

Around home in Kolhapur:

A picnic at Palsambe, near Gaganbawada:

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Awaiting the cars at the Rally Caminos del Inca in Peru:

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Selamat Tahun Baru!

Happy New Year!

Feliz Año Nuevo!

नव वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा!

Rocks and Boats and a Fishing Village

Half a year ago, I was living halfway around the world. On special weekends I would visit special islands, The days would start with the sun. Except when I brought out the camera. Especially on expensive photo trips.

One remarkable island out of the 15,000+ that Indonesia has is called Belitung. Off the east coast of Sumatra, almost directly north of Jakarta, this island has/had two claims to fame. First, during the Dutch colonial period, it was exploited for its vast supply of tin. When tin fell out of favouring the world, the island met with a similar fate. Decades later, a talented Indonesian writer, Andrea Hirata, published Lashkar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops, in English). A blockbuster movie followed that successful book, and brought out visually what Belitung should forever be famous for: its landscape of crystalline waters and rocks with personality.

After reading the book, a visit to the island was on my list, but it took my reliable partner in photo-adventures: Rajbir, to make it happen. And the expert guidance of our photography guru, Ranar, to make it better.

 

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THAT particular trip we were blessed with an overcast sky and no sun to make those colours pop.

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But we persisted.

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Over 2 days and 2 nights.

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Until the last day, when the sun finally shed it’s shyness and cast some shadows.

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Success!

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