The year 2013 started with a missed approach at the Delhi Airport. Later in January I went to Alwar with Seshadri and Chhavi. In February I started cribbing that all my trips were getting cancelled. But boy I traveled some after that. I went to Kashmir in early March and ten days later I was in Rishikesh. By the end of March I was in Jagatsukh.
In mid April I went to Sri Lanka. As soon as I arrived from Sri Lanka one day later I was visiting Shillong and Guwahati for work. And while I was in Guwahati the good folks from South Africa Tourism were doing my visa to visit their beautiful country. May saw me visiting South Africa. Early June was Nepal where I trekked through the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As soon as I came back within a few days I headed to Te Aroha in Uttarakhand. In July I visited Kerala. August beginning saw me at Suryagarh. Later I visited Pushkar and Lakshman Sagar. In fact Kerala, Suryagarh and Lakshman Sagar were on three consecutive weekends! In September I went to Thailand and Cambodia. The coming weekend I am heading to Rajasthan again with my daughter.
It is Time to Stop, Pause and Slow Down
As I work full time so whatever time of night I arrive from a trip, the very next day I am at work so that I can save leaves. Add to it that I try to update my blog almost daily. And I am not even counting the events I have attended in Delhi. From this year I have had a few working Saturdays as well. I am not cribbing as I can take a compensatory off in lieu of that Saturday and those days go into traveling again. But I am so tired by now. It is time to stop, pause and slow down. My body is telling me that it is too tired now.
So the note to self is to slow down. From now till November end I either have working Saturdays or I am traveling on weekends. Only the Diwali week is not fixed as of now. So it is all the more important that I slow down! The only thing I can do is to retire early at night. But it is easier said than done! I am a night owl and my waking up time is fixed as I have to turn up at work.
So this is a stern note to self to pack up early each night till November or else my body will find other ways to get the much needed rest. On that note I am signing off for today!
I would be heading out to Thailand and Cambodia this week itself. Travel Tales from India and I got lucky again. I have been invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for this trip. Before I head out here are photography notes to self!
Blurred Picture, South African Bush Fire
5. Carry that Damn Tripod: I am not a professional photographer. I picked up photography because I like to travel. Then there is this blog where I can showcase them. My readers appreciated my work and that propelled me to try to do even better. Heck I don’t even have a camera bag. So at times I get lazy about carrying that damn tripod. Or I forget to carry the tripod to the trip itself (and I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to kick myself when I did that). Not this time. I am going to treat my tripod like an umbrella on a rainy day. That way I will not have to look at pixelated or blurred shots when I come back to the hotel.
Imagine This at Dawn!
4. Click at Least One Dawn: If you listen to professional photographers like Steve Winter they swear by getting up at the crack of dawn every time. I am not an early riser by any stretch of imagination. On a rare day when I can somehow open my eyes just a crack, I invariably will find the sky overcast. That makes me quite happy because I can go back to sleep again. The next day I happily sleep through, only to wake up to clear views in the morning. And then I curse myself for being lazy. This time I am going to make an effort to catch at least one good dawn (if anything from this list is going to fall flat, this has the highest probability). Why do I always want to sleep 10 minutes more?
3. Try Your Hand at Videos: I make only partial attempts at making videos. This time I am going to make at least 3/4 hearted attempts. If the videos still do not come out well, I will simply not post them.
Remember to Add Human Beings at least Occasionally!
2. Try Telling a Story: I like nature, I usually click nothing but nature. This time I am going to click nature but I will try to be less allergic to everything else. After all there is all that gorgeous food to be clicked, till I can gather courage to click people.
Clicking the Same Picture Again and Again
1. Go Beyond Your Single Subject Blindness: When I read about single subject blindness on DPS it resonated with me immediately. I suffer from the disease. I come back home thinking I have 500 pictures from the destination. In reality I may have just 50 unique images.Sometimes, I need to shoot continuously for wildlife but why I shoot the same nature scene 50 times is beyond me!
Now the proof of the pudding would be once I come back and serve it here. I am looking forward to my trip. In the meanwhile what do you consider to be your biggest photography limitation? Do you write photography notes to self?
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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