Isle of Skye & the Scottish highlands
"Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance."
For a long time, there was an insatiable desire and curiosity in me to explore the world’s amazing landscapes and go to the end and see the planet's greatest treasures. Being driven by a great sense of exploring nature’s creativities i.e landscapes, I always had a second (or more than that) thought of visiting the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands. One reason is because of the massive amount of time (~10 hours from Edinburgh) and the exhausting journey it would be considering different flights and train travels. Second, I always doubted my endurance in exploring and hiking these high terrains and gigantic mountains amidst the Winter season. But I did read somewhere, if you follow what you love, the journey would not be straight.
However, considering these aggravating thoughts as my inner battle of nervousness and reluctance, I finally went ahead of planning my second solo trip to the European continent and took all the hesitation and nervousness to be taken care of later.
PROJECT LIGHT TRAILS
The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” – Elliott Erwitt.
I always wondered what it takes to capture those amazing streaks of lights traveling from one end to another during nighttime. I always wondered what it takes to capture those amazing streaks of lights traveling from one end to another during nighttime. The art of capturing light trails is surprisingly a little more than simply setting up a camera on a tripod and pressing the shutter. It involves taking the time to plan your locations to arrive at the appropriate time, which will then allow you to make the most of the ambient light in addition to the long exposure. Sometimes, you might want to shoot when it is incredibly dark in the middle of the night; other times, you will find more benefit in shooting with more sunset or dusk light.
Before I visited Scotland, I promised myself to try out the long exposure shots in the streets of the old town and observe how the long trail of lights from traffic creates the composition of an image.
EDINBURGH & IT'S SCOTTISH CULTURE
“The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world.”- Richard Demarco
From a very young age, I was influenced by the importance of stories and the enormous power it has to stuck in our hearts. These stories can also be captured through the lens in the form of moments that the people can see and get driven by. However, for a very long time, I felt stuck and I question myself as to why I haven't made such an effort to get out in the world and capture the stories around different cities too.
Now, after turning 29, with a successful visit to Italy, I decided to plan my second trip for Scotland. Edinburgh with its impressive history, rich culture, picturesque views, gothic architecture, and a stunning skyline, provided an incredible opportunity to explore and capture something that only a photographer can see and later can share it with the world.
Orcia Valley, Tuscany, Italy
“One doesn’t come to Italy for niceness,” was the retort; “one comes for life. Buon Giorno! Buon Giorno!” – E.M.
Forster. While I was pretty much focused on the aspect of Landscape photography in the Tuscany region, I was also enthralled by the Italian architecture of small yet elegant and stylish buildings of the medieval town of Montepulciano, Sienna, Pienza, and Chianciano Terme. The street of these countryside towns would give you a strong glimpse of historical value as well as the warmth of the culture and locals residing in it. The most challenging aspect of the urban landscape or in general terms, street photography is that it keeps on changing in a second.
TUSCANY AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi Being in love with Landscape: We all are engrossed by the thought of how...
We all are engrossed by the thought of how nature with its powerful forces would have carved the mountains, cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, and ranges thereby forming the world’s greatest and most breathtaking treasures in the form of Landscapes. The vastness and surreal experience that lies with them and the intrigues they can possess within us is the ultimate experience one can have while witnessing and absorbing their existence. For a very long time, I always wanted to explore the breathtaking landscapes around the world. However, considering being never traveled internationally and that too alone, they were one of the immersive factors holding me down in my very own comfort zone.