Monday, September 11, 2017

Nature in Arizona in play

The roads are calling ...

The Dam

Yup this is where one can start floating on a piece of foam, also called raft colored bright blue, it makes for good visibility I say, no matter how ugly in looks in the greater scheme of things

it is an 3 hour boat ride we indulged ourself, looking on the face os the canyon, wondering what it would be like if we were to walk this path, yes it would be a long walk, but a fun walk n if it has some cloud cover not that bd, mostly we are so used to comfort this would make for some good walking I say

As we looked and looked 
And imagined different character on the side 

Of the canyon wall they did seem to come alive.

I see a girl on the swing do you ?

And here is proof the indians were artists, who were at it on the canyon walls, before it got banned to wring on rocks ( can't blame - we can only seem to write our names or our crushes names on walls ) 

sa we floated down the canyon we spied some people on the top , do u see them , now u know how difficult it would be to see your enemy if they were on top of the canyon 

we sailed on and the view from top is :

The Horse shoe bend canyon 

the photographer was probably at :

yup the tiny one at top :) 

 Looking at all of this, how can one not wonder what is 

The power If there is a super power surely this is the one  .

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Dancers

Another wonderful day spend with friends went to a museum to watch a friends children do a dance performance, as I watched and photographed the event, I was wonderfully surprised to see one of the daughter s mirror image for my friend, n then at the end of the performance as I walk up to congratulate the dancers, Viola, it was my friend performing too, along with her daughters.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Phonix, AZ, the eclipse

The eclipse starts

AS usual I wanted to capture the eclipse once again, no matter how much of it was visible to me, and what do u know the one day that has to cloud up in Arizona desert is today, but disappointing not withstanding, I was glad for the ability to make a more evocative image of the eclipse then juts a record shot of the inverted moon on the sun n I had a lovely opportunity to do so as the eclipse went in and out of the clouds, Monitoring my set up on a 4k, video camera that was next to me, I was kind of clued in to when to attempt my shot

For the technically curious  
Iso 100
Shutter – 3200 – 4000 th of a second
F-stop, 22- to 32

ND was 4 and 2 polarizer stacked up.

Sorry but NO , sony lenses are no where near Pro quality and needs to be nixed, Back to Canon glasses fro me, sorry Sony almost bought a few sony lenses, BUT NO NO NO, they dont quiet cut it, well there you have it, NIKON and Canon glasses are still better for stills compared to SONY,

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Opportunism or just plain corrupt OR,

I started on a trip today the 13th Aug. 2017,  

The fists ride to the nearest station was on a taxi, which charged me Rs 10 more, then the rate. I PAID the extra 10.

THEN I ASKED FOR SERVICE OF A PORTER (COOLIE) I knew the rate for the porter was Rs 50 per trip, I offered Rs 100, and he upped his rate to 150, as I declined and he followed to bargain with me, I finally paid him Rs 80. (I saved 20)

Watched a kid in the station begging, and while I thought about him and his situation, watched a lovely young girl buy him some food, he ate a bit and left the rest, n was back to begging (I doubt that money will do him much good, maybe buy him trouble- gambling, drinking, smoking, girls, his life for him to do as he does. Age no bar, am I being too liberal? )

Boarded the train, watched a couple gush over there kid, and the wife still was taken in with the husband and not just the kid, the man was just starting to turn into his manly self ordering and planning his wife’s life how and what she should do, n she was agreeing on some and not on other, as his macho self played out, he started to occupy more of the space on the berth he was sharing with his wife and kid, and his size doubled, he needed more space around him, n his leg, arms started to accidently hit me and almost hit my mom without an apology for his behavior, finally his leg was resting on my lap almost,    a Tea vendor was handy as I drank a bit and used the rest to wash his trouser ( accidentally ) , he got the drift I though, as I profusely apologized.
Few minutes on he was back to the same game, n this time an accidental meeting with my boot, did help reduce his need for space, another accidental body slam into his solar plexus got the message through, finally
The trip ended and I was back in Kolkata station

Once again a porter (coolie) I offered him 50 we agreed to 80, and was a long walk, paid him an extra 20. Managed to walk through touts and taxi drivers who were very worried for my safety and very curious how much I was willing to pay for my next trip to destination, promising cheap rates and all that, finally I was in a cab, that I had prepaid to take me to my destination, enrooted he told me, as I had decided to keep a bag on the seat, I would have to pay him extra as it was against the rule of KP (Kolkata Police)
On further query how it worked he informed me, that I would not get to know even, the cop would notice it and ask for his license and fine him (case khabo – in Bengali)
On asking what section of law is applied for the same, he promised on Lord Vishwakarma the God of All things mechanical, that he was telling the truth.

SO it seems like I met people who are working and poor are all corrupt, or opportunists trying to make more money, by bending the law