Highway Wanderings

ScareCrow in Paradise

The good weather is upon us people, bringing with it long aimless drives and impromptu photography expeditions. We have been taking full advantage of it. Driving out of Bangalore, leaving behind “Namma” dust and “Namma” potholes is a real joy.

We have 8 little Ferrari models from Shell (you get one when you do a full tank)
that bear testimony to the amount of fuel that has been consumed recently.


This panorama is by keshav, click to see a bigger image on his site

At almost every turn the scenery is breathtaking, Karnataka is a beautiful state. The period after the monsoon is my favorite. Here’s a small sampling of some of what we have seen so far. There are times when I want to stop every few meters to capture it all.

Pink Asters

Some of the snaps were taken with my Motorola Milestone because I couldn’t be bothered to get the camera out of the boot. Ive also borrowed some from Keshav.

HillRoads
Taken with Motorola Milestone

Having a pocketable camera phone that takes fairly decent photos is a nice experience. I have also tried taking photos through the windshield, and while the vehicle is at higher speeds – quite interesting effects can be achieved. And I get to upload them instantly too! Waiting for 3G.

MarigoldTree
Taken using the Milestone

Ofcourse, quality of camera and skill makes a huge difference. Compare with Keshav’s version of the same field below, achieved after 20 minutes spent squatting in various yogic poses in the mud that had the farmer beginning to look concerned.


This one is by keshav, click to see a bigger image on his site

Sometimes though with luck and prayer, even the careless and the impatient can chance on a nice frame. I like the one below as well.

Tree with Flowers

So get out there, with camera and a map (my phone has MotoNav GPS turn by turn directions, so we skip this). Charge your phone, carry some change for the toll gates, take a bottle of water along ( you wont really need it ).
For bathroom breaks stop at the A2B outlets near petrol bunks. Coffee days are also great for this, but the food is awful, so just buy water, use the loo and head to a Kamat upchar. :)

1 Comment

  1. I really liked the photos taken from the milestone, found it better composed and the clarity was not all that bad. keshav, the milestone is giving a run for your bulky camera and photography skills, giddy up! :D

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