Friday, December 27, 2013

La Liberté

The statue of Liberty leading the people (a symbol of France and the French Republic, also known as Marianne from the painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830) in front of the Dupleix Palace in Chandannagore, India.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm | Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day's end

Sunset on the Hoogly river at Chandannagore.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20mm

Friday, December 20, 2013

Still life - Experiments with the Nikon 35mm f1.8G

Shot at my friend's house today morning with my new Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX lens on the Nikon D300 at f1.8. Nice subtle colors and the lens is quite sharp even when shot wide open.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D300 | Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX

Monday, December 16, 2013

Countryside

Saturday morning. En route to Chandannagore, a right turn from the Delhi Road.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/




Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stroll by the Ganges

A small boat cruises on the serene Ganges at the Rani Ghat, Chandannagore.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The morning news!

The morning news!
Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 VR

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sunrise

Al Jubail. Sunrise.

View through my kitchen window at 5.45 am.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/




Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Friday, November 29, 2013

Steak House

Dinner at the Steak House at Jubail on the occasion of a colleague’s farewell.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Contrails

Contrails in the crisp clear skies over Jubail.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200mm @ 200m f 11

Friday, November 22, 2013

Durga Puja 2013 . . . some more pictures

The puja decorations at the Lake Range Durga Puja has always been a bit different, always a cut above the ordinary. This year it dwelt on the chariot theme, with four horses and a structure made of miniature chariots.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Monday, November 18, 2013

Post processing with the DxO Film Pack3

Another of the series from the Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association Durga Puja this year. The purohit was intently watching the rituals in progress.



© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR | LR | DxO FilmPack 3

Monday, November 11, 2013

Playing with post processing

This was taken during Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association last month. Post processed with DxO Film Pack 3 and Lightroom 2.7. The film look from the Kodak Kodachrome 64 preset has given a burnished effect to the picture.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR | DxO Film Pack 3 | LR 2.7

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Diwali

Lots of sweets and special dishes made up for my Deepawali celebrations away from home. Interestingly, I recently spied this Deepawali decoration in KSA.

© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/


Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The window cleaner

A window cleaner at the New Delhi IGI Airport, T3.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013





Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Durga Puja 2013 : An edited take on one of my earlier images

An edited photograph of the Sandhi Puja at our New Alipore Association. I was experimenting using the Nikon Capture NX, that originally came with my Nikon D200, and this was the result.
I quite liked the result.

© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013.





Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR | Edited on Nikon Capture NX

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Durga Puja 2013 : Maha Nabami

Nabami puja at the Vivekananda Sporting Club puja on Simla street in north Calcutta.

© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013


Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Rain washed Calcutta on Maha Nabami

Esplanade on Nabami morning. Though the tropical cyclone Phailin had dumped copious amounts of rain in the city, it failed to dampen the festive spirit.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Durga Puja 2013 : Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association

Continuing on with the pictures from Sandhi Puja, here is one more. The lamps used during the aarati being handed around.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Durga Puja 2013 : Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association

Sandhi Puja in progress at the New Alipore Association Durga Puja in New Alipore, Calcutta.


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Durga Puja 2013 : Sandhi Puja

Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association this year.

For a change, I took my D7000 and the Nikon 18-200 mm VR and the combination performed quite well in my opinion.


Sandhi Puja at the New Alipore Association | © Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Durga Puja 2013 : Sandhi Puja

Sandhi Puja is performed at the juncture of the 8th and 9th lunar day. Sandhi puja lasts from the last 24 minutes of Ashtami till the first 24 minutes of Nabami. This year it was in the late afternoon on a rainy day, with the rains being brought about by the tropical cyclone Phailin.



© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013
SANDHI PUJA AT NEW ALIPORE ASSOCIATION PUJA




Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Durga Puja 2013

A riot of colors at the Shibmandir Durga Puja.


© Debopriyo Datta 2013



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20mm

Durga Puja 2013

Durga Puja 2013 at Maddox Square on Maha Saptami.

© Debopriyo Datta 2013



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Durga Puja 2013

Dhakis playing at the Mahapuja Samiti Durgotsav at Ladies Park, Bhowanipur.


© Debopriyo Datta 2013


Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20mm

Friday, October 11, 2013

Durga Puja 2013

Taken yesterday (Sasthi) on my way back from the airport. A traffic police directs pedestrians and revelers almost in the line of oncoming traffic.




Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Durga Puja 2013 : Maha Saptami

Ceiling motifs at Shibmandir Durga Puja.


(c) Debopriyo Datta 2013




Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Durga Puja 2013 : Maha Saptami

Mudiali Club on Saptami morning.


(c) Debopriyo Datta 2013



Nikon D300 | Sigma 10-20 mm

Friday, October 4, 2013

Victoria Terminus, Mumbai

The top of the Victoria Terminus or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai during my day trip in September last year.

 © Debopriyo Datta 2013


Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Summer evening at Al-Khobar

Empty roads during a summer evening  drive back from Al-Khobar in end-July this year.  Looks quite unusual but it was Ramadan and it was the time of breaking of the fast.


© Debopriyo Datta 2013




Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Monday, September 23, 2013

Calcutta Rains

Pedestrians wait for the rains to stop in front of a car showroom flanked by a BMW X1 and a slew of TATA vehicles, none of which will take them away in the blinding rain.

(c) Debopriyo Datta 2013




Nikon D300 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR. Converted to B&W on Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Birds

An experiment with minimalism.  Birds sitting on some dead branches against a bright summer sky.

(c) Debopriyo Datta 2013



Shot with the Nikon D7000 and the Nikon 18-200 mm VR. Modifications via LR 2.7.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Al-Khobar at night | Low light experiments with the Nikon D7000

Taken while traveling through Al-Khobar on our way back to Jubail, just after exiting IKEA last night.

© Debopriyo Datta 2013


Shot at 2500 ISO at 1/80s with the Nikon D7000 and the Nikon 18-200mm VR.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Isn't this too damn close for comfort?

Unlike my other trips on board Qatar Airway's shuttle from Dammam to Doha, on the last trip, the aircraft passed directly overhead the tall towers in Doha downtown as it made the final approach for landing. I had a feeling that we were very close to the buildings and we had drifted slightly off the flight path.

The plane finally made a hard left turn and then aligned itself to the runway.

© Debopriyo Datta 2013



Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Friday, August 23, 2013

India unplugged

Taken sometime during the week before, during my trip home to Calcutta.  This was taken just before the onset of a squall, which resulted in a heavy downpour.

Somehow, I feel that this picture does represent India today . . .


© Debopriyo Datta and http://dds-pictures.blogspot.com/, 2007-2013


Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

International Departures | Experiments with the Nikon D7000

International departures at the new terminal at the Calcutta airport at 12.40 AM. I was taking a Qatar Airways very early morning flight to Doha, Qatar.

Taken at ISO 1600 handheld at 1/20s.

Calcutta Airport T2 | Debopriyo Datta 2013



Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200mm VR | B&W conversion on Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Friday, August 16, 2013

From the air

A traditional dhow making speed over the tranquil waters of the Persian gulf.

Taken from the aircraft, as it began its final descent in to Doha International Airport.

From the air | Debopriyo Datta 2013


Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cloudscape

Clouds over the Victoria Memorial at Calcutta on an August morning.


Cloudscape | Debopriyo Datta 2013


Shot yesterday morning with the Panasonic G1 and the Lumix 14-45mm Vario through my car window.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Street Photography | Experimenting with the Nikon D7000

This guy was selling independence day bric-a-brac at a busy intersection in Calcutta. This was taken as soon as he saw the camera lens sticking out through the car window.


Calcutta | Debopriyo Datta 2013


Nikon D7000 | Nikon 18-200 mm VR

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Storm-watch

Shot at 12.01 AM through the aircraft window (2.31 am IST) with the lens pressed to the window and the pillow covering the ambient light. The shutter was open for 13s. This is the result. You can see a dark shape of the wing at 3 O' Clock.

Storm-watch | Debopriyo Datta 2013



Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Streetview - Nai'riyah

An owner covers his prized Nissan ZX-280 sports car in the extreme heat of the Nai'riyah summer.  The quirky bed-sheet covering was rather an interesting choice though!



Nissan Z280 | Debopriyo Datta 2013



Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45 mm Vario



PS: I have removed the car number plate markings on purpose.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Structured randomness

Shot in the late afternoon at Al Khobar. The slanting rays of the sun created interesting patterns of light.


Structured randomness | Al Khobar | D Datta 2013

Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45 mm Vario

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Al Khobar : At a street light

Shot at a traffic signal at Al Khobar.  We were confused about with way would take us to IKEA and being the iftar time, there was not a soul on the road.  The cylindrical building is the HQ for Sadara.


Al Khobar : At a street light | Debopriyo Datta 2013



Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dusk at Al Khobar

Dusk at Al-Khobar today evening.

Taken from the car, when we were just about to get on to the Damman-Jubail highway. The roads were empty today as it is month of Ramadan.

Dusk | Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario




Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Camels at Nai'riyah

Almost a scene from the Lawrence of Arabia. Camels being herded across the deserts of Saudi Arabia at dusk after an excruciating hot day. 

Taken somewhere on the Nai'riyah road from a moving car while returning back to Jubail.

Camels at Nai'riyah - Panasonic G1 |  Lumix 14-45mm Vario


Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Monday, July 8, 2013

Reflections

Reflections. Terminal 3, IGI Airport, New Delhi.

Reflections | Debopriyo Datta 2013



Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45 mm Vario | B&W conversion in camera

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sandstorm at Nai'riyah

Sandstorm during our drive to Nai’riyah. Though we were in a SUV, at times were were forced to slow down to a crawl as the visibility dropped down to a few feet.


Sandstorm at Nai'riyah - Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario


Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45mm Vario

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Street scene at Nai’riyah

It was 47 degree centigrade in the shade in the early evening at Nai’riyah. It was like stepping right into an oven when we started our journey back to Jubail.


Street scene at Nai’riyah | Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45 mm Vario | Converted to B&W in LR.


 Panasonic G1 | Lumix 14-45 mm Vario | Converted to B&W in LR.