Concrete cobweb

Before-After, Photography

This is a picture of a humongous spider cobweb that some people mistake for a glass dome. The picture was taken at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport. Here are my artboard renditions of the picture.

Original Photograph (shot on iPhone 7)

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Edited Photograph (edited on Adobe Lightroom Classic CC)

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and here are the comparison views

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Cafe for the soul

Photography, Travel

Some cafes cater to your need for food, some cafes cater to your need for socialization and some cater to your need for amazing Instagram pictures. How often do you go to a cafe to feed your soul?

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If you live in a city, you would be consciously aware of all the cafes that sprout in your locality and the numbers are huge. What does it take to stand out from the crowd? and how far would you go to break away from clutter? ‘Echoes’ in Koramangala, Bengaluru, in my opinion, does a lot to stay unique.

For starters…

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(Text: Sign Language Spoken here… Mind it)

The cafe is operated by deaf and mute.

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I cannot attempt to describe what is more interesting, whether it is the fact that the cafe is operated by differently abled or how hassle-free and effective are the operations.

Here is a walkthrough of their completely admirable operations…

STEP 1: Ring the bell for service

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Step 2: Write down your order (clearly). Check and re-check.

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Step 3: Tadaaaaa

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They serve authentic filter coffee in a ‘matka‘ and that is not sweetened to death.

Step 4: Chill out, read all the amazing quotes on the walls and to talk to the staff in sign language.

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Step 5.1: If you are ready for more…

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Step 5.2: and if you are done…

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How cool is this? This is my first time in such a cafe and I was blown by the meticulous attention to service.

Here is a picture of the wonderful, happy, courteous and confident staff

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I would go back and spend some time here every time I go to Bengaluru and I recommend all my friends in Bengaluru to do the same!

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Experiments on the artboard

Before-After, Photography

I am a huge fan of all the Adobe software. Until yesterday I used photoshop to edit all my pictures. Adobe Lightroom is my new discovery. I might be a little late in discovering this, in fact, this ain’t even a discovery, however, I can’t help but flaunt my love for the software.

Most of my candid shots lack the ideal light exposure and this software works great for fixing this.

Here is the photograph of adorable 80-year-old grandmother. This picture was shot on iPhone 7.

Original

here is the Edited Photograph

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and here is a comparison of the both…

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The Mayan voyage

Photography, Travel

Have you ever stood at a place, closed your eyes and tried to imagine what the particular spot looked like through time? Who roamed these lands before us? Such thoughts are certain to take you on a voyage of discovery. Well, if you are curious enough.

I happen to visit a few spots in Mexico where the Mayans roamed and flourished during their glorious days. These spots are proof of their expertise in art, architecture, commerce, mathematics and astronomical study. These spots were once the hub of commerce and activity with advanced land and sea routes. These spots have once witnessed the Mayan human sacrifices and other bizarre traditions.

Tulum Ruins

Image Courtesy – Locogringo

So, the first spot we went to was the Tulum ruins. It is located on shores of the Carribean sea, about 5 Km (14 minutes) from Tulum city and about 140 Km (1 hour 45 mins) drive from Cancun, Mexico. We flew to Cancun from Mexico City and took a bus to Tulum. These spots thrive on tourism, hence the local public transport system is very tourist friendly. They also accepted US dollars almost everywhere.

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Every Mayan city is built for a specific reason, to fulfill a specific requirement. The city of Tulum is the only city built on the coast becoming the seaport of the Mayan civilization trading several goods like Turquoise, Jade, copper bells, cacao etcetera. Tulum is also one of the only few Mayan cities protected by a limestone wall.

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Tulum

 

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