Posts Tagged: Long Exposure

Hawaii – Kauai – Getting one with Nature

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We recently visited Kauai. Its the oldest of the Hawaii islands. We picked it over the other islands because its one the least commercialized of the Hawaii islands and of the most beautiful. The island is full of mountains and gets some of the highest rainfall in the world. The result of this is that the island has some spectacular waterfalls.

Unfortunately, our trip to paradise was interrupted by health issues. Both my wife and I got sick for 4 out of the 7 days we were there and this limited the pictures I could take. Nevertheless, below is a glimpse of the beautiful island

The Hindu Monastery in Kauai is one of the most peaceful places I’ve visited and one of my favorite temples

Tribute in Light: 9/11 Memorial from ‘Empty Sky’

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I had shot Tribute in Light from the Brooklyn side last year. Last year being the 10th year anniversary of 9/11, it was supposed to be the last year of the tribute. This year however, they brought it back just for one night. And I was there to shoot it again – with a new camera!

This time around, I went to the Liberty State Park in NJ where they have the ‘Empty Sky’ memorial. Its two long parallel walls which point to the location where the twin towers once stood. The walls have the names of all the people who died on that day. Its a great way to give a tribute and remember the day.

The cherry on the top is that they have a couple of actual beams from the actual towers (Above)

Below is a 3 picture panaroma of the NYC skyline. I tried to include the statue of liberty in it.

A Tribute in Light – Dedicated to the heroes and victims of 9/11

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Higher then ever, the twin towers stood in the dark cloudy night. So bright, they can be seen from miles away.

For the past 10 years, the tribute in light has light up the manhattan skyline in remembrance of the almost 3000 people who died in 2001. I still remember the day. I was in India at that time, watching some soap opera with my parents and suddenly the programming was interrupted by a news broadcast just after the first plane hit the tower. I’ve seen footage of terrorists attacks before but never have I ever seen one happening live. The second plane collided on live TV and the towers fell, all while we were watching. I was speechless. I have tremendous respect for all the emergency responders that helped out that day.

The tribute in light was born 6 months after the attacks by the Municipal Art Society and been an annual event thus far. Many people take it for granted like the 4th of July fireworks that happen every year. However, the future of the Tribute is in question due to lack of funding.

The reason why it costs so much money is because this event is MUCH more difficult than it looks. First off, these “Two” lights are actually  comprised of over 85 lights. Each one of those bulbs is 7000 watts. To put it into perspective, most household bulbs are just 60 watts. Lighting this, then takes up tremendous amount of power! To add to that, getting the beams straight can be an extremely challenging task. Just 1 degree tilt in any one of those 85+ lights will mess up the entire look. For your contributions to keep this spectacular event going, please see the end of this post.


On the photography end, none of these pictures are HDRs. I was prepared for HDRs but I kinda liked them as is. I’m not entirely happy with the pictures because mother nature decided to play her cards again and covered the entire sky with thick coulds. As such, the lights couldn’t penetrate the sky like they normally do.

Contrary to popular belief, the lights arent exactly at the WTC location. They are a block away. The WTC site is currently being remodeled and when finished, it will have 3 buildings including the freedom tower which will be the tallest building in Manhattan and the memorial which is set in the footprints of the original twin towers. It features two 50ft-deep pools, each containing fountains, along with a museum with exhibitions and artefacts to teach visitors about the events of September 11. The pools have the victims’ names etched around its perimeter.

Below are some pictures of the freedom tower and another tower at the WTC location


Of course, this being this is BIG event for photographers, I went to a park in Brooklyn to take some pictures and unsurprisingly, there already was a big line of photographers there. But everyone was accommodating to each other.



Help everyone “never forget” the heroes and victims of 9/11 by keeping this event alive. Please visit for information on how to contribute.

Source for some information:

My First Blog: Poitrix

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Welcome to my first blog. I’ve been trying to make a blog for some time now and I’m glad to have finally completed it!

As you might notice, I do everything from Landscapes to Weddings to Fashion. I am always up for some new kind of photography, always experimenting. I try to diversify myself as a photographer so when my brother in law asked me to take pictures for his new business that he has started in India – Poitrix, I was more than happy to click them. PoiTrix is a group of rare talented poi and staff spinners specializing in glow and fire dances. For bookings and more information,

I had done a shoot for him a couple of years ago but that was without much equipment (not even a tripod!) but this time I had the proper equipment (and a couple of years of experience).

Since the shoot, many people have asked me how I’ve managed to have motion in the fire while keeping the subject sharp, without movement. Obviously this is a long exposure (~2sec) but if you do long exposure, you will get a lot of movement in the person as well. Adding just a flash doesnt really solve the problem either. What you need is a TTL compatible system and the flash set to slow syncro and rear curtain sync. Once you have that, you just have to judge how long each Poi movement will be.

Below are some of the pictures that  I liked. Please leave some comments on the post or the blog itself.





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