Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ever since my mind has been able to evaluate things... Landscapes have always been like a fantasy to me. As a child when I used to see photographs of landscapes....mountains, sunsets,rays of sun coming through a blanket of clouds....I just used to stare and admire those.

Now I have got my own new dSLR- Canon Rebel 450D....I am trying my hand at them. Last week I went to Skyline Drive.....and it was great. Although I felt I was a weel late for the actual fall....rain and wind couple of days prior ruined the perfect fall...but it wasn't as bad either.

Sunsets have always been my favs....and to get one good shot a whole day gives alot of satisfaction. The pic below is one of my fav's till now. The atmosphere here is so great and its just that one particular moment. It remains like this for a couple of minutes and then the color changes. I feel I have been really lucky to be there at the right time to capture the shot. And thats wht actually the photography is.....capturing the right moment at the right time.

I had been away from this blog for a long time and the photography occupied most of my free time. Even yesterday I read about the HDR and when I was doing it myself I wasn't able to get the desired results...needs alot of time for that. But I hope I will be able to take out time for my blog as well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Living the American Dream…

A google search of this word ‘dream’ will give you about 503,000,000 hits in about 0.08 seconds. Most of the pages revolve around interpretation of dreams or dream quotes or bookish definitions. But what is a dream?

A dream is something that has no reality or even a chance of coming true. Still people have dreams which they go for even after knowing deep in their hearts that it is a dream……it has no substance. It may be called as a motivation force that keeps everyone going. The American dream is defined as the faith that through hard work, courage, and determination one can achieve a better life for oneself, usually through financial prosperity.

This phrase ‘Living the American Dream’ is commonly used for the immigrants rather than Native Americans. People from all over the world come to US to fulfill their dreams. It is still a dream and not a reality; it is an imaginary target that people have decided to accomplish without visualizing the installments one has to pay to reach there. These goals are very much attainable if one decides to go for them, but then at what cost???

We all come here to achieve this dream leaving our families, loved ones behind to pursue our dreams. Dreams are our targets and there are not many people who hit the bull’s eye. Those who have hit the bull’s eye can boast about it, but those who haven’t been so lucky!!!! Those who actually struggle all their lives in making the ends meet. Is the cost they paid, worth it? As one grows up/old the priorities of a person change so do the dreams and goals. The target you have today may not be or rather should not be your target in a couple of years from now. So it is mandatory to continuously change our goals and take steps towards reaching for the same, then only we can say that we are living the American dream.

Its up to you to decide are you living one????

Monday, June 16, 2008

life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...

We have been so fortunate in out life that after every step we take, we are always given choice. Just as we always have the option to smile or to frown. Some people take the option to smile even when the chips are down, while others are not able to enjoy the best moments in life. Similarly life is a storm and we still have to choices, we can either crib or we can learn to dance in the rain.

The sooner we start learning to dance in the rain the better. Many people don’t realize this thing till late in their lives and some don’t even get to know this fact. Some people never get a chance to get out in the rain let alone learning dancing.

Life is always up there asking for questions and every time you figure out what the answer could be the question changes. I guess that’s why it is said that change is the spice of life. Change is something which is inevitable, it has to happen and we have to deal with that. If there isn’t any change the life becomes so monotonous and it seems like all the charm is lost. But then why does the human being always resist the change, who knows it might be something happening for good. We always have the choices but most of us don’t even prefer to go for them. We prefer the easy way out even though it is very dreary…to avoid the change we console ourselves saying that it is difficult time and it will pass by(preferring the storm to pass)…rather than going out and making an effort!! I remember the lines of the song by Gurdas Mann:

“bin suiyan paate nahi silde
ghar baithe mehram nahi milde
mehram layi marna painda hai
kachiya te tarna painda hai”

There are a very few people who actually make an effort, but then it’s only those people who weather the storm and grasp each opportunity, that go to the top of the world. As some one has said, “Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die”. It is so easy to point a finger at someone but the journey the person has gone through to reach that destination is often unseen. They are the ones who have lived the lives to the fullest and a life lived to the fullest includes pain, grief, anguish apart from fun and happiness.

The choice is again up to us either we resist the change and have what according to us is a smooth life, which actually is nothing but hollow from inside or live life to the fullest and go dancing in the rain!!