Kerala-Kanyakumari

I took a break from my work at office and went on a trip to Trivandrum-Kanyakumari, which turned out to be real life breather! The trip also turned out to be a sort-of testing ground for my new camera, the Nikon D3100. I took a ton of of photos and some of the decent ones have ended up here.

As a beginner, who has only recently moved from point-and-shoot cameras to D-SLRs, I found it especially difficult to judge the exposure(shutter speed/aperture/sensitivity) based on the ambient lighting and consequently a lot of my snaps came out either over- or under-exposed. I hope its one of those things that I ll understand better over time and get more control over.

Any tips or criticisms are welcome!

This is a view of Trivandrum from our hotel.

Close up pics of the flowers(& buds) kept around in our room.

The swimming pool in our hotel was on the first floor, and had a wooden fence all around it to keep prying eyes from ogling at the pool. The fence was lined with lush green palms.

Again, at the poolside. The recliners around the pool were shaded with small hut like structures covered with these wonderful tiles.

This is a scenic view which we came across en-route from our hotel to Kovalam beach.

This is Kovalam beach. Pretty underwhelming, I know..

This grows around on all beaches in India. Lovely green.

This is the palace of a South India king, from the 12-13th century. What struck me most here was, its unassuming design and how the kings from the south had simpler tastes when compared to the magnificence of the kings we had in northern India.

This is the Vivekananda Memorial at Kanyakumari. Very windy with pretty rough seas..

Some shots of beautiful skies..

P.S – Kerala may conjure images of lazy backwaters, lush green jungles and lots of rain; my snaps have little to do with all of this – I went to a beach town, Kovalam, with no jungles or ghats nearby and though the monsoons are still on, it did not rain a drop.

Comments

4 comments on “Kerala-Kanyakumari”
  1. Menaka says:

    Hi, I think you’re on the right track with your photography: the best way to learn is to snap a lot of photos and learn about composition, exposure, depth of field etc. as you go along. I’d recommend you enrol in a photography course or read up on photography, if you haven’t already done so. One problem I had when I was starting out was that the photos would look clear on screen but blur once I uploaded them to the PC. I find it helps to zoom in on your photo after snapping it to make sure it’s crystal clear. At least this way you get another shot at it while you’re still on location. Happy snapping!

    1. adarshatwar says:

      Hi,

      I’m kinda hoping composition will come slowly over time with experience and a slightly more honed artistic sense. Am trying to tackle the technical stuff first – exposure, dof etc. I don’t really have a long and fast lens yet for a good handle on dof. That’s high on my list.

      I generally don’t have the blurring issue you talked about unless there is very low light and I don’t want to increase the iso. Usually carry around a tiny tripod around, so that helps.

      Thanks for your thoughts, and do keep dropping by. Would love to hear more.

      Regards,

  2. shil says:

    Some of the photos look amazing (and some are average, don’t mind my saying). And Kushalnagar is just amazing , isn’t it ?

    1. adarshatwar says:

      Hi,

      Kushalnagar is in Coorg, commented on wrong post? 🙂 Yep, very nice place. Next time I go there, will definitely plan better and book one of the homestays.

      I’m a beginner at photography, so glad that you liked some of the pics at least. As I said in the post, any criticisms are welcome.

      And, thanks for dropping by!

      Regards,

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