For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... pandemic times have curtailed camera times!!!

30 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY

Monday's Critters.

A little suite from Sydney's Chinese Gardens.  The coy carp there are prolific breeders and grow to a full 24 inches in length, with hefty girths to match!!  Taken with the Uniden.



29 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY NINE

MOONday - last Sunday of September!



























This was the last clear night before monsoon hit.  Had the 'Nik' on full extension into the 4x digital as well as 26x optical zoom and auto exposure.  This definitely affects the quality, but does give an ambience - rather like the old trick of smearing the lens with petroleum jelly for soft focus!!


28 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT

Saturday Symmetry





I admit I played around a bit in WLPG with this one - somehow I felt that the fence protecting the Gateway of India needed to look more aged. May not be everyone's taste, but am happy with the grainy, 1960's quality I got!












Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

27 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN

"The amen of Nature is always a flower."  (Oliver Wendell Holmes)



























The Uniden pocket digital camera has deceased. However, its legacy lives on, for I have many of its offerings stored. It had its limitations, no doubt, but golly, it could also turn up some amazing things I was never expecting.  It did good and constant service for six years.  I miss its convenience over the Nikon for those candid moments.  Whilst the 'Nik' might make a better technical job of a shot like this, I am left with a fondness for the quirkiness and character I got from the Uniden.  It shall be missed.

26 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX

Last Thursday - the day when things can go haywire, or are just plain peculiar!

image copyright to Yamini Ali MacLean

I am entering this in the Thursday Challenge.  It is my second entry - mostly I forget, but always enjoy others' offerings!!






This week's prompt was 'BEVERAGE'.







This is a piece cut from a full colour shot taken at my niece's 18th birthday.  I got stuck into it with WLPG, paring back the brightness, boosting contrast and highlights. Aim was to accentuate the champers at the back of the frame and enhance the sparkles in the glasses.

It kinda-sorta worked...

Taken with the Uniden.

25 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE

Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.

Am now on my last three Wednesdays before leaving India. Am doing a little 'backwards sequence' so as to say goodbye to these shores on a top-note...  

There will be many more pictures from here which have been worth the keeping, but here are a few to delight.  

Ready?  Okay.  THREE...



























Black Kite takes a dive - look out snake!  Taken with the 'Nik' on sports auto and 5x zoom.

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Hari Om everyone!  Welcome to the 'Wings on Wednesday', a mid-week spot for those folks who have 'wings' piccies!  

This is YAM's very own bird specific theme, so please, if you do link up, do keep to the subject - unless it is really inventive and you win me over...  plead your case well!!!

Even if you never tried photographing a bird ever before, give it a go!  Let's have fun and your comments and link-backs will also be appreciated.

This linky will remain open until midnight Friday, Mumbai time. 


24 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR

The Tuesday Tease























"Percy, Priscilla and Purdy paraded the ramparts of the Fortlet..."

Now it's your turn dear visitor - put a caption to the piccie!!

These are Australian pelicans playing soldier.  Taken with the Uniden.

23 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE

Monday's Critters

B1 (aka Winkie), the alpha bitch of the B-pack, spotted after having made an 'A1' catch of a crow.  Even her puppy didn't get a lick of this kill.






Captured on extreme zoom with the 'Nik' on sports auto. She had no idea the YAMarazzi was there!

22 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO

SUNdays

"There was never a night or a problem that could beat a sunrise or hope."  (Bernard Williams)






...so many times here in India I have found scenes that could be anywhere in the world.

Taken with the Uniden.

21 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE

Saturday Symmetry





















The Greater Mumbai Municipality's building, side entrance, detail.  Gorgeous stone work which was in the process of being cleaned - this bit having been completed.
Taken with the 'Nik' on auto and a 'drive by'!

20 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY

"Love is the answer and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow."
(John Lennon)



































Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode.

19 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND NINETEEN




























Those of you following the MENO blog will know that I am about to return to Australia after more than two years absence.  Am going to start dropping a few more photos taken previously - to help the transition, as it were!  This is the view from Hawksbury River village looking up Mullet Creek, NSW.
Taken with the Uniden.

18 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN

Wings on Wednesday -

YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.


























Flying is tricky stuff even after lots of practice.  Photographing flying?  Ditto!! 
Taken with the 'Nik' on sports auto mode and full zoom extension.
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Hari Om everyone!  Welcome to the 'Wings on Wednesday'  linky, a mid-week spot for those folks who have 'wings' piccies!  

This is YAM's very own bird specific theme, so please, if you do link up, all I ask is that you stick to the following:
1)   Your link should be directly to a bird picture/s ONLY and does not have to be 'professional'. OOOHHH Okay...butterflies and dragonflies count too!  But do try to make it a bird!  
General postings can link at Tuesday's Me-Now-Views over at My Meno!
2)   Your blog should be non-commercial.  Whilst I respect your right to earn money, this is for hobbyists to network.  
Please know that I will remove any overtly commercial connection...(one or two adsense type things don't worry)
3)   Please put a link-back/shout out to MY TAKE as a matter of courtesy.  Thank you! 

In that regard, I would like to say HI and Thanks to NC Sue for putting up a great Linkys page.

Even if you never tried photographing a bird ever before, give it a go!  Let's have fun and your comments will also be appreciated.

This link will remain open until midnight Friday, Mumbai time. 

17 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN

The Tuesday Tease



























Fifty words or less to tell the story of the street - go on have a go!!

"Bluey gazed longingly down the steps and along the street.  He could sniff the sea on the breeze.  Better still, he could sniff fish.  Was there a 'chippie' down that way then?  The saliva began to pool.  Then the cat heard his mistress calling - Bluey, come get your tea!"

This is standing with the Queen's Park behind and looking down Easter Road, Edinburgh.
Taken with the Uniden.

16 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN

Monday's Critters





























Taken up at Kolwan, Maharashtra with the Uniden digicam and using the macro mode.

Do pay a visit to BOZO and hop over to TOO for the Canine Chronicles.

UPDATE ; folk are showing interest in the butterfly - here are the details from Wiki;
Danaus chrysippus, also known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly familyNymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species.


15 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN

SUNdays


















Sunrise at Kolwan.  A rather grainy shot taken with the Uniden, but still sigh-worthy.

14 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN

Saturday Symmetry






















A full colour version of a post made earlier - the Taj Hotel old and new.  I love the echo of the architecture...  

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.


13 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN

"Confine yourself to the present." (Marcus Aurelius)

These plants are what my grandmother used to call 'bleeding heart'.  

Taken with the Uniden on macro.

12 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWELVE

Mumbai harbour tour boats.



























Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

11 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND ELEVEN

Wings on Wednesday -

YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.



























Female koel eyes up a juicy fruit!  Taken with the 'Nik' on auto and extended lens to 8x zoom.

________________________________________________________________________________________________
Hari Om everyone!  Welcome to the 'Wings on Wednesday'  linky, a mid-week spot for those folks who have 'wings' piccies!  

This is YAM's very own bird specific theme, so please, if you do link up, all I ask is that you stick to the following:
1)   Your link should be directly to a bird picture/s ONLY and does not have to be 'professional'. Please be aware that other subjects will have their links deleted.  General postings can link at Tuesday's Me-Now-Views over at My Meno!
2)   Your blog should be non-commercial.  Whilst I respect your right to earn money, this is for hobbyists to network.  Please know that I will remove any overtly commercial connection.
3)   Please put a link-back/shout out to MY TAKE as a matter of courtesy.  Thank you!  

In that regard, I would like to say HI and Thanks to NC Sue for putting up a great Linkys page.

Even if you never tried photographing a bird ever before, give it a go!  Let's have fun and your comments will also be appreciated.

This link will remain open until midnight Friday, Mumbai time. 

10 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TEN

The Tuesday Tease

























"Yaar, you promised me no water slides!!!"

Over to you folks - what's the duck thinking????  This was taken at Horniman Circle Gardens in Mumbai City with the 'Nik' on standard everything and I cut in with WLPG.


09 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND NINE







Monday's Critters


image copyright Yamini Ali MacLean



Today is Ganesha Chaturthi Utsaav - as well as being the deeksha ("graduation") day of our batch of students from Sandeepany Sadhanalaya.  This little lamp with the mini Ganapati we had burning this time last year.  I have few other photos (and not real eles of course!)... perhaps you'll accept the following?  




image copyright Yamini Ali MacLean


































08 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHT

SUNdays
"There is a muscular energy in sunlight, corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind."  (Annie Dillard)












Another 'from a moving bus', taken with the Uniden.

07 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVEN

Saturday Symmetry


A modern satellite settlement in Mumbai... Hiranandani.  Property is as expensive as any major city in the world - and more than some!




Sorry it's so small, was taken on low resolution on the Uniden. 

06 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIX

In spite of the heavy monsoon this year, our little 'door guardian' rose bush has continued to delight!




























Taken with the 'Nik' on macro auto.

For those who like a bit of creative writing, a short story series, Crow Capers, is over on TOO for a few Fridays.


05 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND FIVE

...but it's not over yet!
Neither of these photos is particularly grand, but they have the atmosphere of the monsoon!

The 'Nik' was having trouble focusing through the curtain of rain that day...not one shot was crisp or clear.  That in itself is a memory and a learning point!

04 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND FOUR

Wings on Wednesday -

YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.


The skies are clearing in Monsoonal Mumbai...



























A Black Kite sings the praises of blue patches, no bigger than a sailor's shirt...
Taken with the 'Nik' on auto sports mode and the lens stretched to full 26x optical.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Hari Om everyone!  Welcome to the 'Wings on Wednesday'  linky, a mid-week spot for those folks who have 'wings' piccies!  

This is YAM's very own bird specific theme, so please, if you do link up, all I ask is that you stick to the following:
1)   Your link should be directly to a bird picture/s ONLY and does not have to be 'professional'. Please be aware that other subjects will have their links deleted...(oh okay I might allow insects - but wings must be prominent)...  General postings can link at Tuesday's Me-Now-Views over at My Meno!
2)   Your blog should be non-commercial.  Whilst I respect your right to earn money, this is for hobbyists to network.    Please know that I will remove any overtly commercial connection.
3)   Please put a link-back/shout out to MY TAKE as a matter of courtesy.  Thank you!  

In that regard, I would like to say HI and Thanks to NC Sue for putting up a great Linkys page.

Even if you never tried photographing a bird ever before, give it a go!  Let's have fun and your comments will also be appreciated.

This link will remain open until midnight Friday, Mumbai time. 

03 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND THREE

The Tuesday Tease



Time to have a go at captioning - not more than 50 words!

"Hey Gran, d'ya reckon the stories of water deeper than two inches and bigger than the sky are true?"

"I dunno Ite, I jus' keep my thoughts on the horizon..."











Granite 'sculptures' on the Cairns Esplanade, 
Far North Queensland.  
Taken with the Minolta digicam.

02 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND TWO

Monday's Critters

Radha's pups emerge into the light...
"so this is called 'outside'?"
"...one, two, three... where's Muppi?!"







































Have you been keeping up with the Canine Chronicles?  Every Monday over on TOO.

Don't forget to visit BOZO and the other pet blogs as well as The "J's"  at MENO.

Now, where IS that fourth pup.................................aahhhh  ....................






...always sleeping!



01 September 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND ONE

SUNdays





"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world will emerge into the light."
(Helen Keller)
















A rather grainy picture taken on the Uniden from one of our rattling bus trips.  Somewhere outside of Thane, Maharashtra, 6:50am.