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DJI, GoPro & Beyond: Not everyone can afford, but there is Rental!


There was a time where photography gadgets were out of reach for the masses. When the Digital era emerged, camera industry filled the market with hundreds of new camera models year after year & increased the competition in market. Vintage companies like Fuji and Pentax had a great come back with their new digital models. There is always Nikon, Canon and Sony in market with beginner to professional camera with various price ranges. Finally new technologies made it possible for the masses to afford cameras and lenses that matches their interest levels and skills.

A decade after this happened came the action camera era, GoPro made it possible for everyone to afford it with their wide range of products, each year a new model cam is released, it entered the market competing against its own camera with price, advancement in features and so on. It’s unfortunate that it failed in the aerial photography debut with Karma.

However this made many of us notice the aerial photography industry DJI, which is hot in market since more than a decade, though initial years it was known only for film industry as the products were new and meant for the industry, recent years and their products from Phantom is the hotcake for photography enthusiasts and the professionals. Leading the market, setting high benchmarks with amazing features and the quality, DJI proved to be the Leader in this industry.

Starting from Phantom, Inspire & Mavic series (from 2018) are the hotcakes, with Spark, Air and now the brand new Mini are the toys grown ups want to play with. Yet, there is a slight hiccup with the price if you want to try it all and choose the best for your best needs or even if it’s a temporary use for a month or two, price is not super friendly for Mavic 2 pro or few of them. And the brand new debut in action cam, DJI Action being in market everyone want to get a hands on and try it out.

Not everyone can afford it right away and cannot wait for a year for a new model launch that reduces the current model price, so here is a new way to afford it like your own. Rental is a great option if you want to get a hands on or have a need for a week or a month or for a season. There are few to several rental providers in market that rents out the latest Drones, Action Cameras (GoPro & DJI), Nintendo Switch, VR (Oculus) and so on.

It’s important to choose a provider wisely that you get a great a best value for the money you pay. As a freelance photographer & photography enthusiast I had a long time desire to buy a drone for me, though I almost had bought a Spark last year but the color choice made me leave Best Buy! (Why does DJI prioritize Alphine white over other real colors!! You freak!!)

In any case I didn’t want to miss capturing this Fall 2019 using a drone and I didn’t want to buy a drone in hurry and spend almost a thousand bucks just for few days, so I thought to rent a drone and started a google search that ended up with an ample of results, I spent a quality time doing my research and finding best value for money and so on, I then decided to rent my first drone from Crisp, the process was simple, delivery was amazingly fast, package came with quick tips to use the drone, full charged batteries. Before and after placing my order Bryon responded to my queries promptly with patience.

And then there is the luck that plays every time with me like its a childhood friend of mine! Sigh! It was raining heavily the whole week when I had the drone with me but luckily not during the two days during my visit to New Hampshire and Vermont. I was able to make nice memories with it during the time I used it and some post memories as well (Only my wife, my friend & Crispthat team knows that! 😉 )

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If you plan to experience aerial photography and want to get your hands on a drone, this is your place to go. Checkout what interests you from their catalogue and rent what you don’t want to buy now, not just that, as a gift for reading this post & to encourage you to experience the new gadgets, get a $15 off on your order using my coupon during your order “bhargav15“. I’m sure you will make excellent memories that stays forever.

Checkout Crisp @ Crispthat.com don’t forget to get your $15 discount.

IMG_7442PS: Use & treat it like your own, respect it like others.


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Fall Foliage – Places to visit in Vermont


I’m sure you’re excited for this colorful season. Which place is better than New England when it comes to Fall!? Especially Vermont and New Hampshire! What a colorful places to visit! October 5 until 10 is predicted to be peak foliage colors in Vermont.

I’m sure you have already started planning for this season. Here are some places you cannot miss when you visit Vermont.

As you enter Vermont, Take the scenic route 100 N/S from where you are driving.

Gondola Skyride

Since you’ve to spend time waiting in the line to get tickets to take the sky ride, and a huge line to even come down from the mountain top, start your day at Vermont visiting the Gondola Skyride. Ticket price is $29 for adults and $20 for kids.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/75QVgu5tpaDdg9XGA

Smugglers Notch

Gondola Skyride is in fact present in Smugglers Notch State Park, After you are done with the Skyride you can take a ride to Smugglers Notch Scenic Drive. Before that, right outside the Gondola ride, there is a nature trail, you can take a short walk to relax and enjoy peeping the leaf colors. Its very close from Skyride. This will be your memorable drive. You will drive through huge pile of rocks, sharp hairpin bends. You can park your car and take a hike to enjoy the fall colors. You will in fact see huge number of cars parked along side the road.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/exEfZ1ZXmp1rXoR79

Grist Mill Covered Bridge

You can further drive through the scenic drive to reach Grist mill covered bridge, it’s just a bridge but its covered, You can drive through this bridge, you will find Brewster river stream with picnic tables. Nice place to have food with family & friends. You can go on hike here. There is good number of space to park cars.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/2V3PRfNrJ735dCKr9

Stowe Community Church

Once you are in Maple street, you will find people walking to see this community church from  any good spot they can find. But I recommend you to watch it from “Tangerine & Olive, Mountain Road, Stowe, VT” (https://g.page/Tangerineandolive?share) Surrounded by the mountain with colorful leaves, little river (yeah, that’s the name!) flowing in front of green meadows, this will give you the best fall foliage view and a great satisfaction.

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Sleepy Hollow

Though I haven’t visited this mesmerizing place during my past visits, I’m hoping to visit this beautiful location this year. By gods grace if I can visit this place it’ll complete my leaf peeping experience at Vermont.

Location: Sleepy-Hollow-Farm-WoodstockVT (Click here)

Your Vermont Stay

These are some places that I have visited in past & recommend to you for a great fall foliage experience. I hope you find this post useful. Another important thing to remember is to book your stay for your visit. I recommend you to use Airbnb or other alternatives if you don’t find hotels, as hotels are booked well in advance & it might be expensive at the last moment planning during peak days. If you decide to use Airbnb, here is a $40 to you.

Use my referral to claim redeem your $40 http://bit.ly/40DollarOffAirbnb when you book your stay for first time. When you try to find stay, use filters, look for super host, super host is someone who is a great host and is reviewed by many people who has stayed with them before.

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That’s Ruth, who hosted us during our last fall foliage visit to New Hampshire. She is an Airbnb Superhost who has hosted hundreds of visitors.

Next post: Places you cannot miss in New Hampshire during Fall.


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Manhattanhenge, 2019


You might remember this post from 2016, Manhattanhenge, New York’s Stonehenge.

Yes, it’s that day of the year & the one of the four days in the whole year. Annually twice, twice in May & twice in July occurs the Manhattanhenge which was designed 200 years back while making the blue print of the modern Manhattan.

I was among thousands of other fellow photographers on Tudor city, soon to walk out and find a better spot near Bryant park. As usual there were many passers who looked very surprised and curious to find out why is the roads crowded with hundreds of photographers on each traffic lights.

Someone asked me what I was photographing, I was glad to explain about Manhattanhenge & they joined others in the Bryant park junction. Just the buses were a bit irritating similar to 2016! Just for an hour or so if buses were routed through alternate street that would be great! As the number of viewers grow each year, this should be considered by NYPD.

Alright, lets jump on to the photos. Here are the photos of Manhattanhenge & behind the scenes that I shot today. If you’re in the city tomorrow (Saturday, 07/13) don’t miss it. You can watch it from 42nd, 34th, 24th & 13th street.

Manhattanhenge, 2019. Shot from 42nd Street.
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Viewers and Photographers on both sides of the roads through out the 42nd street!
I couldn’t find a good spot on Tudor city overpass, so I’d to run back to 42nd street, the same spot where I shot Manhattanhenge in 2016.
I was standing among this hundred+ photographers just to realize I can’t make a shot & took a run to 42nd st!
Hundreds of hands and cameras to capture this beauty!


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Endangered Animals – Grace-ful Ice


It’s December & Cold… So? It’s time to see Ice carvings happening in New York City. Ice sculptors of Okamoto Studio performed Live ice carvings on the theme “Endangered Animals” this year at the Grace building (HBO) at Midtown Manhattan.

It takes an average of two hours to give life to the giant ice bars which is sculpted, flamed, brushed and what not to give it a perfect shape!

Take a look at the endangered animals that are carved so beautifully by the passionate artists of Okamoto Studio. BTW… if you’re in the city, you can still see this ice carvings till late noon today, do stop by if you’re around.

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Dolphin is cute even it’s an ice statue!

Every year during second week of December ArtsBrookfield arranges Okamoto Studio to perform ice carvings in their properties in the city, also Okamoto studio performs live ice carvings every Saturday night at the New York Botanical garden, do checkout their social media pages for updates.

Checkout the Ice carvings from 2014-2017 in my previous posts in this blog. Do follow my Instagram profile & enjoy the photos


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DJI – Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom: Price & Features


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DJI is certainly the go to brand when it comes to a Drone. Its used by cinematographers of all grades ranging from a novice to elite film professional. 

Drones ranges from a basic Tello to Phantom 4. Every drone has got it’s own quality & excellent features for what it costs.

With an invite sent to DJI enthusiasts like me to see “The Bigger Picture” DJI has added yet another extraordinary feather to its cap, DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom.

Standing to it’s whooping price of $1,499 & $1,249 respectively, each of this version has got it’s own incredible features. For example Mavic 2 Zoom has got Dolly Zoom feature which was available only to film professionals for more than 6 decades. Both versions has got Hyperlapse while drone is still on the fly, which is personally my favorite and is sure an extraordinary feature for a drone.

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Checkout the features & the drone footage published by DJI this morning at New York City.

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Introducing DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

This will be a treat for the professionals who is expecting to upgrade their gear!

Do checkout these videos Mavic+Goggles fun of flying,  Mavic livestreaming across the worldMavic-Shooting waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Low light Photography


It’s my first article about photography & I’m starting it with Low light Photography.

Light plays an important role in Photo, be it day light, or night photography, light is the main source and it can define your photo the way you want to convey it.

My interest for photography goes back to the time when I have never touched a camera & we never had one at home. My dad use to express his interest on how we could have shot a photo if we had a camera on that spot, as a child I have grown up cultivating that interest in me. I bought a first digital point & shoot camera in 2010 for my dad & started taking so many photos whenever we went out.

Four years before I bought this Digi cam, the first time I ever got my hands on to a digital camera was when my friend Praveen got his cousin Anand anna’s camera. He gave me the first tips to shoot a photo without leaving space about head & to avoid unnecessary blank space on a photo. After my dad he is my first mentor for photography.

Lowlight Photography:

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I called it “Yin-Yang: The actual meaning is different here

I shot this 8 years back with a point & shoot camera, I held this “Spadiga Maalai” in one hand and shot with other hand. As it was a cloudy day our home was more dark when i shot this pic.

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This is 15th photo in my Flickr account. My friend Vikky’s photo is the first photo that I’ve uploaded to my Flickr account.

I got my first DSLR camera two years back & exploring various categories from Landscapes to Portraits. Though I love all the categories, shooting in low light or at night interests me more. Let’s talk about it now.

Low light photography needs an important quality – Patience. If you have patience & dedicated time to take the shot you have in mind, you can certainly produce good quality photos. You don’t need more fancy accessories to shoot photos, just keep a clear idea of what you’re going to shoot & find a spot for your photo.

I’m not going to explain every details like a pro, I’ll talk about it to the level I’ve exposure about it. You need a camera with manual setup, based on how much light is available in the spot you choose, you will have to manually adjust your aperture and shutter speed. One thing to keep in mind is that you will have to keep your camera absolutely still. You cannot let it move a bit. You will end up with a blurred photo without any details. So, find your angle & keep your camera on floor or compound or if you have tripod you can keep it anywhere you can.

You don’t a remote for all your shots, you can use timer but remember even the click that you press in your camera will shake your photo & will end up as an useless shot.

Here are some low light photos that I shot.

 

Below shot is a form of light trails, my wife posed 30 seconds without moving for this photo. Keep in mind, when your subject moves or your camera moves you will end up in a blurred image.

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This is a light trail shot.

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Now give it a try & share your shot with me & Do let me know if this article  was any useful to you in comments.

Checkout my photo works on my Insta & Flickr pages.

Grace-Ful ICE – Sea Life

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We all have been hearing “Winter is here” from Season 1 and finally in Season 7 winter arrived!!! That’s in series… so is in real! Winter is arrived in 2017! And so are the winter friendly events.

If you’re following my blog you may very well remember the Ice Sculpting event, I’ve been sharing the photos of this event for the past 3 years.

2016 – Grace-ful Ice: Safari
2015 – Dinosaurs – Graceful Ice 2015

2014 – Microcosmos – Ice Sculpture

After the past themes that are Microcosmos, Dinosaurs, Animal Safari… here is the Ice bergs that got the shape of Sea Life by the Okamoto Studio artists. If you are in NYC today, hurry up, you have another few hours to see these sculptures before it melts. If not don’t worry, check out Okamoto Studio in Facebook for their future schedules for this Winter.

Without further wait, here are the photos that I took during Sea Life – Grace-Ful ICE

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Checkout all the photos in this slideshow.

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My wife and I took a selfie with Thomas. He is a live performer at Okamoto Studio and they’ve been doing the Ice sculpting since past seven years.