Lioness on Rock at Seronera

This photo taken in the Seronera region of the Serengeti, Tanzania. There was a pride of lions (2 lionesses and 5 cubs) who clearly appeared hungry and looking for prey. We followed them for a while and then this lioness scaled this big rock to get a panoramic view of the surroundings. Unfortunately for them there was no prey nearby but as we drove on we saw a huge herd of wildebeest further ahead. I’m sure the lions found them eventually. Photo taken with Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Lumix 35-100/f2.8

The next photo was taken shortly afterwords as she was descending the rock. Photo taken with Sony A6000 and Sony 55-210 lens.


Sea birds and animals

The Olympus OMD-EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix 35-100/F2.8 make a wonderful combination. These photos were taken in Kangaroo Island, Australia with this combo.

I do like my Panasonic 100-300 for longer reaches but the 35-100 (70-200 full-frame equivalent) is leagues ahead in all other respects – color, contrast, sharpness and bokeh. When this lens came out it was the only premium 70-200 equivalent lens for the micro 4/3 system. Since then, Olympus has come out with the 40-200 f/2.8 Pro lens, which is fantastic according to all reviews. Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear that in terms of sharpness, color and contrast, there’s much to choose between them. Hence, I’ve decided to stick with this lens and not “upgrade.”

Sea Lion at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, Asutralia

The Guards of the Colony



Just a quick post. This was taken by my daughter while we were visiting Ta Prohm temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Taken with a Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic Lumix 12-35/F2.8 lens. For the size, its a versatile and ultimately very capable combination. Processed in Lightroom.

Holi in Hong Kong

Holi has got to be the most fun festival in the world.  It’s such a blast for the whole family.  It is always a bit of a toss up with the weather –  unlike India, it does not fully warm up here.  But today even though the day began cool, by mid-day the sun was out and made it perfect for a wet Holi.  We joined a Holi party being organised at Chung Hom Kok beach.  It was quite something and there were almost 2,000 people there.  I had taken the Olympus TG-3.  I did think about a fancier camera but haven taken those in earlier years, this year I wanted to get in the middle of the action without any real worries.  So the TG-3, which is waterproof was perfect for the job.  

I was quite amazed by the quality of the photos – all taken in iAuto mode.  Ofcourse, there’s a certain amount of post processing but its all standard Lightroom stuff.  Total time for 50+ photos? Less than 15 minutes!  And that included selecting the 50 from over 150 photos to begin with.


Holi 2


Holi 1




More birds and Hong Kong Park

As I have said before, the Youde Aviary at Hong Kong Park. Went for a photo walk again a few weeks back. As always, I brought along the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Panasonic 100-300. Have I said before, that this is the ultimate combo (for my non Nat Geo needs) for bird photography. Up to 600mm reach, which can be hand-carried all day! Here are a couple of photos.

Bird 2 Bird 1

Virat Kohli century vs Pakistan 15 Feb 2015

We went for the cricket world cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide on 15 Feb 2015. As every Indian or Pakistani cricket fan knows, this was the 6th time the two were meeting in the world cup and India had won all 5 previous encounters.  That’s staggering since in general Pakistan has a better head to head track record than India.  Big match temperament?  Wonderfully, this time was no different and India won comfortably.

A highlight was Virat Kohl’s century. He had had an ordinary ODI series against Australia till then but rocked when it mattered most. I managed to take a few photos using the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix 100-300 lens. Its absolutely stunning that such a light package can give such incredible reach and results.

Note how Raina celebrates even before Kohli! Team spirit.
Kohli sores his century

Kohli and Raina

Kohli celebrates

A walk through Hong Kong Park, November 2014

It is wonderful that I live so close to Hong Kong Park – basically a 5 minute walk down. Walking up takes slightly longer because it is uphill 🙂  It was great for the kids growing up and it continues to be a very nice place to go for photography.  The aviary is a great place for taking bird photos and walking around outside one often comes across wonderful butterflies.

I usually take the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Panasonic Lumix 100-300 lens. This is just a wonderful combination. The OM-D E-M5 has to go down as one of the all time classics.  For that size of body, it is a sensational combination of quality and features. The Pany 100-300 is amazing for the length it provides for the size of lens. Autofocus can hunt on occasion but its not really an issue. I usually manage to take 90%+ of the photos I want to, which trust me is amazing for a 600mm equivalent focal length. I know for a fact that I would never be able to carry DSLR gear of that size.

Here are a few photos that I took from a walk on 23 November 2014.

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