Patterns on the Ceiling and Inside a Dome at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The view from the ground at the level of the ceiling and of the insides of a dome of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi. Everything inside the brown circle is the dome. The intricate and minute designs and patterning of the dome and the ceiling stands out flattened down, in this technique I call “crane your neck and shoot ceilings” of “bottoms up” photography. Basically, you stand under the scene you want to photograph, tilt your camera and neck by 90 degrees and shoot “bottoms up”. Many times, the results can be quite spectacular 🙂

North Side View of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

The view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as seen from the north side courtyard, with its impressive domes and uniquely golden spires on top of them. Tried a symmetrical photograph but didn’t quite come out in a straight line, though you can see a glass window straight ahead if you look closely.

Aerial (Pollution) Photo of Mumbai over Vakola to Bandra and Beyond

Aerial view of parts of Mumbai from Santacruz, Vakola and Khar to Bandra and beyond to Dharavi and Matunga. The road in the middle in the Western Express Highway with the Kalina-Vakola flyover on which vehicles are standed for as far as ones eye can see. The highway turns right after Bandra and continues along the Mahim Bay,  the water body on the top right, and then over the Sea Link. The Western Railway line and Khar railway station can be seen on the right and then far ahead, Bandra and Bandra Terminus. The skyscrapers on the right bottom are Vakola and Santacruz East, while the slums are all Khar East. The buildings obscured by smog far ahead are probably Matunda, Dharavi and Prabhadevi. This photo shows urban blight, with traffic jams, congestion, heavy pollution, slums with skyscrapers rising out of them and dirty water bodies all in one. Especially the air, it looks so dirty just to look at, I can’t even imagine breathing it. But we all do, everyday. You can find the places in the map here.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji (Victoria) Terminus Building, Mumbai

The iconic heritage building housing the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus in Mumbai. The building is a world-famous landmark and houses the head offices of the Central Railway (CR) zone of Indian Railways. CST, as it is known, is the terminal point for all of CR’s Central suburban line services and also for many of India’s oldest long distance train services originating from Mumbai. The building originally called Victoria Terminus (VT) was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and to subsequently house the offices of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) company which would after independence become Central Railway. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique Victorian-Gothic-Mughal architecture and is a landmark and icon of the city of Mumbai.

The New Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) Railway Station Building

The new Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) railway station building entrance on Platform 4 facing the Ring Road,  a bit before the current “entrance” at the junction under the hanging bridge. Very discreetly SWR constructed this in a time span of 6 months, and will be the official main entrance to the station from now on. As of now the official station building is on the other side on PF1 facing a narrow and crowded street. KJM was once a quaint little station on the outskirts of the city where only a few passenger trains stopped, but with the growth of the city and the construction of the outer ring road, it is now a major railway station very much inside the city and one of its gateways where all trains stop and thousands of people pass through everyday, making the KR Puram Railway Station junction a notoriously massive traffic bottleneck, probably the biggest in the city. However, there is no parking space here nor space for autos and pedestrians and the approach road is too narrow! I hope they will solve all these problems. The current “entrance” at the ring road junction will will hopefully be closed once this is officially opened. Here is the location.

A Toy SMART Car on a Train Window Sill (Macro Photography)

A SMART toy car (1:32 scale) sits on the window sill of an Indian train. The train was running, of course, and the compartment was that of a Sleeper coach. Macro Photography is the process of taking close-up, larger than life photographs (more than 1:1) of objects. Though this is not really high-quality, professional stuff, a small, humble attempt. Note the shallow depth of field that everything in the background was blurred. Oh, and the car fell off the train later 🙁