Looking Back at November 2014 || A month full of excitement, memories, and nostalgia

"It looks like a painting." 

If you are a photographer, chances are you must have come across this statement, and most probably it would have been about one of your photographs. I happened to be present when a photographer friend received this comment. He nodded graciously and smiled. Later, I asked him how the comment had made him feel. 

"Nothing," he said.


"No. Nothing," he smiled.

I was surprised because I had assumed that he would have felt very proud. But his response made me question my own assumptions. Why did I assume he would have felt proud? After all the comment is not exactly a compliment. I mean it isn't a complaint either. It is just a comment. It is like being told your prose reads like poetry. It is a compliment if that was your intention in the first place - to write prose that is poetic. But if that wasn't the intention, then the statement "your prose reads like poetry" is just a statement. 

I shared this with you today because I wanted to hear your opinion on this. What do you think this statement means? How do you, as a photographer, take it? To you, does it sound like praise or just a statement of facts. Do leave a comment and share your thoughts on this. 

And in the meanwhile, let me take you on a trip back in time through the awesome month of November, 2014.


One of the most exciting events this month was without doubt the JK Tyre Racing Championship 2014, organized at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. In fact, if I close my eyes and try to recall the event, I can still hear the incredible noise the cars and the bikes make as they zip past the stands. More about this experience at:

Another important event this month was the Writers' Retreat Literature Studio organized in partnership with Te Aroha. The event saw several renowned poets and authors gather and exchange views on various relevant topics. Click here to get a feel of the Retreat: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/te-aroha-literature-studio-writers.html

It was as much a train ride as it was a nostalgic trip down the memory lane for VJ for whom a ride in the Himalayan Queen was part of the daily routine during his college days. So here is VJ revisiting his days spent in college: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/beautiful-ride-in-himalayan-queen-from.html

And in November we were still dealing with the Diwali hangover. VJ shared his firecracker-free diwali with his niece. Do go through this adorable post: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/diwali-2014-celebrations-with-my-niece.html

In November, Travelling Camera went through a variety of experiences and we lost no time in reviewing them. So here are some of our reviews. These may help you with some of your decisions too. :)

The restaurant California Boulevard has opened a new branch at Gurgaon and we visited them in November. We loved the ambiance, the food, and the people. It was an experience worth sharing. So click here and read all about it: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/an-elaborate-dinner-at-california.html

While going through BookMyShow, we came across this new team activity called Mystery Rooms. It sounded exciting so we decided to check it out. And so, here is a review: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/an-experience-of-mystery-rooms-in-delhi.html

If you are a sports nerd and are wondering where to buy that super-awesome equipment you've been desperate for, check out Decathlon, Noida. Click here to find out what to expect there: - http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/an-evening-well-spent-at-decathlon.html

And now coming to the most important section of this post, the brilliant photo journeys by our guests. Our writer Deepak Gupta is back with another riveting account, this time about rappelling and waterfall trekking at Rishikesh. Want to experience an adrenaline rush, then click here: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/rappelling-and-waterfall-trekking-in.html

Here are some tips by first-time contributor, Chhaya Pandey. She shares some interesting tips about how to design a twitter background with your own images. Click here to know how:

No month can be complete without a post by our regular "guest", Bhavna Negi. This time she takes us to Shimla for what she chooses to call a "lazy" weekend. But judging by her pictures, it was anything but lazy. Click here to read her story: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/a-lazy-weekend-well-spent-at-shimla.html

This month we also shared various tutorials for managing and processing photographs, but one tutorial out of these became very popular, probably because of the viral "Black and White" challenge running on social media. Check the tutorial out here: http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/black-and-white-conversion-in-adobe.html

To leave you with an irresistible urge to shake a leg, here is a dancing Qutb Minar:  http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2014/11/animated-gif-created-using-puppet-wrap.html

Finally, here are some statistics to boost our ego:

Total number of stories in July 2014: 34
Total number of page views till date: 25,16,000 +
Total number of page views in July 2014: 1,66,000

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