Sumona Photography: Blog https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Sumona Photography [email protected] (Sumona Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:59:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:59:00 GMT https://www.sumonaphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u847493367-o924921251-50.jpg Sumona Photography: Blog https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog 90 120 Lake Nona Family Session : Me and a dog named Rocky https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/lake-nona-family-session-me-and-a-dog-named-rocky What a beautiful weather it turned out to be after a day of heavy rain & thunderstorm.  Sunny with happy clouds perfectly spaced out in bright blue sky.  It was a perfect day to be out and taking photos of this young lady full of life and laughter along with her adorable furry friend.  Such a gentle dog and looked like he smiled for the camera in some photos.  A fun photoshoot indeed!  

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Mathes Family session in Lake Nona Orlando https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/12/mathes-family-session-in-orlando Family sessions are super fun.  I had a wonderful time at this family session in Lake Nona area, Orlando. This one was extra special and challenging because of three adorable furry friends- Mollie, Louie & Callie. I have some experience with wildlife photography but not pet photography.  Growing up, my parents did not let me or my brother have pets.  The good ol reply would be, "You can't take care of yourself, how will you take care of your pet?".  They were right and we both agreed to that.  So yes, no experience with pets, although I do adore my friends' cats & dogs.  Let's just say I need to upgrade my animal whisperer skills.  Naah, it was not thaaaat bad, but I would have loved to be able to make the pet buds look at the camera more.  Nevertheless, it all worked out as I let them be them and they let me be me :)  Here are some of the photos of the adorable family, The Mathes.  

Enjoy!  #sumonaphotography

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) Orlando Photographer Sumona photography family session family session in Orlando lake nona precious moments sweet memories tis the season https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/12/mathes-family-session-in-orlando Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:00:00 GMT
2015 Ancient Oaks 100 miles run https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/12/2015-ancient-oaks-100-miles-run Imagine running from 7 in the morning and throughout the night to finish the race the next day.  You say, that's crazy! I say, no kidding!  This weekend my friend Sushma KC Manandhar (I also call her Super woman :) finished her 100-mile race in Titusville and I was there to cheer her on.  She also raised funds ($5000+) through her fundraise "A 100 miles for a 100 reasons" to help rebuild and restore Nepal post earthquake.  A mother of two, she is an inspiration to me and others, especially Nepali women who give up on their dreams after marriage.   It's not too late to donate.  Link to her fundraisehttps://www.youcaring.com/nepal-earthquake-rebuild-relief-process-396891

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The Ancient Oaks 100-mile endurance run course is a 3.46 mile loop 29 times.  Sigh, that's more than 29 5Ks to put things in perspective.  Now, talking about me, the longest I've ran is 7 hours.  I was hurting towards the end but surprisingly something happens to you when you are in a race that makes you keep going no matter what.  Although I've some long distance running experience, I could not believe or imagine how these Ultra runners run such long hours.  Some of the runners were above 60 years old.  I kept going back and forth from thinking they are crazy to they are amazing.  Ofcourse they know they are both :)  I keep thinking of this quote when I see the Ultra runners, "Everyone has a limit, not everyone finds it".  

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My friend finished her race in 30 hours and not only she was hurting, but was nauseated too from around mile 60.  I did not know how she was going to finish the race as she puked and lost control.  But this woman never fails to amaze me with her perseverance.  She took breaks and quick naps in between and her endurance led her to the finish line.  To help her get through the race, Heather didi (sister in Nepali) had a big role too.  Heather was amazing with her natural motherly traits in taking care of the runners, keeping track of them and their needs.  Being an ultra runner herself, she knew exactly what to say and what to give to the runners, including tough love to get them going.  

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I don't think I'll ever run such long distance, but hey I can be part of it by taking pictures.  Here are some of the photos from the event, runners and supporters.  Hats off to these amazing men and women who push boundaries and make us realize that there's no such thing as impossible!  

 

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Sushma's daughter came out to support her mom.  

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) 100 mile race 100 mile run 100 miles Nepali runner Orlando Photographer Sumona photography fundraise for Nepal sushma kc manandhar ultra runners ultra running ‬rebuild Nepal https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/12/2015-ancient-oaks-100-miles-run Mon, 21 Dec 2015 23:13:31 GMT
Fundraise Update June 2015 https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/6/fundraise-update-june-2015 Although I started out with print sale fundraise solely to help out with the earthquake relief/rebuild efforts, the whole process in turn has helped me grow personally.  Seeing so many generous contributors was heartwarming and reminded me of Charlie Chaplin's quote, "we all want to help one another.  Human beings are like that.  We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery."

fundraise, "Earthquake Nepal", "fundraise Nepal", kindhearted, "generous hearts"Generous heartsSome of the generous people who contributed to my fundraise.

I am grateful to my sphere who appreciated and bought my photographs, I was able to raise total fund of $2,012.  After my print, mat frame and website transaction fees, the net amount to donate totaled $1,650, NRs. 167,772.00. (Note: I did not take any profit).  Funds collected after the fundraise ended on June 10th ($290) has been set aside for rehabilitation in Bhaktapur.  Please view the table below for breakdown of funds.  Although this fundraise has ended, I will continue contributing a portion of my photograph sale to assist in rebuilding Nepal.  I will update more about the Bhaktapur fund and my ongoing contribution once details have been finalized.     

Organization Donated after fundraise Directly donated by contributor through Paypal Total amount donated
Bibeksheel Nepali $580 $100 $680
Teach for Nepal  $630 $50 $680
Set aside for Bhaktapur rehabilitation     $290
      Net fund raised: $1650

 

Why Bhaktapur?  

Well, I am biased to Bhaktapur not only because it is my birthplace but also because it is a timeless treasure with rich cultural heritage and ancient architecture.  Bhaktapur, UNESCO World Heritage site, translates to "City of devotees" and has a feel of an open museum.  It is a must see place while visiting Nepal.  

Bhaktapur, Nyatapole, "Bhaktapur Durbar Square", "Gai Jatra", Nepal, festivalBhaktapur Durbar SquareCrowd in color: People gather at Bhaktapur Durbar Square to observe Gai Jatra festival.

To avoid Pay Pal fees, checks were mailed to the address included in the organizations' links below: 

http://nepalrelief.teachfornepal.org/donate-3/

http://www.sebsonline.org/misc/donate.aspx?c=NepalQuakeRelief

METADATA-START

Thanks again everyone for helping me with the fundraise!  Until next time....

Wishing you peace & harmony,

Sumona

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) Bhaktapur Fine art photography Orlando Photographer Sumona photography fundraise fundraise Nepal printsforacause ‪‎earthquake Nepal ‪‎pray for Nepal ‬rebuild Nepal https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/6/fundraise-update-june-2015 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:45 GMT
Fundraise updates https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/6/fundraise-updates My first time fundraising and first time setting up a booth to sell my photos. I loved connecting with people, answer their questions and share information about Nepal.  My friends helped me setup the tent and table.  It was a wonderful experience.  

 

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) Fine art photography Orlando Photographer Sumona photography fundraise for Nepal printsforacause ‪‎earthquake Nepal ‪‎pray for Nepal https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/6/fundraise-updates Tue, 09 Jun 2015 05:29:38 GMT
Quake 2015: The Saturday that shook us all https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/4/quakeNepal2015 Let's join hands in rebuilding NepalLet's join hands in rebuilding NepalLet's join hands in rebuilding Nepal

 

Fundraise update: 

http://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/6/fundraise-update-june-2015


Early morning, I woke up to a phone call followed by shocking news - devastating Earthquake has crippled my hometown. The 7.8 magnitude quake has already claimed 8600+ lives, caused massive destruction and wiped out villages and world heritage sites. Nepal is in dire need of any help we can get.  No action is not an option during this terrible tragedy.  So being a photographer, I naturally inclined to raise funds through selling my prints. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the relief of Nepal earthquake victims.  All photos will be printed through a professional lab.

Although afar, I could not stay untouched by the terrible tragedy back home. My family and relatives are safe. They had been spending the night outdoors in open ground despite the pouring rain, due to strong aftershocks. I would like to believe that the worst has passed by but the consequences of such catastrophe is far beyond just the quake; rebuilding and reconstruction will take billions of dollars and several years.

For now, the current focus is to provide immediate relief to the Earthquake victims.  They are in need of medical attention, search & rescue services, basic needs such as clean water, food, clothes, blankets and much more.  

So, I am hopeful that you will help make this fundraise a success by purchasing my photograph(s).  I will be transparent with funds so we all know exactly where the money is donated. The print sale will continue till end of May.  I am offering 50% off shipping.  Just type HELPNEPAL at checkout.

Amidst chaos and despair, it has been a blessing to see the world come together as one to help Nepal. Let's all 
join hands together and make a difference!  United we can!  

$1 = 100 rupees. A little goes a long way. Every dollar counts!
Thank you,
Sumona Balla Malla

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Fundraising Links

If you are interested in donating directly, here are the links to reputable non-profit organizations:

Red Cross:  http://rdcrss.org/1bulFtU
Prabal Gurung & Shikshya Foundation:  http://bit.ly/1derXz8
Global Giving: http://bit.ly/1E3DCcO
Help Nepal Network:  www.helpnepal.net
Bibeksheel Nepali http://bit.ly/1Gxxd7X
Facebook (Matching donation, see note) http://on.fb.me/1OYLzTC
CARE:  http://bit.ly/1zZpMnL
Save the Children: http://bit.ly/1Ia0JVV
UNICEFUSA:  http://bit.ly/1HDBif4
World Vision: http://bit.ly/1b1yD1O 

Note: Facebook will match upto $2 million and 100% goes to the relief organization working in Nepal.  

Donate from Phone

Text NEPAL to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children
Text NEPAL to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF
Text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10 to World Vision
Text “REDCROSS” to “90999” to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Text “WFP” to “50555” to donate $10 on behalf of UN World Food Program.

 ‪#‎prayforNepal‬ ‪#‎earthquakeNepal‬‪ #‎gonebutneverforgotten‬ ‪#‎destroyedbutneverbroken‬ ‪#‎stayNepalstrong‬​ #rebuildNepal #helpNepal #fundraiseforNepal 

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) Fine art photography Orlando Photographer Sumona photography fundraise Nepal help Nepal ‪"printsforacause" ‪stay Nepal strong ‪‎earthquake Nepal ‪‎pray for Nepal ‬rebuild Nepal https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/4/quakeNepal2015 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:35:22 GMT
Angry Bird attacks https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/4/angry-bird-attacks Morning after a rainy night ahh so refreshing!  To enjoy the cool morning, the better half and I decided to sit outside on the porch sipping some hot tea.  All of a sudden a bird swooped in over us.  We chuckled and continued to talk thinking it was just one time thing.  But the bird chirped in fury and then headed straight for my husband in attack mode.  Angry bird meant business!

Startled by the bird, he stepped back splashing tea all over his face and clothes (luckily the tea was lukewarm :) It was a moment to remember.  We were surprised why any bird would be so angry.  Later we found out there was a baby bird on the tree nearby.  Amazing to see parent's natural instinct to protect the baby.

We were scared (ofcourse right :) and stepped in the house. I rushed for my camera and started to capture the birds.  Most photos were from inside as every time I stepped out, the angry bird would fly near by warning us.  As if it were saying "I'm watching you"!

 

Mama bird brings in food.

Angry bird shows us who's the boss!  

This went on from morning until the afternoon, when finally the baby bird gathered courage to jump down branch by branch until on the ground.  It then gently walked away occasionally fluttering it's wings.  

Farewell little one!  Stay away mama bird!  :)

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) angry bird bird photography birds mama's love mean bird natural instinct spring https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2015/4/angry-bird-attacks Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Nifty Fifty https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nifty-fifty Guess who's excited about a new lens, yesssss it's me, it's me *jumps with joy.  Funnily, my friend asks which contact lens are you getting so excited about?  LOL.

Welcome Nifty Fifty, the newest addition to my photography gear.  I have been wanting a prime lens for a while.  (Prime lens have a fixed focal length so zooming in/out equals walking near/far from the subject :)  Camera + workout gear ehh, can't beat that.

Generally, I do not know or care about gadgets and gear but I had heard a lot about the prime lens and how it boosts your creative side and makes you think and visualize the shot.

I could not wait to give it a try right away so I just walked around my home looking for something to take photos of.  I need to get used to the large aperture, lots of light and zero zoom.  
 
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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nifty-fifty Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:58:00 GMT
Happy Valentine's Day! https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/happy-valentines-day
I could not find a photo with hearts, cards or chocolates.  So, I chose this photo because I think it is super cute and full of love.   How many of you went awwwww?  A little story behind this photo.  I was nowhere near the family instead was far up and away in a building with my tele-zoom.  I saw the dad setting up camera on the stroller after writing in the sand.  Ofcourse, I have to be nosy so I kept zooming in then started to take photos.  It looks like we both almost pressed the shutter at the same time.  
 
The photo brings joy to me and I hope it has the same impact on you!  After all, isn't Valentine's day all about bringing happiness to each other?
 
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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/happy-valentines-day Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:41:00 GMT
Spread the love https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/1/spread-love Although I was at a destination spot, Destin, I was not feeling it.  Maybe because it was off season the place just was not appealing; it  seemed dead.  Sometimes I wonder if I am just so moody that no matter what if I don't feel it, I don't.  One of my excuses, I'm a creative person, so I can get away with being moody, okayyy! :)

So anyway, as we were strolling down the almost empty boardwalk, I stopped and took some photos of birds, boats, handy man fixing a house and some vibrant orangy red fishes interestingly or disgustingly hung for display. 

Then as we were leaving, we came across a humongous tree that had branches spread out wide as if it were reaching out with its arms wide open.  I sure could feel the love this time.

Out of everything else in Destin, weirdly, I was awestruck by this tree.  I just stood there mesmerized and was like, wow, look at that tree, it's amazing.  Ofcourse, I might've been tagged crazy.  Surely, not the first time.  Once again, I can get away with being crazy coz I am an artist lol.  So nevertheless, I ended of taking photos of the tree from different angles and this is one of my favorite. 

Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed!  Spread the love!  Peace4all!

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2014/1/spread-love Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:46:00 GMT
Happy New Year 2014 https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year-2014

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell." 

May 2014 be the year you conquer yourself; year of positive changes, inner peace and good health!

Happy New Year 2014!
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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year-2014 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:52:00 GMT
View from my hotel of Gulf of Mexico. https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/12/gulfofmexico
 
This is my first time visiting north west Florida.  This photo of Gulf of Mexico was taken at Fort Walton.  As you know, I am fascinated by sunrises/sunsets.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the view from my hotel room.  I was hooked to taking photos and was no longer hungry or tired despite hours of drive. 

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/12/gulfofmexico Sun, 29 Dec 2013 19:25:00 GMT
Merry Christmas and Happy holidays https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/12/st
St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. intrigues me and takes me back to history.  Although I have been there several times, I never get bored (ok except the Fort tour :).  I just love the mix of nature and old style houses.  I had not been there during Christmas time; it was all lit up and the ambience help me get in holiday mode.   ]]>
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My daring moment https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/11/my-daring-moment
 
We have seen spirally photos like this time and over right?  Yes, but this photo is special to me because it was taken in a no photography zone.  The photo was taken in a museum where it was prohibited to take any photos.  The house more of a mansion to me was built in the 1900s.  
 
Not being able to take any photos was a bit bittersweet.  Unhappy that I would not get to capture any of the rooms with antique interiors preserved. Happy that I would be putting down the camera as sometimes it is relieving just to enjoy the view (FYE-For your eyes :).  
 
However, I could not control myself after seeing the staircase. I ran up and quickly took a shot scared yet excited with adrenaline rush.  All black, oops did not adjust my settings after we entered the house.  So I hurriedly changed the settings and took only two shots as I started to hear people talking (first one was not centered properly).  Then I just walked away as if nothing happened, minus the whistling :)!  
 
Photographers have been known to disobey rules and do anything for "that" shot.  So although quite small, I was overjoyed that I took the step to make my shot and that I have a story to tell!  I was scared, first that I might get caught because there were security cameras and second that I might be haunted lol, this was a building from the 1900s so who knows right?  Hmm perhaps a good movie concept, photographer being haunted through the photos :)
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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) Fine art photography Orlando Photographer Sumona photography haunting spiral stairs https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/11/my-daring-moment Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:07:00 GMT
Sunset in Madeira beach https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/11/sunset-in-madeira-beach

Beautiful view at Madeira Beach:
I was torn between taking photos of dolphins or the sunset.  Sunset was stable and predictable while the dolphins loved to play around, peek-a-boo, splashhh was all I got. :)  
So I focused more on the scenic view.


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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/11/sunset-in-madeira-beach Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:28:00 GMT
Gotta love our furry friends https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/gotta-love-our-furry-friends

"Shy guy shy guy...
Oh Lord mercy mercy mercy..."

This little cutie was sitting underneath a desk.  I started to take photos and after only few shots it hid from me as if it were trying to tell me not now OK? That's enough!


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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/gotta-love-our-furry-friends Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:02:00 GMT
Happy Dashain https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/happy-dashain Finally in Dashain mood after listening to Malashree Dhun and seeing other's posts and photos.  It is a bit tough to switch gear to festive mode living away from home and family.

Here's to wishing you a very Happy Dashain!

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/happy-dashain Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:51:00 GMT
Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013 https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/scott-kelby-worldwide-photowalk-2013 I participated in the Photo Walk at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Here is one of the photos from today's walk.  I was a bit hesitant in signing up for this walk because I did not want to go to another zoo. But it turned out great and I made an attempt to take photos besides just the animals. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people who shared their knowledge and experience generously. We did not realize how fast 3 hours went by. I highly recommend the photo walks!  ]]> [email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/10/scott-kelby-worldwide-photowalk-2013 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:08:00 GMT Portland in Orlando https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/portland-in-orlando
My hubby lived in Portland for few years.  Although he misses the beautiful city, he sure is glad to be away from the drizzles.  It has been raining in Orlando this week and he keeps telling me "this is exactly how the weather is in Portland".  I took this photo from my phone while waiting in the car.  As long as I've something to take photos with I'm a happy camper no matter the rain or shine.  
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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/portland-in-orlando Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT
Permanence in impermanence https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/permanence-in-impermanence
These eerie photos make me wonder about the places and how lively it must have been at one point in history. I am taken back in time where people are going about their daily routine and having a good time with their family and friends.  The photos are a great reminder of the paradox- impermanent yet enduring.

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/permanence-in-impermanence Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:11:00 GMT
Happy children's day! https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/happy-childrens-day

September 14th is celebrated as Children's day (Bal Diwas) in Nepal.  I was taking photos from my balcony last year in Kathmandu when I saw these kids in the neighboring house.  After exchanging quick smiles, they brought out their art all set for some "phototime".This photo brings me smiles because of the realization that these girls are going to school and doing some artwork. According to the Americans for the Arts, one of the benefits of including arts in education is that it "stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills".  I wish to see more schools putting emphasis on art and not just on sciences and math.  It is high time that we value professions in the creative line and not raise eyebrows when a child says I want to be an artist when I grow up instead of the conventional or accepted answer of being a doctor or an engineer.  ]]>
[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/happy-childrens-day Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:30:00 GMT
Darkness and hope https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/darkness-and-hope

I took this photo back in August when there was supposed to be a blue moon.  Since I did not see anything spectacular that night or perhaps it was bad timing on my part, I decided to play around with the moon.
I remembered this photo today on 09/11 because it reminds of Ying and Yang, shadow and light, black and white, of darkness and hope!

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[email protected] (Sumona Photography) https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/darkness-and-hope Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:53:00 GMT
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Here's to celebrating the joy of fatherhood!  

Last year I was in Nepal celebrating Father's day surrounded by family.  
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Turban and teeth https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/8/turban-and-teeth
© 2012 Sumona Balla

Perhaps the eldest fruit-seller at the mini bazaar in front of my house in Kathmandu.  He might seem old, but he has a side of playfulness that one cannot ignore.  He might seem feeble, but all day he stands in the corner of the street with his bicycle and basket full of fruits.
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My affair with sunsets: Sunset in La Jolla https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/8/affair-with-sunsets-sunset-in-la-jolla
© 2013 Sumona Balla
One of my favorite things to do is to look up at the ever-changing intriguing sky or in this case look at the horizon as the sun bid farewell for the day.   La Jolla, San Diego is a must visit place if you are looking for sightseeing, tranquility and for being awestruck by nature's beauty.

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Something about me https://www.sumonaphotography.com/blog/2013/8/intro
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One rainy evening in Pokhara.  
© 2012 Sumona Balla

Welcome to my blog sometimesitjustclicks

I am Sumona and am currently living in the beautiful sunshine state.  Academically and professionally I belong to the world of IT.  However, my heart is closer to the creative world.  Throughout my life I have been involved with art in one form or other.  Art has been a part of me through drawing, singing, playing guitar, graphic and web designing.  The latest addition is painting with light aka photography.  

The "gravitational" pull towards photography began in 2011 when I joined an introductory workshop organized by Artudio and The Image Park.  Since then I have come from nervously holding the DSLR for the first time to being confident with my Nikon D5100 (oh yes manual settings all the way baby...quite a brag ehh, pros must be laughing at me by now:)  So, anyone who says "Nice shot! You must have an awesome camera" can zippitt :) I have an ok camera.  Although I would like to own a full frame camera,  I do believe that a good camera is not what makes the photo, you do!  Also, I use 18-55mm kit lens and 55-300mm zoom lens.  

So what is photography to me?  In the past couple years I have realized how numb I was to my surrounding before photography came to my life.  It has awakened me from "automode".  Now I notice.  I stop, look around, observe, feel the ambience and even smell the surrounding. Photography relieves me from stress; I let go of myself and be part of nature, people & their lives and anything that I photograph be it living or not.  When I'm in the zone I forget how many hours I have been shooting or if I am too near a risky situation.  So, yes wise enough to say I must enjoy it.


Although you will find my photos across different genres, I am inclined towards Fine Art photography.  Patterns, colors, shapes, light and shade- sometimes even the mundane everyday sights click to me and I can't help but take out my camera or my phone (more common nowadays).  Being able to add a creative spin by seeing and capturing things from a different point of view intrigues me.  It's like an Aha moment and you know that something just clicked, first in your brain and then in your camera!  
  
And I thought I did not like writing, hmm, I better stop now!

I welcome you to join me as I continue to figure myself out as a person and a photographer.  Please feel free to leave constructive comments & feedbacks!  

Thank you,
Sumona
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