Tips for Photographing Stunning Sunrises and Sunsets

Sun Set Coorg

No good travel photo album is complete without the token sunrise or sunset picture!’. Many travelers seem to live by this mantra – however most sunset and sunrise photographs that I see are quite disappointing. They need not be – sunsets and sunrises are not that difficult to photograph!

Here are some tips for Photographing Stunning Sunrises and Sunsets during your visit to Coorg or Kodagu!

Tip No: 1    Learn to predict a good sunset before it happens. Have you ever seen a perfect sky, only to realize you didn’t have your camera handy? You need to be able to choose your location, set up your camera, and be waiting for the show to start.

Tip No: 2   Check out the newspaper or the local television stations for exact sunrise/sunset times. Plan your day accordingly. You don’t want to be waiting for a check at a restaurant during the peak sunset period.

Tip No: 3   Be patient to get the best colours. The few minutes as the sun is crossing the horizon can be spectacular, but it is not the whole story of a sunset. As the sinking sun lights the clouds from below, often the richest colours can appear up to half an hour later.

Tip No: 4   Find a good foreground subject. This may be the most important tip of all. Time after time people show me their sunset photos, and all I can think is “Great sky…pity you didn’t make a better photo out of it.” We have all seen and photographed spectacular skies, so that alone is not enough to create your work of art.

Try to identify some object that stands well above the horizon (trees, windmills, buildings, power-lines) and has a shape that will create a good silhouette. It doesn’t have to fill up your picture. In fact, it may only take up a small area – that will only make the sky seem even more impressive. The important thing is to give your picture a focal point, so that your viewer has something more interesting to look at than just a great sky.

Tip No: 5   Experiment. Don’t just do the standard 50% landscape 50% sky photo. Take some photos where more of the sky is present, others where more landscape is visible. Take a couple turning your camera 90 degrees to the side to get even more of the sky or landscape in your photograph.

Coorg SunSet

Tip No: 6   Be very careful when pointing your lens towards or at the sun! The sun can damage your camera lens, so after taking your photographs, immediately place a lens cap on your digital camera.

Tip No: 7   When It Comes to Resolution, Aim High: If you’re using a digital camera, choose the highest resolution your camera will allow, usually a “fine” or “super fine” JPEG (A JPEG is a standard, highly compressed image file). Access to these settings can usually be found by pressing the Menu or Function key on your camera.

If your camera has a “raw” or “TIFF” mode, try it. These modes will compress the image less than a JPEG and will ultimately yield a bigger file and a richer image. While the files may take up more room on your memory card, the inconvenience will be worth it once you see the sunset prints, particularly if you enlarge the prints beyond five by seven inches.

Tip No: 8   Shoot at a variety of focal lengths – wide angle can create sweeping landscape shots but if you want the sun itself to be a feature of the shot you’ll want to be able to zoom right in. Find a picturesque area during the day when you have plenty of time, not while you are scrambling around during short periods of sunrise or dusk.

Tip No: 9   Use a tripod when possible. Set it up before the sun starts to rise or set and you’ll be able to take very clear, crisp photographs.

Have a nice trip to Coorg & dont forget your camera this time! 😉


[Article Source: 1 & 2 ; Photo Source: 1 & 2 ]

‘Anti-Muslim campaign gaining momentum’

Love jihadThe former MLC, A.K. Subbaiah, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State of having “launched a hate campaign against the Muslim community in the State”.

Mr. Subbaiah told presspersons here on Saturday that the latest campaign against the Muslims in the State was “Love Jihad”, which was the creation of the Sangh Parivar.

He alleged that the Sangh Parivar members had misinterpreted the observation made by the Kerala High Court with regard to the directions it gave to the police and the Union Home Ministry to probe into instances of young Muslim boys reportedly targeting college girls for conversion by feigning love.

According to Mr. Subbaiah, the anti-Muslim campaign had gathered strength since the BJP came to power in the State. Be it the attack on churches or the issue of cow slaughter, the Muslim community was at the receiving end, Mr. Subbaiah added. Referring to the squabble in the BJP Government,

Mr. Subbaiah said the BJP would soon cease to exist in the State. It was the right time for the Congress party to strengthen its base in the State for which it was necessary to change the Congress leadership at the State level. As long as the present incumbents continued to hold the reins of the Congress party in the State, the party prospects were sure to nosedive further, Mr. Subbaiah observed.

H. Vishwanath, MP from Mysore, was trying to infuse some sense of discipline in the party but was not getting adequate support, he added.

The wrangling within the BJP had proved the fact that the party was unable to run the administration in the State. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa should resign and seek a fresh mandate from the people. The BJP was responsible for the growth of the Reddy brothers and the people of the State were being made the scapegoats in the fight within the BJP, Mr. Subbaiah said.

Murder case
Continuing his tirade against the BJP, Mr. Subbaiah said the Kodagu police was playing into the hands of the ruling BJP.

Making a specific reference to the case of alleged murder of Hasan, a Muslim, recently, Mr. Subbaiah demanded that the case should be handed over to the Corps of Detectives (CoD) for investigation.

According to him, the police were not arresting the accused in the case because they had come under pressure from the “communal” forces.

 [Source: The Hindu]

6 Automatic Climate Centre units installed in Kodagu



A total of six Automatic Climate Centre (ACC) units of the Indian Space Reseach Organisation (ISRO) have been installed at various place in the district. ISRO has plans to install 15 ACCs in the district to provide climatic information to coffee growers. 


ACCs are installed at Madapura Durgadevi Estate, Kodagu Planters Association, Madapura Chennamma PU College, Ajay Gopal’s farm at Karadada, Koverkolli TATA Coffee Estate and at Koovkodi in Somwarpet taluk. Remaining 9 ACCs will be installed at various places in the district soon.

ACCs will provide information including temperture, wind direction, speed, rain quantity and pressure in atmosphere of the region to farmers through ‘Kalpana’ and INSAT-3A satellites.

The Space Application Centre located at Ahmedabad in Gujarat will collect the information and update in websites, source from ISRO said.

ISRO also has plans to provide detailed climatic information to newspapers after the completion of 15 ACC installations in Kodagu district. The ACC technology, which was developed by ISRO, was handed over to Hyderabad based company Astra Microwave Products Limited for installations at required places.

The equipment, which was costing around Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakh in Western Countries, has been developed by ISRO at a cost of Rs around Rs 50,000.

Satellite based education

ISRO will extend its Tele Education Service to 5 Government Schools in Kodagu district. Primary Education will be imparted to students through the Satellite based Education programme.

A telemedicine facility was also opened by the ISRO at Ammathi TATA Coffee Hospital, sources said. 

[Source: DHNS]

Kodagu oranges: In the shadows of coffee plantations

Coorg Oranges

Coorg Oranges

Farmers in the state are disappointed by the central government’s scheme of distributing Nagpur orange saplings as part of the Horticultural Mission’s objectives to encourage orange farming. 



Much as the Nanjanagud rasabale (banana) is popular, so is Kodagu’s orange.  The horticultural department, however, is distributing free Nagpur orange saplings to farmers of the district. This has sparked off a lot of debate among farmers here.

Where are the oranges?
Kodagu’s farmers were known to grow oranges in the coffee plantations. Today, the situation has changed drastically. Kodagu oranges are hard to come by. The other reason is that most of the orange plantations here are pest-ridden. Farmers who would get a yield of tens of truckloads of oranges today get a meagre four truckloads of oranges.

Orange farms have vanished in small holdings. Today, Kodagu oranges are smaller, less tasty and their colour seems to have changed too.

The Kodagu orange is now being grown in Tamil Nadu and Kerala too. The oranges have a huge demand in the markets there, especially between the months of November and February.

In Kodagu, though, coffee is always the first preference for farmers. Oranges are the lesser crop here. According to agricultural scientists from the Chettaiah horticultural centre, the graining pest is the principal reason for the loss of orange crops.

“There was a time when we grew Kodagu oranges on an eight-ten acre farm and sell at least 40 to 50 tonnes of oranges. The plants grown over the last few years, however, fetch fruit only for three-four years, “ explains Napoklu’s orange farmer, Biddetanda Dinesh.
[Source: DHNS]