Friday, September 27, 2013

HMS Inflexible

This 1876 model of the Victorian ironclad battleship was created by Mr.Dennis Kaye from Calgary. Its now on display at the Naval Museum in Victoria, B.C. He gave me a chance to take some shots of this amazing model at his basement workshop just before it got shipped to B.C.  Inflexible had the largest guns and thickest armour of any ship in the navy, but still carried masts and sails and had slow, muzzle-loading guns. Do you see an Imperial German Navy flag at the back of this British Royal Navy vessel !! 

HMS Inflexible that was part of the Mediterranean fleet in 1882

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hobby Shop

 Last year I was given the opportunity to take pictures of warplane models at Invader Hobbies in NE Calgary. This store is run by modellers, for modellers. Their operators have 20+ years experience passionately building models. Be it an INAir E-Z boxed build kits or a model of CF-18 Tiger or USAF Thunderbird, its all in there. The shop is owned by Scott McTavish. They have now branched out to create modern armor and Sci-fi subjects as well. Below are some of the models that were showcased in the 17th Annual Western Canadian Regional Model Contest 2012 held in Edmonton.

Scott McTavish and Derwin Emro

Paul Holmes

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Badlands...a unique travel destination in Canada's “Wild West.” The Canadian Badlands has unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations. Localized ranges of hills preserve the topography of the region as it was before it was scoured by glaciers. If the landscapes aren't amazing enough, they are equaled by the reality that this was once home to an incredible array of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. Some of these shots were taken in the outskirts of Drumheller, a small town within the Red Deer River valley located 68 miles northeast of Calgary and some in Royal Tyrrell Museum located within the city.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Monsoon in Kerala, India

My Amma (Mom)'s home, a heaven on earth and her garden, a hidden paradise. During my last visit I played with my Nikkor 30mm F1.8 soon after a downpour and the result shown below. 

Rain drop

Angel wing begonia


Lantana Bud

'Ixora' a type of cluster

Red Ixora

White Ixora


White ginger lily

A type of Croton

Rendezvous with a butterfly

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Symbol of eternal love...Taj

Dad and Mom on a bench in front of the greatest monument of love, The Taj Mahal. This was taken in 1978 monochrome and I had the opportunity to restore this image and turn it into color. I used Adobe Lightroom 5 to work on this image

A lake memory

Blue, limpid, mighty, restless lakes,
    God’s mirrors underneath the sky,
Low rimmed in woods and mists, where wakes,
    Through murk and moon, the marsh bird’s cry.

Never a bud of spring, never a laugh of summer,
    Never a dream of love, never a song of bird;
But only the silence and white, the shores that grow chiller and dumber,
    Wherever the ice winds sob, and the griefs of winter are heard. 

By William Wilfred Campbell

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Oct 2011. I volunteered as an event photographer for a day covering an ecological fair organized by EcoLiving,  an event management NGO. Their mission is to guide Calgarians to a sustainable lifestyle. I took most of their eco-fair pictures that they have posted on their flickr account. You can view them on

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Big Family Market

Spent a sunny October day at the Bearspaw Lions Farmers market in 2011. The hustle bustle of local farmers with their produce and vendors from outer provinces selling homemade marmalade, wines and junk jeweleries was the highlight of the day. Some musicians were there to entertain the crowd too on this beautiful hot day.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

First day in Cowtown

My first post in my second blog. This had to happen earlier but hey! better late than never.

My first day in Canada, 24th Aug 2011@YYC. A smooth process at the immigration counter made me feel for the first time in my life...welcomed. Every single day since then has been a blessing.

I took this shot to commemorate our first day in this beautiful country. This was taken at a friends place with my then Nikon D3100. I used an AF-S DX 55-200mm and took this at f/5.6 and shutter 1/200, ISO3200

Madhu Madhavan Photography

My photo
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
I have a passion to shoot still life and portraits. I took up digital photography few years ago and have come to realize that this hobby, that I chose as a means to escape the drudgery of the day is probably one that brings out the best in me. A tiny sliver of time caught for eternity, and worthy of notice, is what I work towards with every image I take. There is no challenge that is too big for me and no job too small. If you like the images I post here then please feel free to comment. All constructive criticism are welcomed.