Happy New Year!

It's 2008!

I like to light a diya for the New Year but this year, I thought I'd bring it in with a splash and raise a toast to all of you, my readers!

A tsunami in a martini glass - caption by Nupur

May this New Year be filled with journeys that take you to new levels of excitement and fulfillment.

And I hope you enjoy the abundant sunshine along the way.

Happy New Year!

I would like to send in one of these images to the Click: Liquid event. But I am not sure which one to send in. My personal favorite is the third one which heavily post-processed but I am not sure it will fly with the audience for Click. And with at least one of the judges, for sure! So...what to do? What to do? Let me know what you think!

Update: Pic #1 is going to Click: Liquid. Thank you all so much for your response! I am really overwhelmed!


Average Jane said...

Happy New Year!

I like the second photo...it makes me want a martini. :)

Stella Devine said...

I vote for the first picture - just to make things difficult!

Happy New Year.

Nupur said...

The first is my favorite. A tsunami in a martini glass. Gorgeous!

Siri said...

My vote goes for the first one Manisha.. it has nice feel n look..:D

Happy New Year!

~ Siri

Pelicano said...

First one, yes. But I love what you've done with the green one.

Anita said...

Happy New Year to you too, Manisha!
Err...difficult choice...you decide, baba. But I like the acid stuff you do with these pictures - I am totally smitten with that effect.

amna said...

go with the second one (yes, i do notice everyone says first) but i am a sucker for half-pics :)

the last one is definitely the best though. lovely effect!

Grihini said...

I like the first one too ;)
Nice shots, will sure vte for ya.
Happy new year

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Lee said...

Happy New Year Manisha!

I love the first one, so much excitement with all the movement of the drink. Nupur said it perfectly "tsunami in a glass"!

Purnima said...

Hi Manisha, HNY! My choice is 1st pic,the effect has been beautifully captured!Brilliant pics!!!

Padmaja said...

Happy new year and I am stunned at the photos dear, First one is definitely a WINNER!! and so are the others.

Lata said...

Happy New Year Manisha, I like the second photo best.

Pooja said...

Happy new year Manisha.
all pictures are awesome , but my choice is clearly the third one, it has the effectes captured perfectly.

Shah cooks said...

A very happy new year to u!!
I like the first one by the way!!how did u click it?

Mandira said...

Happy New Year Manisha :) I like the third one too, gorgeous!

Pav said...

Happy New Year to you too!!

I love all the three of them... *hic* *hic* *hic*

Hit me with your best :P :P

evolvingtastes said...

Manisha, Happy New Year!

Sorry, can't pick a favorite, I like them all. With these gorgeous pictures, you have pretty much edged out all the competition!!

Indian Food Rocks said...

Thank you all so much for letting me know what you think. I really really appreciate it! It's pretty much turned out the way I thought it might - an overhwleming preference for #1. 10 definite votes so far!

AJ, go on then! Mix yourself one!

Stella, trust you to want to do that to me! But it looks like most folks are with you!

Nupur, a tsunami in a martini glass is sooo creative! Thank you! Do you mind if I use that for the title of that pic?

Siri, thanks!

Pel, I knew you would appreciate the green one!

Anita, it's a Photoshop action. Once I have submitted the pic for Click, I will post a write-up on Inner Lens. People usually do this with a lot of equipment and off-camera flashes and strobes, none of which I have. I'm putting you down for #1 based on our chat.

Nags and Lata, two more votes for the second one! Thank you!

Grihini, thank you! But remember that there will be a lot of other entries by the deadline of Jan 20, many of which will be really fabulous.

Lee, Happy New Year to you, too! I have missed you!

Purnima, thanks! It has inspired me to try some other tricks now that I think I know how to do this!

Padmaja, glad you liked them!

Lata, thanks!

Pooja, we have the same choice! Thank you!

Mallugirl, thanks! High-speed flash photography. I should have a write-up on it by this weekend.

Mandira, thanks! Yay! Nice to know that you share my taste!

Mythili, own up! It's only cos you want 3 Martinis!

ET, kya yaar?! You're supposed to say which one! And I am sure you will see very creative pictures when the entries start rolling in.

My husband thinks the third one is 'unnatural'. Bah! Medha likes the third one today. Yesterday she preferred the first one!

Linda said...

I vote for #1. Love the splash! :)

TheCooker said...

Happy New Year, Manisha.
Another vote for #1.

JS said...

I'm for number 3. Manisha, let me buy you a martini!

KonkaniBlogger said...

Hey Manisha..I think the first pic is very nice..Sure looks like a tsunami in there :)..Happy new year to u..

Anonymous said...

now that you've made your choice, i can tell yo that love #1 and #3. now tell us how you took them.

bee said...

raising the bar manisha! happy new year...jai

Rajesh &Shankari said...

the first is my fav..

Suganya said...

Aaaaaamazing, Manisha. How did you do it?

Indian Food Rocks said...

Linda, TC, Maya and Shankari, thanks! Looks like you agree with most of the others!

John, you picked my fave! And you can buy me a martini any time! I love the less sweet, more tart and potent ones! Yum!

Suganya and Clicking Bee, by this weekend!

Jai Raising the bar or razing the bar? D thinks it's the latter. And, didn't she tell you to get yer own id?! Watch out or she might crack her whip! ;-)

Sanjana said...

Manisha, Wishing you and your family a really happy and prosperous new year!!!I love the first photo...its so refreshing....I want to have Nimbu pani!!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Manisha
Found your blog by accident, while clicking through the maze of network of co-bloggers.I like the picture of the new year celebrations.
Greetings to you from Botswana.

Rachel said...

Hey great pics! how did u capture it? mind sharing it :)

Have a great newyear

Jaya M said...

Dear manisha,
My vote is for 1st one ,lovely.
1 st one it looks gorgeous ,how do you captured it ,amazing ...great ...
love 2 and 3 one also .
Happy new year to you too
hugs and smiles

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Sensational. I vote for #1.

Cynthia said...

Great pics!

I see your love and attraction for the 3rd one and I share it but, I think for the event it may be better to send in the first one.

A happy new year to you and the family!

Anonymous said...

Amazing photo! Fantastic :)

MPG said...

Wow! Your blog really rocks - glad to have found ...love these drink photos ... Happy New Year!

Sia said...

WOW! is the word for ur entry. Superb!

Raks said...

You should be the winner this time!lovely!Chance-less photography!!!

Latha said...

Beautiful pictures Manisha! Wow u guys are all good photographers! Hard to pick the best!
A very happy and prosperous new year to you guys!

Finla said...

Beautiful picture and Hâppy New year

Katy said...

GREAT, great photo! I am so impressed!

Deeba PAB said...

Hey Manisha...The first one rocks...you've gotta sure winner! All the pics are simple amazing...CLAP CLAP!!

Shivapriya said...

awesome job IFR. I like all of them Its really difficlut to pick:).

Ra said...


How did you time it. Tech details pls camera details and settings.


Unknown said...

i wish i would be able to take a shot like that! you make me realize i must learn more about photography. i adore your photo here. that's the kind of work i'd love to do.

Mansi said...

wow Manisha!! you are SO WINNING click even this month!! how did you take that pic girl??!!!

Anytime you are doing a tutorial, count me in!! first row:)

Wish you a fabulous 2008!

Reeta Skeeter said...

Lovely pictures them! And a lovely blog too!!
Happy New Year!

Indian Food Rocks said...

A post with more details is long overdue and I am sorry I haven't been able to get to it. I have been consumed with mundane things like getting a new roof. Yah! The joys of being a homeowner! I will get to it soon!

Sanjana, go ahead and make yourself some! And think of me when you guzzle it down!

Anamika, thanks and welcome once again!

Rachel, thanks and I will get to it soon, I hope!

Jaya, thanks and Happy new year to you, too!

Susan from Food Blogga, #1 it is! Thanks!

Cynthia, yes and that is what I sent in. I printed out the green one as a poster and it's looking really good on the wall!

Maryann, thanks and welcome to IFR!

Mango Power Girl, likewise! Oh, and I love mangoes, too! Welcome!

Sia, thanks! Looking forward to seeing yours, too!

RAKS KITCHEN, Mansi Desai and Passionate baker...& beyond, thanks! I'd love to win. My head can do with growing a little bigger. ;-) Seriously though, it's more about participating than winning. And there already some very beautiful entries.

Latha, thanks! The event is a lot of fun!

Happy cook, thanks! Happy new year to you, too!

Katy, thanks! I loved your wine shot, too! The bokeh is excellent!

Shivapriya, thanks!

Ra, definitely not rocket science. And really easy when compared to sky-diving! ;-) It's just a question of getting the lighting set up and then a matter of timing. Will post soon! Camera is Sony A100.

Arfi Binsted, it's not difficult. Hop onto Flickr, there are a ton of groups that discuss lighting, techniques and some even give out weekly assignments. I wish you all the best!

Reeta Skeeter, thanks and same to you!

SteamyKitchen said...

LOVE the photos!

Rina said...

Manisha, though late, Happy new year to you... I loved your pictures... FIrst one the best. I wish you get the prize,, U deserve it.

Lavanya Raj said...

wonderfull picture..really you are rocking.

Bharathy said...

Not only the Indian food but also the CLICK R-O-C-K-S :)!!!
I like the first one which went for the event !! :)

Nora B. said...

Great shot! I voted for you :-)

Bharathy said...

Congraaats for winning CLICK!!!!!
Brilliant shot!Guessed right!:)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Congratulation for your pic!!

Mansi said...

Congrats on winning the Click event Manisha!! there was no doubt you were wining girl!! that was an awesome shot:)

PS: now can you tell us how you did it:)D

WSIB2 said...

Congratulations on the win. From the moment I saw the pic I knew it would win hands down. Curious as to how you did it...

Indian Food Rocks said...

Thank you all very much! I posted details on what I did on My Inner Lens.

Rajee said...

Great blog, Can u pls explain how u did martini in the first picture?
Happy New year 2009