The days of shallow DOF, high ISO settings, 1/500 sec shutter speeds and near zero noise are here! I am the proud owner of a Canon 600D (Rebel T3i).
Here are the first few experimental shots… comments are welcome!
The driveway outside our house
Tea time at Lansdowne (with a bit of HDR after exposure bracketting)
Tiramisu at Pizza Hut
Diorama with Hotwheels Colour Changer
The Himalayan Bulbul
The early bird
Diwali was celebrated with a difference this year, for two reasons… firstly my wife decided that we make our own lamps to illuminate the portico and in a short while she had tiny glasses painted in elaborate ways.
Together with some water and floating candles they indeed made a pretty sight outside and inside our home.
The second difference this year was keeping away from the colossal waste of money in the form of firecrackers and spending time with the residents of Cheshire Home in Dehradun.
This is where diwali being the festival of light made so much sense to me. Not only was the place lit up to enliven a festive glow all around
…but seeing the people at the home with tiny sparklers and an even greater sparkle in their eyes will remain in my memory forever.
Happy Diwali to all of you!!!
“Festivals are like a map charting our spiritual progress in God.”
This time the city was alight with celebrations of Dussera. On the day titled, Maha Ashtami, I was witness to the Durga Puja at the Bengali Library in the heart of Dehradun.
After confirming the directions from a few friends, we made it on time for the beginning of the puja. There were drums and cymbals and a general atmosphere of festivity! It made for some really vibrant pictures…
There were drums and cymbals and a general atmosphere of festivity! It made for some really vibrant pictures…
In the modern day, LED lights take the cake in adding that special touch of colour to the pandal.
There was a lot more to be witnessed that day, however, duty called and I had to be back home…
… but not after savouring some spicy bhel puri that made the shop owner do a brisk sale in bottle water too 🙂
Here’s wishing everyone, a Happy Dussera 2012!… Shubo Bijoya!!!
(Picture painting above done by Mr. Bapun Dutta – Art teacher at Kasiga School)
The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa has a charm of its own. But the beauty of the occasion celebration is enhanced when celebrated with friends and family!
I was one of the privileged few to be invited over to a friends’ place for lunch.
But one does not move hurriedly into lunch. First there are the multitude of sweets that have to be tasted!
What I enjoyed most were the modaks
(I hope the picture speaks for itself)
We then participated in the aarti, which are devotional prayers and hymns sung by the entire family, and then Amay Parrikar, our host, explained the various symbols and rituals of the celebration.
Two of these which I found very meaningful were the matoli (a canopy of fruits and flowers grown locally in Goa)
… and the tray which offered the first corn of the fields to the deity.
From the time we entered his house till the time we left I think I ate more than I did on in an entire day 😉
Festivals are indeed occasions that keep the flame of brotherhood alive in society
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
~ Juliet (Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2))
This is a quote from Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of “star-cross’d” lovers. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love, but are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to “deny his father” and instead be “new baptized” as Juliet’s lover. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play.
I on the other hand do not want to dwell on the vagaries of love in this post but on a feature I rarely use on my camera… Infra-red mode.
Here are a few sample pictures of The Rose 😉
This is IR under a focus lamp
The pictures are clicked in pitch darkness. I think cats can sense IR, and the more adventurous of the two, leaped onto the table to inspect the object of my affection 😉
And if you are wondering how the original was, then here it is:
UPDATE: Here is the same in fractal format….
It’s that time of the year when I cast a quick glance at the months gone by. 12 months captured in 12 significant moments!
2010 began with a bang! This was the month I got engaged… and the celebrations flowed!
A rare moment captured while a little boy looked longingly at his mother. This picture titled “Hope” featured in a Photography Contest on World Photography Day.
Delving deeper into the realm of macro photography. This was a tiny flower picked up as “memorabilia” on a long road trip to Karwar
Attended a nuptial service at the beautiful church on an equally beautiful island.
While my niece sharpened her skills at playdough, I saw another opportunity at Photography. This is one of the pictures from her entire collection titled Farmville
From the engagement to the most important month for me this year… the day I got married!
A weekend getaway to Mumbai had this pleasant surprise for me. This is the first time I tried a bit of HDR in post processing.
A long drive with very good friends and fantastic scenery rolling out all along the Anmod Ghats.
A camping trip after years! This buffalo scene is created in the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. (Look closely, they are not real buffaloes!)
This picture was created for the assignment “Treasure” on DPS. (In this case, the pearls are real!)
Clicked this image for another DPS assignment submission, “breaking the rule of thirds”
Christmas preparations and while testing the lights, our pets had their own explorations!
Happy New Year 2011!!!