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Monday, 24 December 2007
Kids skating in Mysuru
Category: People 'n Portraits

These are the pics which will always remind me of how clueless I am (atleast, were) in capturing fast moving objects. After clicking so many pics, I had a heartbreak looking at them - hardly any of the pics were focused :( Finally, after zooming in and cropping out the background these are the two pics I got.

I hope I will some day be able to take these pics properly.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, 29 December 2007 6:50 PM
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Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Once again in Gundulpet and Mysuru
Category: Vintage India

The bright red color of soil in the fields around Gundulpet is so enchanting. I have tried to take pics of workers in these fields earlier but was not very successful. This time, aided with  slightly cloudy climate well suited for photographs and a friendly bunch of people .... I had my best chances. Settings are f/5.6 in Av mode for a 1/80s exposure.

The bullock cart pic from Mysuru - Bengaluru road is actually a bad frame with so many unwanted things in the picture including my cars rear view mirror! I used GIMP to cut out only what I want and to put that pixel effect to merge the picture into a black background. Settings are again Av Mode at f/5.6, but with a slightly more cloudy climate, exposure was at 1/25s and that explains a bit shaky picture.


Posted by usandeep at 3:40 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 11:29 PM
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Visit to Muthappanpuzha
Category: Travel 'n Living

These are pics from a visit to Muthappanpuzha, near Anakkampoyil, in Kozhikode, Kerala.

The first pic is of Josettan and his daughter Josna. f/2.5 was enough DOF for this pic in Av Mode (1/160s). A few other pics I took were spoiled because the DOF wasn't enough and I was about to (wrongly) conclude that f/2.5 is not good enough for group pics :-) Even tried using values like f/10 for portraits (see the 'Scenes from Kanalpiruvu, Palakkad in Kerala' post of 12th Dec 2007) which was obviously a wrong choice! Guess, I should stick to f/2.5 or may be a touch less, say upto f/3.5, and make sure my frames and angles are right! Time to experiment with the A-Dep mode once again :(

Second is a hanging bridge across Iruvanjippuzha.


Posted by usandeep at 9:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:47 PM
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Sunday, 16 December 2007
More pics from Kozhikode
Category: Vintage India

One pic from Eranhikkal, my home town and few more from Poolappoyil (where my maternal house is located), both in Kozhikode district, Kerala.

The first pic is from Eranhikkal ... these are coconuts being dried to make copra. f/16, 1/100s and handheld in Av mode with +2/3 Exposure compensation.

Second pic was taken en route to my maternal house in Poolappoyil, near Mukkom in Kozhikode. This has became a rare sight nowadays :-)

3rd and 4th pic, the canopy of areacanut trees and the reflection seen in Sajuettan's eyes, are from Poolppoyil. Both pics are in Av Mode, with the 3rd one @ f/16 and the 4th one with widest shutter @ f/2.5.


Posted by usandeep at 1:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 11:34 PM
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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Scenes from Kanalpiruvu, Palakkad in Kerala
Category: Vintage India

On a trip to Kanalpiruvu (Canal Piruvu), near Kanjikode in Palakkad, Kerala, I found myself in the midst of a lot of natural beauty. The place was a little too hot but worth spending days with the camera. Bright skies and lush green paddy fields in day time and clear starry sky in the nights with hills in a distance. I committed the cardinal sin of not taking the tripod along and missed out on a lot of pics to be taken in the night and late evenings. Even in day time, the pics I have taken doesnt really do justice to the beauty of the place and people there ... but well ... I am putting up a couple of them mostly to remind me of a lost opportunity.

There is hardly any special technique involved here. For the first pic, I used a higher DOF @ f/10 to get the whole scene focused. This is contrary to what I do for portraits, which is usually done @ f/2.5. Well ... I guess for full length pics with some background to it and enough light to play with, using a higher DOF makes sense. But, it was back to the same old f/2.5 settings for the bottom left pic in the 2nd set. Paddy pics are Av mode again with f/4.5 and f/6.3. For the top middle pic of 2nd set, I again used a higher DOF (f/5.6).

Btw ... the smiling lady in the top middle pic is the owner of this field too. I wish she smiles like this her whole life!

 


Posted by usandeep at 12:15 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 12:36 PM
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More Modelling Sessions!
Category: People 'n Portraits

The first pic is against the evening sun, which gave the brownish tone to the hair. Shutter wide open @ f/2.5 in Av mode, with 1/80s.

The real hair color shows up in the 2nd pic, taken with a mid noon sun in the front. Av mode again with +1/3 compensation, @ f/6.3 and 1/100s.


Posted by usandeep at 10:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 12:37 PM
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Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Looking at the Eyes!
Category: People 'n Portraits

Thanks to Sameera thatha/chechi/didi for allowing me to take a shot of those beautiful poetic eyes!

The only difference between the two pics is the exposure time, 1st one @ 1/40s and the second one @ 1/50s. Both are taken with maximum shutter width of f/2.5 to enable a shallow Depth of Focus.


Posted by usandeep at 5:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 12:38 PM
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Sunday, 9 December 2007
Landscapes between Mysuru - Mananthavady - Kozhikode
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

 

The first pic is of a tank bund found soon after Mysuru towards HD Kote. Second one is a paddy field before Bavali in the Kerala - Karnataka border and the 3rd is of rubber estates near Kanjirangad / Makkiyad after Mananthavady. Common thing abt all three landscapes is the higher DOF used @ f/10. Most of the landscape pics, its better to use as low a 'f' value as possible, something like f/8 to f/16 in dayight conditions. Anything thinner than f/16 may result in much higher exposure times and blurred images.

For the first two pics I was able to get 1/200s and for the 3rd one it was 1/60s. Though, I didnt use it, a tripod may not be a bad idea in these situations to get higher DOF.


Posted by usandeep at 4:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 12:38 PM
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Portraits from a Mysuru - Mananthavady drive
Category: People 'n Portraits

These are some people I met during a drive from Mysore towards Mananthavady. Its quite easy to just dial the 'F' to 2.5 in Av Mode and keep clicking, and the abundant sunlight made this possible :-) Only problem is to make sure that the subject is not under direct sunlight. In couple of the pics I moved the people towards the shade of the car and in some other case under trees or other people's shade. The problem was mainly when I tried to take group pictures. I found it tough to get uniform lighting whenever there was more than one person in the frame and ruined most of those pics.


Posted by usandeep at 2:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 11:35 PM
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Elephants and Men near Bavali
Category: Travel 'n Living

These elephant / mahout pics are from a village abt 20kms before Bavali in the Mysore - Mananthavady state highway.

 

 


Posted by usandeep at 1:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:49 PM
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