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Wednesday, 16 April 2008
From Wayanad and Bandipur
Category: Birds 'n Animals

These pics are during a return journey from Kozhikode to Bengaluru. The first three sparrows are from Sulthan Bathery town and the langur is from the Bandipur national park.

The first pic was using the EF-L 180mm lens @ f/4.0 Av mode, ISO-200 and the remaining pics are using the EF-L 400mm lens @ f/5.6 Av mode, ISO-800.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, 7 May 2008 2:53 PM
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Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Snaps en route Swargakkunnu ...
Category: The Abstracts

These are some random snaps taken en route to Swargakkunnu, from Muthappanpuzha:

The first pic was actually a demo of the EF-L f/3.5 180mm macro lens to Josettan and that bee just happened to be there in the pic.  Av mode f/3.5, ISO-100 and 1/1000s exposure. The butterfly pic is also using the 180mm lens, but Av mode f/6.3 and 1/100s.

Snap of the rusted fence is taken using the EF-L f/5.6 400mm @ f/5.6 ISO-800 and 1/400s. This was also a trial shot to see the Depth of Focus @ 400mm :) But, I ended up liking the shades of the green in the background and the narrow DOF for the subject too.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, 30 April 2008 8:04 PM
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Monday, 14 April 2008
Taj Mahal is #100
Category: Cities 'n Architecture

People, this is my #100 and what better way to bring it in other than with the monument of luv :)

All these are archive pictures, which I saved for my 100th post :) Taken with the EF-S 18-55mm lens in Av mode, the first four are @ f/13 and the fifth is @ f/6.3.

To complete the series ... the last one is from the Agra red fort entrace. Since it was a li'l late in the evening, I went for a tripod mounted longer exposure pic (Av mode @ f/6.3, +1 exposure compensation and 2seconds using the 18-55mm). Can u see the people moving in and out of the fort :) The picture before that is from Fathepur Sikhri, again using the EF-S 18-55, Av mode @ f/3.5. Since, I'd set the camera for indoor shots with an ISO-800, the setting stayed and I ended up with a 1/2000s for this shot :)

The date of the post is set to April 14th, the Vishu day (Kerala new year) so that it indeed stays as the 100th post :) Infact, I wanted to post this on Vishu day itself, but was delayed. So, here it is ... my 100th post on Vishu day, with pics of Tajmahal :) Hope its a new beginning!

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Friday, 25 April 2008 12:24 AM
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Scenes from the River side
Category: Travel 'n Living

These are pics from the river side near my house @ Eranhikkal, Kozhikode, taken on a Vishu day:

The place had a lot of birds, all the way from Kingfishers to Eagles, and was a  perfect place to test my new EF-L f/5.6 400mm lens :) Its been tough ... without a tripod, this is indeed a hard lens to use. Even at broad day light, I ended up increasing the ISO, to make sure the pics were not shaken. Whenever the birds stayed still for a longer time, I used the tripod and the timer. Any other case, the only practical choice was to bump up the ISO.

The first of the 'Thoni' (wooden boat) and fisherman pic is also with the EF-L 400mm (@ Av mode f/9, tripod mounted), but the second one is a closer shot with the EF-S 18-55mm, again @ Av mode f/9.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Monday, 28 April 2008 10:52 AM
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Portraits from Puthiyappa Beach
Category: People 'n Portraits

On this Vishu day, I was roaming around in the Puthiyappa beach, near Kozhikode, looking for some good shots. I had a few shots in mind, including the shells and foam and sun, but finally, what really caught my attention was a few kids in the beach :)

I had my EF-L f/5.6 400mm on a tripod, set @ Av mode ISO-800 and I got these pictures at 1/2000s and 1/800s. The group of kids in the first pic were waving at me from a distance and I responded by clicking their pictures ... and showing it to them later. The kid in the second pic seem to be hesitant in getting into the water. Doesnt it show in his expression :)

The last pic, I used ISO-100 and it returned me 1/200s. Just luved the bright colors of their dress! Infact, I had the lens mounted in a tripod and should've used lower ISO for the other pics as well!

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 29 April 2008 9:23 PM
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Sunday, 13 April 2008
Happy Vishu to all ...
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

This is the 'Vilakku' at home on the Vishu eve :) The flowers are 'Kanikkonna' (Cassia Fistula) a must for celebrating Vishu.


For completion lemme put the details as well : First pic is ISO-400 (I wanted steady flames), f/8 and 0.6s. Second pic is ISO-100, f/8 for 3.2s exposure. Both are taken with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens @ focal lengths 34mm and 40mm in the Av mode using a tripod.

Posted by usandeep at 10:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 12:15 PM
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Kids @ Padinharayil
Category: People 'n Portraits

Padinharayil is my maternal house and I happened to be there the day before Vishu for a function. The place was filled with kids of my cousins and I was running around with a camera in hand! Here are some of the pics I got:

First pic is of Vaishnav (aka Unnikkuttan). I just luv his smile and he seems to like the camera too. This pic is from the EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens @ Av mode f/2.5, ISO-800. Also, find some of his pics I took earlier in this post: Vaishnav's Pics. Second pic is of Upasana. She is very camera shy and started crying when I attempted to take her pictures :( Finally, I managed a few from a distance using the EF-L 180mm :) Av mode f/6.3 and ISO-800.

The blue-green dress here is Aditi and the yellow one is Nandana. Both were playing in the courtyard and almost posing for me :) Pics using EF-L 180mm @ f/3.5, Av mode and ISO-800.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Sunday, 11 May 2008 4:52 PM
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Saturday, 12 April 2008
Crane Colony near Mysuru
Category: Birds 'n Animals

These cranes were spotted @ a lake abt 10kms from Mysuru towards Nanjangud on the NH212 aka Kozhikode/Ooty road. The colony was huge and apart from the birds in the pic, I also spotted a huge flock of Pelicans a little away, but failed to get any decent pics coz of the distance.

All pics are using my new Canon EF-L f/5.6 400mm lens @ ISO-100 and f/5.6 for exposures higher than 1/500s (anything lower would've caused blur @ 400mm). I did have the lens tripod mounted but didnt tighten it (except for the first pic) so that I can move it around to capture the flying birds.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, 16 April 2008 7:14 PM
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Red soil and Farmers @ Gundulpet ... again!
Category: Vintage India

One more drive to Kozhikode and while passing via Gundulpet ... I reached the same farm I encountered in this post: Once again in Gundulpet and Mysuru and farmers were sweating out there today as well. Here are some more pics from the place:

The first two pics are taken using the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, in Av mode f/5.6. I was actually in the middle of the field while taking them. The third and forth pics are taken from the road, using the EF-L 180mm f/3.5 lens @ Av mode f/6.3. Since it was almost noon by then and very bright, I had enough exposure time to play with. Wish I had used a thinner shutter atleast for the first pic.

The color of the soil actually rmeinds me of the malayalam movie "Thenmavin Kombathu"! Infact, apart from this same place, I've tried to capture this soil color also in these pictures: Construction Workers near our Office. Another common factor in all these pictures is the bright colored attire of the workers, to give this high contrast.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, 19 April 2008 10:41 PM
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Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Water Birds again ... from Mysuru road
Category: Birds 'n Animals

I got the new Canon EF-L f/5.6 400mm lens today and had to try out the range as early as I can :) The following pics are from a paddy field near Maddur in Bengaluru - Mysuru road:

This being my first experience with a real tele photo lens, with a not so impressive maximum aperture (f/5.6) and no IS, I decided to play safe with ISO-400. The first two pics are 1/1000s @ f/5.6 and the last one is 1/640s for the same aperture. For the third pic, I tried out ISO-100 and had 1/250s and f/5.6.

I also got a 2X converter and tried it out, but didnt get any decent pictures @ f/11 (2X converter will make f/5.6 of 400mm lens to f/11), no Auto Focus (EOS400D cannot Auto Focus @ a max aperture of f/11) and no IS.

Posted by usandeep at 11:49 AM
Updated: Friday, 11 April 2008 8:40 PM
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