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Sunday, 24 February 2008
Ploughing @ a Paddy Field near Maddur
Category: Vintage India

Pics from a paddy field near Maddur. All pics are from the EF-L 180mm lens in Av mode. The first two pics are f/3.5 and the remaining two are f/8. Also, for the 1st picture, there was a blue tinge, possibly due to a wrong white balancing selected by the camera. I used mud colored (R=150, G=139, B=107) toning for this picture to correct this, as described in the post Blue and Sepia toning using GIMP.

Posted by usandeep at 11:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2008 8:18 AM
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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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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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Saturday, 24 November 2007
Portraits from Nanjangud and Gundulpet
Category: Vintage India

These pics are again from a Bengaluru - Kozhikode drive!

The main problem I faced in 1st and 3rd pics was the bright sun. In the 1st pic, I used the flash to get his face uniformly illuminated. The 3rd pic, I guess is a li'l over exposed. I shud've used an exposure compensation - of atleast -2/3. In the 2nd pic, I didnt have much time to take the pic ... coz I was not sure how people wud react to me taking photos of women :-) So, I just took one and ran as fast as I can!

Posted by usandeep at 11:38 AM
Updated: Thursday, 17 April 2008 10:57 PM
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