Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Nov., 2005
Both Jaipur and Hawa Mahal stand for the colorful part of life. Both bring memories of color - the color of Rajasthani people, Rajasthani culture, Rajasthani Architecture -associated with them. The pic has been intentionally desaturated and depicts the other side.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
- "In short, anyone in the market for a macro lens is already fairly sophisticated and quality conscious."
-"In my humble opinion, the best macro lenses are the latest autofocus mount models made by Nikon (my primary 35mm system is Canon EOS, by the way). Nikon makes 60mm, 105mm and 200mm focal lengths. Each lens will focus continuously from infinity to 1:1. You can shoot the moon and capture the bear claw without stopping to change lenses or screw in filters. How do these lenses work? Do they just have a much longer helical than the 50mm normal lens? Yes and no.
Yes a macro lens helical has much more travel than a normal lens helical. You can watch the front element move an inch or two. However, these helicals aren't just pushing a stack of glass back and forth like the 50mm's helical. Inside one of the elements is moving ("floating") so that the optical design changes to a more appropriate one for close-up photography. Thus you get sharp images at all focussed distances. "
-Rollei probably has the most intelligently designed macro system in the world. costs 3400$
- Taking pictures through a pinhole results in tremendous depth of field but very low sharpness due to diffraction. This is why lenses for your 35mm camera stop at f/22 and don't go to f/45 or f/64. View camera lenses provide these smaller apertures for two reasons: (1) the lenses are longer (f/64 on a 210mm lens is not all that small a hole); (2) the negative won't be enlarged very much.
- the modern Nikons, e.g., 6006, 8008, N90, show you the effective aperture in the viewfinder; the F4 does not; Canon EOS cameras do not. Another reason to go with the Nikon system if you are into macro photography
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
18th Sept. 2005 @ 732/28
Rain absolved my bike of all its sins- all its red light jumps, all overshot speed limits blah blah blah :) & I literally got behind the wheels to catch it smiling...
Current Read: Thanks to a dear friend, have started on a science fiction It Happened Tomorrow after a long long time.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
16th Sept.,05 @ Office
The cam in pic is the Canon EOS Rebel. These days I am trying it before I buy my Digi SLR.
I was reading Scott Kelby's book about Photoshop Tricks and this photograph became the guinea pig.
Finally I finished 'A Journey In Ladakh' and understood why it's not 'to Ladakh' and is 'in Ladakh'.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Disclaimer: I shot the pic but the idea about it is of a friend of mine (blogspot id- zkiran).
My office, 15th Sept. 2005
It raining heavily today and I am enjoying it through my office window (Yuppy! I have a window seat now). The pic above is my office window. Shot it with Canon EOS Rebel (Yup I am not a Nikon diehard!).
Hopefully It will be raining in the evening as well and I hope to get drenched.
Current Read: Still stuck with A journey in Ladakh. Don't get much time to read!
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Place: Narkanda, Himachal.
Date: 19th August 2005
Fuji Sensia Slides.
Finally bettered my previous moon shot. It was full moon and I used 70-300m lens at full zoom to get this. Underexposed by four points if I remember correctly. The suggestion given in my previous post for exposing moon didn't work.
This time I got it scanned from the slides hence even the scans are better.
I and J were there in Narkanda for a one day trek to Hatu peak. It was an amazing trek and I think that it is the best time to go there (provided it doesn't rain) since you don't find many people there. We met just 5 human souls on the way (8 Km trek one way).
As they say I heard silence!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Time: Sometime in July,05
I have wasted a good part of my films shooting moon. If I remember correctly, I underexposed this shot by two points with 70-300mm at full zoom. Someday I will do better. Just now was reading a article on photo.net. There is suggestion of shooting moon at exposure roughly f/11 and 1/film-speed. Let me give it a try and see if I get lucky this time.
One bad thing about using analog cameras is that one doesn't get any Exif like metadata information. If somebody has a good way of remembering aperture and speed settings of each shot, do let me know.-g
Date: 12th June,05.
Here's another one from my Shillong trip. There were lotsa people around and some were even going inside the pool to click photos. Managed to keep them out from this pic.
I had borrowed Z's tripod for my shillong trip. Z has two tripods. And that caused the problem. I carried the wrong tripod mount (the one for the other tripod)- another gotcha on the trip. Anyways there was a wide enough (and of suitable height as well) wall around these falls. That made up for my tripod screw up.
Current Read: A Journey in Ladakh by Andrew Harvey. The journey is more of a spiritual quest.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Date: 12th June, 05.
Used ND (Neutral Density) filter to cutoff light so that I could open my shutter for that extra second to get smooth water motion. No fixes in this photograph.
Memories: Elephant Falls is a lovely place in Upper Shillong. The best part about Shillong, t's not that commercialized as other tourist destinations. But that may be because the timing of our visit (Monsoons!!!).
This was the last shot before my camera battery gave up. That actually turned out to be a lucky thing for me! I didn't get my Lithium CR2's anywhere nearby and hence I had to pack my camera equipment. After Elephant falls we headed for Shillong peak. All the time I was cursing myself for not keeping extra batteries. On the way we (me and my friend A) thought of clicking a beautiful landscape which turned out to be an air force installation (strangly no notices were put up!). Our roll was confiscated and we never got it back. Had my batteries not given up my rolls would also have met the same fate. Lucky me!
Anyways moral of the story: a) Always keep extra pair of batteries. b) Never mess up with authorities.
Current Read: The Wizard of Oz.
Place: Police Bazaar, Shillong.
Lense: Nikon 70-300mm G Type
Time: 12th June, 2005.
Memories: The man (cobbler by profession) was fighting real hard to fix his umbrella so that he could start his day. I liked the contrast of his skin and and the blue umbrella. I metered his face and that's why I guess the umbrella go overexposed in the original pic. (The umbrella in this picture has been fixed for exposure using photoshop).
I am no good user of Photoshop, just trying to figure out. That's the best I could manage.
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Current Read: The Wizard of Oz.
Welcome to my blog. As the name insinuates this blog would primarily be a photo blog. I will try to post whatever I find worth sharing.
As of now I have/use
a)Nikon 28-100/3.5-5.6 G
b)Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G
Hope to keep this venture alive!
PS: All images here (unless otherwise mentioned) come with the tag Copyright, Mohit Gupta, All Rights Reserved.