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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Silicon Carnation

It was another casual weekend and rain Gods had no plans to stop!
Once again I was trapped at home wondering over what to click this time. Once more it was "luck by chance". My friend had just received these lovely carnations from his someone(special) and coincidentally I also had bought a few packets of silica gel the same evening to stuff into the glass bowl lying empty on my table. 

It was again a result of wild imagination and I started clicking random shots, placing the hydrated silica gel balls on the carnations in different positions. The "usb" light came in handy to focus the much needed "directional" light.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Smoky friday

It was a usual rainy weekend and had nothing special planned, rains were there to spoil any well crafted plan.
Others were busy with there usual weekend smoking business in the corner of a room. I just started clicking random pics and slowly the pics became more and more interesting. Used a table lamp to back lit the smoke and landed with a handful of pics!

Negi lighting the custom made cigar.

Apprentice Supriyo following his master.  

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wooden Crocodile ?

Took this shot of sleeping crocodile long ago at Mysore zoo. At first sight seems to be wooden carvings! Still tough to guess!

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Tips for great Pictures!!

Look your subject in the eye

Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person's eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles. For children, that means stooping to their level. And your subject need not always stare at the camera. All by itself that eye level angle will create a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.

Use a plain background

A plain background shows off the subject you are photographing. When you look through the camera viewfinder, force yourself to study the area surrounding your subject. Make sure no poles grow from the head of your favorite niece and that no cars seem to dangle from her ears.

Use flash outdoors

Bright sun can create unattractive deep facial shadows. Eliminate the shadows by using your flash to lighten the face. When taking people pictures on sunny days, turn your flash on. You may have a choice of fill-flash mode or full-flash mode. If the person is within five feet, use the fill-flash mode; beyond five feet, the full-power mode may be required. With a digital camera, use the picture display panel to review the results.
The flash will brighten up people's faces and make them stand out. Also take a picture without the flash, because the soft light of overcast days sometimes gives quite pleasing results by itself.

Auto focus problems

Sometimes the object for focus is too small compared to its background, for example you are trying to focus onto a single thin and tiny leaf, the camera may not be able to auto-focus on it. So place fist or any other object nearby the leaf and allow the camera to auto-focus at that position. Thereafter remove the object and click your shot!! I took snapped those red-ants on the orchids in a similar way.