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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Baby's Surprise

I snapped this baby's expression about a year ago while waiting at the railway crossing near Lucknow.
The lens zooming in and out of my P80 caught the baby's attention which I was obviously trying to avoid, but that instead provided me with a splendid shot!!

After a while, the baby was back to normal and started playing around. This time the baby's action caught my action and neither did I delay in capturing the moment!!

Look into his eyes was captivating! Took this shot a couple of weeks ago at Valliyaparamba backwaters, Kerala. I was not sure of what the kid was looking at, but surely contributed towards an interesting composition!

Sunset at Ullal beach

I have been visiting this beach for quite a long time now and the wave formations here always excited me.
Most of the times I did n `t have my camera with me, so was planning since long to capture the waves at this beach. This evening seemed to be the perfect time, grabbed my cam and tripod and headed straightaway for Ullal beach. The sun had already set by the time I reached over there and rains came splashing down as I started unfolding up my equipment. Another day wasted- I thought but soon the rains disappeared and left behind the skies wet in golden. Not another second to waste and my D5000 was already into action!

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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.