Tuesday, April 08, 2014

0 By the power of greyscale!

I am not sure how many of you get the He-Man referential pun in the post title. Well, if you were a 90s kid, chances are that you did. But in case you were never the kind to watch cartoons or some such, watch this video to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Now that that's done with let's get on with the actual post content. Today, I share with you what are arguably two of my best portrait shots in monochrome. They were shot in the last couple of months with the 50mm prime lens.

The shots illustrate the advantage of having a fast lens and consequently a large aperture (f/1.8 in this case). The quality of the bokeh in the first snap is also indicative of the power of the lens.

f/1.8, 1/100, ISO 200 

f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 500

If you are not hooked to B&W photography even after seeing these snaps, I am sorry to tell you that you are beyond help, my friend. Until next time then. Ciao!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

0 Summer is coming

Today is the first Sunday of April. And it began as Sundays often do, lazily and painfully slow. It was lunch time before we knew it and after much deliberation it was decided that we will indulge ourselves today. It was going to be a pizza day. But not before I clicked something random. 

B&W love.

At Domino's we met this charming little lady who was truly a live wire.


 After several futile attempts to get into the kitchen, she finally called it quits and went back to her parents.

Because drinking from a single cup is too mainstream! :)

Back home in Kerala, the sight of these yellow flowers ("konna", they are called) signifies the heralding of the summer. And it seems to be no different in this city of Chennai. With each passing day, the temperature keeps rising and the fans feel lesser and lesser effective.

Summer is coming. *ominous bg music*

Until next time, folks. Over and out!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

0 BC : Before Cut

I shaved my head just a few hours back. And this is what was on offer before that fateful decision.

50 mm, 1/30, F 1.8

Ciao.

0 For Life



He knew he liked her.
What was left to know?
He did not know what else to do.
But he did know he liked her.

He was tired of the charades.
He was in love.
Or was he?
He had no way of knowing.

He thought while he was drunk.
He wrote while he was high.
He spoke when he was sleeping.
Knowing not what he babbled.

And then, like a lighting strike,
It all became clear.
This was how it was meant to be.
This was it.

This is what it was always about.
This is what it was ever going to be.
He knew it all.
Yet he yearned. For life. For her.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

0 Sunset at Adyar

It was just like every other evening. Perhaps in a parallel universe, this remained a typical evening where I found my routine evening nap. But as it so happened, I was up past my usual bedtime of 5pm and the golden hour of photography offered up some good shots. The snap below was what kick started it.

Flared up mosquito nets.

The light really was a delight.


So on a whim it was decided that we would give the roof a visit. The roof access is an irritating issue at the flat. Its under lock and key which is supposedly precautionary in nature. Suicidal thoughts, anyone? Well, maybe you ought to see the sunset. Keep scrolling!


Marvelous colours.






Until next time. Ciao!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

0 A Confession, A Stranger and Some Shots

Confession time. This past week, I attended an Art of Living course. It was more out of curiosity than anything else. Well, my flatmate's attempts at coercing me over the past two years may also have had a say in it. While I can not honestly say that it has made any sort of telling impact on the quality of my mind, I can certainly vouch for the fact that I had fun. Overall, it was an interesting experiment. And in being forced to socialize and to even dance and sing, I found myself well out of my comfort zone. And one cant complain too much about the yoga techniques that you pick up along the way. Maybe I will write more on all that later.

For now, let me focus on the other aspect, which is that I got some decent snaps. Like this one below, which is another addition to the 100 strangers project (blogpost). The project has been in stagnant waters well over a month now, but maybe the wait will be worth it.

#13 - Kaushik

These others are also snaps from the AoL session. Am afraid my predilection for black and whites is far from being a healthy bias and in this post it is a fact more exposed than usual. My love for B&W photography grows exponentially with each outing.


This occasion presented an interesting challenge in that I was physically not able to move around because the program was happening in the background. The best I could do was to swivel 270 degrees. But it did make for some good candid shots, regardless.

Devotion.

Concentration.

Vision.

Until next time. Ciao folks!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Some snaps from the recent past. 


 


Ciao!

 

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