A humble salute to our heroes

30 11 2008

To all those who stood in the way of monsters and fought for the humanity, I salute you. I may not know all the names, so I am not going to take any names. You are the real heros of our nation.

Police Force: You are the heroes for you fought the unknown. You took the brave first step and stopped those monsters from spreading the terror. I believe that I will call Bombay home no matter what, all due to you.

Indian Armed Forces: You are the heroes for it takes a different kind of courage to go and face the bullets you know are coming your way. You made us believe that no one can harm us on your watch.

Fire fighters: You are the heroes for rescuing those people and showing courage under fire.  You assured us that you are there for us, no matter what.

Doctors and medical staff: You are often the unsung heroes. Not for me. Thank you for saving precious lives without a thought.

All who helped: You are all heros though we may never know your stories. You know who you are. Thank you for reassuring our faith in humanity. Thank you for being selfless.

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Wanna buy a DSLR? – Part 1

26 12 2007

“Hey that’s a damn good photo, which camera?”
“Why do you carry that camera bag when you can have this gazillion megapixel pocket camera?”
“Should I buy this SLR thingy?”
“What SLR should I buy?”
“Why won’t your SLR zoom? Where is the Zoom/movie button?”
“What!!!!! your big camera can’t make movies? Why did you buy it then?”

Ever heard any of the above? Those are some of the questions I came across. If you read them carefully, you will realize that all of them are asked by someone who knows camera as a box with a click button. Some of these questions really cracked me up, some upset me. So I decided to write down my thoughts. Before we continue, a declaration is on the way.

Camera does not make great photo, photographer and light does.
A point and shoot is what my mother use.
Lens, viewfinder, aperture, ISO, Noise, shutter, exposure. All of them are important.
SLRs don’t zoom, lenses do.
No, SLR don’t make movies. Just like your car can not “make” coffee.

Phew. With that out of way, we can continue with more sensible discussion. First let us say that point and shoot cameras are not bad. In fact with the technological advances they have only become better. If you need easy to use, compact and lightweight camera, do not even think about DSLR. DSLRs are heavy, bulky and have a steep learning curve. You will not be able to slip DSLR in your shirt pocket and not notice it. If you want a good P&S go to the camera shop, try various P&S. Try different manufacturers, click test pictures without flash, see the pictures on a laptop at 100% size, then decide which is the camera for you.

When you are in market for buying a DSLR there are various factors which comes before you even start looking at a camera store. You would need to know the answers of following questions:

1. What kind of photography I want to do?
Travel, architecture, sports, fashion, wildlife, candid, walkabout… There are more than enough types to choose from. This is the most confusing question of them all as it is more of an artistic question rather than a technical one. You will be the best person to answer it as well. Just ensure that you are honest while deciding your shooting style. Shooting your son’s football game once a year does not mean that you want to do mainly sports with your camera.

2. What is my budget?
At least initially you will need to know what kind of budget you have allocated for photography. After you have started with the exciting world of DSLR, you will be broke anyways. As soon as you start understanding “sharp”, “IS/VR/OS”, “wide open”, “more reach” etc, your bank balance would be in serious danger.

3. How deeply you want to be involved in photography?
Though with time, photography has become cheaper than what it used to be, it still costs money, time and effort. If you go ahead and buy a top of the line DSLR for bragging right and use it only a few times in a year in full auto mode, you might as well donate that money to a good charity. A camera sitting on a shelf for months does not make you a better photographer. You have to give it some time and be ready to take efforts in learning various techniques.

4. Megapixels don’t not matter.
If you search the net, you will notice that people keep saying megapixels won;t matter. I can not agree more with that saying. You might want to consider that bigger sensor will result in better pictures. A compact camera with tiny sensor may have 10 Megapixel crammed on it, but a 6 Megapixel SLR with bigger sensor will almost always do better. Have a look at this article in DPreview.com.

5. Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony is better than Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony
Honestly, no. They are all fine. Still the DSLR market is dominated by Canon/Nikon as they have a huge lens lineup. When choosing what brand to go along with, consider what kind of lenses you will be investing into. Do a price comparison of lens prices on various sites. See the samples of various camera bodies/lenses. Go to the camera store, hold the camera, operate it, feel it and then may be you will have an idea on what camera feel “right”.

I will write the next installment of this article, in which we will explore various startup gears one can indulge into without causing a serious damage to his bank balance.





In Search…

24 12 2007

 

I Search … for those memory lanes.. where I can get lost again…

I search … for those moments.. where I can live again…

I search … for you … to find myself

 





Hummer … Now everyone knows

2 12 2007
Now Everyone Knows

Now Everyone Knows

Stumbled across this link last night…. Funny as hell and so true 😀

The Original Link: Hummer, Now everyone knows





Ground Zero

16 11 2007

Hmmm …. I have not posted anything for a long time. Though whenever I see something, I compose a scene in my mind. But somehow I can not bear to do the same with the camera.  It just one of those times when I can not think straight. Guess it’s a low time in my life. 🙂 Hope tomorrow brings a better day. Currently life is back at Ground Zero





Simple Life

30 10 2007

Everyday people in Rajasthan





A prayer

25 10 2007

Came across this one from my old emails… It sure cracks me up even now

Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck!
May all 0ur base someday be belong to you!
May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven.
Give us this day our warez, mp3z, and pr0n through a phat pipe.
And cut us some slack when we act like n00b lamerz, just as we teach
n00bz when they act lame on us.
Please don’t give us root access on some poor d00d’z box when we’re
too pissed off to think about what’s right and wrong, and if you could
keep the fbi off our backs, we’d appreciate it.
For j00 0wn r00t on all our b0x3s 4ever and ever, 4m3n.