- A flower
Smooth colors that’s so pleasing to the eyes. Subtle yet enticing.
You can see the following rules of photography here :
The leading lines
The Rule of thirds
waiting on the Pavement, watching the vehicles wizz by, while her mom was shopping in a shop nearby.
Happiness comes in so many ways. And, inexplicable by me, these shoes have much more value than I can ever possibly agree upon.
I can see the glee and excitement on her face, but it still doesn’t measure correctly how she feels inside. It’s still out of my understanding…
My little girl is growing up !!!
- Cycling to Savandurga
Our first attempt on long distance cycling. Though it was almost as much as some other rides we have been to, the terrain, the sun and the bumpy roads made it a very different experience altogether !!
The whole route tracked and mapped on Endomondo:
- Monk and His Ferrari
The Monk and his Ferrari… There has been a lot of talk about him selling this beauty. After some careful observation, I finally came to the conclusion that he just couldn’t bloody Fit into it…
Inspired by Niraj Kedar’s Product Photography
- Dil Chahtha Hai…
Each one stares into the clouds,
Dreaming their own dreams,
Smiling their own smiles.
Its all plain and simple,
As plain as the vast expanse seems to be.
Life ain’t so pale and trivial,
As the roads below turned out to be.
Make the journey worth the time,
Live each mile, each turn and every single dime.
- An Era of Photography
Warning: Long Post!!!
My fascination with light, lens and photography started off very early, as far back as a 7 year old kid. I remember my dad bringing home a “Magnifying glass” and showing us how concentrating the sun rays to a small dot can burn a piece of paper. Since then, we (me and my bro) have burnt a variety of things, including dead flies and ants (bad Kids) !!!
I remember watching this TV Series on Doordarshan “The Turning Point” which showed all these fun things about science, following which, we made our First “Pin Hole Camera“. We must have spent our full “60 Days Holidays” (2 months summer holidays) playing around with it and showing it off to all our cousins!!
“The Turning Point” and The Pinhole camera opened up more than a pinhole of ideas in our heads.
We decided to scale up the phenomenon and project a bigger image on the wall. For the Pin Hole, we used a cardboard with a small hole placed on top of the key hole on the Main door. Initially, all we could manage was an Inverted image of any person standing in front of the key hole outside the door. It was an exhilarating experience (For Us!!) to see the perfect color (inverted) image. More than anything, we could see that image move as the person outside also moved. It was magical and fired up the curiosity in us!!
The BIG problem… was to make somebody stand outside in the Sun so that, all the people inside the room got to see the inverted image. With a bunch of kids shouting and screaming and applauding the “image”, that One person standing outside had to brave the sun and the curiosity to be a part of what was happening inside. Soon, we lost all volunteers to go stand outside 😐
Necessity, being the mother of all inventions, got us started again. This time, we wanted everybody inside the room. What do we do for the “Subject” outside ?! Bring it inside the room too 😛
We bought a couple of more Magnifying glasses and set up our very own “Studio”.
Source of light: Sun rays reflected off a Mirror.
The Focus ring: A cylindrical thing made of cardboard that had the lens On one end. This slid into another cylindrical cardboard to form a moving piston so that we could adjust the lens position to get a clear image.
Subject: We started with the “Negatives” of film rolls that was lying around. Placing this in front of the key hole on which the sun light was reflected off the mirror from outside, and using the lens, we were able to project the Negative image on the wall!! Moreover, placing the film upside down made way for an excellent upright image!!!
WooooooooooHooooooo !!! The first image of our grandfather (in Negative) on the wall was a scene to behold!!! The whole family was called in to witness the spectacle!! We must have felt like the pioneers of photography then!!! (we didn’t have a camera at home then… so, this was all we saw of Photography, and it got our adrenalin pumping!!)
When we spent about 2-4 hours a day on this, 10 photos got boring in no time. The next thing was to get more films to project. We started cutting out pretty pics out of news papers, and then carefully rub coconut oil on one side of it to remove the prints from that side and also make the paper translucent with the prints on the other side intact. I still remember having an image of a full fledged French Kiss of a football player and his hot girl friend, and we projected it Big Screen for all to see!!!
Within a week, we had a whole set of pictures to show off for an hour!!!
We couldn’t keep the door shut for that long to get our key hole. We weren’t the only ones living in that house, you see !! So, we had to move away from the key hole in the door, to a window.Â The window ofÂ “madhyada room” that literally translates to “the room in the Middle”. It was indeed a room in the middle of two other rooms and had only one windowÂ facing the open space outside, making it the perfect place to have our dark Studio. We covered the complete window and had our own adjustable opening (to control brightness!!). The Sun light was focused on to the window from outside, thus clearing the way for people to use the Door. Our Studio was thus moved into a room from the main entrance.
As the day passes, the sun moves from East to West. Yes. Everybody knows that. And, when the sun moves, the light projected on to our “projector” moves away from the “designated spot”. As we weren’t allowed to work with our own bulbs yet, we had to go out and adjust the mirror every 15 minutes. We took that as a “Short break” every 15 mins,Â as happily as we are forced to see commercial breaks now!!
More and more improvisations to hold the films in place, control the amount of light to adjust the brightness, and to stabilize the lens to get a good, sharp steady image on the wall was one of the most memorable experiences i can recollect about that room. Thanks to multiple lenses, we managed a Huge 7foot by 7foot image on the wall!!!!!
One day, my dad brought home a chunk of “Film Reel” and asked us if its of any use to us. It was an actual Movie reel, with successive images of Jitendra and Sridevi in a dance sequence. It probably had about 5 seconds worth of it. Thats approximately 100 – 110 frames. We could only manage a couple of seconds and it really didn’t interest us much. We took a couple of frames in funny poses and had a good laugh. There ends the movie madness. We stuck to photo-projectography !!
A couple of years later when we moved out of our old house and into a new one, all that Studio thing was dismantled and was lost in transition. As we had a lot more freedom to run around and play outside the new house, we made new friends and played new games. We did revisit the whole studio thing once again(may be when we were 18-19yrs old), but this time with Bulbs and better knowledge of Light and lenses. We managed to build a small portable projector that could project any film on to a wall. We faced new challenges, with handling the really very hot bulb burning up the projector every now and then!!! But, it was Fun!! After a while, this too was put aside and yet again, we failed to save this projecto-prototype. Damn the immature irresponsible boy brains.
We = My Bro and Myself (as a 7-8 year old), have been through the whole thing together, matching and beating each other’s enthusiasm and living up our ideas and defeating each challenge that was thrown at us. I really feel proud to recollect those days when people were awestruck with what we had achieved. Sadly, no visual evidence exists nor the materials we used survived the time. Its all etched in memories, waiting to be re-lived.
All these memories flashed right in front of my eyes, when my dad bought this magnifying glass home today, and i decided to re-live them again with this blog post.
the potholes forgotten,
the road bumps ignored,
reflecting on past memories,
it all looks smooth and divine,
relishing the dreams of having explored.
Life’s like that. No wonder people of all walks of life, look back and keep iterating, “those were the golden days…”
- Dreams, Hopes and Celebrations called Life…
A Budding flower symbolizes Life, Hopes and Celebrations even before it blossoms into reality. I am starting the New Year with all that and more.
Happy New Year, 2010 !!
- Drawing Lines, Defining Boundaries… it gets messy if yuu miss it.
Drawing Lines, Defining Boundaries… it gets messy if yuu miss it., originally uploaded by Sunilkk.
Everybody has a threshold of tolerance. Some have it low, some have it high. I have always been known to have it pretty high. But, the fact is, i Do have One. And i surprise myself with the way i react when i am pushed beyond.
Yes. It gets messy if the boundaries are breached.