Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Dog. The Boy. And my New Toy

Ok, first about my new toy. A couple of days back, I found an 80-200 mm Canon lens in our D-SLR camera bag, I was pretty confused at first, wondering if it was really our camera bag that I was holding. I went over to ask my father about it, he gave me a sort of sheepish/happy look and said that he procured it from somewhere. Whatever, it was a great surprise for me, and I'm eager to try it out.

And this is what I tried out. It was a very windy day, and every one was out enjoying the cool breeze. My younger brother likes to skateboard a lot, and is probbly one of the few who skate in India. He was pretty tired after finishing that day. But Ruby, our dog, just wanted to play some more. He was a bit annoyed by it, but let her chew on his shoe for a bit, playing along with her. The extreme blue tint came from all the cloud cover that evening, and the 80-200 mm (!) lens was probably not the best choice, but I really wanted to try it. And I managed to get a couple of decent pictures.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Shoes Again.

After about three weeks of sitting around in my free time. Not really knowing what to do, or just not willing to do what I knew I should have done, I finally got inspired to take photos. It happened right after I just washed my shoes, which were starting to look quite worn out, since the white was more brown, and the brown was mostly black. Well, I finished right about the time the sun was starting to set and the clouds gave of this really nice diffused light effect, as you can see. It was a very welcome change from the harsh heat of the past few days. And I just couldn't resist taking a few shots of my shoes, this one of the better ones. Though I'm not sure it's the best, I like it the most so I guess it qualifies.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Gate.

Sorry for the long post-drought, been a bit busy. And actually, for once in my life, not too keen to go out and take photos. I hope it's just a phase.

I took this one while out to shoot something else (again). I placed the camera on the wall next to the gate to take the picture since I didn't have a tripod at hand. It was about eight in the evening, so I'm pretty happy with the results. A little editing with GIMP, to adjust colour a bit, and I got this. I would have liked the background to be a bit more blurry, but I couldn't do more with the "normal" lens of the camera. And I don't like to tamper with my photos too much.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Broken Phone Nomore!

Well, today my phone was repaired, so now I can start using it again, yay!! I haven't taken any photos yet, but I just had to share the good news. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Late Night-Ling

I took this one just a couple minutes ago while waiting for my mother (Happy Mothers DAY!!) to finish with the computer. There was a lightning storm going on, and I couldn't resist the urge to go out and try my luck with the D-SLR. And after some trial and (A lot of) error. I managed to get this one of the lightning behind one of my mothers plants. The rain is poring down now, so I was just in time. I particularly liked the silhouette effect over the plant. Hope it's the same for you. :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Late Night Reader

I took this photo a few weeks ago, when the cooler in me and my brothers room broke down. A cooler is a sort of fan, in a box with grass windows. A pump wets the grass, making the air that is blown out of the fan vert cool and refreshing. Much nicer than a normal fan. Unfortunately, ours broke down a few weeks back. So, me and my brothers decided to move into our parents room, since they have an air-conditioner. I mean, it works, right? So why should we suffer unnecessarily? My parents were (thankfully) willing to let us spend a couple nights in their room, so long as we didn't too much noise.

So one night, while I was waiting for my turn on the laptop, twiddling my thumbs. I noticed the light cast by the lamp on my mother. As usual I had my phone with me, and I tried to take a few photos of her. My phone has only two aperture settings that can be manually adjusted, a 'normal' mode, and a 'night' mode. So I was a bit disappointed at first, and soon forgot that I ever took them. A couple days back I happened too see them , and noticed that they weren't too bad. A little editing to fix some of the noise, and I got this. Actually quit surprised by the outcome.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bad News

So, in case your wondering why I haven't posted in while... A few days ago, my phone gave me a little problem. It decided that it would stop working, and would reject my SIM card, too. So I've been left without my main means of taking photos. I would take photos with the family camera, but it gets inconvenient to carry it around with me all over the place, especially after getting used to my camera being my phone. So picture taking was put on the sidelines- not done with completely, just not near as much as before.
But that's not all, last night my mother noticed a large blood spot on my upper left eye. I don't know how it happened, though a few suspects are the searing desert heat of Jaipur, a blow to my eye (I wouldn't know when that happened...) or a particularly heavy sneeze. And now, after a checkup at the hospital, I was told to take some rest, and not to strain my eyes for a few days. So now photography is out the window completely. I was only allowed to use the computer to write this after plenty of pleading on my part, and my time is running out fast as it is...

So, maybe in about a week, I'll be able to post again.