Perks of travelling on a Volvo bus

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has this awesome fleet of Volvo buses via the JNURM program, under the central government. And boy do I love travelling on those. First of all, they are air-conditioned. Also, you can comfortably read a book in them and the drivers drive in a very nice way.

But, I just discovered the biggest perk of them all: Long Exposures. 

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So, I decided to pay Kochi a visit because things were getting bland at home and I needed photos for Shutterup, the photography competition at our campus as part of our techfest, Quark 2017I have been struggling to get good photos at home and that’s when I decided to travel to Kochi one morning.

And it couldn’t be any disastrous. I was just way too shy to take the camera out in public. I missed way too many shots in public. Shots that may not present until a lifetime later. Next time, I really have to get this stigma out of the way.

Talking about the shot above, I didn’t even notice the kid until I began reviewing the photos. It was shot at a shutter speed of half a second. On a normal day and a normal cam, the shot would be impossible because of all the shakiness. In my case, the VR on my lens is insane. My lens is 18-55 AF-P VR, which came bundled but, it’s one of the best lenses I’ve used. God bless that kid who kept staring out the window.

Compre Khatham

Here’s a title made out of the little Hindi I know

I have been here for about five months now. I should be speaking Hindi like a parrot. 

The sem is over and good times are back. Oddly, I seem to be the only one who is not very excited to go home. Oh! and my compre went pretty bad at least the first two exams. I have better hopes for the last three.

I have a huge list of stuff to do and first in the list was to make a timelapse. And that went pretty badly. I had read up on a lot of sites and I screwed up the first step. It’s pretty difficult first time. 

I had been planning a 2 day road trip with the gang but, that pretty much fizzled. So, now it’s a one day sightseeing trip. How boring. 

Here’s my complementary picture of the post:

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a photo from my deceased cam

And there’s a time lapse coming soon.

Get a 1080p screen

One of the biggest question when I was in the market for a laptop prior to college was whether to pick one with a 1080p. About 3 months later, I don’t regret that decision: It was the cheapest laptop I could find at that price and it shows a bit: I can’t play games at 1080p due to the paltry processor and GPU. It doesn’t have the widest color gamut on the market. But, it is worth in every way. Test is crisp and the detail you get whilst editing photos in Lightroom and Photoshop is totally worth it. Not to mention all the extra desktop size you get. I keep chrome’s default zoom level at 80% because 100% makes text too big and I never go full screen. The only apps I take full screen is probably the Adobe Apps. There’s a lot less scrolling involved in these apps because you get more of the menus at the same time which speeds up practically everything you do.

If you’re someone who aspires to be a photographer or even someone with a busy workflow, take a 1080p screen or go even higher.

Slow Disintegration

Compre has started and I’m slowly fading away from reality.

P.S. My right hand has disintegrated away and I’m typing this with only my left hand

Hopefully, the damage can be restored if there is at least a little bit left of me

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Yeah, I know it’s a bad joke.

It’s my first try at the dispersion effect and I think it came out pretty good. I posted it on FB but, a lot f the detail got lost in FB compression. So, enjoy it in full res which is quad HD.

Getaway to Bogmalo

This is a long overdue post and I started writing this over a month ago. So, here we go. A lot has changed in this month.

Being a person who is studying in Goa, all my friends home and elsewhere expect me to be chilling on the beach and sipping a glass of whiskey. Honestly, I haven’t even got close.

But, I did go to a beach. It was the eve of Diwali and the campus was moving into Diwali mode. I went to Colva Beach with my friends about 2 weeks after I got here and went to Bogmalo Beach last Sunday. It was quickly planned and truth be told, impulse trips are just way more fun than pre-planned ones. So, as all trips I grabbed my camera and we were off with a couple of cloths and a football. I wasn’t going to step into the water as I was having a cold and a sore throat. Of course, let’s not forget that I was carrying an expensive electronic which could be potentially damaged by the salt. 20161030-DSC_0007.JPG

Bogmalo is a really small beach but, it’s rather serene and a great place to take photos. I tried to take a time lapse but, without a tripod it’s a pain in the ass. I tried using my bare hands which have become really stable over the past 3 years.

I can get a stable shot at 1/10 shutter speed on a lens without VR/IS. (Even at slower speeds but, with more attempts). Then again, the detail from the shots is rather muddy but, liveable. #BraggingMode. Fellow beings will understand

They played football while I worked on getting some nice shots.

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I joined in on the game of football after a while and it’s fair to say I did rather badly. After the game of football, we retreated to this nice beachside restaurant called Joet’s. Damn! And the place was awesome (and expensive) especially the vibe. After a nice dinner, we headed back to the campus, on a bus which had NO HEADLIGHTS. Rather adventurous I must admit, given that the bus was overloaded.

The Dark Side of being a Photographer

What’s with the weird title, bro? That’s what the me inside me is whispering at me. The title just feels a BIT EVIL like that episode on Sherlock with Watson’s marriage and the general. Oh! And I’m not talking about pro. photographers. I actually mean the photographers of every social circle. They have the duty of making everyone looking good in their photos although that depends on the situation one works with a lot.

BUT…………………..

You won’t find us in a single photo. It seriously breaks your heart. But, it almost washes away as most of us are more content with other people’s happiness than others.

Here’s the sad part: When others offer to take my picture, it usually ends up being disastrous. I don’t want to post any pics because I don’t want anyone else to see my embarrassing pics.

Signing Off for the day…. then

Waves Diaries: Day 3

I’ve been skipping classes a lot lately and sleeping more and flunking on my blog too. I want to change people but, it’s just proving to be a bit too difficult than expected. (That ‘R’ is purposeful by the way)

And I’ve lost most of the intricate details involved and honestly, the only thing I remember is the Amit Trivedi performance and this event called Just Duet. I barely remember going for this event called ‘Skime’ but, it just didn’t catch my interest. (It was fuck all anyways)

Talking about Just Duet, it’s an event where two people perform a duet (a dance, I suppose that was obvious :P)

Some of them were really good and others okay-ish.

But, boy! Amit Trivedi is just too awesome. He knew just how to cater to a college audience: Starting off with slow numbers and eventually progressing to some heart-thumping shit. Oh! And he was accompanied by Neeti Mohan, Divya Kumar and Arun Kammath, all three of whom I regularly follow. I was seriously hoping for Da Da Dasse but, they sang (maybe lip-synced) both Ud Daa Punjab and Aafaton Ke Parinde, one of my favourite hindi songs.

Here are the photos