Monday, December 08, 2008

violence on sea beach... vizag

violence on sea beach... vizag, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

taken by a friend, this shot kind of captured my imagination at the first moment.

The clouds and the water give you a sense of an upcoming storm...pretty terrifying sight...

great shot guys, worth sharing...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Rain Drops...

Rain Drops... (1), originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

It was probably my first rain since I came back to India...

I caught a small pool of rain water in my lawn and then got my camera and decided to have fun with it...

These pictures basically are an attempt to capture the splash...

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rain Drops from light bulb....

Rain Drops from light bulb...., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Needed quite a bit of timing...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Swiss Alps...

DSC_1102, originally uploaded by _maze_.

Wow shot...
From somewhere in Swiss Alps, Marcel has come back with this one... super shot...

What an expanse...

DSC_1134, originally uploaded by _maze_.

A wonderful valley (actually vallies) view from Marcel...

keep it up..buddy..

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

iPhone screen capture

iPhone screen capture, originally uploaded by yOOrek.

Still something I am waiting on... specially since I am back in India and Apple is to launch iPhone in India (officially, though cracked versions are already available). Personally, I am not the biggest fan of cracked phone... :)

nice screenshot tip ..

Go on yOOrek... :)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I got my new lens.... Canon 55-250 IS

Wow, it feels great to buy something... especially when its a lens... :)

So, after deliberations for few weeks, I finally ordered my new lens last weekend. Got it soon afterwards. Its a Canon 55-250 IS F/4-5.6

There are quite a few reviews ( review-1, review-2 ) available for this one, so I wont attempt at writing one, but I can point out a few things from my experience..

  • The build is not so nice. The feel in hand is much more plasticky than the standard kit lens (18-55 from my EOS 350D days). Even though both are plastic, the finishing of the kit lens is much much better than this one.
  • There is a certain whirring sound when IS is enabled, if you hear really closely. Some investigations (basically asking questions on forums) revealed that its normal due to the IS function.
  • I have just taken my first batch of photos, and not completely done with processing yet. However, the first impressions are great. I have always had the problem with my hand not steady enough for a high-zoom shot, and the IS in this lens is just the life saver for me.
  • Few photos from the first outing are posted on my flickr account.

Love this thing. Will write more when more experiences show up.... Here are some shots...

aha..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Doesnt that sparkle..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

On Grayscale..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Monday, May 05, 2008


Dandelion, originally uploaded by yOOrek.

A wonderful photo from George...

absolutely stunning...

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Travel Photographer: Gateway of the Gypsies

Found this piece about Nomads in northwestern India.  In local slang, we (Indians) call them "Banzara".  I dont know enough about their history to comment on the documentory here, but the mention of the people from India sort of excited me.

The Travel Photographer: Gateway of the Gypsies


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Nice painting...

Found this while surfing net somewhere...

I like this painting very much. :)    
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

misty treeline...

misty treeline..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

One more of my shots from my time in Belgium (2003-2004). Scanned image actually, so the image quality is not that good.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips

When I went looking for Lightroom presets, this site provided nice options.

I didnt read all the material on the site, but it sure looks promising...

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Canon EOS Beginners' FAQ

A very interesting read.

Found may interesting sections that could add to the knowledge of many a learned ones..

Canon EOS Beginners' FAQ

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Suffocating Embrace

Suffocating Embrace, originally uploaded by yOOrek.

Wont that shot make me buy those macro lens coupling rings...

Even though he didnt use them, I'd have to...because I dont have a 105 macro...

push me... George.. by posting such shots... :)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Wonderful rose...

A very very very nice photograph.... Great shot...

Christina's Rose

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Leaves on a sunny day...

Leaves on a sunny day..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Greenery by the roadside in winterthur...
shot on a sunny day, just after some rain...
Everything looked fresh...

Just couldnt resist shooting...


Leaves.....2, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

altered copy, the right right part cropped...

whatsay !!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

From BBC :Day in pictures

A man watches a patrol by US soldiers in Khost province, Afghanistan.
BBC NEWS | In Pictures | Day in pictures

An interesting shot...  
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What if...

What if..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

the sky would change its color and turned into something like this...

howz that for a change...

Picture Taken Just At The Right Time

Pictures - Taken Just At The Right Time | Bling! It Blog

A very interesting set of photographs, especially going with the "Taken at the right moment"...
Check all the photos here
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Leaves.., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

I tried to give it a black and white look using lightroom...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tom Webster Photography

Interesting site....

Home Page for Tom Webster Photography.  

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The Online Photographer: Ghosts I-IV

The Online Photographer: Ghosts I-IV

Apart from the story behind the photograph and the music album, I like the photograph itself.  Yet to check out the complete pdf file, available here
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Rediscovering the past

Rediscovering the past, originally uploaded by yOOrek.


Post processing has made this rather normal looking photo a vintage look... cool work.. photoshop... George... :)

Rock Garden

Rock Garden, originally uploaded by yOOrek.

Playing games with focus... I like that.

Not the greatest shot perhaps, but the focus thing makes it lot more interesting for me...


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Night Shot @ Zurich Lake 3

Night Shot @ Zurich Lake 3, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

One of the rare times I managed to get my tripod with me to Zurich. Always wanted to capture such night time shots, especially with lights and all...

White Tulips of peace from Kashmir...

Srinagar basks in Tulips glory
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sun through tree..

Sun through tree.., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

I wonder if someone could suggest a way to remove these wires from this shot ?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Flickr: Miss Aniela

A very interesting photographer...on flickr...

discovered courtesy George..

Flickr: Miss Aniela

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Deserted..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Is this going to be the situation of our economy after the credit crunch... Lonely market streets...
Shops but no buyers...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

One of the cutest images...

A friend of mine sent me this photo embedded in a "Good Morning" email. Since I dont know his source of the shot, I cant really credit it the right way. However, hats off to the photographer behind the photograph.

I liked the image so much I couldnt resist writing about it. The whole image carries a vintage look, from the 20-30's of Westerners. The subjects in the shot just add to it, so much.

Look at the expression of the boy's face, looks like he's watching something closely and something nice is about to happen. Its fantastic, absolutely loveable. Looks as if he's on the way to break into one of those kiddish squeak, when they are too happy.

The girl is not a bit lesser cute. She is the personification of innocence, cute little hands clutching shoes, sort of surrendering to the happiness around her...

If I would have shot this image, I would probably not want to change the texture of the shot. Unbelievably cute.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Looking Vertically Up

Looking Vertically Up, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

In the woods again, this was one spot, where I was in the middle of these tall trees. I just looked up and when I saw what I saw, the blue sky, the green tree tops, converging tops of the trees, I knew I had to take this one.

I wonder what kind of feeling this one gives away.

Sunset bouleward...

Sunset bouleward..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

In the woods around Winterthur, it was the evening of a sunny day. The shadows were getting longer, and the walking paths were getting quiter and quiter.

This one looked like a path leading to heaven...

Alien growth

Alien growth, originally uploaded by yOOrek.

Nice closeup.

I tried to take one for myself, but it didnt come that close and clear. Here's the shot I tried, See how the areas are in and out of focus at different points.

Guess I need to study more on the closeup photography.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On Technology...: Photography on Linux

Something about Linux Photo Management software...

On Technology...: Photography on Linux

ParisDailyPhoto Blog

Just found this blog.
An interesting idea. Especially on Paris, wow.

Great effort...


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Keukenhof Reds

KeukReds, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

Its an scanned image, and therefore not so sharp anymore. But, I love the complete/total red color that oozes out of the flower petals.

Some might say that the red channel is overblown, but I beg to differ.

*** Mini Challenge 159 - Huge Contrast *** [Page 1]: Canon EOS 400D/350D/300D Forum: Digital Photography Review

*** Mini Challenge 159 - Huge Contrast *** [Page 1]: Canon EOS 400D/350D/300D Forum: Digital Photography Review

Fantastic image...
Though the background is white, it doesnt look overexposed..
Great control there...
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A Parks and Conservation ...: Photo by Photographer Lannon Harley -

A Parks and Conservation ...: Photo by Photographer Lannon Harley -

Isnt that a great shot... absolutely marvellous.
The lighting, the shadows..

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thorns under Closeup...

Took this casual shot in the neighbourhood. I specially like the way the focus has shifted from the close thorn to the farther one...

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Flock of Starlings swarm the London Eye on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Flock of Starlings swarm the London Eye on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Cool shot...  
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Portrait of young girl.: Photo by Photographer Igor Amelkovich -

Portrait of young girl.: Photo by Photographer Igor Amelkovich -

An Amazing portait..
Many characterstics stand out for me.
Black and white
The lighting
the expression on model's face... nearly neutral, but still not really neutral
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New leaves...

Another shot from my neighbourhood lawn. Spring is on the way, and sprouts are appearing everywhere here and there...

For this shot, I suffered a bit of cold, had to lay down on my side and put the camera almost on the ground.

Now that I see the shot, I feel it was worth it...

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Friend turns out to be a photographer.. a great one at that...

Mr Frank Van Heertum, a friend from work, turned out to be a prolific photographer.

I didnt know him for long time, but another of such friends mentioned his photography hobby, and gave me his url. Here it is...

I know only that he has a Minolta DSLR. Plan to enquire about the lens collection he carries. Got to know more about his equipment.

Went through a random selection of his shots, and it turns out really good. :) Dutch from nationality, he's travelled a lot and his collection of photos is a great way of jogging through memory lane. :)

Monday, March 03, 2008

End Of The Day

End Of The Day, originally uploaded by creativesam.

Found on Flickr. An absolutely amazing shot. Of the types which I dream about shooting myself.

Great shot "creativesam" :)

Lake Zürich close to Sunset...

Lake Zürich close to Sunset..., originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

We were coming from Luzern by car and came across this point from where you could virtually see all of Lake Zürich.

It was around sunset time and the sky looked wonderfully colored. I took this shot also from within a moving car, through the windshield.

The Online Photographer

While surfing around, or not actually, from one of DigiFotoCH posts, I came across this site...
The Online Photographer (TOP as they call themselves).

Will post more about it..

Saturday, March 01, 2008

This photo is moving... isnt it ?

Believe me, I didnt plan this shot to come out as it has.

But it has come out really really wonderfully great. We were in a car, moving pretty fast I was enthusiastic about the possibility of shooting through the front windscreen.

The shot looks as though the road is coming over to you, all charged up and crashing...

Love the shot... :)

Bee on a flower

Bee on a flower, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

It was a photo hunting day for me, June in Switzerland, perfect time of year for spring photography.

And I found this bunch of bees hovering around this plant full of budding flowers. The colors from the flowers were great as it is, and the bees were giving the shots another dimension.

First time for me to shoot insects, though not in the macro sense. Still, I liked it very very much.


Rose, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

A wonderful rose (though not a perfect rose) I caught last spring in Winterthur.

It was a rose bush, and I had to go the max of my zoom range

Sky from a Car

Sky from a Car, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

We were travelling from Agra to Mathura, while I was in India in August 2006. The evening was stormy and yet I could find some blue sky behind the clouds... A very interesting shot altogether.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Learning Photography

I found this collection of articles on photography.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Replacing two separate lenses with a superzoom...

I have been playing around the thought of replacing my two lenses with one super zoom. And then with a next step, move into specialized lenses for special situations.

Read more about that here...

New leaves

New leaves, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

It is not honestly my shot, since it was taken by my better half. :)

It was another sunny afternoon, and the new spring leaves still dominate our surroundings. She took it not far from other other locations that inspired my shots.

I did some cropping and post processing to the original shot, and I think it has come out very nicely. I really like it... already considering for my wallpaper...

Remarks ?


Violets, originally uploaded by s_raghu20.

While walking to my gym, I found this small bunch of violet flowers (dont know the exact name.. :( ) blossoming in the middle of dry leaves at the bottom of a tree.

Couldnt resist shooting since it gave me an interesting contrast. It was pretty sunny too, so the sunlight also played a role there.

Afterwards I sat down on my laptop to touch the saturation a bit before posting here.

Remarks ?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Saxophone player

Since it was a shot from a normal Minolta SLR, the digital version is a scanned copy given to my by the photo developing shop. I found it very interesting to see what digital alterations have done to the original scanned image. Specially the color balance, saturations.. And some cropping too...

Remarks pls...

Nice evening shot...

Found this while surfing DPreview galleries, absolutely magnificent shot...couldnt resist posting...