Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Read the book over the weekend !!

I found the book slow - and an unecessory amount of "snogging" in the same. I guess JK Rowling just knows her audiance.

What I did like abt the book is that there is a effort towards closing all the open threads - like the diary of the "Chamber of Secrets" .. etc etc.

And all is set for the final book.

Will the Prophecy come true. Will this be the final book ?

and who is R. A. B. ?

lots of question - Ms Rowling, would u mind comment ?


Sunday, July 17, 2005

new Gods

I was talking to a collegue of mine -- a very interesting fellow:

He said that there are only one God - Boredom and only one Godess - Lonliness

and while the state of mind is positive, they can make ppl do whatever they feel like.

I need to ponder more on that.

Met with Brij yesterday - He was just like I thought he would be.

So I finally have a friend in Pune -- and counting. :)


Monday, July 11, 2005

How to take good photos

I worte a how to on how to take good photos -- inspired by the tutorial by Philip Greenspun at the photo.net
This is incomplete --- but it might help some newbies -- comments are welcome.

1. Do Not take sad photos. No body likes sad photos.

2. Nature photos' depth of focus shd be large -- ie tiny aperture.

3. Portraits, depth of focus small.. have the entire object in the frame.
Get the object to fill the frame; minimal empty spaces, and use something to get the cheer. minimal nose and no shadows of nose or eyes.. that makes the photos sad. use b/w if necessary. -- with females, the hair a a big asset -- use it to blend the skin and atone of the face. -- DONOT worry abt symmetry -- infact an un-symmetric pic is probably going to have better asthetics.
men -- blue shirt, blend with the sky..
children -- brighter the clothes, better the pics.. let the pics be natural -- donot tell them to pose -- just wait for the better opportunity,
same rule applies - if the nature does not offer anything worthwhile, use max aperture.

4. ppl with big tummies :) or ppl who are dis-proportioned(too tall, too thin, too dark or too gora or extremely big eyes), in any way - avoid the dispropotion in the pic, easy way wld be to highlight other features.. anyway i dont have a big lens -- not yet :)

5.Needless to say, with moving obj the shutter speed has to be high, try playing with shutter speed with moving water droplets.. :)

6. stairs, corridors give a very impressive though easy to achieve effect with a thin aperture camera.. the depth of field need to be high here. With tall building, if u take a photo, right from its base,small aperture , the effect will be that of a very large foundation.

7. Animals are usually brilliant subjects, use the eye colors in dogs and cats. Also use a medium depth of field, let the animal blend in its sorrounding. If u take a animal alone, in the frame, it becomes a sad photo. Pets with the "masters" form a happy couple - or so it seems; comment; use the trick.

8. Flowers, large aperture, focus on one object and use the dew for effect. Use skylight, not sunlight and no flash please.

9. Forget abt wildlife and birds and nature scenery with a 80 mm lens.. u need atleast 400 mm to start with.

10. A good photograf is one which would have a feature u are trying to bring out, and supresses all other features.; a girl with beautiful hair and a short skirt; what do u want to show????

11. shadows are not always bad.. they can give u pretty impressive results, but definately not on the things that u want the image to contain.

12. light -- pay attention -- too much light causes eyes to squint. if not in the right direction, it will have shadows under the eyes.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Robert M. Pirsig

"You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge. And if you project forward from that pattern, then sometimes you can come up with something.

Does that make sense ?


Friday, July 01, 2005

A small equation on chaos in living beings

My good friend Anoop Johnson mailed me "A small equation on chaos in living beings" ::


Ma, see I told ya, it's true ..