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Feeling Good…

You guys should seriously check out the new Jockey ad and the “feeling good” song by Nina Simone that they are using as the background vocal. I downloaded this in my Itunes library and hear this so much that there is an eternal hum of this song at the back of my mind. It feels so spiritual and makes my day. The repetitive “you know how I feel” or “you know what I mean” just lulls you on beautifully and reassures you that you will feel good no matter what life throws at you.

I think that the song itself can be viewed in two different ways – as a defiant song – I don’t care what life throws at me, I am determined to feel good.  Or as a plain “feel good song” – I am feeling good looking at the dragon flies out in the sun and the butterflies all having fun.

In either case, it is sure to make your day. Check it out.

On the macro adapter

I have always wanted to own a macro lens for an occasional close up shot of a flower or a bug perhaps. Instead of parting myself with big bucks, I recently acquired a macro lens adapter from Nikon which I used to fix a prime 50 mm 1.8D Nikkor lens to my D7000.

The shots speak for themselves. The rose is a “button rose” meaning it is one of those really small roses. You would not believe that looking at this picture.

A new addition to my life..

There are certain events that are transformational in a man’s life. Adding a wife or a child into the mix are certainly candidates in this list of events. Unless of course you have the propensity to marry too often. Or you resemble a cod fish which – I am told by people who know these things – has this ability to father a million offspring in one go. Way to go codfish!

Anyways, the last time I checked I was neither a polygamist (at least legally) nor am I a codfish not withstanding a chance resemblance to it when I am a bit confounded. So both my marriage and the advent of my darling son have indeed been significant events in my life.

In this post, I wanted to talk about another transformational event. Yes I finally went ahead and bought a Digital SLR! These things have been seducing me from behind shopping windows or from various books and magazines for quite sometime with their insidious charms. But I had been man enough to resist their lure. At last I succumbed and bought a Nikon D7000!

This replaces an older N90S that I had for quite sometime which provided me ceaseless enjoyment before I grew weary about the lack of immediate feedback.  After all, who wants a film camera these days? Buy expensive film, shoot endless pictures and give it for processing only to discover that the exposure has gone berserk? Or that the subject has moved out of the frame!

I believe in agility and that applies to my pictures as well. If the feedback loop takes 3 to 4 days I grow tired of it. In that sense, I do think that the digital photography world has radically changed the way we do photography. It is somewhat akin to what Extreme programming did to the old waterfall model in software engineering. Don’t take a year before you realize that your idea sucks. Instead find that out quickly and scrap it before it is too late.  That is how it is going to be with my pictures now.

So,while I am going to read about white balance, histograms, depth of field and spot metering, I might deem myself sufficiently qualified at some point in time to post some articles on these things. And also show some pictures in the process. Keep watching this space for those!

 

 

On forums and Social Networking..

As an internet user, I do participate in a fair number of forums. I find them immensely beneficial especially if there are a lot of experts in them. I find their insight extremely beneficial. Many people who would  loathe to write an article, would not consider it as painful to write a couple of paragraphs in answer to a question which they may consider interesting. 

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Connecting the dots..

I love the commencement address of Steve Jobs at Stanford University. In my view, it was a re-affirmation of the “Hind sight is 20-20 rule” that most of us know. In retrospect, everything makes sense but as you are rambling through life and inevitably having a mixed set of experiences , it is hard to “connect the dots”.

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Keeping up with the Online Joneses

Ok.. I have acquired my Facebook account, wrote a few reviews in Amazon, set up another one at Twitter, started answering questions on Linkedin, am maintaining my blogs and posting my pictures. But will all this industry on my part ensure that my name would be googled by “all and sundry” and their siblings?

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Song Meanings

Of late I have been going to a website called songmeanings.net to check out what people think about some of the songs we keep listening. Many of us who have heard Hotel California or Stairway to Heaven might have wondered about the hidden metaphors that are contained in the songs.

This site seeks to explain them albeit through the comments.

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On Asymmetry and Morality

Having been brought up in a conservative society,I have never suffered from a dearth of restrictions. I resisted many of them as usual-swore that I would never abide by them – and now having reached man’s estate so to speak, I eke out my livelihood exacting vengeance by imposing the very same restrictions on the younger generation!

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Knowledge Explosion & Internet fatigue

It is nice that the internet and the search technology is bringing us access to a fantastic amount of information. I was just pondering over the effects this seeming explosion of knowledge had – on me and a few people around me. Here are a few random observations in no specific order: Continue Reading..