Splash!

I enjoy trying new, fun things with my camera – and my mum is my forever-patient, ever-enthusiastic accomplice in experiments 🙂 For the Fifty-2 Weeks project, that I’m a part of on Facebook, the theme this week asked for us to capture movement. I’ve wanted to try the liquid-splash deal for a while now, and I thought, why not this week. After all, the splash is, in some sense, “movement” of water, right? 🙂 We tried a few things out, my mum and myself. She patiently sat on the edge and threw pebbles into our swimming pool, as I lay on my tummy on the side, with the camera. Though we got some spectacular splashes, we had a tough time with the focus of the pictures. It was impossible to place the dunk just right, and most times, the wall of the pool, in the background, was the subject in sharp focus. So we changed tactics and decided to go with a smaller body of water that we could have more control over – a glass filled to the brim and a bright red tomato to throw in 🙂 It worked pretty good! Check out the pictures, yourself!

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Wedding bells all around!

I’m back! No, I didn’t abandon my little page.. I just didn’t get online much for a while now. I’m back on the grid, and I’m here with a bunch of pictures to share, too! 🙂

So, it suddenly feels like simply everybody around me is getting married! I was at a friend’s wedding about ten days ago. It was a beautiful ceremony and a blast of a time for all of us 🙂 I’m sharing a few pictures here, and you can find more on my Facebook page

Inside jokes! Oh, what a look can do! All smiles The bride

All things Blue and Red, All things KU…. All things Jayhawk!

The Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 posed “The Colour of your Week” as a photographic theme, this week.

It’s almost March, and I am a Jayhawk. March means one thing, alone – college basketball season!! The game schedule has started shaping my routine… Having moved back home, across the globe from my Alma Mater, I have taken to waking up at unearthly hours to watch my team play…routine things (like, breakfast, for instance) get put on hold until my team gets off the court. March Madness has set in even before March has gotten here!

So, when I was asked to pick a colour that represented my week, there was no question – we Jayhawks bleed blue! 🙂 I got around to clicking a few pictures this morning to share on the group… here they are!

JayhawkJayhawk 3Jayhawk!

Emotion – A Montage

The theme this week, for The Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 was “Collage” – we were asked to create a collage using 6 photographs, all having some common, interlinking theme. I chose to work with the idea of emotions, and portray a variety through my montage. I approached a friend with the idea, and she was extremely enthusiastic about it. We worked with a range of looks and styles, trying to bring out different moods and tones. The shoot was a lot of fun! I’m sharing the final montage here… individual photographs are on my Facebook page – do take a look! 🙂

Emotion - a montage

Reverse lens macro photography

I have always had a fancy for shooting macro… a few months ago, mom got a 105mm (Nikkor) macro lens, and I had a chance to play around with it, a little bit, before my parents finished their vacation at home. Yesterday, while on the phone with her, we discussed a few things photographic, and she gave me a few lenses to look up. While browsing the internet, I came across the reverse lens technique for macro photography. After a few more searches on Google, I found a site that explains it beautifully (http://stephenelliot.com/2007/05/15/reverse-lens-macro-photography-tutorial/)
After going through it, I knew this was just something, I definitely had to try! So, this morning, I picked a coral jasmine (the Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) and got to it. These pictures (except the first one) have been clicked with two lenses – my 50mm, attached as usual to the camera, and my 18-200mm flipped over and butted-up to the 50mm. The results were mind-blowing! I’ve got to work on this a lot more, to get my pictures to look even better, but I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with the results, given that this was my first shot.

Coral Jasmine

Reverse lens - 1

Reverse lens - 2

Reverse lens - 3

“A pound of flesh”

The Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013, posed a theme this week, titled “A pound of flesh.” This is my entry for the theme – I have attempted to tell the tale of The Merchant of Venice, with a poetic twist 🙂 For once, it is a written post, with no photographs.

A pound of flesh, no jot of blood

 

There lived in Venice, a man of good soul,

to help people in need was Antonio’s noble goal.

 

Well loved by him, Bassanio was his friend,

an heiress he wished to wed, but all his wealth he’d spent.

 

Of Antonio, three thousand ducats, he sought,

but his ships were at sea, the money couldn’t be got.

 

To Shylock, went Antonio, for money he could lend,

with which, Bassanio, to Belmont, he could send.

 

Now, against Antonio, a grudge Shylock nursed,

and wished so dearly, his foe hit at his worst.

 

Benevolence he did feign, the ducats he did dish,

if the loan wasn’t paid, off Antonio, a pound of flesh, he did wish.

 

Off went Bassanio, with a thought, single, in his head,

to win Lady Portia, whom he intended to wed.

 

Gertiano did take Nerissa his wife,

while Portia gave Bassanio, a ring, to save for life.

 

Soon came the news though, post the wedding fest,

lost were Antonio’s ships, and all the money he did invest.

 

The men took haste, to Venice they sped,

to help Antonio, as into trial, he was led.

 

The women followed soon, not wishing to stay mute,

donning not dresses, but each, a man’s suit.

 

Into court, marched Portia, for a plan (s)he did see,

from the greed and wrath of Shylock, to set Antonio free.

 

(S)he begged, (s)he pleaded; Shylock wouldn’t budge,

for, so deep for Antonio, did run his ire and grudge.

 

With an eye on the contract, Portia did allow,

a greedy Shylock, Antonio watched, sweating upon his brow.

 

Take a pound of his flesh, you may, but no jot of blood,

one pound – no more, no less; else the job’s no good!

 

Stumped, Shylock did stand, afront the duke,

For now he stood accused, the trial almost won by fluke.

 

He paid his dues, he mutely went his way,

Leaving the startled men, to Portia, thankful to their last day.

Resolutions!

It is that time of the year again – when hopes are high, dreams are fresh and a brand new zeal has settled in every heart! I’m sure there are a few things each of us has promised ourselves this year and are rearing to go! I didn’t have to think too hard and fast about my resolutions.. there are a few things staring at me on my face, that I know I have to get done, come what may – so in a sense, adding the tag of a resolution to these tasks is just an extra push.. something to help keep me focused and going.

Two of my mom’s friends have kick-started this group on Facebook, called “Fifty-2 weeks of 2013”. It is a forum where a weekly theme will be announced, and one may represent it through any medium they see fit. To know more, go check out The Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013. Upon mom’s recommendation, I went for it, and joined them. This week’s theme is “New Year Resolutions”. I gave it some thought, and wondered if I could represent my resolutions, all in one frame.. I gave it a shot, and here’s what I came up with 🙂

Resolutions

The book and the rocks in the picture represent my career goals and aims, as a geologist. The shoes represent the old-as-time-itself resolution we all make every year – I will stay fit! The camera represents my hobbies and interests (photography, music, reading) that I would love to put some time into, and develop, this year 🙂

Here’s wishing everybody a very Happy New Year! So, what are your resolutions for the year?

This post is for the Fifty-2 Weeks of 2013 project.