Pearl vision

This one was taken long back with my Canon A400. Accidentally came across it while organising my photographs after many years:) I had committed the cardinal sin of using flash for such a close range shot, a big evidence of which is visible on the leaf on the left hand side.

This was taken on my maiden overnight trek back in 2005 to Harishchandragad. Was trudging through the forest path en route the highest spot in that region. It was the rainy season and the chill in the surroundings alongwith mild drizzling interrupted by thick foggy patches was a pleasing experience. Saw this collection of water droplets between these leaves as i bent down to tie my shoe laces. Was thrilled with my shot back then, but now when i look at it, i find a million flaws. But then, what the heck, this was the most i could get out of an automatic camera:) (excuses excuses:P)

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Esse Quam Videri

Relax! That translates into ‘To Be Rather Than To Seem’ and that is the motto my alma mater studiorum ie. my school – St. Peter’s School🙂 This is the photograph of the chapel within my school. The only history i will reveal about my school is that it was founded by Cowley Fathers way back in 1874. (You can get a detailed one from the website)

I am fortunate to be living very close to my school, I pass by it atleast once a week, but rarely drop in. It is not easy. It’s like stepping into a time – machine. Afterall, I had spent 12 of my most cherished years here. Mind is still searching for those long lost friends when i step in. Many of them are probably married by now and who knows, their kids will be studying in St. Peter’s now:)

These photographs were made around four years back when i was still using Canon A400. It was for my personal collection, as i was moving to another city, thanks to my job back then. I wanted to keep some special photographs with me. I also uploaded them on Flickr and distributed the link in my school’s Orkut group (yeah back then there was no Facebook on my intellectual map:P) and forgot about it.

Today when i opened my school’s Facebook page, i was pleasantly surprised to see one of my photographs being used as the display pic of the group. I went through the photo album, and one of my seniors had uploaded photographs from the Flickr stream onto Facebook. Most of the photographs had large number of comments, some from seniors who were from batches even before i was born. And what’s more, these are the only school-related photographs found on any of my school’s groups across the web.

My happiness knew no bounds!! I mean it was just my personal collection of photographs, but i did not realise that many ex-students, who aren’t in the same city, state or have probably left the country or haven’t been to school in decades, got a chance to relive the golden days. I don’t know many of the commentators personally, but it feels wonderful to know that i touched them emotionally at some level.

I think i need to fix a photography date with my school again soon. Probably plan to cover the senior section as well this time around:)

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PS : This is the complete Flickr stream for those interested : St. Peter’s School

Canon S5 IS here!!

I finally got my dream gadget, as a self gift on my 24th bday, the fabulous prosumer Canon S5 IS. Ever since i started getting familiar with the manual mode of my Canon Powershot A400, i used to feel that i wasnt completely satisfied with it as i had moved beyond point and shoot stuff. The features though great for a newbie, were somehow not enough for me, as i wanted to explore more. At the same time i didnt have the cash to go for a complete pro DSLR. So the next best option was to go for a pro-sumer camera.

Pro-sumer as the name itself suggests, is a camera, that lies between professional and consumer compacts. “The features of a DSLR, the convinience of a Powershot”, so goes the tagline for S5 IS. After much research, i narrowed down my options to the S5 IS.

Features. Well i wont go into much details, just a brief lowdown on the features. For detailed reviews one can always visit Canon S5 IS is an 8 MP camera, having 12x Optical Zoom (yea that like 4 times my prev camera). IS stands for Image Stabilization, which prevents blurry images formed due to shaky hands at times. Its got Aperture Priority mode (f 2.7 to f 8.0), Shutter priority mode (1/3200 sec to 15 sec) and your Program, Custom and Manual modes. ISO is upto 1600. Macro is of 2 kinds, one is normal Macro and the other is Super Macro (whose dist is as low as 0cm). Also its got a 2.5 inch swivel LCD screen. The ergonomics are too good.

My happiness knew no bounds when i held the S5 for the first time and checked it out. Finally i was checkin the S5 in real, not on the net. The black body and the very picturesque lens setup made me go wow! I can write paens about the look of S5 IS, but ill stop here lest someone doubt my inclinations:P

I used it a couple of times, and needless to say, the results were disastrous. I used to feel that knowing the theory of apertures and shutters was enough to give you an idea of composing the shots accordingly, but sadly thats not true, as i learnt. I still am struggling to get the Aperture and Shutter speed correct. Many other factors like manual focussing, ISO also play an important role. Its an uphill task i gotta say. But then it took me two and a half years to get fully acquainted with A400. Of which one and a half year was spent only using Automatic mode. So i guess it’ll take a while before i am completely comfortable with S5 IS. Since engg exams, this is the first time that i feel i am up against a challenge. Gotta say, it keeps you motivated. Photography is never going to be the same for me again. I guess, the journey has just about begun!

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