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Change of Heart

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment

You know that feeling – when someone tells you about something (or someone else) and you just nod and follow along? When you know that a lot of people think agree – that thing (or person) is phenomenal, but you don’t seem to agree. And then comes one day, when you happen to experience it first-hand, and your mind is blown away.

In an instant, you realize that you were wrong after all and become a convert?

Well – I don’t know whether (or how often) have you experienced this… Me – I listened to Neil Young’sHeart of Gold” yesterday.

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Melodies

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

This last weekend was fairly hectic for us. We went out shopping, had a leisurely lunch, drank good coffee, baked a cake.. the works.

We also attended a birthday party.

It was in a bowling alley, and the host had reserved three lanes. The kids were all happy, and I don’t think anyone bothered whose name showed up on the screen above – they just grabbed balls and threw them as and when and where they could.

Above the lanes, speakers adorned the rafters. Spread out everywhere, they were belting songs from the 80s. Some of the ones I remember:

  • Eye of the tiger
  • Dancing Queen
  • Brother Louie
  • etc.

All wonderful songs, and they brought back memories of my childhood, when I would swap audio cassette tapes with my friend DSP (and occasionally Jayvijay).

Back home, late in the evening, I turned on Pandora. My default radio station there is “R. D. Burman”, and I was treated to songs from

  • Sagar
  • Hare Krishna Hare Rama
  • Ijaazat
  • Aandhi

What can I say? The 70s/80s aren’t revered for a trivial reason.

Nice and clean

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Kenosha pass, fall of 2011. The bright red & yellow leaves all around us, and the white aspens providing a splendid contrast. I took out my camera & tripod, and started shooting away to glory.

Sqauw Pass Road, fall of 2011. Once again, we hiked into the forest, and I started clicking away.

And many other, similar, incidents.

When I look back at these pictures, here’s what I see:

  1. Experiments with shutter speed
  2. Experiments with depth of field
  3. Lots of background clutter where I try for a shallow depth of field

Sure, there are a few snaps that are good – but there’s a feeling that I am missing something. I think it’s time to start experimenting with bright colors and clean, sharp lines. Time to experiment with images that bleed outside the boundary.

And I believe that my pictures are ready for some negative space.