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Off to Rajasthan!

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I’ll be in Rajasthan for the next 7 to 8 days 🙂 Mostly for other work, but photography will not be neglected 🙂


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November 28, 2006 at 9:06 pm

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Okay, finally…. got broadband!

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Hahaha 🙂

Alright. I’ll stop. But almost 8 years of dialup use had made me thinking in 56k by now. Hopefully this means more frequent photo uploads!

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November 20, 2006 at 5:36 pm

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Open RAW

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The complete survey results are out, and hopefully Nikon will take note of this!!! Oh please oh please oh please!


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November 20, 2006 at 3:10 pm


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The gearlust is starting to set in really badly now. I have started feeling that I *need* a particular lens rather than just *wanting* it. Take for example yesterday night, I was photographing all night on the top of Shah hill (Salabat Khan’s Tomb) in cold wind… and could not get even one meteor!

Our team noted 37 meteors over 4 hours, but not even one made its way onto the frame. Main issue was that my usual lens gives f/3.3 aperture… that means that only one third of the actual light reaches the sensor. It covers a considerably wide area, but it cannot detect small light sources like the meteors. The next option was a borrowed lens – it went upto f/1.4 almost three fourths / 75% light reaches the sensor through this lens, but it does nto cover as much area as the other lens. Only a very narrow portion was photographed at any given instance. So well, the whole plan to photograph a meteor was a BIG failure yesterday.

BUT BUT BUT… I managed to get some fantastic photos of the night sky!

I’m in the process of uploading them now. Will post more about those photos soon 🙂

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November 19, 2006 at 10:04 pm

Walking In Almost-Heaven

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Walking In Almost-Heaven

Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

The Panchgani-Mahableshwar trip was successful, and I came back with a few hundred photographs. Have sorted out the better ones already and am in the process of uploading a few photos every day on my flickr photostream.

The motorcycle ride was fun and slightly taxing on my back – my suspicion that the seat re-design had gone bad, was right. I’ll need to fix it before I leave for another long journey. We travelled about 650 kilometers, much less than the 1,000 that I was expecting (which included extensive local travel while at Mahableshwar) but it still was a wonderful experience.

I’m very happy that other than the seat’s issue, my two year old Yamaha Libero did not cause any trouble. With me and a friend Mr. Vitthal, the weight was already over 130kg and we were carrying another 20kg (or more) in luggage. Technically, the bike was overloaded 🙂

The weather was pretty cool, it even rained while we were there, however, the carpets of grass were now brownish and most of the exotic flowers had disappeared. I really should had made the trip in September or earlier. *sigh* Now I have to wait till next year.

One thing I learnt from this one – when I know that a particular season is good for photographing a particular area, I’m not going to let any other work disturb me.

PS. I bought a 160GB hard drive to accommodate the ever-growing collection of photographs. I’m expecting it to hold at least a year’s worth of photos – till the end of the year, lets see if we have some extra cash to set up a Storage Area Network (SAN) system 😀 Its an overkill right now, but in a few more years, it will become my need!

Hmm… it’s 3:34 in the morning, time to go to sleep.
Good Night World!

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November 7, 2006 at 3:34 am

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