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Postcards from London

February 13, 2012 — 1 Comment

I was in London, UK recently and spent very little time there. Actually, I spent 5 days there, four of which was spent at the conference I was attending. Before I caught the flight back, I told myself I had to see some part of London. So I caught the tube (underground railway network – it is one of the most fascinating networks I have ever seen) and got down at Covent Garden and took a long walk.

Here’s what I saw in the Queen’s backyard.

Big Ben in London (View on Flickr)

Trafalgar Square Street Performance with Guitar (View on Flickr)

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On March 19, we witnessed the SuperMoon. The term “SuperMoon” was coined in 1979 by Richard Nolle and defined as

“a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”(quoted from the Wikipedia page)

SuperMoons occur every year as the moon orbits the earth. But the supermoon that occurred on March 19, 2011 is one of the closest in 18 years. More details here.

Took some pictures last night. The moon looked the same to the naked eye like any other night except it was brighter. But when I looked through my lens, it was definitely bigger than the last time I captured it. Here is what I saw:

Shades of SuperMoon - a play with white balance

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On Jan 21 – 23, I attended a three-day live concert in Cochin, Kerala, India. It was a christian concert with artists from all over the country. You can get more details about the event at

I got the opportunity to photograph the event and I loved it. It is the first time, I went all manual on my DSLR and used only my 70 – 300 mm lens on all three days.

One of the best things about covering an event like this is that you get to be in front of all the action. :)

So after10.5 GB and 3600 photos, here are some of my best frozen moments:

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Pictures: Gazing at the moon

December 21, 2010 — 2 Comments

My fascination with the night sky started very early. I could stare at a star-filled sky for several minutes (I never could do hours because I could never find a nice place to lie down and stare at them!) Anyways, when I got my camera, I had the opportunity to capture those moments. But, I faced two problems:

  • It was and still is too dark at night.
  • The only thing bright enough for me to capture with my camera is the moon. And if you don’t have a tripod, it is going to look like a very bright, shaky studio light.

So I got myself a tripod and read up on the right settings and this picture here is my pick from the first lot.


In case you are wondering if I encountered a blue moon, I don’t think I did. That is a result of the White Balance set on Tungsten.

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dubai-post-titleIt has been a hectic week. Setting up for Gitex 2009 in Dubai followed by five fully packed days. I have been wanting to write here but I am so tired by the end of the day, I just fall on the couch and sleep. Even now, it is 3 a.m. in the morning but I wanted to quickly upload some photos of my trip so far. I did fall asleep when doing this last night. So here’s the first upload of photos from Dubai 2009. Not much really. But it should give you a glimpse of Dubai – of what I have seen so far.

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Dad, look what I found!

September 26, 2009 — 1 Comment

Kirbys-Dropwing-7 I was going through my parents’ garden in Kerala and taking pictures of some flowers when I noticed this guy. A dragonfly. Handsome chap. I wasn’t sure if it would stay long in a place, so I kept getting closer with every click. This photo is as close as I went.

Check out the slide show below and you will see where I started from. The dragonfly flew off a couple of times but always came back to the same spot.

This guy is called Kirby’s Dropwing or Trithemis kirbyi.

Some interesting points about dragonflies, mostly from Wikipedia:

  • Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies.
  • There is another species called “damselflies” and I don’t think they are just the female dragonfly (a specialist wants to confirm?)
  • Oding is the hobby of observing dragonflies and damselflies. “Just like birding and butterflying”, Wikipedia says. That means Oders don’t kill these creatures. They just observe them, take photos of get the idea!
  • I searched the Internet for Oders (no, not guys who trip on a lot of drugs!) and found this guy. Not many of them out there. There’s another guy who has caught the Kirby’s Dropwing in Africa.
  • I have seen a lizard hunt a dragonfly. I remember, the dragonfly made the lizard run quite a bit and I don’t remember the lizard getting the fellow. The dragonflies are quite fast. This website says they can fly 30 and 60 km/h (19 to 38 m.p.h.).

Now you know!