Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kuwait 50th National Day

The below few images which i have taken from various parts of Kuwait during the 50th national day celebration time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Peacock Story...

I have taken this funny story from Kuwait zoo......
"ടൈം ആയല്ലോ ഇനി മൈതാനതോട്ട്ട് ഇറങ്ങാം..."
"കഷ്ട്ടപെട്ടു നിവര്‍ത്തിയിട്ട് നേരം കൊറ ആയല്ലോ ഇത് വരൈ ഇങ്ങു എത്തിയില്ലേ...????"
"ആഹ ആഹ വരുന്നു ഉണ്ട് വരുന്നു ഉണ്ട് ഞാന്‍ ആരാ മോന്‍... .."
"വിടില്ലാ ഞാന്‍...... ആഹ്"
"കണ്‍ഫ്യൂഷന്‍ ആയല്ലോ അല്ല ഇത് നിന്റെ പീലി ആണോ അതോ എന്റെ പീലി ആണോ?"
"കണ്ടോളു കണ്ടോളു ആഭിയന്തര പ്രശനം കാരണം ഇതിനിടക്ക് നിങ്ങളെ കാര്യം വിട്ടു പൊയീ..."
"എങ്ങനാ ഉണ്ട് എന്റെ വിശ്വ രൂപം..."
"അല്ല ഇതിനിടക്ക് നമ്മളെ കാര്യം വിട്ടു പോയി.. എവിടൈ ആള്?"
"അയ്യോ പോകുന്നോ? ..... ശെരി മോനെ ഇത്രയൊക്കെ മതി കൂടുതല്‍ ഒന്നും പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കണ്ട... ഞാന്‍ ആരാ മോള് "

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Blooming Romance!!!.....

"You are forever loved
though this life fades away
and all mortal bodies decay.
You will forever be my beloved,
my immortal betrothed,
my enduring flame,
my guiding light,
my compass rose...."

(I have taken this beautiful moment from Kuwait Zoo...)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mobile Photography

A Mobile Phone's camera is good enough if you have creative idea and availability of good light....

Mobile photography is a new jargon about anything related to taking picture with a mobile phone camera. It is a new genre of photography, but it doesn't mean that it is negligible. In fact, majority of photography activities existed on the internet nowadays are made with a mobile phone camera.

We are living in a time where ‘convergence’ is everywhere. Gone are the days when a camera was a camera, a MP3 player was an MP3 player, a phone was a phone. These days digital cameras are found in a variety of other gadgets – including cell phones. In fact Camera Phones are one of the fastest growing segments of the digital camera market and with the improvements in the quality of what is being offered in some phones (higher megapixels, better lenses, high capacity storage)

Tips to improve your mobile photography:
1. Good Light:
Shoot at the time of good lighting condition or add extra light to your shot, be aware that artificial light impacts the color cast in your shots.

2. Get Close to Your Subject:
One of the most common mistakes with camera phone images is that their subject ends up being a tiny, unrecognizable object in the distance. Camera phone images tend to be small due to low resolution (although this is changing) – so fill up your view finder with your subject to save having to zoom in on the subject in editing it later (which decreases quality even more).

Please note, getting too close on some model camera phones creates distortion and focusing issues (particularly if the camera phone doesn’t have a macro or close focusing mode).

3. Wait!... there is shutter lag:
Keep in mind that many camera phones also suffer from ’shutter lag’ (ie the time between when you press the shutter and when the camera takes the shot can be a second or so). This means you need to hold the camera still a little longer to ensure it doesn’t take a shot as you’re lowering it away from the subject. One trick is to lean your camera phone (or the hand holding it) against a solid object (like a tree, wall, ledge) when taking shots.

4. Avoid Digital Zoom:
As tempting as it might be to zoom in on your subject when taking your picture (if you have a zoom feature on your camera phone), if the zoom is a ‘digital zoom’ it will decrease the quality of your shot to use it (you’ll end up with a more pixelated shot).

5. Keep your lens clean:
One of the challenges with many camera phones is keeping them maintained and clean. Phones spend a lot of time in pockets, in bags and being used in all manner of weather and conditions. As a result they get dirty and can easily become damaged – fingerprints are a common problem on camera lenses – especially if your phone doesn’t have a lens cover. From time to time clean the lens of your camera using a soft cloth (sunglasses cleaning cloths are great).

The below few images which i have taken with my mobile camera:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Moon

During the full moon on March 19th 2011 the moon was only 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. The closest it’s been in almost 20 years. It appeared 14 percent bigger and 30% brighter than usual. I have taken this below image as a panoramic shot from on top of the Al-kout Mall, Fahaheel, Kuwait.

(Click on Image to enlarge)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kids - Indoor Photography

What’s secret of indoor photography?
Why your images turn out as if 5 years old has taken them or blurry darken images?

The common problem with indoor photography is the lighting and blurry images. Many times we compose the shot and believe that we have adequate lighting to light up our scene. However, what is happening in reality is that the shutter slows down to compensate for the low lighting conditions. As movement occurs on the scene, the movement is blurred and images look like dark streaks in a basement.

The second common problem with indoor photography is that they are too dark or what we called in photography terms “underexposed”. Indoor photography requires just as much as daylight conditions. It can be very difficult to replicate daylight conditions when doing your indoor photography, because we may not have access to the lighting that’s needed.
Here we are forcing to take the maximum advantages of the camera settings and the artificial light up techniques.
Some bright Ideas --- for indoor photography:
Eliminating The "Halo Effect.": Move your subjects away from the wall. By doing so you help eliminate the halo shadows that pop out of your subject and make them appear larger than they are. This annoying effect occurs when your flash goes off, only the shadow won't be evident until after you have taken the picture.

Diffuse Light: When taking photos with artificial light you may run into a problem with shadows. One way to avoid this is to use some sort of diffuser such as white paper. Simply place it in front of your light source to soften the glare. You could also use tin foil wrapped around some cardboard or a cooler lid. Remember to place your light source on one side of your subject and the reflector on the other--this will soften any shadows caused by your light.

Control Your Flash: If you are taking a picture in a room with poor lighting and you have your camera set on auto everything your flash will likely engage. However, in most cases while the flash will help light up your subject it probably won't do much to illuminate the background. What's more, if your subject has black hair or is wearing dark clothing you might create a "floating head effect.' To avoid this have your subject move closer to the wall. This will give your flash the chance to light up a bit more than just your subject's face.

Removable Flash: If your camera comes with a removable flash try aiming the flash at the ceiling when you are shooting indoors. The light from the flash should bounce off the ceiling and in turn light your subject from above rather than from the front.

Utilize the Window Light :
Natural light will always be the best light, so whenever possible position your child near a window to take advantage of the natural light pouring into your home through the windows. Here are some tips on using this kind of light:
1. Avoid using windows where the light streams in directly creating harsh shadows; instead, pick a window where the incoming light is more diffused and indirect;
2. Position yourself with your back to the window and then turn the child so she faces mostly head-on into the window, with some of the light spilling over on the side of her face;
3. When necessary, use a reflector or fill flash to fill in the side of the child’s face that may be in shadow.

Here i have attached few sample images which i have taken with the support of a master flash, a remote flash and a reflector. "ohh... i forget to say about the model, she is the one & only my little princess... :)".