Tuesday Treasure

After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage.


Playing with lenses

It’s time for a post on another session of learning photography. In his 11th lesson Raj discusses issues related to various lenses. It’s a very informative post and I was quite happy to learn about different lenses.

I own an entry level DSLR Nikon d3200 and have only two sets of lenses. One the kit lens 18-55mm and a zoom lens 55-300 mm. I am very glad that I bought this zoom lens as I travel a lot and also I enjoy taking birds photographs. Here I show the way I use my lenses in different situations.

The first picture was taken on our way to Marleshwar Shiva temple. I was glad that zoom lens was attached to the camera.

1/125 sec. f/5,6, 98mm, ISO 280

A note: One of the moeny is looking at prasad in a thin plastic bag which he snatched from a girl. A big challenge of dealing with monkeys near our temples from north to south in India. May be there is not enough food in forests now a days.

During our journey I saw these small red-yellow flowers. Most of the time they were hidden in heavy green vines but I managed to capture this one photo.

1/500 sec. f/5,6 300mm, ISO 200

The next shot of a sunset, I tried with zoom lens but it did not work (I am not sure of the reason). Within no time I changed the lens.

1/2000 sec. f/7,1 55mm, ISO 400

Next image was taken at Mandu. To capture wide angle image I used the kit lens.

1/400 sec. f/32 40mm, ISO 6400

Whenever I am out around lakes to captures birds. The zoom lens is a must. You see the result here “for a morsel of bread”

1/2000 sec. f/7,1 260mm, ISO 400

And lastly, for capturing the scenic beauty around Villa d’Este  in Tivoli, near Rome I used the kit lens.

1/250 sec. f/8 18mm, ISO 100

Time for your comments Raj!

Photograph should speak: XDrive Photo Lesson 2

We have heard about back benchers or/and late comers. I introduce myself as one late comer ( 6 weeks late 😀 ), to “Learn Photography” sessions  introduced by Raj@XDrive!

In his second lesson Raj talks about “Photograph should speak”, an excellent post. The bullet points are fantastic.  I agree to many of his points. When I share a photo, I want it to express something different. To tell a different story.

Landscape in late winter!

He suggests us to think

(A) “……“Why should I click this picture?” Before you click always imagine a finished photograph what you are going to create. Think about it, ask a question, is this going to be an unique photo I am going to be taking?” He has given excellent example of Taj Mahal.


(B) “don’t just jump at it and shoot, take a moment to think about what you are trying to showcase here?

My point of view:

With due respect to Raj, I would like to say (A) & (B) are possible when my subject is still. Also in the beginning (for me as a newbie), it was very difficult to imagine a finished photograph. After lot of trial and error now I feel (a little) comfortable about the end product when photographing still objects. After using different focal lengths and by changing my positions I see the difference in my results. Yes, I can take a moment, observe my subject and think if I should photograph.

These days I work more with moving objects specially birds. Sunshine and proper light is a big issue in my part of world.  Oh yes! and I cannot forget rain. Which restricts my practice time to a greater extent. Capturing bird movements is hardest ever assignment.  I have less than a fraction of time to think. My simplest solution is I focus and as I see some movements I follow a bird.


The first photography was taken from inside a moving bus.  Earlier I was not able to focus, but now I manage better. My goal was to capture the snow,  mountains and part of the road.

In the other two, I was observing birds and that’s what I want to show!

Please help me, how shall I review my work without being biased! Thanks in advance!