Star trail 600018

I captured this star trail at my home in Chennai. I must admit that Chennai is one of the most light polluted cities in the world. Added to that, I also had a waxing moon to contend with. Still my camera managed to capture many a faint star resulting in this glorious star trail image….

Audiobooks: I’m hooked

Most people have very strong preferences about how they read books. A majority of the people I have spoken to say they love to hold a book, feel the heft of it in their hands and take in its smell (of course they may feel less strongly when trying to hold an 800 page hardcover…

My blog is a decade old

WordPress told me today that it has been 10 years since I created this blog. Wow! It literally just feels like yesterday that I created this blog on a whim (like I created many others before) and wrote about Calvin and his beanie. But apparently all that was a while ago and I really am…

Monday Pop Quiz: Water Pump

It’s the start of the working week for most of the world. For those of struggling with Monday blues I thought I’d make life interesting with a little pop quiz. Please look at the images below and choose the correct answer. (Apologies for all the reflection in the photograph- museum lighting is not always best…

Sunset over Tiber

For my previous post I had only used one small portion of the image I captured in Rome in December. Today I decided to post the rest of the image showing the River Tiber reflecting the myriad hues of the setting sun. You have to think about all the things the river has seen. From…

Winter Suns Rushing to the Sea

My apologies for not having posted in a while. I came in here wanting to post a photograph of the River Tiber at sunset. But somehow in the midst of editing that photo I landed up with the above. Given that most of the Northern Hemisphere is freezing through a bitter winter, I guess the…

Yet another trail of stars

This is the last of the semi-decent star trail photographs I shot when I went to Goa in December. It was shot looking towards east so you get vertical lines rather than the curved circular trials you get when you point your camera either to the north or the south. The trails are also intersected…

Experimenting with the stars

I shot this image (once again using Live Composite) on my Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II camera. However, I used the m Zuiko 8mm fisheye lens. When I used lightroom to remove the fisheye effect the star trail got distorted and the result was an image where stars were trailing in a whole lot of…

Portraits of Augustus (from my 2018 visits)

Roman sculptural portraits (whether in bronze or in marble) existed long before Augustus. Republican time portraiture from Rome depicts a high level of realism. You see people shown with their frowns and wrinkles. This was quite unlike the Hellenistic style which was all idealised and smooth. With his consolidation of power in Rome, Augustus also…