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HDR Photography

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The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word HDR is “that cool option we find in most smartphones which captures great colors”. That is exactly what HDR is.  It’s a technique in photography which enables you to capture a greater range of colors. To start off, HDR simply means High Dynamic Range. You must have been in a beautiful location, clicked a picture and then realized that the picture was flat and disappointing. With HDR processing, your picture will look as enthralling as it was when you were at the beautiful spot. Here are few examples of HDR photos.

Manneporte at Etretat, France

Manneporte, Etretat -2

Eiffel tower

Chateau de Chillon

Why HDR ?

The human eye has the capacity to see a greater range of colors than a camera sensor. A typical camera sensor can capture about 3 stops of light. But a human eye can capture upto 11 stops of light. Using a combination of your camera and software, you can make your photos look the way your eyes see things.

How is it done ?

A typical HDR image is created by combining more than 1 photograph taken at varying exposures. In simple words, you use an underexposed, overexposed and a normal photograph taken of the same scene and combine it using software.

What do you need ?

  1. Any camera with a manual mode
  2. A computer
  3. An HDR processing software like Photomatix Pro
  4. Adobe Photoshop
  5. A little patience

My next post would contain a step by step tutorial to create HDR photographs. In the meantime, here are a few more HDR photos.

Check out my Flickr Profile at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siddharth_reddy/

chateau de Chenonceau

french countryside

temple of love @ versailles

Versailles Garden

Photography Workshop: Basics of Photography & Portrait Photography

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Photomaniacs is organizing photography workshop series for beginners on Photography Basics and Portrait Photography in Bangalore.

Who should join the Workshop:

1: If you have a camera and you wish to take great pictures but no matter how much you try you can’t get the amazing photographs which you see in magazines.

2: You recently purchased a DSLR but having a hard time understanding the functions of the camera. We will tell you the nitty-gritty of your equipment and how to make the best use of it.

3: You want to take great pictures of friends and family.

4: You want to capture the beauty of the people you come across when you travel.

5: You want to start a business in portrait photography.

Why Photomaniacs? 

Photomaniacs founder Anupam Maurya has 5 year experience in photography. An avid traveler he loves capturing the beauty of India through his lens. He has undertaken many projects in street photography, fashion and product photography. He also interned with India’s best photography magazine “Better Photography’ at the age of 19. Having fallen in love with photography at first year of college at BITS Pilani, he has since then traveled the length and breadth of India and Bhutan. Having flirted with Memory Circuit Design he is now a full time wedding photographer.

Program:

Workshop 1: Basics of Photography : Saturday, November 8, 2013

  •  Understanding the concepts in photography: jargons, technical details focal length, shutter speed, hyperfocal distance,  depth of field etc
  • Understanding the camera: Features of DSLR, digital camera
  • Composition Rules
  • Different types of photography: long exposure shots, night trails, panorama, HDR, Panning  etc.
  • Photowalk in Cubbon Park in evening

Workshop 2: Portrait Photography Sunday, November 9, 2013

  • Photography composition for portraits
  • Photographing friends and family
  • Outdoor photoshoot in natural light
  • Street photography photo-walk at K.R Market

To have a glimpse of how good you can become after the workshop click : http://www.anupammaurya.com

There are 15 seats in each workshop. Each workshop costs Rs 4000. To contact write to anupam.maurya@gmail.com or call 8884312501.

To register for the workshop fill in the contact form:

Jan Lokpal Revolution at Freedom Park

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Today on 21st of August 2011 I went to Freedom Park along with my friends Nikhil Ramaswamy and Ishaan Biswas to be the part of arguably the biggest revolution in India’s history since Independence Day in 1947. After decades India is at crucial crossroads where the path chosen by its people will help to cure the greatest panacea of corruption it faces today.

It was  heart warming to see so many people from all walks of life peacefully protesting for their cause. Gandhiji’s ideal still live in us, we just need to be reminded of them. This time Anna Hazare is up for the task. I tried to capture what little I could of this historic moment through my camera.

You can see more of my work at http://www.anupammaurya.com

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Hercules Ryders Act 110 plus:Cycle, cycle all the way up and down…

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My latest possession is my new Hercules Ryders Act 11o plus. I will be uploading a detailed review of it soon. As of now I am loving it. Did 85 km on the very next day I got it. So far it is responding amazingly and is a pleasure to ride and instant attention grabber from onlookers where ever I go.

I never thought I would be so attracted to the idea of cycling. I had a cycle which I used for 6 years and wished the day would come soon when I get to ride a motorbike. But last fall my friend Nikhil Ramaswamy started cycling and introduced me to the ubercool new breed of cycles which sets your heart pulsating by its looks.

I love to inculcate healthy activities and take care to be physically fit. So it didn’t take much to get attracted to a cycle on which one can easily do longer distances, 50 km plus. Among the benefits of cycling I can think of following:

  • Cyclist stays physically fit without spending extra time and money in Gym.
  • One can reach their office or other places in almost the same time and at times faster when wading through heavy traffic in cities like Bangalore and Mumbai.
  • Roadbikes and Hybrid bikes can reach upto 60 kms per hour and one cycle at an average speed of 20 kms easily with some practice.
  • You save the environment.
  • It attracts as much attention as a Porsche would do. With people even on bikes and cars making enquiry how much it costed :).
  • Those with extra money can spend upto INR 200 thousand starting from INR 7k.
  • One can easily detach wheels from the frame and can hitchhike to far off places.
  • You get to experience things and notice hither to unknown things in your surroundings and it is the fastest way to get acquainted to a new city’s routes.
  • If lot of people start cycling traffic congestion can be avoided.

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Disadvantages like sweating are very minor for me to consider and I can anyways take a shower in my office.

The decision to cycle was even more easier in Bangalore because there are already thousands who cycle to work and for leisure or adventure. Once you decide to cycle next thing  is which cycle to buy as there are different cycle types viz. Roadbike, Mountain Bike & Hybrid Bike.  Within each type you have cycles of various prices and brands. Among the most famous are Canondale, Trek, Schwinn, Ducati, GT and our very own Indian Hercules.

It was a tough decision to choose the cycle. One can very easily get enchanted by the macho mountain bikes but they are slow on roads and take extra effort to cycle. Then there are Roadbikes which are super slick, light and reach very high speed but are very costly. Hybrid cycles was the answer to my quest and it very well purposed my needs. My friend Nikhil was able to convince me to go for it. I had my heart set on a mountain bike but his only question , “Will you be fine when I outdo you on the roads on my hybrid bike”. Then and there my decision was made and I am cherishing it so far.

I was faced with two options Hercules and Schwinn. While Schwinn is a foreign brand and has amazing looks with great models it was tad bit costly for my budget. So I settled down for the second best the Hercules Ryder’s Act series. Although Act 110 plus is out of production now, I was able to procure one from RR cycles, Ulsoor, Bangalore.

Great looks and a sturdy alloy frame with light weight lends it speed and strength. It is designed for the Indian roads and gives a nice comfortable ride. The bike was designed in India and is manufactured and imported from China from where all the rest of the bikes are imported. The handle bar can be rotated from racing mode to comfortable seating position and can be easily adjusted as per your need and likability. It has the Shimano Ascera gears with 3*8 combination and can make you climb 50 degrees inclines with some effort.

It has quick release on both front and back wheels so that one can take out the wheels and put it in the  back of the car and go to far off places where adventure awaits you. The seat post can also be easily adjusted with your hands using the quick release. The Innova tyres with nylon butyl tubes can go over weeks without any refilling the air. It has a large diameter and thin wheels which give you greater speeds. Most times I overtake cars and motorbikes on roads. But Bangalore is a hill hole and it is difficult to maintain high speeds for long as very soon you will meet and incline.

One can get cool accessories for the cycle like helmet, front light and rear light which makes it even more funky. Helmet is a must so that people respect you on streets. A car or bus driver can easily spot you with your helmet and is extra careful maneuvering around you. So far I have cycles 3 times to my office which is 40 km from my home. With all the attention I get on streets and the joy my cycle gives me I am simply loving it…

Independence Day – Lalbag flower show

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I have heard about the famed flower show of Lalbag in Bangalore. So I couldn’t resist myself from going there. Also I couldn’t wait to test my new Tripod.

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Lalbag is a huge and beautiful botanical ga rden in the middle of Bangalore city with a beautiful lake and varieties of trees and plantations brought from different parts of world. During Independence Day people bring flowers from various regions of Karnataka to display and sell there. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species.

People come with their families to enjoy here as it famous with all age groups. It is a great place for children to play and learn about nature. The joggers association of Lalbag is very strong which forced the Govt to remove the entry fee in morning from 5-9. People come, workout, enjoy the pristine nature and then head for a breakfast at the famed MTR restaurant famous for its Dosas and other South Indian delicacies.

The glass house at Lalbag is very beautiful and housed some rare plant and flower species which are showcased during the Independence Day. During Independence Day it is like a fair and people from all walks  and shades of life can be seen here in their in their original best. If you ask me a photographer’s heaven…

A night on the Goddamn Bull

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I am in Bangalore for my college internship. Bangalore is a great city and fell in love with it within two days. Its salubrious climate is undoubtedly the best any Indian city can offer. Bangalore food, streets, people and culture is amazing. Moreover I have a awesome Penthouse to stay from where I get a beautiful view of the city.

For quite some time I had been planning to go around on the streets on Bangalore during the midnight and further. But the first plan of a cycling trip overnight on Bangalore streets didn’t materialize so as all my previous trip this one was made in spur of a moment as soon I got a call from my friend Harmohit Toor, an amazing photographer. So we went around Bangalore streets on his Bullet Machismo 1997.

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I quote Harmohit,” When you are on it you are a King, but pulling it you look like a jackass.” Despite its roaring amazing sound the bike can be a pain when it stops every now and then. Ok no more on that. But certainly it is  a beauty and sets a man’s heart pulsating when it passes by.

Dear Harry wanted to have chicken so I took him to MM Road, Frazer Town which has the best non veg Restaurant in Bangalore- ‘Richie’s’ or ‘Rahhaman’ Family Restaurant. Due to Ramadaan there were a hoard of shops lined my the street offering some exotic and exquisite non veg cuisine from Middle East and best of Indian Muslim cuisine. Special mention to Seekh Kabab. Harry wanted to have Butter Chicken but we were so full trying different delicacies that we couldn’t have it. Later that night around 4 we stopped by shady restaurant as we damn hungry and ate butter chicken there . It was good.

We set off to capture Vidhan Soudha as I expected it to be beautifully lit with external lighting. But unfortunately there was no lighting besides the whole area was dug up due to Metro construction and couldn’t get any good vantage point. Some has rightly said Necessity is mother of all Invention. Dear Harry was struck with the idea of clicking the Macho Bullet. Fortunately Harry had an extra ‘chotu’ (small) tripod and hence all my shots are from ground level. For those who don’t know Tripod is essential during night photography.

Once we started we were amazed by the results we got. I had a torch which I used to paint the bike with light and gave nice results. I hope you guys like it.