photography, Self a very hard word and something I never like to say. Just like I don’t like to say ‘never’.
So this is my first last day in the US..
and no matter how much I’m looking forward to be home.. I will miss this place. And I’m sad.. because this country molded me into who I am today..

Met this sweet old lady at the beach yesterday. I want her life when I grow up.. sit at the beach on a warm winter afternoon, gaze at the water and watch the grand kids play..

I measure every grief I meet..

photography, Self


I measure every grief I meet
With analytic eyes;
I wonder if it weighs like mine,
Or has an easier size.

I wonder if they bore it long,
Or did it just begin?
I could not tell the date of mine,
It feels so old a pain.

I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if they have to try,
And whether, could they choose between,
They would not rather die.

I wonder if when years have piled–
Some thousands–on the cause
Of early hurt, if such a lapse
Could give them any pause;

Or would they go on aching still
Through centuries above,
Enlightened to a larger pain
By contrast with the love.

The grieved are many, I am told;
The reason deeper lies,–
Death is but one and comes but once
And only nails the eyes.

There’s grief of want, and grief of cold,–
A sort they call ‘despair,’
There’s banishment from native eyes,
In sight of native air.

And though I may not guess the kind
Correctly yet to me
A piercing comfort it affords
In passing Calvary,

To note the fashions of the cross
Of those that stand alone
Still fascinated to presume
That some are like my own.

-Emily Dickinson

Photography: SLR camera



Following up on the previous photography related post, here is a brief review of how an SLR camera works. This is not necessary information to take pictures but it certainly helps if you want to manipulate the camera in doing what you want it to.
There are currently two most popular types of cameras available:
-the point and shoot cameras for those who prefer simple and automatic.
-the DSLRs (simply SLR in the film days) which are more popular with the photography nuts and the professionals.

I use both but obviously prefer the DSLR for its flexibility. Though today the higher end point and shoot cameras are as sophisticated as the entry-level DSLRs and provide almost all of the functionality.

So what is a DSLR camera. Directly translated, its a digital single lens reflex camera. Meaning, we see a single reflection of the image coming from the lens. Since there is no distortion of the image by multiple reflections, what we see (compose) is very close to what we get.

Simplifying it further, a digital camera is nothing but a box, with :
1. A sensor in digital cameras (film in the older versions). The sensor collects the image and processes it.
2. A shutter in front of the sensor which moves away when we click a picture. Imagine a square sensor and then a tiny gate in front of it which moves up and down.
3. A mirror angled in front of the lens and viewfinder such that the light entering the lens gets reflected on the mirror into the viewfinder. The sole purpose of the mirror is to provide a preview of the picture. When we click a photo, the mirror moves out of the way.
4. Lastly the lens which has an aperture on one end (towards the camera) whose diameter can be adjusted.

The two important controls in the construction, that the user has, which govern the properties of a photo are:
1. the speed with which the shutter moves out of the way and comes back in front of the sensor.
2. the diameter of the aperture of the lens.

So following the path of light in the figure above, light enters through the lens, through the aperture, reflects onto the mirror and can be seen in the viewfinder. Its out of scope to go into lens theory here. So just imagine an object in front of the lens, which the user can see reflected in the mirror.

Once, we click, meaning the shutter is released, the mirror moves up away from the lens, the shutter moves up and light enters from the lens onto the sensor creating an image. Voila!