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Sights in and around Ujire

Was again in Ujire to get some work done at SELCO Labs. Not much time to do normal wandering, but managed a couple of photographs nonetheless.

Sunrise from SDMIT campus
Same as above
Sunset at SELCO Labs
Moon through a tree at Anand's farm

After the cosmological phenomena, some terrestial phenomena…

Sam, a mechanical engineer from Cambridge, who is currently employed with the Labs
Tommy, an intern from the University of Glasgow
Frog, too petrified to escape macro shots ;)
Congregation of butterflies!
'Carrier' Ants!

 

Gadaikkal

Srirangapatnam at Sunset

Hoped to catch the ‘goldening’ of the Cauvery as the sun sets abover her, so drove down one day to Srirangapatnam railway station and spent an hour and a half wandering around.

Cauvery, with white balance changed to higlight the water

The Cauvery has just ebbed from two weeks before, when she was overflowing with Malnad water. Unfortunately, had to make do with what I had. Some views from the railway bridge.

Rainbow signalling rain somewhere to the east
Tippu Express thundering along the bridge
Tippu at the station

Going on to the western tip of the island, where Cauvery looks more like a sea with tiny islands embellishing her.

Loner bird stalking the sun
Monument to the Brit soldiers who died during the seige of Srirangapatnam in 1799, where Tippu was killed and which signified British military intelligence was finally maturing in India

 

Kids laying the nets for their nightly haul of fish

Finally, to the south bank, where the evening show begins. Unfortunately, was not able to witness sunset at the horizon due to rain due west. Maybe another trip in December might help ;)

The huge cloud at the horizon that spoiled all chances of a golden sunset
Carrying provisions like only rural women can!

Of course, how can one forget the birds on their way back!

Breaking formation, guess no longer needed
White Ibis on their way. Notice the distinctive beaks.
One picture showing all configurations of a bird's flight :D

… And the sun goes down.

The glowing rain underneath the cloud -- where the sun disappeared :(

HDR on the Nokia N900

The N900 does not fail to impress me even after fiddling around with it for some time now. One of the best things is of course the camera app BlessN900 which makes the camera superior by orders of magnitude to any to any other mobile camera. It can actually do HDR photography, which is awesomely cool. It can do focus/exposure bracketing, ‘Shallow focus’, and high quality low-light stuff as well. Check the following out…

First, a few HDRs:

Morning HDR

Panorama near home
View from the portico

So what’s the big deal about HDR? check out the above photo taken normally

Uncool!

I tried the shallow focus as well. Obviously, there is no shallow focus on a mobile, so it probably does some processing.

A Softer Sun!

Finally, the best shot of the lot, one can call it the textbook HDR subject.

Doesn't get better, does it ;)

N900 rocks!! It is debian based, so one can add any compatible repository and use any app, write your own. Somewhat rough on the edges, but that is why it is a hacker’s phone!

Stroke of luck

My obsession with clouds continues. Had to capture these photos with a camera phone, but they still seem to be decent. Where is a camera when you need one :(

Serendipity!

The same, in portrait mode.

Better way to capture the scene IMO.

A few minutes later, a few meters ahead… If you strain your imagination, you can see a rainbow around the cloud, which I could of course see properly.

Out a lil bit more!

And finally,

Where is a camera when you need it :(

 

Chamundi and Dassera in Mysore

Bored as we were of repetitive schedules, a friend and I decided we would spend some time roaming around. The results I hope, are quite pleasing to the eye.

Beginning of the walk
Start!

We started off by walking up Chamundi, where we spent most of our time. The weather was perfect, cloudy but not rainy, cool but not cold. And as everyone knows, clouds + sunset = superawesome.

rain - no rain!
Rain on the horizon

The sky was expressing all her moods, cloudy somewhere, rainy somewhere, and brilliantly calm elsewhere, as seen below.

Shades of rain
Cloudy – bottom left, Rainy – bottom, clear – elsewhere

A lovely cumulus tower was present on the horizon.

Cotton Ball!
A shaded cumulus

The horizon was extremely beautiful, with clouds and sunlight intertwined in a lovely game of hide and seek.

clouds vs sun

can words add to this!
!!!!!!

Then the sun gave a guest appearance, which was however quite a powerful one.

sinking...
After a hard day’s work….
Lucky Goddess!
The temple, finally illuminated
sun and stone
God meets God…

The city was decked with lighting, you could feel the festival in the air.

woman power!
Woman of the hour!
city lights
sunlight down, surya bulbs up!