Friday, December 17, 2010

Fallen Leaves.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 55mm, F 5.7, ISO 100, Single Exposure

Sometimes it can be very hard to find the proper set and the subject in our minds. On the other hand its funny how and why we miss the simple and intriguing patterns formed in our nature. This is a pattern of leaves that has been lying in my yard for a very long time. Thought I would share this to let friends know that there are simple and amazing patterns around the nature and you don't always need to travel far to get a good photo, just turn your heads side to side and a bit up and down, they are there waiting for a shot to be taken.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kymco - 150cc.


Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 35mm, F 8, ISO 100, 3 Exposures


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Visiting Galle Fort, Srilanka.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 18mm, F 10, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

Couple of week back I took a trek to the Portuguese/Dutch fort of Galle, a city situated in the southwest of Srilanka, which was built around 18th century. It has welcomed travellers for so many years and is an evident of a great history .It is an example of European architecture and an interaction between the lifestyle,culture and tradition of the two continents.
The population here is about a hundred thousand majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity, although it is also famously known for its increased foreign population.The main occupation is Fishing and Tourism. The food here is amazing with variety of spices and a taste that could not be refused to try for a second time. People here are very friendly and shows great respect to the visitors and resembles the pride of the nation . It has gained its respect and love by giving and showing others its beauty and still attracts a lot of  people around the world. 
Galle is prominent for its sea and on the 2004 Tsunami it was devastated massively and the rebuilding and conservation of its heritage is still going on.

I would like to thank my friend Gaurava and his loving family for the great stay and all the nice food. It was a great pleasure and a happiness to meet such wonderful people. See you again! : )


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Silent Weaver.


Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 40mm, F 4.8, ISO 100, Single Exposure

This is Jeffrey and he is a mute. Despite this Jeffrey is very skilled in weaving fishing nets.He is regarded as the master weaver in his area. He learned to weave the fishing net by himself when he was very young. He is one of the few people who is truly capable of, and continues this art and fine piece of work.Jeffrey is by nature very simple and humble person. The age of machines has truly affected his work and on his own way he says " i don't give a damn".  Silently he keeps on weaving all day long.

Few words on the processing, this is a single image HDR or rather known as "PSEUDO HDR". I wanted to take multiple shots on his pose but it was very difficult to communicate with him. Its tone mapped in Photomatix and enhancement is done using Topaz Detail which is a photoshop plug-in and it is very cool. The best thing  is, its very easy to use and you can see the effects in real time.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Fullmoon Garden Hotel, Seeduwa, Srilanka.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 18mm, F 8, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

I consider myself as a student of photography and and I never want to out grow it. For me the excitement of learning photography at the very beginning gave me such a joy, still in every shot  take or  while post-processing  I try to find a way to learn something.

So today I have learned a new technique in post processing and what you see above is called a "DUAL HDR" which means that the images has been tone mapped twice separately. The first time I merged and tone mapped, considered everything except for the sky. On the second run I considered the sky only leaving the rest. Now this has left me with two images that in one with a good sky and an other with the rest of the image Then I have mixed the two images in one (either one is fine) replacing the sky by masking in Photoshop.

Do what you love and love what you do ~ Chris Walker.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Unfinished, Lioncity, Srilanka.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55, 30mm, F 8, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

It has been a long time since I have last photographed, Final exams for the year had hit me hard, kept me away from the things I love and mostly away from my camera.I had to kill myself to refrain a re-sit. oh! and I hate re-exams, Sometimes they're much worse kinda nightmare and feels like they're more harder than the first attempt. Anyhow that's over and i am free. not only free,  but passed all of them winning zero re-sits.

Back to business!!

I have noticed this old "unfinished" place for quite sometime. Thought it might be a good subject for a HDR, though it didn't look visually very dynamic.So i went inside took a good look around the place and this was the best composition I could get. what do you think? I could blame the mosquitoes that were biting every inch of me if this is bad. But I like the input after a long time.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sama Chethiya, Rumassala, Srilanka.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 22mm, F 8, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

This is Sama Chethiya in Rumassala, Srilanka. It was build by the Japanese people as a good will to the people of this area.
Sama Chethiya is located in a hillock and when i stood there i could see the whole southern coastal area and harbor.The most prominent feature about Rumassala is a mythical 'fall'. Actually this place is part of a village called Unawatuna and people here interprets that Unawatuna derives from ‘Onna-wetuna’ (There, it fell). It was quiet strange for me to believe this story, but let me continue with what i have gathered about the myth.

Its derived from the Indian theme Ramayana and Ravana who had a battle in which Ramayana's brother Lakshman was fatally injured and little hope was there to save his life, only if one could fetch certain herbs from the Himalayas.This mission was undertaken by Hanuman (Monkey God) and by the time he found the place, he had forgotten the names of the herbs he was suppose to fetch, so he took the chunk of the mountain  on his shoulders all the way to India and when the medics took the necessary herbs Hanuman threw the chunk and it fell to this area of Srilanka and came to be named Rumassala. Ru-mas-sala, could be translated as ‘Beautiful Rock’. Incidentally, its present name ‘Buona Vista’, seems an echo of the original meaning, since ‘Buona Vista’ implies, ‘Beautiful Sight’.

I had a great time listening to this story and had a good laugh about the reason Hanuman actually did forget the list of herbs. Anyhow i hope you enjoy reading this. As much as i enjoyed listening to the story i have enjoyed processing it too. I have accentuated the saturation and added bit of darkness to the image to bring about the power and the feel behind the story.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Not An Advertisement.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 44mm, F 5.7, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

Practicing  how to shoot for HDR's and around the area where i currently live there's none. so was thinking and saw this old empty pack . and how it stood there caught my eye, thought this was a good one. and after processing i found out that the table texture came out really well and i also got a bit of effective old age style i was trying to achieve. so here it is friends. Comment and let me know what i can improve, and if anybody has any tutorials on HDR's or Basic photography, share with me and thank you in advance.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dawn of Nuwara-Eliya, Srilanka.

Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S 18-55mm, 18mm, F 22, ISO 100, 

This is a shot from my  trip to the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya in Srilanka. I got my first DSLR couple of days before the trip was organised and was lucky i got sometime to get familiar with the cam. We were there for two days so i did a bit of study about time when the sun would rise and this shot was taken on the second morning after a little bit of hard attempts. I was happy with the results and the time i waited was finally paid off.

This photo is dedicated to my loving family because they love dawns.

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