Wider page layout

As I have started posting more and more photographs (though still not good enough ๐Ÿ˜› ), so was thinking to either change the template or make it wider, so that I can post large images and you guys then will not needed to click on the image to view large size.

Changing the template is not that easy for me, as I have done a lot of coding to get those gadgets. Like shoubox and javascript driven Archive menu, it’s still achievable for a designer who has good understanding of CSS, let me know if you or a know person to you interested doing this, I have a very decent design in my mind ๐Ÿ˜€ .

While looking into CSS I realized that it’s easy to widen the template. I can live with it for the time being. But still would like to transform the template with the one which I selected. Can not disclose the template fearing copy-catty, but one thing I can say that "You are going to love it".

Posting an image to test the width …

Ananya first Steps

I was mostly at home except going for badminton in the morning and Transformers in evening. I didnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt liked the movie, they were very noisy, reconstruction was confusing and close-up shots of fight between them was not clear, some times I even failed to recognize who is who, who is hitting whom, where is head and where is body, may because they were too colorful or my eyes need check up.

Anyways as Ananya started walking from past few days, I decided to capture her first steps. What I was thinking to let her come on her feet by her own and walk few steps. After 10 odd tries I got one clip. Here you go ๐Ÿ™‚ .


Photo Contest result

I left office at 6:30 for Asian Civilization Museum, I was already aware that my entries are not selected, the purpose of visit was the see the winning entries and capture Mr. McCurry. I was just on time; saw some excellent photographic work by winners. My fault was that I have submitted my photographs just by selecting 2 of my best, as I thought that this is open category, didn’t noticed that theme was Ungraded Movement and neither I tried to explore the work done by the judge Mr. McCurry, may be more carefully analyzing and understanding these 2 thing would have been helped me selecting right photographs for the entries. My entries were totally out of theme ๐Ÿ˜› , I will be careful next time ๐Ÿ˜€ . ร‚ย 

It was a low light condition in the announcement hall, and my 1000D sucks in low light, further I was standing far behind everyone, fortunately I was carrying my tele lens, and I manage to get few clean shots of him. These were taken with big aperture and high ISO, so I have reduced them to remove noise and blur.

I am not going to post winning photographs, not sure if I can do that or not.

To Dad

Its raining today and it looking beautiful, I always enjoyed watching rain from window, it looks beautiful when rain clear all dust from trees and grasses. I loved winters and summers also. We normally love and enjoy all seasons, you know why? Because we have a roof over our head in rain, warm cloths for winters, and chilled water and air conditioners in summer. This was not the case with my Dad.

He use to get worried for wooden roof, whether it will be able to sustain rain, he use to get worried whether he has sufficient wood to keep home worm in winters. He was bicycling 35 KM every weekend to return back home from city to take care of crops till his graduation. He was a dedicated farmer until he joined Kings George Medical College for his MBBS. I heard from relatives that, he was having only 2 sets of cloths until he completed this doctor degree.

My dad was youngest among 3 survived sons. That time infant mortality was quite high, there were only few vaccines available and villages were not having proper medical treatment facility. 2 brothers of dad died young because of lack of treatment.

Grandpa died when my dad was only 2 months old. It was a tough job for my grandma and grate grandma to just maintain survival in a small pension of Rs. 16. Luckily there was some land for cultivation, which helped them to get daily bread. My first uncle joined Indian Air forces and continued the family tradition at the age of 18. Just to mention my grandpa was in army and served British Indian Army. Elder uncle become main bread owner of family and help his younger for getting higher education.

Despite all shortage during his childhood, he has never given us any unconditional favor for our unnecessary demands. There was always a strict scrutiny of our demands; there was always a strict discipline at home. As soon as we start growing, he started transferring responsibilities of home to us. He always wanted us to become strong and strong enough to face the world, hardworking to get what we need or want. He wanted us to experience and understands every sweetness and bitterness of life. He never forced his decision to us, neither mom. This is what makes him so special and loveable to us.

Despite a 16 room landed house and all luxury in city, he again decided the return back to village after retirement (as Joint Director of Health), this time his own bought land. He is again a full time farmer now ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Steve McCurry at Asian Civilization Museum

First of all sorry for not logging on last weekend, I was very busy in office work, so wasn’t having enough time to log any thing…

Now as far as today’s day is concern it was quite eventful, Keith informed that the legendary photographer Steve McCurry is in town for exhibition, a contest and a talk on his encounters with Asia through his photographs. Unfortunately at last moment we find that there is booking required for the talk… so missed… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ … but saw the exhibition and got a glimpse of McCurry also.

Before that Sunil informed that one of our ex colleague of Philips Suresh booked badminton court at Bishan indoor court, the timing was 9-10 in morning. We were total 5 and enjoyed the game.

After returning back home from badminton found Keith online, informed him about the advance booking procedure of McCurry talk, it was bit disappointing for both of us. While chatting he mentioned about the contest, I immediately decided to submit my photographs, quickly cropped my photographs and did some fine tuning, copied to thumb drive and moved. Before moving out saw Ananya sleeping and was looking very cute.

Here is a photograph of fruits just behind Khatib MRT station, nice colors, haan ?

Saw some breathtaking photographs of McCurry and as mentioned glimpse of him at the museum. While coming out and on way out to Peninsular Plaza, noticed that too many photographers gathered shooting few dancers dancing out side of ‘The Art House’, which is just behind the museum. As I was carrying my camera with me, decided to try my hand. Keith on the other hand was rushing to somewhere else, so he said good bye to me there it self. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . Though nothing comes up good of those dancing girls but a boy dancing on theme of fire comes up quite good. Here is a picture of him and those photographers shooting them, I was one them ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Now about Peninsular Plaza, the only reason to go there was to buy a Canon 50mm F1.8 lens. Now the last job of the day was go to Jurong Point for some correction in our package booked for Tioman… Yes, we have again booked the package. Hope this time the ferry will remain intact and we will be able to make it ๐Ÿ˜€ .

Here is a photograph of Ananya with new 50mm F1.8, this is not sharp, though I find other sharp. Sent all those taken with 50mm to Keith for review, he is my mentor after all… cheers

Was not planning to play badminton in evening as was damm so tired, but Rishi called me at 9:30, so went. Sunday is about to start now and I have to go to bed… yawn … so tired.

A Quickie before I leave tomorrow is Fathers day. Will write some more about him, love to him and love to you all …

Take care

๐Ÿ™‚ ร‚ย 

Circle line

Due to some office work and glitch in my laptop, I decided to go to office, packed the camera with me, just in case if I can get some good pictures. While coming out from home, thought to try recently inaugurated "Circle line" of MRT. I was already aware that it can shorten my over all time taken to the office, but never tried it before fearing if I will be late to work. This time, I was having freedom to go anytime as this was a weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I heard the announcement in train "Next station Bishan Interchange". Note that it’s an interchange now. After alighting and moving towards circle lane I realized that so much of work has been done beneath our feet and without any discomfort of passengers. An entire new station and fully functional with all features has been built without letting us know and share the pain… commendable!

Few days back while searching on net I found that I have to take bus # 28 from Bartley to my work place which is Chai Chee Techpark. While crossing the road I decided to capture the exit. Not sure whether its Exit A or B though ๐Ÿ˜› .

It was not a long waiting time for bus # 28. From home to office it was exactly 1 hr and 5 minutes including walking and waiting time, which is shorter by 5-10 minutes if I go by bus. It will shorten further when it will be connected with Paya Lebar.

Saw few photographer colleagues already there in office and we have some deep discussion on photography after work. Unfortunately they don’t prefer capturing landscapes, so the discussion was not much fruitful.

I will post a turtle head later, which I shoot during discussion and comes up quite good.

East Coast Park

Posting few pictures, more later ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adding some more details about East Coast Park รขโ‚ฌโ€œ

I was there many times, in morning and evening, in weekdays and weekends, and it was always a misery as most of times I have to take a cab to come out from there. It’s Coastly lah! Yesterday also I decided to take a break from everything and go out. This time again, I have taken a cab from Marina Square, what wrong I did was I followed a portal which suggested a bus from Orchard Road. It takes hell lot of time due to traffic, especially in weekends. As I was planning to be there in evening, so started around 4 from home, expected that 1 hour I will be enough to reach there and will be able to take some good pictures. I came out from the Orchard road MRT station, waited some time for bus and it was 5:30 already when I reached near Marina Square. Finally decided to quit and take a cab again. I have got only one hour window to shoot, I was planning to shoot at East Coast Lagoon (Ski Park) but the cab dropped me in front of MacDonald’s. Now if I would have been start walking for Ski Park I would not have been able to reach there before sunset and all my time would have been wasted in just reaching the place. So I finally end up on beach nearby only and returned back from there itself ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .

While my way back I was determined to find an easily accessible bus which can drop me to any bus interchange or MRT. Though if I take a cab then Eunos will be nearest MRT but getting a cab on Sunday evening is very difficult and booking it is the only solution, which of course I was not thinking to do so ๐Ÿ˜€ . That was a pure luck when I saw bus number 401 taking a U-turn just in front of McDonald. It was a thin ray of hope; I started moving towards it and find a bus stop very easily accessible from ECP, checked the route, this bus number 401 runs in loop from Bedok interchange to ECP. Thought that it’s better to go to Bedok by bus rather than taking a cab to Eunos, it’s just a matter two stop only. Luckily 401 also cross Chai Chee Tecnopark where my workplace is, so I can take bus 854 to my way back home. I was so glad of this finding that started comparing me with Columbus… hehe :D.

So in nutshell, if you searching how to reach East Coast Park looking for bus or MRT options then my suggestion is take MRT to reach Bedok or Bus to Chai Chee Technopark. Take bus number 401 from Bedok bus interchange (both Bedok MRT and Bus interchange are very near). If you are by bus and alighting at Chai Chee then you have to cross the road to the bus stop just opposite and take the same bus 401. Trust me even though I am staying at Yishun but I still prefer to follow this route in my further visits to East Coast Park.

Cheers … ๐Ÿ˜€